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Dutch windmill 't Nupke . Lego model of t Nupke a mill in Geldrop, the Netherlands. Look inside and discover how a mill works! When placed outside, this Lego mill can actual run on wind power to drive its millstones. Scale 1:43. . t Nupke is a so-called belt mill, which means that its built on an artificial hill. These photos are (partly) made during the Dutch National Mill Day (Nationale Molendag) in 2009. Windmill movie This movie shows you both mills in operation. Discover how a windmill works! Inside the mill tower The Lego mill can be opened easily to look inside. A windmill has typically 4 floors, each with a different function: The cap (kap*) is mounted on top of the 4th floor. It can rotate around the vertical main shaft (koningspil*). Watch the upper shaft (bovenas*) thats connected to the sails (wieken*) and drives the main shaft. The scared boy is standing on the stairs. The 3rd floor (luizolder*) is equipped with a crane to transport sacks with grain and flour. The crane is driven by the vertical main shaft. Its controlled downstairs via the rope on the grey lever. The millstones on the 2nd floor (steenzolder*) are also driven by the main shaft. They grind the grain into flour. The yellow boxes are (in real life) used for grain storage. Sacks are filled with flour on the 1st floor (meelzolder*) at the yellow filler stations. Flour from the millstones upstairs drops down via the yellow tube. The gap size between the millstones upstairs is controlled by the grey lever mechanism, which end in a rope (with the yellow weight). The rope with the red weight controls the crane upstairs. The trap-doors in the floor are open to transport a flour sack into the basement. Inside the hill The basement (invaart*) is used to transport grain and flour in and out of the mill. Although at the moment the miller (molenaar*) enjoys his lunch there. Watch the ceiling: All construction beams present in the original mill are also realized in this lego model. Before a sack with flour leaves the 1st floor, its normally weighed with a balance (left photo). In the past a horse with cart was used for transport. Power supply This mill uses wind power since 1843, the year it was built. However, around 1950 a diesel engine was added for days with insufficient wind force. The engine room is used in the lego model for electrical power support. This lego model also can run on wind power only. The wicks (wieken*) have a curved shaped to use the wind power more efficiently. The lego model has the same curved construction. The sails can be fastened on these wicks to enable operation. The cap (kap*) of the tower can rotate to set the sails in the optimal direction. To rotate a large tail (staart*) is connected to the cap which end up in the red winch (kruilier*). Additional data t Nupke is one of the 1200 mills present in the Netherlands (Holland) today. 't Nupke means the hill or the stud in Dutch dialect (Brabants dialect): The original mill is built on a hill. The lego mill is built with lego bricks that contain many studs. Original mill t Nupke Mill type = Belt grist wind mill (belt-korenmolen*) Wicks diameter (vlucht*) = 25.20 m Height tower + belt = approximatly 18 m Year of construction: 1843 Lego mill t Nupke Scale = 1:43 (Lego minifigure scale) Wicks diameter (vlucht*) = 63.5 cm Height tower + belt = 43.5 cm Max. height = 71.8 cm Base plate dimensions = 76.6 cm x 51.1 cm Number of lego bricks used: > 6500 Year of construction: 2009 Visit windmill t Nupke If you like, you can visit the original mill: Adres: Molenakker 5, 5664ET Geldrop, The Netherlands E-mail: molenaars@hetnupke.nl Internet link: www.hetnupke.nl Please enjoy our creations! Arjen Vuurzoon. * = Dutch mill term.


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