How-To for Mills
A moving waterwheel in your garden layout creates sound, animation, nostalgia, history, realism, uniqueness, eye appeal, and provides a center of focus and industry for a garden railroad and pond. This waterwheel mill reference and modeling guide was designed to provide the modeler with substantial visual material so that he or she could confidently create realistic mills in large scale. The mills shown feature waterwheels. Unique to the publication are photographs showing diverse types of waterwheels, different mill configurations (from board n' batton to all stone), distinctive wheel posts and tail races, modeling details, and more. Different modeling techniques for stone and cement are shown. However, the easier Quikrete® Vinyl Cement Patcher techniques are in #7051 How to Model in Stone and Cement.

Over 250 photos. All Color.
Shows 34 Waterwheel Mills from 17 States. Plus 6 G-Scale Models And 8 Storyboard Modeling Guides
36 Pages - 8 1/2" x 11"

How To Model Waterpowered Mills in Real Stone

A Mill Reference and G-Scale Modeling Guide

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  You'll . . .
    • learn the easy modeling basics of waterpowered mills

    •find out how to create real stone models that survive in wet, dry, cold, hot, direct UV, and windy conditions

    •learn about waterwheels, sluices, flow controls, wheel posts and more

    •discover how to find and process your own stone

    •master new ways of modeling with reusable formwork and inexpensive casting materials

    •get ideas for modeling in 1:24 including sidings, roofing, windows and doors, figures, and other mill stuff

    •all in COLOR.

Wheel Posts...
with storyboard How-To's

Review: Garden Railways Magazine, February, 2002
by Marc Horovitz, Editor
"If you are interested in water-powered stone mills or in using real stone for constructing model buildings, this book is for you. The first section of the book covers the use of real stone in modeling, including required tools, adhesives, and other materials. Things are clearly explained in both text and photos.
    The book covers a lot of information on full size, stone and part-stone mills from around the country and includes a wide variety of photographs of these mills and their attendant water wheels.
    Water-powered mills were used for just about every industrial application one could think of, from textiles, to papermaking, to ironworking, to crushing and pressing any number of different things, to, later, making electricity. There were thousands of water-powered mills in this country and abroad.
    The book covers the various ways in which full-size mills work and offers suggestions for model makers in how to replicate these functions. Water wheels, sluices, and sluice gates are all covered in both full size and model form. Modeling information is integrated with full-size information. For the modeling segments, we are presented with sequential, step-by-step photos that clearly describe different processes.
    The book is well printed on uncoated stock. Photo quality is a little erratic, but is generally good. In short, this unusual volume contains a wealth of valuable information on both structures that are little modeled and modeling techniques that are little used, though highly effective and durable outdoors. Highly recommended." –M.H.


Authors: Mary Abel-Lavely and Tom Lavely (from Stoneworks)
ISBN 0-941187-25-X