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by BigDumbDinosaur
Wed May 23, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Another "How to make" question
Replies: 21
Views: 466

Re: Another "How to make" question

I hope I'm not being a nuisance asking all these how to questions. If so just ignore me. Here is a sketch of a locomotive wheel for an electric B1 switcher as used by the Pennsylvania and Long Island railroads. My model will be in 1/16 scale, be capable of operating on a track, but mostly for displ...
by BigDumbDinosaur
Wed May 16, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: RANT THREAD?
Replies: 92
Views: 2972

Re: RANT THREAD?

And WHY IS IT that when you drop a tiny part, it will ALWAYS bounce under the workbench to be forever lost among the dust and detritus that lives under there? Don't get me started on floor drains. They are like parts magnets. ...here's a few things that raise my blood pressure... Furthermore to Car...
by BigDumbDinosaur
Wed May 16, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: RANT THREAD?
Replies: 92
Views: 2972

Re: RANT THREAD?

More Rants "Environmentalists"! We have lost the following to the "tree huggers" (most of whom never did a productive day's work): 4. Lead/tin solder, the best mechanical solder (now only available in small "radio" size) I'm not certain what you mean by "small 'radio' size," but the tin/lead alloys...
by BigDumbDinosaur
Wed May 16, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: RANT THREAD?
Replies: 92
Views: 2972

Re: RANT THREAD?

Retirement is definitely beckoning, and more so since my little recent cardiac episode... :o I retired shy of my 55th birthday. I had a brief episode where I felt useless. Got over it in about ten minutes and I've never looked back. If I have any regrets about retiring at that age, it would be only...
by BigDumbDinosaur
Wed May 16, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Spring meet at DBC-T Oberursel
Replies: 1
Views: 206

Re: Spring meet at DBC-T Oberursel

Looks good!
by BigDumbDinosaur
Mon May 14, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: SP NG Diesel #1 (GE 50T) - Triennial or Bust
Replies: 213
Views: 10593

Re: SP NG Diesel #1 (GE 50T) - Triennial or Bust

senorgilamonster wrote:
Mon May 14, 2018 5:13 pm
Nice looking welds too - except for when we returned from lunch and forgot to turn the Argon back on.
Are you using straight argon to weld mild steel?
by BigDumbDinosaur
Mon May 14, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: RANT THREAD?
Replies: 92
Views: 2972

Re: RANT THREAD?

Ah, computers...... A friend of mine says there are no computer upgrades. They are all downgrades. And new versions of software either remove the features you use the most, or make them harder to use, while introducing junk you will never use, on top of changing the GUI without any rationale beyond...
by BigDumbDinosaur
Mon May 14, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: RANT THREAD?
Replies: 92
Views: 2972

Re: RANT THREAD?

..... nothing works until enough code has been developed to do some basic input/output on the machine. As there are no clues left behind if the software isn't working.... I spent my lengthy career in electronics repair and design, starting in the days of vacuum tubes, through computers, and ending ...
by BigDumbDinosaur
Mon May 14, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Request For Services
Topic: Need mill work for academic research project in NJ
Replies: 10
Views: 625

Re: Need mill work for academic research project in NJ

tetramachine wrote:
Fri May 11, 2018 4:03 pm
dice launcher.jpg

Turned out nice.
I think I saw that thing during my last visit to the Orion nebula. :D
by BigDumbDinosaur
Mon May 14, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: RANT THREAD?
Replies: 92
Views: 2972

Re: RANT THREAD?

And another one: You have just finished that PERFECT paint job, the one you have spent hours on to get just the right finish. You clean up the painting equipment and put it away. When you return to your work to admire that perfect finish, there is a bug stuck right in the middle of the fresh paint!...
by BigDumbDinosaur
Mon May 07, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Po' mans electric shop heater
Replies: 9
Views: 3388

Re: Po' mans electric shop heater

All junk parts and around 34,000 btu. If it really can produce 34,000 BTUs then it would be drawing more than 10 kilowatts from the line, which would be more than 45 amps. It's an expensive way to heat a shop, in my opinion. Of course, if the heater succeeds in setting the shop on fire you'll get a...
by BigDumbDinosaur
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: I.C. Engines
Topic: New Member introduction
Replies: 7
Views: 558

Re: New Member introduction

Harold_V wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:02 pm
I would enjoy building a model, perhaps ¼" scale, of a Buick nail head.
You'd be using small finishing nails in it for exhaust valves. :D