I am trying to convert the attached image into an SVG (vector graphics) image
with no/transparent background. I know something about layers, masks, and
channels, but cannot find the correct set of operations to extract the black
components of the base image and reconstruct them as one vector graphics
image that can then be resized without "pixellation" (blurring/loss of
pixels) and saved as other image types.

My original thoughts were to extract the two major black features using a
mask. Fill in the outline where it is overlayed in the original image so it
would then be complete. This should then be easy enough to convert into a
"path", or otherwise convert into a vector graphics image by itself.

The remainder of the original image, the "tower", would take several steps to
seperate ITS component sections, and then convert them into a "path", or
seperate SVG.

Once all of the components have been seperated and converted, it should be
easy enough to combine them into one SVG, which can then be expanded or
otherwise modified without any more problems, leaving it with a transparent

I have tried to go through the Gimp User Manual but can't seem to find all of
the necessary steps, or the proper order, to produce the desired, final SVG,
and find myself getting somewhat lost.

Any suggestions to accomplish what I need will be most welcome.

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