I haven't made a blog entry in about two weeks. Much like anyone reading this I'm sure, family, Summer and work are occupying more of my time lately. Work for certain. I travel a bit in the Summer for my work, and that puts a dent in modeling. I have gotten more done on the Benzol Plant. It's almost finished, I think. I say, "I think" because every time I think I'm about done, I notice another detail, or something else that needs painted, etc. I was experimenting with using Humbrol Acrylic paint for the concrete pad that everything is glued to. Fail. I either couldn't get the mixture right, or the paint was old. I don't see the store I bought it from selling a huge amount of Humbrol anything. A 30 year old jar of Testors Grey mixed right back up with some BB's added, and was a bit closer to the color I was after. I also got all the windows in the Rectifier building, as well as the foundation on. I could probably post a photo of that, but it would seem boring I think. Windows and a foundation aren't much to look at.
I also picked up a copy of the book below. It's the 1964 edition. And it's awesome. I originally heard of this book when I asked a question on the FB Steel Mill Modeling page, and someone answered and referenced it. I wondered how much it would be, and so looked around the Internet. $25. I figured, what could go wrong? Well, I'm here to tell you, if your modeling Steel Mills, this book is a must have. I would suggest getting an edition that is closest to the era you're modeling. They seem to have random issue dates. But it looks like about twice a decade. The books earlier than say, 1950, go up steeply in price. But all are less than $100. And anything after 1950 seems to be about $25 average. Packed with flow diagrams for just about everything that goes on in an Integrated Mill. The Blast Furnace Diagram and the By Product Coke Works diagram were most illuminating. Also, a diagram for a Portland Cement works. I had no idea slag was used in making Portland Cement. Also, how a Sinter Plant works. The second half of the book is about rolling mills. A ton of formula's you'll never use, but tons of definitions, diagrams and photographs that will answer just about any question you could have on how to model a mill.