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by Pontiacguy1
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:18 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Paint Didn't Stick
Replies: 4
Views: 322

Re: Paint Didn't Stick

Also, as soon as the paint 'flashes', I pull my stencils and tape off. I don't let them sit on there a long time. You also should lightly scuff the underlying paint so that you'll have better aderence. A light rub with a brillo pad or scotch brite after you put your stencils on should help out a lot.
by Pontiacguy1
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:14 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: weird RR machine
Replies: 11
Views: 552

Re: weird RR machine

And all snapper riding mowers have the same drive system. I've seen a small critter before that was built with a 3.5 HP motor and a snapper mower drive system like that. Worked pretty good and was dependable, although not nearly as refined as hydrostatic or electric.
by Pontiacguy1
Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: weird RR machine
Replies: 11
Views: 552

Re: weird RR machine

The right end tanks look like it could be cooling water tanks to me. I've seen old hit-and-miss engines that cooled water by running it down a wire mesh or blowing air through it, sort of like an industrial cooling tower works, but on a much smaller scale.
by Pontiacguy1
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: Woodinville Shops
Replies: 205
Views: 43250

Re: Woodinville Shops

I also use an FR rated shirt that I picked up from somewhere instead of the jacket a lot of times. Either one will work good. Look on the ebay, you can get one for about $13. Just don't use fabric softener on them as it will begin to strip away the treatment they do to make them fire resistant. Just...
by Pontiacguy1
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: Woodinville Shops
Replies: 205
Views: 43250

Re: Woodinville Shops

Go get yourself a welder's jacket... They can be purchased pretty cheaply, usually about $15-20 or so at most welding supply places, and are FR rated. I've had a similar experience with an old pair of blue jeans. They had a small hole in them, and the frayed part caught on fire pretty quickly whilst...
by Pontiacguy1
Fri May 31, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 800
Views: 133364

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

I usually use 16 gauge steel for the jacket, although it is a little bit harder to work initially, it is a lot less likely to be dented and damaged later on after it is strapped down. Also, like you said, you can directly attach small items to it like conduit clamps inspection covers, etc... Using #...
by Pontiacguy1
Fri May 31, 2019 7:23 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 800
Views: 133364

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

I would actually recommend Against using cork for lagging. I've torn down a couple of locomotives that have used that and both of them (a) had the lower part of the jacket rusted out and (b) I had to scrape and wire wheel the cork off of the extremely pitted and corroded outer shell of the boiler. I...
by Pontiacguy1
Thu May 30, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 800
Views: 133364

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

And MARK on it with a sharpie which end is which and which side is the inside and which side is the outside!!! The sharpie marks will go away real quick when you sand and prep it for paint. Make sure to mark where everything goes and which end is the front and which side is the inside so that when y...
by Pontiacguy1
Wed May 29, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 800
Views: 133364

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

I suggest that you don't use lagging... In my own experience, the slight amount of efficiency that you gain is more than offset by the corrosion you'll get because the lagging will hold water and not let it run out. If you want a contoured boiler, just weld rings around the boiler and then put the j...
by Pontiacguy1
Wed May 22, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Conway C-16
Replies: 8
Views: 1588

Re: Conway C-16

I can't see any of their product pages. Was interested to see if any of their 2 1/2" scale narrow gauge 0-4-0 parts might could be used on a project I'm working on. It just took me right back to their main page.
by Pontiacguy1
Tue May 21, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Basket case 2-4-0
Replies: 19
Views: 1729

Re: Basket case 2-4-0

I know of at least three double sized Raritans that have been built. I have heard that some people multiplied by 2.143 to get everything to come out right in 7 1/2" gauge, and then others said that they just doubled everything and then added 1/2" to the width of items like the frame, axles, center t...
by Pontiacguy1
Wed May 15, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Engine bed (GSC)
Replies: 20
Views: 5442

Re: Engine bed (GSC)

They were only used to move one or two cars on an adjacent track like in a yard where it would be flat, or to push something up into a siding. Like you, I wonder why it would be on a 4-8-4, but they were apparently on every locomotive. Even some early diesels had them. A short video showing the prac...