The Gynthrolith Mine by Günther Kiltz
A mining layout in 09 (scale ratio 1:45), with excellent details!
“Some time ago I grabbed together some bits and pieces and built a little freelance industrial Diesel and a tipper. Of course they needed a playground. For I did not want to run simply back and forth or around in a circle I created a tiny mining layout with the opportunity of really transporting something.
The whole thing consists of a little mountain with a bunker at the top from where the ore is loaded into the train. It is assumed that the mine is inside the hill, the bunker is all you can see. The track then runs down three quarters around and over a tournout with change of direction to the upper side of a wall where the load is tipped into a truck below. Now the procedure can start again. That’s the whole action. I confess, not very thrilling but it’s simply fun.
The layout has a diameter of about 60 cm (24 in), a height of about 40 cm (15 in) and was built nearly complete from Styrofoam. For fine modelling I used cardboard from empty egg boxes diluted in water and mixed with white glue. That produces a rigid but light surface. The rocks are cork, the vegetation is the usual stuff of grass fibres and foliage materials from the model shop. Trees are selfmade from wire and foliage.
Track is handlayed with rails from old N gauge flexitrack. The bunker has a core of plasticard covered with wooden strips. All operations (opening the shutter of the bunker, switching the tournout, unloading the tipper) are carried out by hand via mechanical linkage. The handles which move bunker shutter and tournout are disguised as logs, the one for unloading as a little rock.
The mined mineral is called Gynthrolith, a fantasy name. In fact it is industrial hemp seed which I found very suitable for the purpose.”
Thanks for all your work to contiue the site. It looks great.
Thanks David! 🙂
Thanks for the update.I’m working on a layout and looking for ideas.
More then enough ideas on this website! 🙂 Please let me know when you start!
Good to see the site back, and the inspirational ideas keep on coming.
Thanks Jim! 🙂
It’s good to see the site active again (and looking good). The quality of the inspiration is as high as ever.
Thank you for all the work that went into converting and maintaining this very special website. I appreciate the continuation of Carl’s work especially with a Nederlander heading the site. Hup Holland Hup.
Thanks Paul! 🙂
Thank you Gert for keeping the idea of micro layouts alive and online! I like your new page, #116.
From Canada I send you best wishes for every success with the website.
Cheers from Johnnychuffchuff !
Thanks John (Where in Canada are you located? :))
I was afraid this website would end with Carl’s passing. I’m so glad someone stepped up and is continuing such a great resource that provides so many ideas and entertainment. Good on you!
Thanks Avlisk! 🙂
Really nice job!
Hello Gert, off to a good start.
I like the uncluttered easy to view format.
Lets hope the sites return generates plenty of submissions.
Thanks Don, I hope so too! 🙂
Excellent site. T.C.
Thanks T.C.! 🙂
Very well done… How may I submit photos of some of my projects?
Thanks John! You can use the submission form on this website or e-mail your update to me directly! 🙂 (just reply to the newsletter if you got it)
Thank you very much for keeping this exciting site going. Ta.
Thanks Trevor! 🙂
I’m so glad you have kept the site going, as it has been an inspiration for so many people. Love the new look. I never got round to posting anything to Carl, but I’d better some send some pics now! Best wishes. Nick
Too many ‘somes’ line 3, some send some. Ooops.
Haha, Thanks Nick! 😀
Super, dass es wytergeit. Keep going on. La meilleur site modellisme!!
Merci, thanks Gert
Thank you!! 🙂
Thank you very much for keeping the site up and running.
I was one of the scores of people who was afraid that all this gifts of art were going to be lost after Carl’s passing.
Keep up the good job!
Will submit something in the next weeks….
Thank you Maurizio! I’m looking forward to your submission!
Like the style update. So many thanks to you for keeping this internationally inspirational site going…
i’m glad to see the website re-cataloged. of course there is plenty of inspiration in the ‘older’ plans, but it’s great to see new layouts plus the positive responses your new site has received. i’ve purchased a new ‘e-book’ as well. steven h.
Thanks Steven!! 🙂
Thank you so very much for all the work you have done on the website.
It is a true joy to see the new update.
God bless you and Carl.
Mike in Pittsburgh
Great to see a new page on Carl’s site – congratulations and thanks for all your work to keep it going.
Great to see the website active again. Looking forward to the next edition.
