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10 stamp battery model - western scale models
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Mining

Grizzly

 
 
 
 
 
 

Now available in these scales:

HO scale | S scale | O scale | 1:20.3

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M1 - Grizzly

M2 - Rock Crusher

M3 - Ore bin gates

M4 - Ore Feeder

M5 - Portable 3-stamp battery

M6 - 10 stamp battery

M7 - Wilfley table

M8 - Clean-up barrel

M9 - Pulley and Bearing for a Gold Mill

M10 - Double Drum Hoist

M11 - Single Drum Hoist (future project)

Now available in these scales:

HO scale - coming | S scale - coming | O scale - coming| 1:20.3 - coming

Coming soon

All out kits are made from lead free pewter!

Now available in these scales:

HO scale | S scale | O scale | 1:20.3 - coming

Joshua Hendy

Rock Crusher

Mining

Ore Bin Gates

NEW mining kits are now available!

Now available in these scales:

HO scale - coming | S scale - coming | O scale| 1:20.3 - coming

Challenge

Ore Feeder

These are rack and pinion style ore bin gates. Two are included in a package. In a mill, one gate would feed one ore feeder. These kits now include the laser cut chute shown above.

Now available in these scales:

HO scale - coming | O scale - coming

Portable Stamp battery

3 Stamps

We are making the molds and finishing the updated design and new instructions!

Now available in these scales:

HO scale - coming | S scale - coming | O scale| 1:20.3 - coming

Gold Mill Stamp battery

10 Stamps

M2 – Rock Crusher

M3 – Ore Bin Gates – Two (2) ore bin gates/package

M4 – Challenge Ore Feeder –

M5 – Portable 3 stamp battery –

M1 – Grizzly

10 stamp battery #M6 –

Detail Parts - Mining

Ore bin gate post spacing
scale selection:
 

Now available in these scales:

HO scale - coming | S scale - coming | O scale - coming| 1:20.3 - coming

Wilfley Table

Late November 2016

Wilfley Tables #M7 –

 

Now available in these scales:

HO scale - coming | S scale - coming | O scale - coming| 1:20.3 - coming

Clean-up Barrel

Clean-up Barrel #M8 –

Part # M1: coming

Part # M2:

Rock Crusher - Mine Equipment
scale:

Part # M4: $59.99

Part # M3:

Part # M5:

November 2016

Part # M6-O: $119.99

Part # M7: coming

Part # M8:

November 2016

Clean-up Barrel - Ore processing
Ore feeder - western scale models front view

Automatic ore feeders are used to eliminate hand feeding of material into the stamp battery. The Challenge ore feeder has an iron hopper that collects ore from the ore bin. Under the hopper is a circular table inclined toward the stamp battery mortar which slowly revolves.

The fixed scrapers directs ore into the back of the stamp mortar as the table rotates.

The stamp battery regulates the flow of ore into the stamp mortar by controlling the rocker arm connected to the ore feeder. When the stamp mortar is full, a tappet on the stamp stem is too high to strike the rocker arm. When material is crushed and removed from the mortar, the stamps are able to fall lower in the mortar and the rocker arm will again be stuck by the tappet causing the table to rotate and feed more ore into the mortar. The amount of each movement can be also be controlled by the ore feeder.

Further operational details are included in the kit!

Includes (2) two ore feeders

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Amalgamation table - wild west models

A gold mill houses the equipment necessary to remove gold from the surrounding waste rock, either by concentrating it or by mechanically separating it.

The stamp battery is the heart of a stamp mill and the mechanical separation process to break the various components of the ore apart, freeing the gold from its enclosing material.

To start, the mined rock enters the mill and passes over a grizzly (like a grate-kit# M1) that has bars spaced to allow rocks that the stamp battery can handle to drop through. If the rocks do not drop, they are sorted and crushed with a rock crusher (kit#M2). The rock is then dumped into an ore bin until being fed through ore bin gates (kit# M3) into an ore feeder (kit# M4), then into the stamp mortar. When the rock runs through the stamp battery, the finely crushed mixture is washed over a series of copper plates coated with mercury (amalgamation tables) where the freed gold combines with the mercury to form what is called amalgam (the process of amalgamation).  The amalgam is scraped off the plates and put into a retort where the mercury is driven off, leaving the gold behind.

In many mining districts, gold was found in close association with compounds of other metals such as iron, copper, lead, or zinc, preventing the gold from coming into contact and amalgamating with mercury.  This type of gold ore is known as refractory gold and requires additional concentrating machines, such as Frue vanners or Wilfley tables (kit# M7) to complete the extraction process.  The concentrate from these machines could be treated by a cyanide process or sent to a smelter to free the gold.


"Historically, ninety percent of the quartz crushed in California and most of the western United States was pulverized by stamps."

History:

Two (2) laser-cut amalgamation tables with amalgam collectors are included. Details also include the cleaning platform and "metal" plates.

Our stamp battery now includes, along with the original WSM castings, a realistic wooden cam pulley, maintenance platform with bracing, two laser-cut amalgamation tables, pre-cut heavy wire for accurate stamp rods, new cam design, nut/bolt/washer castings, and laser cut wood posts and beams for a perfect, precision museum quality assembly. We have updated the original Western Scale Models assembly instructions to resemble our trademark step-by-step fully illustrated instructions.

Everyone from beginners to experts can enjoy building this detailed stamp battery that will certainly be a conversation centerpiece of any mining layout and collection.

The back view shows the latch fingers that are used to disabled the stamps for cleaning. The rear of the mortar box where the ore feeders dump the rock from the ore bins, is also shown.

NOTE: We will be producing the HO, S, and 1:20.3 versions in the near future. We are making new molds and a few new parts for some of the scales. Once we have completed them, we will send out an email to those of you on our e-mail list.

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How it works:

The Design

Rock crushers are reciprocating- pressure breakers.  They consist essentially of two crushing surfaces set at a small angle convergent downward, one fixed, the other movable, which approaches and recedes alternately from the fixed crushing surface.

This model is based on a Joshua Hendy style rock crusher.