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by Dick_Morris
Fri Oct 16, 2020 4:55 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Pacific turn radius
Replies: 8
Views: 451

Re: Pacific turn radius

Can you widen the track gauge in the curve?
by Dick_Morris
Tue Oct 13, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Future considerations from EE
Replies: 30
Views: 1561

Re: Future considerations from EE

Out of curiosity where do you find drawings for all these appliances? I don't know if it's one of Anthony's sources, but Steamtown is a gold mine of Nathan drawings. We were able to get the drawings for the "Nathan Mfg. Co's. type 4131 U.S.A. Special non-lifting type with manual overflow" used on o...
by Dick_Morris
Mon Oct 12, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: #4 Size Brass Rod
Replies: 7
Views: 463

Re: #4 Size Brass Rod

Steam Fitter sold machine screw size rod, maybe 30 years ago. I got one of each size during their "we aren't going out of business sale." They were sourced from J.I. Morris. Sizes were 00, 0, 1, and 2.
by Dick_Morris
Sat Oct 03, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: A Long Term Project
Replies: 57
Views: 19409

Re: A Long Term Project

Beautiful!
by Dick_Morris
Fri Oct 02, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: USATC S-160 Consolidation
Replies: 67
Views: 51311

Re: USATC S-160 Consolidation

Not really, although I've shared some information with other builders. I have access to a substantially complete set of about 800 prototype drawings, but I don't own it. Rather, the non-profit that owns it compiled it at a cost of thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of volunteer time to acqui...
by Dick_Morris
Fri Oct 02, 2020 2:51 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: USATC S-160 Consolidation
Replies: 67
Views: 51311

Re: USATC S-160 Consolidation

I also added some new casting related tools to the collection. :D I got a 110v, 3 KG electric furnace to replace my 1 KG Kerr Electro-melt (that's 3 KG of gold, about 1.8 KG of bronze) a couple of months ago. It was defective and after contacting the seller and doing some checks that he requested, h...
by Dick_Morris
Fri Oct 02, 2020 2:29 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: USATC S-160 Consolidation
Replies: 67
Views: 51311

Re: USATC S-160 Consolidation

Another part (almost) done. The connecting rod was scaled from the prototype print and cast in Petrobond sand. This part was a challenge. My FPM printer is fairly small and the 16" long pattern had to be split into four parts for printing which were then glued together for use. (Actually eight parts...
by Dick_Morris
Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Key stock for axles and drivers?
Replies: 10
Views: 1093

Re: Key stock for axles and drivers?

What about a hub permanently fixed (Loctite or pressed and keyed) to the axle with the wheels and spacers bolted to the hub with about four bolts through the wheel and spacer and threaded into the hub? Wheels and spacers to be a slide fit on the axle. Swap the spacers from one side of the wheel to t...
by Dick_Morris
Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Polling Pocket
Replies: 7
Views: 897

Re: Polling Pocket

I have the patterns from Power Model Supply that they used before the business burnt down and the owner died. I think I have a few cast in Z-28 in the cupboard. If none of the commercial suppliers have them, I could probably supply a few. However, If I were going to do a non-functional trim item suc...
by Dick_Morris
Thu Sep 24, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Dome Patterns
Replies: 9
Views: 1081

Re: Dome Patterns

I'm a fan of 3D printing for small patterns. There was a learning curve involved, but for the last 18 months my patterns and "waxes" for investment cast parts have all been printed. Once the learning curve of the drawing software was overcome the printed items take less work and result in a better p...
by Dick_Morris
Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: A Couple More
Replies: 34
Views: 4144

Re: A Couple More

Beautiful!