zahkunst|industrial archaeology and scale model replicas|fritz

The body of work presented herein revolves around 2 mediums.  The first is
 photography from trips I take which serve as precident studies. The second
is the "1:160 model" miniature replica of my integrated steel mill and models
I sell and market for other hobby enthusiasts.

|website updates 2008-2011|
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6-30-11
The Rock Prep Plant Gallery #3 has been added to the Mining Photography section.

2-26-11
The Rock Prep Plant Gallery #2 has been added to the Mining Photography section.

8-10-10
I added a new project video of the steel mill model to youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Su363La-7i0


8-8-10
Added House 10 Image Gallery to the Misc Photography Section. An alleged 
haunted house although I never saw evidence as such. Also, I have
updated the steel mill model layout plan in both its respective
info section as well as building index key images.

5-29-09
After suggestions to streamline the model portion of the website
I have completely overhauled the model section which now features
a model building index with construction photos for every building
in the mill. At this time only one link is in the index. I will
probably apply this model to the photo galleries as well.

1-27-09
For all you HO scale STEEL modelers out there Trix Germany
has announced their new line of ALL NEW Coking Plant kits.
The detail is immense and they appear to be based on the 
prototype Cokeplant Hansa. These release coincide with Trix's
Blast Furnace kits last year and Walthers new STEEL stuff
this year. Wow big year for HO and STEEL.

http://www.trixtrains.com/new07/2008newitems.html


1-16-09
I added some videos of the steel mill model. Located by clicking:
"model 1:160" up top and then "blast furnace blog"


10-28-08
The model 1:160 section has had many updates added to it. All the keyplans
have been revised as per the latest designs. Gallery of structure buildings
have been added and some revised. Also, a category has been added for
the company town with a gallery of structures. Category 5.


10-15-08
Walthers will be releasing a whole new series of Steel Mill related 
kits in HO between Jan 2009 and July 2009! Among these include:
upgraded coke ovens
upgraded blast furnace
blower house and piping kit
upgrading rolling mill
hulett unloaders
re-release of electric furnace
re-releass of tri-state power authority

You may visit Walthers here and search new products "announced in October"


Also, due to the flattening economy I have postponed any out of state photo 
trips until March 2009.


8-22-08
The graphic key plans for the "model 1:160" galley pages have been 
updated to current design and improved for better legibility.

5-31-08
I have just returned from our trip to the UP region of Michigan and
what a beautiful place it was. In addition to the hiking and lighthouse
tours, I visited and documented 3 historic copper mine sites. This trip
was one of those rare instances where I didn't have enough time
nor film to get everything but I believe that I captured most of the 
important relics. In addition to the copper mine sites there
was the smelter works, the stamp mill, the dredge, and 2 or 3 other 
sites along the river which I did see but didn't take any photos of.

The following photo galleries have been added:

In Mining "Quincy_2 01a"
In Mining "Quincy_2 01b"
In Mining "Calumut 01a"
In Mining "Centennial-6 01a"
In Mining "Osceola-13 01a"

5-16-08
The skematic key plans in the coke ovens and steel making gallery of
structures have all been updated to reflect the new skematic plan dated 5-13-08

5-13-08
The skematic key plans in the blast furnace gallery of structures
have all been updated to reflect the new skematic plan dated 5-13-08.

5-6-08
An overall skematic layout plan has finally been added to the
"model 1:160" section depicting the design intent of the project.

4-16-08
I added some color shots to the following galleries:
In Steelworks: Weirton_01e
In Steelworks: Weirton_01f

4-9-08
The following photo galleries have been added:
In Steelworks: Weirton_01a
In Steelworks: Weirton_01b
In Steelworks: Weirton_01c
In Steelworks: Weirton_01d
In Steelworks: Weirton_01e
In Steelworks: Weirton_01f
In Steelworks: Weirton_01g

4-7-08
I returned last night from a trip to visit Weirton Steel and shot 155 
photographs concentrating on the defunct blast furnaces, the blower house, 
the boiler house, the defunct BOF and the mostly demolished open hearth. 
I'll be uploading pix to the site in the next week or 2. 
As a result modeling will be a bit slow for a while as I'll be 
concentrating on cataloging, scanning, and uploading images. 
It was an awesome place and the first photo trip of 2008
proved to be a great one. Yayy!

3-31-08
I have upgraded the blog pages in the "model 1:160" section of the site
to make their appearance a little more appropos. Also, the 
"model 1:160" page now includes a handy FAQ which is especially useful 
for modelers that are new to the steel industry.

2-23-08
The "gallery of structures" pages in "model 1:160" have been updated and re-organized 
to better reflect the new expansion. They are also now a little 
clearer as to what is in each gallery section. I have added spaces for several
new buildings as well as taken some new photographs. The sections now 
accomodate space for blast furnaces B,C,D,E,F,G,H,J,K.

2-08-08
The "gallery of structures" page has been updated in the blast 
furnace dept a. with the addition of the images for the
recently completed utilities plant.

2-07-08
The "gallery of structures" page has been updated in the blast 
furnace dept b. Within that section the images of the storehouse have been added.
The "gallery of structures" has been updated in the steel making dept.
Featured are the new images of the recently completed depot bldg.
The "gallery of structures" has been updated in the coke dept.
Featured are the new images of the recently weathered coke loading 
facility and the new lab building.

2-03-08
The "gallery of rolling stock" page has been added to the 
"1:160 model" section.

1-29-08
The "gallery of locos" page has been added to the 
"1:160 model" section.

1-15-08
The fifth "gallery of structures" page has been added to the 
"1:160 model" section. It is the for the steel making 
department module.

1-14-08
The second two "gallery of structures" pages have been added to the 
"1:160 model" section. They are the two for the coke works
department module.

1-12-08
The first two "gallery of structures" pages have been added to the 
"1:160 model" section. They are the two for the blast furnace 
department module.