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Contruction Journal ( 2020 Jul-Dec )
07/03/2020 Top

Finished the Deck Truss Bridge (completed bridge is approx 7 inches long)







07/12/2020 Top

Working on a Mainline Water Tower









07/19/2020 Top

More progress on the Mainline Water Tower









07/25/2020 Top

Completed the Mainline Water Tower











And also built an Atlas through girder bridge











08/09/2020 Top

Starting work on a small town refinery from the 1930's - geared toward predominately heating oil, propane and gasoline. Drew up the layout for the plant, then cut-down and cleaned up several different sizes of pill bottles to represent the different tanks. Marked and cut panels into the tanks.









Next up is to fill-in and smooth the tops, then paint the tanks black. I am also working on the dock and office building.


08/16/2020 Top

Continued work on a small town refinery. Filled, sanded and primed the tanks. Makes it obvious that a 2nd round of filling/sanding is required. Started the Distilling and Cracking Towers, which still need to be filled and sanded. Also started on the office building





After priming, any filling/sanding issues become very obvious





Next up is round 2 of filling, sanding and priming the tanks and towers, complete the dock and office building.


08/22/2020 Top

Continued work on a small town refinery. Finished the office building, did more work on the dock/storage building (but no pics)





Next up complete the dock and storage building. More filling/sanding on the tanks and towers, then a final primer coat


08/30/2020 Top

Continued work on a small town refinery. Finished the loading dock/shed and started work on the coal bins







Next up complete the coal bins. Start the heaters. More filling/sanding on the tanks and towers, then a final primer coat


09/07/2020 Top

Continued work on a small town refinery. Finished the coal bins and the furnaces.





Next up start adding the details to the various storage tanks


09/12/2020 Top

Continued work on a small town refinery. Added the Desalting tank and the source Oil Tanks, a few figures, and started work on the piping.





This view shows a pump unit, a T-section, a valve and then a 90 degree up to the top of the tank.



Next up continue work on piping to/from the source oil tanks - then on to the Distilling & Cracking towers


09/19/2020 Top

Continued work on a small town refinery. Did the piping for the main oil tanks.
Sorry about the poor photos, it was hard to get the camera in a good angle without blocking the lighting









Next up the Distilling & Cracking towers


09/27/2020 Top

Continued work on a small town refinery. Started on the Distillation tower



Next up, finish the piping on the Distillation tower & start the Cracking tower


10/04/2020 Top

Continued work on a small town refinery. Added access hatches and more walkways on the Distillation tower



Next up, finish the piping on the Distillation tower & start the Cracking tower


11/01/2020 Top

Continued work on a small town refinery. Finally completed the Distillation tower. The catwalks took forever, mostly because my big, clumsy fingers kept breaking off sections I had already completed.







Then I realized none of the catwalks had any supports, so I went back and added those



Did not notice until I posted this picture that I had knocked over one of the light posts
Next up, add the piping to/from the Distillation tower & start the Cracking tower


11/07/2020 Top

Continued work on a small town refinery. Installed piping to/from Distillation tower.





Next up, start the Cracking tower