Alrighty, I've edited my mill a bit, and I've also disected it too, so I have some pictures to answer some questions.
Oh, and Bruce: My mom had a large piece of cloud print cardboard, works well as a background, doesn't it? (You can acutally see fold marks in the sky in the pic because of what the cloud cardboard was originally used for).
So here we go:
To make my mill more historically accurate, I exchanged the ladder entrance to the mill with a stair way. The stairs rotate with the roundhouse, and clear the wheat field fine. The stairs clear the baseplate by one plate, so spinning the mill makes the stairs scrape the baseplate studs a bit, but that's ok. But it is more accurate. I mean, would you rather carry a large sack of processed grain (which is heavier than equal volume of stalks) down a ladder or a stairway?
This next picture is a close up shot of the post mill's base, and the large vertical beam, or post, from which the mill gets its name. The turntable and the four angled rods are not actually attached to the post (cause the rods get in the way) but instead rest on the post and it's round tile top.
This picture is a disected view of the gears and millstone of the mill. I would have liked to use more 'realistic' and toothy gears, but the gears I used were out of necessity rather than anything else. I dont know if this is anywhere close to being accurate to the way it really was (most probably not), but I needed the millstone to be as close to the front of the mill as possble, thus the 'overshooting' driving gear off the rotor.
Finally here is an exploded shot of the bricks that hold the rotor and it's shaft at an angle. Using these hinge joints, I mimiced the steep slope bricks I used for the roof, offsetting the stack one stud backward. While the studs don't quite meet the same height as a normal brick, it does stick up enough to 'lock' in place with the plate that sits on top of the roof.
Once again, the entire gallery can be found HERE
I plan to mail this off to PDX, since I won't be able to attend. As much of a thrill and a draw I'm sure this will be
, those attending will still be able to see it.