This week I decided to show you another project from my shop,for my model railroad there is a funny story behind this :)
About 5 years ago a friend and mentor in model railroading sent me a copy of a blueprint for as you LJ’s who work in a steel plant know what this is but for those who don’t I will explain it.
Note : The coffee cup for scale reference
Dumping hot metal :)
Pouring for the converters
Just another view And for those who don’t know what this contraption is it’s a hot metal mixer, these are used in steel plants around the world, to mix different grades of iron ore coming from a blast furnace. Mind you one interesting thing is these vessels see temperatures of up to 3000 Degrees Fahrenheit.
Now for the story of how this began, after my friend Dean sent me the prints I went to work unbeknown to him that I was building this, so one morning Dean and I sat down at his house for breakfast I had brought a good size box with me. After breakfast I opened the box and to his surprise out came this mixer. Dean said I sent you the plans to look at not to build this thing!!!! However in the end we both enjoyed it and the mixer wound up in Line-side magazine a few years later. I made the base from 3/8” plywood primed and painted the vessel is a piece of PVC pipe, Most of this was machined in my shop.
Dean passed away this Christmas leaving a big gap to fill Hopefully I will someday be able to match him.
As I leave here is a picture of us at the last seminar we did together with all of our models on the table ( all of it is HO scale)
I hope you enjoyed
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