building a version of “Colorado 40-Stamp Mill”

Colorado Stamp Mill

A 1984 Model Masterpieces kit. Long time to drag a kit around.

Actually not a difficult kit … but such a structure can’t sit on a shelf all by itself.

I didn’t tweak this one much.

This was an “as I build it” project so consider yourself warned

On to the Project page:

Stamp Mill


Stamp Mill Build

I decided to take on a Masterpiece Models kit I’ve been carrying around since 1984. I forget how much I paid for it and the price tag is gone. Doesn’t matter anyway; in today’s terms, it was a freebie.

Here’s the kit I wish to construct:
Masterpiece Models #123 HO Scale 40-Stamp Colorado Mill:

This cover photo is the only picture of the completed model included with the kit.

I’ll build this for HOn3 – more typical of the locations where such mills were located.

I wanted to document one of my builds as a journal rather than a tutorial. It was suggested I do it as a web page. Hm-m-m…

This old stamp mill kit is one I’ve wanted to build for some time now (30 years?) and now I’m getting to it. Doesn’t matter how many of these I build, I always find new ways – in hindsight – to do things. The next one should be great!

Colorado Stamp Mill

I’ve had some weird fascination with the mining era of the late 1800s for so long I don’t recall when such an obsession started. I know I spent many years tracking down old mining sites and towns in Nevada, Utah, and Colorado long ago – I was lucky enough to have a close friend from Ouray that was happy to show me around the southwest Colorado mining remnants – he was a miner himself before I met him in Nevada.

Spent much time, gas, and money wandering around the back country, I still do but even less remains today than when I first started doing such crazy things way back when.

So when the opportunity to pick up this kit of a stamp mill came along, I grabbed it.

And didn’t do anything with it for the longest time – “I’ll get to it some day”

That day finally came.

I sort of documented the build process (see here) but here are photos of the final result.

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