Again, work is starting with the construction of the batch plant portion of this mill. The batch plant has five 26' diameter concrete storage silos and one almost half that. The silos hold sand, soda, lime and other materials. Since this is a mostly steel mill modeling page, a good comparison would be the high-line at the steel mill, with a slight difference. A steel mill high-line has bins for the various materials - coke, limestone, and iron ore - they are loaded into scale cars that run beneath the bins, where they are weighed, moved to the skip hoist and discharged into the skip. The glass batch plant has a similar scale car running underneath the silos collecting the various materials, however, this car also serves as a mixer, combining the right portions of each material required for the "batch". In a steel mill the materials aren't combined until they fall into the blast furnace. At a glass factory, a pre-mixed "batch" has to be used to feed the furnaces.
|Foundation with two styrene wraps|
I then took the five large foundation pieces and the smaller diameter foundation, also wrapped, and glued them to a sheet of .060 styrene, roughly cut to the diameter of the cylinders.
|With the vacuum formed tops glued on and the silos temporarily set in position.|