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United Petroleum Refining Kit

Milwaukee, Wisconsin -- Walthers announces the release of its new HO Scale Cornerstone Series® United Petroleum Refining kit. This easy-to-build oil refinery model is scheduled for delivery in February, 2001.

From tank car loads of jet fuel to the diesel fuel used by locomotives, refined oil products are a huge source of railroad traffic. Heating oil, lubricants, liquefied petroleum gas, and even the plastic parts in Walthers Cornerstone Series® kits, all begin with oil.

The refinery is at the heart of the process which breaks crude oil down into usable products. In a refinery, crude oil is heated in a tall fractionating tower until it separates into its component "fractions". Light compounds, such as propane and other gases, rise to the top of the tower. Naptha and kerosene remain above the heavier liquids, like asphalt, which sink to the bottom. The separated compounds are drawn off and stored in nearby tanks for sale or further processing and shipment by rail or truck.

The new Walthers HO Scale United Petroleum Refining kit is sure to be the centerpiece of any oil industry scene. With its tall fractionating tower, furnace stack and a maze of piping, it captures the busy look of a real refinery in a space that fits most layouts. What's more, United Petroleum Refining is a Walthers Cornerstone Series® Deluxe Kit. This detailed model incorporates new features that you won't find on any other plastic HO Scale refinery kit. Thin profile walkways, caged ladders and plenty of piping add to the busy look of the kit and etched brass handrails give it a fine scale appearance.

On any classic diesel- or modern-era layout, United Petroleum Refining makes a great focal point for any oil-industry scene. At processing facilities, refineries are normally surrounded by huge storage tanks and truck or tank car loading racks. Walthers also produces HO kits for additional oil industry structures including a Tall Oil Storage Tank, 933-3168; Wide Oil Storage Tank, 933-3167; Oil Pump, 933-3170; Truck Loading Rack, 933-3169; Tank Car Loading Platform 933-3104; Piping Kit 933-3105 and add-on Refinery Piping, 933-3114.

With some minor modifications, the refinery kit can also be used as a processing plant at other industries. Paper mills, raw plastics manufacturers and chemical plants use similar looking refineries at their facilities.

Walthers Cornerstone Series® United Petroleum Refining, 933-3705 $59.98, includes a main fractionating tower, furnace, piping group, heat exchangers and vacuum still. Thin-profile platforms, caged ladders, brass handrails and realistic decals round out the detailing of this easy-to-build kit. The finished kit measures: 13-1/2 x 8-1/4 x 15" 34.3 x 21 x 38.1cm.

Cornerstone Series® United Petroleum Refining is available only from Walthers dealers. For more product information, or to locate a dealer, visit Walthers on the Internet at www.walthers.com. Contact Walthers at 414-527-0770 or write Walthers, PO Box 3039, Milwaukee, WI 53201-3039.

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