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by Soot n' Cinders
Mon May 25, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Model Steam Pressure Gauges
Replies: 33
Views: 10738

Re: Model Steam Pressure Gauges

For all these air systems, Id love to see a miniature duplex gauge. But Im sure that would be quite the critter to squeeze together and get working.
by Soot n' Cinders
Mon May 18, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Standard Injector Update
Replies: 1
Views: 322

Re: Standard Injector Update

Glad to see you’re making a super scale compatible injector! I know several guys who will enjoy seeing that come out since super scale was the go to for so long.
Having the standards myself, I might order a set of stainless cones for mine as a spare in case the original brass ones ever wear out.
by Soot n' Cinders
Thu May 07, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Let's cleanup that old boiler
Replies: 30
Views: 2446

Re: Let's cleanup that old boiler

I think it’s also worth mentioning that any of these chemicals used to treat the water are only needed in minute quantities. Of course, if you are descaling with vinegar, citric acid or hydrochloric acid, it will need to be a stronger concentration to be effective, but this is followed by a good fl...
by Soot n' Cinders
Wed May 06, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Let's cleanup that old boiler
Replies: 30
Views: 2446

Re: Let's cleanup that old boiler

Another alternative to neutralize the vinegar or correct the pH of boiler water is pH increaser from a pool supply store. Pool pH increaser is usually sodium carbonate which reacts with water to make sodium hydroxide and CO2. Another source of sodium carbonate is Arm & Hammer washing soda, which I’...
by Soot n' Cinders
Sat May 02, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 2. 5 scale headlight source?
Replies: 2
Views: 389

Re: 2. 5 scale headlight source?

I have an Artzberger headlight on my shay with another planned for a backup light. I custom ordered mine from him without number boards
by Soot n' Cinders
Tue Apr 21, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: 2/12" Scale Brake Valves
Replies: 19
Views: 10148

Re: 2/12" Scale Brake Valves

Hello Jack I am currently building a 20 ton Shay Locomotive in 2 1/5 inch scale using John Buckwalters drawings and casting The locomotive i am modeling is the Shop Number 1643 Class B37-2 J.Neils Lumber Company #4, that locomotive is a class B but the Construction is real close to a Class A At som...
by Soot n' Cinders
Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 846
Views: 202991

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

Looking nearly done Tristan, wish I could say the same. Amazon has a lot of ornamental brass handbells for cheap - I saw a 2.2" one for example so there are some smaller ones and it was $10. I was thinking about getting one of those and then either sanding or turning the decorative casting off the ...
by Soot n' Cinders
Sat Apr 18, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 846
Views: 202991

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

Been a while since Ive updated this, but the cab is officially varnished and bolted down! Now on to the windows and maybe the hatch for the roof vent. 014785d5d11ae71e946be4d1629af9bfd60c81096f.jpg Keeping in line with my last post, does anyone have any leads on a good 2.5in scale bell? Doesn't seem...
by Soot n' Cinders
Sat Apr 18, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Crosshead Guide Material
Replies: 24
Views: 3624

Re: Crosshead Guide Material

One thought Ive had for my half brasses that seems applicable here, what about going the other direction? So a softer bearing material to lower the hardness requirements of the steel. Babbitt is still readily available and seems pretty easy to work with. Its served my Southbend heavy 13 quite well f...
by Soot n' Cinders
Wed Apr 15, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Injector Water Supply Valves
Replies: 4
Views: 1087

Re: Injector Water Supply Valves

Just mount the injector in the lifting position with a vacuum breaker on the overflow! Works great on the shay. When over 100psi in the boiler, all I have to do is hit the steam and off it goes. I leave the water valve fully open unless the boiler pressure gets under 100, then the water supply needs...
by Soot n' Cinders
Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 2-1/2" NG class A shay.
Replies: 238
Views: 96357

Re: 2-1/2" NG class A shay.

Looking good Brian! What I would think for adapting my petticoats to fit your smokebox would be shorten the petticoats proportionally but keep the gaps the same size.
by Soot n' Cinders
Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Tender Build Advice
Replies: 34
Views: 4738

Re: Tender Build Advice

I soldered my tank. Galvanized steel with copper rivets. Sealed up perfectly with plumbing solder and I don’t have to worry about any coatings flaking off! Only note there is zinc does not get along with lye at all, so you can’t use sodium carbonate as a ph buffer