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by BigDumbDinosaur
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: not how they teach you to do it in school
Replies: 4
Views: 52

Re: not how they teach you to do it in school

I need to tap a whole lot of 12mm holes in my new worktops. I ordered a nice German tap 2 weeks ago but it still hasn't made it to my house with no number on a road with no name... So I'm using a cheapo tap from a set I once got at a flea market. It might break before I'm done. I just added the rev...
by BigDumbDinosaur
Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Speaking of Signalling....
Replies: 9
Views: 313

Re: Speaking of Signalling....

My club uses flat iron for rail and welded-in steel ties so we can't use electrical detection for trains. I tried electrical contacts to detect passing flanges but the contacts didn't stand up to weather and abuse. We have one corner that has a level crossing and right after the crossing is the pas...
by BigDumbDinosaur
Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: golden age of live steam
Replies: 8
Views: 845

Re: golden age of live steam

Neat! I got a chuckle out of the one dapper gentleman running his train on the high-line, complete with overcoat and fedora. I guess he wasn't too concerned about what was coming out of his locomotive's stack and where it was ending up. :D One thing I will say about playing with trains is that it ke...
by BigDumbDinosaur
Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Memorial Day Runs
Replies: 8
Views: 713

Re: Memorial Day Runs

Mike Walsh wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:40 pm
FLLS' 50th anniversary is in 2019.... Bring your project and take it all in :-)
FLLS?
by BigDumbDinosaur
Wed May 23, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Another "How to make" question
Replies: 31
Views: 1458

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: 95
Views: 4887

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: 95
Views: 4887

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: 95
Views: 4887

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: 349

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: 223
Views: 12964

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: 95
Views: 4887

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: 95
Views: 4887

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 ...