I have ordered my first kit the Sawmill Project from Brett a few weeks ago can't wait to see when it is on its way.
Have not done any model making for about 20 years due to looking after my sick wife and moving house a couple of times.
In the past I modelled Victorian railways in HO then switched to Victorian Railways in HON30 then finally to free lance logging in ON30which I did for about 2 years before finally having to stop.
I have also for over 30 years been a active member of Puffing Billy railway in Victoria thou at the moment not to active since the this railway is closed down due to covid.
It is now my intention to still model a freelance narrow gauge railway based on logging and mining which I intend to call Bunyip Creek.
Now for some questions in respect to Brett's Sawmill kit,
Firstly I have noticed that some modellers have included working lights in their completed model of the sawmill and in respect to this how did they model the power source for this electric lights? However in my research so far into sawmills in Australia in the early 19 hundreds sawmills where built right out in the bush without any electric power supply, so I assume any work to be done in the dark they would have used hurricane lamps. Does anyone know if there are any O scale models of hurricane lamps one can buy?
Lastly to my knowledge most sawmills are built close to a creek so I assume water for the mill was pumped from the creek, so can anyone help me to what type of pump was used in the 19 hundreds for this purpose.
Hopefully when I do get my Sawmill kit from Brett I can come near to the standard of other modellers in this forum.
Here is my version of the Sawmill.. The Mother of all kits !!!!
Regarding prototypical lighting for 1900’s sawmill: Hurricane lamps use an open (if shielded) kerosene flame which, in a saw dust filled, all wood structure is nothing short of a time bomb. Absent rural electric lines, the typical would be a DC dynamo running off the main steam engine, or with a small steam engine running off the main boiler, or even with an accessory boiler. Wiseman Model Services has a nice, prototypically correct mining generator/dynamo for this purpose.
For the record, Robert's sawmill is beyond all superlatives, he is the finest of modelers.
Good luck, and please share your journey.
Keep us posted
However in the meantime I have almost completed a kit I had lying around for 20 years i think it looks OK
You are going to be amazed by the sawmill and how much you are going to learn while building it.
Have fun with it, and of course, share your progress with us.
Reading the manual is an education in modeling due to Brett's outstanding wordsmanship and un-waivering commitment to us, the modellers, and giving us the guidance we need through simple, step be step instructions.
Cant wait to see pictures of the boxes as you open them as per Kevins request, and also to watch, follow and enjoy seeing your progress on this great kit as you bring it to life.
Cannot wait to see your progress on this Kevin.
I love seeing the sawmill project come to life. Karl and I had such a great time creating this kit, brings back a lot of good memories.
Wonderful start, cannot wait to see more, can't have too many pics!