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My coal mine scale 1:22.5

Started by Design-HSB, May 05, 2011, 05:45:40 AM

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I would like to introduce to my model "Klosterstollen" here.
My role model is a former coal mine, the decades after its closure, as a new visitor mine emerged.
So I have a real role model, in the immediate vicinity, of where I live.
Also, it looks to date from my point of view not as romantic as some years ago.

This is thus the idea for my model on a scale of 1:22.5.
So I would start with the current progress at my "Klosterstollen" monastery tunnel model.

Meanwhile, I'm almost 9 feet grating manufactured and installed.

Now is the revision of the wall connections on how to see clearly needed.

Of course, even the missing handrails on the stairs.

Today was even a first impression of my model.

Gladly I will tell more if you wish.
Regards Helmut
the journey is the goal

Frederic Testard

I like it, Helmut. The last shot is very nice.
Frederic Testard


Love these large scale prototypes. Always good to see another model from that other forum on here. The track particularly is very well modelled.
Ian Hodgkiss
The Steamy Pudding - an English Gentleman's Whimsy in 1:24 scale Gn15 (in progress)
On the Slate and Narrow - in 1:12 scale (coming soon)
Brisbane, Australia

W.P. Rayner

Welcome to the forum Helmut. Interesting concept and we'd certainly like to see more as you progress. I agree with Ian, the trackwork is nicely done. It's always hard to model irregularities in trackwork and still keep it functional.


Ray Dunakin

Looks good! I like the brickwork. Are the handrails made of brass?
Visit my website to see pics of the rugged and rocky In-ko-pah Railroad!

Ray Dunakin's World

Mr Potato Head

I like the hammer insignia on the gate! Very cool
Gil Flores
In exile in Boise Idaho


@Helmut   Be welcome! I am glad you to see here. Nice that you also show here your project.
@Ray  Here Helmut described the production of his railings.
It´s also worth to look at Helmuts web page: click
I'm just waiting to see your continued progress!



Thank you all for your interest.
Since track and tunnel once the most interest have caused, I would like to proceed.

I started my model with the portal to the tunnel.

Model door to the mineworkings.
The left wall is primed and painted the right wall is already finished.

Everything to me looks like stone, is the model of medium density fiberboard glued wood.
The material is like cardboard and fixed it there with us in hardware stores.
The stones are pre-milled by a CNC machine in the contour.
I then reworked the surface with an 80-year-old dental machine dental bur.
A Dremel would of course go, but so goes the old dental machine.
Then the walls were then painted by hand with acrylics.
The door can be opened in the model by 2 servo motors.
The goal has been soldered together from various brass sections.
The insignia of mining "Schlegel und Eisen" (hammer and chisel) I drew in Corel and etched.

Here are 2 little videos about the gate.
In the video you can see that all tracks can be driven properly.

The points have motor drives.
My goal is for all presentations without the intervention from above can operate.
Such animated features to cause me great pleasure and which I have of course even more on the layout.
Did you like to report I even more?

The grids are machined from solid brass, which was cheaper for me as they put together from individual profiles.

I have an old CNC engraving machine used and so I can make all the milling work well yourself.

On the whole, even make me very important, as models in this scale for a mine train is not for sale.
But the journey is the goal and our hobby.
So I hope to find in this forum even more like-minded.
I like the place more emphasis on quality in modeling.
In order to show you this, I will also try as much as possible to publish new pictures.
I hope you can understand my Google-supported English.
Regards Helmut
the journey is the goal


Your English is easy to understand, Helmut. Your modeling is even easier to understand! Nice work. -- Russ

mad gerald


nice to see that you are going to contribute your modelling work here too ... 

Kind regards


I like this very much, but what I like even more is what you said:  "the journey is the goal"  Indeed.

Ray Dunakin

Very interesting work, thanks for posting it. Oh, and welcome aboard!
Visit my website to see pics of the rugged and rocky In-ko-pah Railroad!

Ray Dunakin's World


Beautiful work, Helmut. I really enjoy seeing how you go about fabricating some of this. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

I am an unreliable witness to my own existence.

In the corners of my mind there is a circus....



Gladly I will tell more about my model.

Before the tunnel, the ditch is covered with grates as you can.

How many of you ever thought about how to replicate these grids.

Here's my solution:

I designed etching plates containing the longitudinal and transverse strips.

After etching, the strips are rotated by 90 °.
Then can be arranged into two parts.
Once soldered with a soldering iron around it.
Thereafter, the grids are drawn off.

My grates are made of nickel silver, and thus actually been so natural.

The figures of the miners are, of course not to buy and are therefore self-made.
Of course, a Bergman's all in a clean white suit to the mine.
So that the shoes are clean, my small miners have also got a boot scrubber.

The little studs on the side used to serve as access to technology, the Turntable of it.
Again, a Bergman is looking after what is left of left.

The wall has collapsed, allowing the spectators cheering from the outside to look on.
The mining light can of course be turned on.
A servo motor, the head of the Bergman is movable.
Click here to view a small video.

As you can see, for me there is still a lot of work, until I reached the standard of you.

Regards Helmut
the journey is the goal

Ray Dunakin

Those grids are amazing. I could use some like that for the walkways on my bridges.

Are the bricks all individually set? Did you make the bricks or buy them?

Visit my website to see pics of the rugged and rocky In-ko-pah Railroad!

Ray Dunakin's World