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by daves1459
Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Silver Brazing Fun
Replies: 25
Views: 5672

Re: Silver Brazing Fun

Great tips Greg & Russ, thank you.

Dave
by daves1459
Sun Nov 15, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Tender Rebuild
Replies: 35
Views: 8810

Re: Tender Rebuild

Your tender rebuild was nicely completed. I'm sure it will survive the 15 to 20 year target life. I'm also glad your mindful of the wheel white walls as they are a important part of the locomotive presentation. There is nothing more eye catching and hard to look at than white walls that are chipped ...
by daves1459
Sun Nov 15, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Silver Brazing Fun
Replies: 25
Views: 5672

Re: Silver Brazing Fun

Well, I can't remember how I held the bits in place, but Russ should! I don't feed solder, I cut bits of it and set them at the joints. Use less than you think you need. The heat will cause the solder to suck into the joint. I use the cadmium alloy solder. Considering the amounts used and some comm...
by daves1459
Sun Nov 15, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Silver Brazing Fun
Replies: 25
Views: 5672

Re: Silver Brazing Fun

Dave: The round part of the snifter valve in my brazing setup had gravity holding it in position. The "W" shaped heating "pan" was purposely bent with a tilt to it. And the "frog" wire held the main part slightly angled upwards, increasing the tilt of the parts. The round portion nicely seats in th...
by daves1459
Sat Nov 14, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Silver Brazing Fun
Replies: 25
Views: 5672

Re: Silver Brazing Fun

I like the snifter design and have obtained a copy of the 2002 article. I plan to make four valves. I have a couple questions before I start. How is the little round piece kept from moving out of position when the water is boiling out of the flux and how is the silver solder wire fed into the joint ...
by daves1459
Fri Nov 06, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Valve Lap vs. Eccentric Angular Advance
Replies: 2
Views: 2282

Re: Valve Lap vs. Eccentric Angular Advance

Dave, Don Ashton, who died recently, is very highly regarded in the UK for his valve gear work. You may want to post your question on the Model Engineer forum for live steam locomotives (https://www.model-engineer.co.uk/) where you'll likely get some first-hand feedback. Best regards Steve Hello St...
by daves1459
Thu Nov 05, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Valve Lap vs. Eccentric Angular Advance
Replies: 2
Views: 2282

Valve Lap vs. Eccentric Angular Advance

I'm in the process of re-springing the driver axles of my Disney type 4-4-0. The original leaf springs were made of spring temper silicon bronze. After adding over 50 pounds of lead in the cab, sand dome, and under the boiler casing the springs are flat and the frame is resting on the journal boxes....
by daves1459
Sun Oct 04, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Wanting some SuperScale valves
Replies: 4
Views: 2184

Re: Wanting some SuperScale valves

I'd like to compliment Dave Bortz. After seeing his Email address in this thread I sent him an enquiry. I got a reply immediately. I. E.: The same day! Thanks Dave.

Dave
by daves1459
Sat Sep 26, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Couple of Shorties
Replies: 135
Views: 43291

Re: Couple of Shorties

The "Couple of Shorties" that Carl built are true works of art. The photos don't capture the attention to detail and the significant effort he put into building them. However, I question the wisdom of the head end cattle car followed by the two passenger cars. I can't image that the board of directo...
by daves1459
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Spanner Wrenches
Replies: 0
Views: 2688

Spanner Wrenches

I have some spare spanner wrenches that I wire EDM cut out of 3/16" low carbon steel plate. The reason was to have a more durable wrench than the cast wrenches usually available. They are double ended and sized for 1/2" to 5/8" diameter Nathan type spanner nuts like those used Super Scale and Loco P...
by daves1459
Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Plates
Replies: 13
Views: 4483

Re: Plates

makinsmoke wrote:
Tue Jun 16, 2020 8:33 pm
How many do we need to order for him to make the mininum?
I don't recall the exact number. But, it was in excess off 100. Not 100 + of each. But, 100 + of all plates. As I recall, but not sure, I believe Robert said he also did commercial work.

Dave
by daves1459
Tue Jun 16, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Plates
Replies: 13
Views: 4483

Re: Plates

I was in touch with Robert Dustin last Fall. He said he did not actually make the plates. He did the art work and when the quantity of plate orders for several customers was large enough to meet the photo etch shop's minimum quantity he would forward the orders. Robert said in normal times that usua...