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by jcbrock
Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: hydrostatic oil
Replies: 9
Views: 598

Re: hydrostatic oil

We always used the same steam cylinder oil we were using in the mechanical lubricator.
by jcbrock
Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Topic For Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 1855

Re: Topic For Discussion

This is why you have the small scales, you get future long term members hook, line and sinker:
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I think kids are somewhat intimidated by the larger scales. These, as Chip and Dale expressed in "Donald Duck's Toy Train", are just their size.
by jcbrock
Sat Jun 20, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mystery Metal
Replies: 15
Views: 1240

Re: Mystery Metal

I was working at a facility manufacturing a product from an aluminum/magnesium alloy. One of the processes was a turning operation that used kerosene as a cutting fluid, with vacuum evacuation of the chips to a 20 yard dumpster outside. All well and good until a guy welding on the roof let a few spa...
by jcbrock
Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: ISO Moseley Pyle National Headlight 1.5" Scale
Replies: 2
Views: 568

Re: ISO Moseley Pyle National Headlight 1.5" Scale

Pretty sure Howard Gorin here on the forum is still selling these in kit form.
by jcbrock
Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Machinery Course Textbook Recommendation
Replies: 7
Views: 800

Re: Machinery Course Textbook Recommendation

When I took a community college machining course in the 1980's they used Machine Tool Practices, ISBN 0-471-04331. It's got an intro to the controls and capabilities of each type of machine typically found in a shop, measurement, and basic setups. But it's really not going to teach you many of the t...
by jcbrock
Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Strange zerk fitting on MSC milling machine
Replies: 8
Views: 869

Re: Strange zerk fitting on MSC milling machine

My Taiwanese EISEN has two zerks and two oil cups on the variable speed head housing. The manual definitely specifies grease for the zerks. My old Burke Millrite had zerks on the table which were clearly feeding the ways, and that type of thing is where it wants way lube but gets accidentally grease...
by jcbrock
Sat Jun 06, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Scale
Replies: 13
Views: 1304

Re: Scale

There's gonna be arithmetic?
by jcbrock
Mon May 18, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Silver soldering set up
Replies: 16
Views: 2187

Re: Silver soldering set up

I do mine in low light but not in the dark, I'd have to get organized to do that. Probably light my pants on fire or something.
by jcbrock
Mon May 18, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 2.5" Monitor Injector Update
Replies: 2
Views: 839

Re: 2.5" Monitor Injector Update

I'm sorry to hear that Anthony, it sounds like Murphy's Law at work but thank you for the update. The presentation and packaging is beautiful too, it's a shame but I am still going to put mine on a loco and get it dirty!
by jcbrock
Sun May 17, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Silver soldering set up
Replies: 16
Views: 2187

Re: Silver soldering set up

When the flux (I too use black) dries out in the container as it will, just add a little water to it and stir it up. I find sneaking up on the melting point and then removing heat as soon as it completely flows helps, overheating is a bad thing. If you do try the cadmium-bearing, I'd do it outside a...
by jcbrock
Thu May 14, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Square Nuts
Replies: 2
Views: 984

Re: Square Nuts

Good find Jeff. I see they also list 1/32 x 1/4 brass round head rivets which might be interesting to the small scale crowd.
by jcbrock
Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 2.5" Vulcan Side Frame
Replies: 15
Views: 2373

Re: 2.5" Vulcan Side Frame

This software has no lettering so each letter/number had to be drawn as a mechanical part. One way to avoid this is to do the lettering in another product like Inkscape, which is free and supports saves in svg/dxf. Import the 2d, scale it, position it, extrude it and then combine/merge it. You stil...