Thanks for a great new scrap book page – pictures are excellent !
Good to see the site being updated.
It has been an inspiration in the past and looks good for the future
Avery clean and clear presentation
Thank you Peter! 🙂
Many thanks for the revival – the only site that inspires me to get back to some modelling!
And great to see Rob’s (from NRWM Forum) H0 micro featured. Long may it all continue.
Thanks Dave! 🙂
Good news to see this site going on!
Gert — You ROCK! Thanks for keeping the website alive; the new site is excellent. Loved the latest update. I model in HO but am sooo tempted with On18 thanks to the Gynthrolith Mine Layout of Mr. Kiltz.
Thanks Richard! Maybe try to do a quickie in On18 and submit the progress? 😉
Thank you Gert, for all the work and you’ve done on the website and keeping the idea of micro layouts alive and online!
May ia continue for a long time.
Thanks Ekkehard, I’ll do my best! 🙂
Great job on the site Gert! Glad to see you got it setup and a new scrapbook!!!
Thanks Daniel! 🙂
Nice to have the site back. Would you consider submissions that are works in progress?
Layouts in progress can also be very inspiring, so please submit! 🙂
……& thankyou from me too, good to see this site continuing…..
Thanks Keith! 🙂
Website looks Great! Enjoy the site and seeing the projects others have done. Thank you for keeping it going.
Thanks Dave! 🙂
Glad to see the updates to the site .
Am planning several small layouts myself currently working on one 1600mm x 250mm that is being built in 400 x 250mm modules.. 3 complete and one to go (the works yard)
Please submit your updates if you want! 🙂
Thank you for the work that has been done to the website! It looks great, and I’m very happy to see that it continues to live on, rather than be scrapped and all the fantastic work be lost.
Thanks Rich! 🙂
Good work with the site. It’s long been an inspiration for my modelling, since I realised 7 small layouts were better than 1 big one (and one in the garden).
I model in P4, 16mm, O9, 1:64, 1:72 (Military), 1:43.5, 1:55 and 1:35. I’ll try and find more scales to build in,
Just discovered your site – great inspiration. Many thanks for your effort to provide all us micro-folks an online gathering place.
I was reviewing past scrapbook posts and noticed a photo used on one of my submissions is now incorrect. Scrapbook page 90, Oct 2009, the pic shown is of my HOn30 layout and not the G scale layout discussed in the text. Is it possible to update the pic or has that train left the station. I will gladly send the correct pic. Let me know either way. Otherwise great to see the site again, I have a new G pizza to submit and a couple new micros (HO & N) underway that I will be forwarding before too long.
I have a couple of ready mini-micro’s I would like to submit… One is a timesaver/tymesaver, the other is an inglenook. How can I get pictures to you?
Hi John, check this page for instructions 🙂 https://www.carendt.com/submit-your-updates/
Thanks for keeping this site running. It has been a fantastic source of inspiration.
I’m just starting a SM32 “small layout” here in England and I have now so many new ideas.
I’m designing the system using infra-red instructions sent to the locos, and in theory the whole layout will run automatically as each “device” has an small microchip controlling the functions, and the devices will be sequenced – just like a railway timetable!
Many thanks again
Thanks Dave! IF you can show something of your layout, please send some pics and more info! 🙂
Many thanks, thanks for your job and time….
Thanks Enrique! 🙂
Gracias por su trabajo y tiempo…..
Gert, thanks a million for your good work. I love this site; to get ideas or just to dream and enjoy the beautiful layouts.
Thank you for keeping the spirit of Carl alive
Thank you for taking over this very valuable web site. It has been for many years my source of inspiration. I became an N ss Scale modeller late in life, 60.
Now 71 and retired I am continuing my modelling. My latest is n scale track with HO motor bus on a A3 size layout.
Keep up the good work and again, thanks.
As others have said, thanks for maintaining this site. I’ll send updates on my projects in the near future.
always looked at mr. arendt as the Model Train Dad i never had. as a fellow N scaler, i used to look forward to his pages every month. i am so appreciative of your continuing on in his spirit. good luck with your site! RIP, Mr. Carl Arendt.
When will you have contest pictures from last summer ? I have all three Carls books and go over them a lot . thanks
I’m planning on an update soon! 🙂
Always enjoy visiting this site. Lots of great ideas. Very pleased it has continued.