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  1. Thanks Keith Aug and Canute. And thanks all for the likes. Yes I am glad I got that issue of 'Transfer', thanks for the heads up Canute. I do have Flagg's books with three color pics. They were barn red over a black hull in those pics and probably for most of their career. A small update: I now have the tower sheathed and some of the deckhouses on. The model is a little bit more heavily weathered than I usually like, I am having difficulty touching up since I have no more of the Floquil paint in that color. The pics show the red paint brighter and the weather
  2. Thanks Keith and Wefalck, thanks all for the likes. Those blocks are from Bluejacket. They are 'Iron stropped triple blocks F0384', they are white metal. They seem a good match to the photos. Making blocks myself is a little too much for me. The chutes and pipes in the tower are just so something might be seen through the openings. In reality there was a lot more in there. Thanks again, MCB
  3. Hello everyone, It is again time for a small update. I have finished with the hull for the most part. I added a hatch in the deck at the bow, coal scuttles, water fills etc. in locations that are my best guess after looking at drawings and pics of other elevators. I may add some cleats later, I think there were probably 4 at least. The bitts and bollards should be close to their proper positions as I can see those in the photos of 'Isis'. I painted my representation of the top of the steam engine and plopped the rear deck house/engine room over it to look in the skylight a
  4. Hi, You are doing a beautiful job here mbp521. Those 'pre-heaters' and 'auxiliary engine' (or one might say heat exchangers and pump) seem analogous to the later feed water heater systems found on locomotives. This of course is to get the feed water temp as close as possible to the boiler temp using waste heat, minimizing steam pressure loss among other things. Keep up the nice work! mcb
  5. Thanks Everyone, These elevators seem to have been built on the NE seaboard. Many around NY harbor. The 'Isis' and sister 'Themis' built in Camden NJ 1898. They certainly must have been dusty (No Smoking) and I don't think the owners spent a lot on upkeep. MCB
  6. Hello Everyone, It is time for another update. Thanks to MSW member Canute for pointing me to another source (RMIG--'Transfer' #40 ) for information on these vessels. I found that by making my hull longer I am actually close to the correct length now. I discovered a few details that I should probably add on as well. Also found that many of these floating elevators were not self propelled, some had barge like hull forms. And I got some confirmation that essentially no two of these things were alike or that one would retain its appearance for long. I am
  7. I think I may try that wefalck, The more I look at them I don't care for how they hang. The one at the bow next to the name looks better. Thanks everyone, MCB
  8. Hello All, It is time for a small update. Here the hull is almost complete. The wooden 'stick' fenders look pretty clunky in the photos, I probably should remake them. The 'woven rope' bow fender is a small piece of tack rag. Moving on to the superstructure now. Thanks, MCB
  9. Hello All, I thought I would update this log to show what I have been doing lately. The first picture shows the 'marine legs' which are the movable conveyors that are let down into the grain barge to remove the grain, probably with some help from men with shovels. These were made some months ago but I have decided to modify (articulate) them so that the discharge will be into the interior hopper. Second picture shows the movable discharge tubes which are positioned in the ships hold to deliver the grain. They are masked so that 'seams' can be painted on. Thanks fo
  10. Hello again, Thanks for looking in and the likes. Wefalck: Looking at these photos at higher resolution I can see that the elevator tower itself seems to be sheathed in metal, what used to be called around here corrugated 'iron'. The windows in the elevator look like ordinary off the shelf double hung windows from the local lumber yard. The lower ~ 10' are a different composition, I am assuming wood. Strictly low budget. The deck houses look like wood. The interior skeleton is simply to support the sheathing. I added some pipe work etc. in the event th
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