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by Dick_Morris
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 3d printed parts
Replies: 7
Views: 588

Re: 3d printed parts

On Youtube, Myfordboy just posted a new video on lost PLA casting from his 3D printer. He used a hybrid mould using both investment and green sand. The metal was aluminum. It suggests what can be done with a PLA pattern.
by Dick_Morris
Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Baking Tanks
Replies: 20
Views: 837

Re: Baking Tanks

I've done silver soldering in an oven for lost wax burn out and it worked fine.

Does your kitchen oven get hot enough to melt solder?
by Dick_Morris
Mon May 21, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: RANT THREAD?
Replies: 95
Views: 4887

Re: RANT THREAD?

Loosing a tool. My organizational skills are sometimes lacking and it happens often. If a tool only cost a few dollars, and it will take more time to search for it than to go to the store, I'm prone to buy a new one. Something I haven't been able to decide, though. Does having two copies of a tool m...
by Dick_Morris
Fri May 11, 2018 2:30 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Silver platting some shiney bits
Replies: 10
Views: 1008

Re: Silver platting some shiney bits

I plan on keeping the bronze fittings polished at least until I get tired of keeping the brass up.
Some have gold plated brass and bronze fittings. Many years ago this treatment was done to the calliope whistles on the Delta Queen.
by Dick_Morris
Thu May 10, 2018 2:06 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Removing winter debris
Replies: 20
Views: 1704

Re: Removing winter debris

Pretty slick! Have you thought of using a rectangular nozzle ten to twelve inches wide and more closely coupled to the front of the car that could be swung to the left or right about ten to twelve inches? One pass down the middle of the track to get the needles off of the rail and most of the ties, ...
by Dick_Morris
Tue May 01, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: SP NG Diesel #1 (GE 50T) - Triennial or Bust
Replies: 223
Views: 12935

Re: SP NG Diesel #1 (GE 50T) - Triennial or Bust

Putting your lathe on a piece of 3/8 or thicker plate or a piece of channel iron might help with the chatter by making the bed more rigid and adding some mass. Use shims and a precision level to make sure you aren't stressing the bed when you bolt it down.

Nice neighbor!
by Dick_Morris
Tue May 01, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steel cylinders and piston rings?
Replies: 16
Views: 1257

Re: Steel cylinders and piston rings?

Check Amazon for cast bronze bushings (make sure the ones you find aren't sintered bronze, i.e., Oilite). I have some I bought for an engine three or four years ago and the price wasn't nearly as bad as I had expected it might be.
by Dick_Morris
Sat Apr 28, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: WRENCHES!!!!
Replies: 20
Views: 1730

Re: WRENCHES!!!!

On the CK (manufacture's) web site the one from Amazon is listed as 4.5mm and 11/64".

I did some searching for an allen screw with a 4.5mm drive and didn't find one. If they are out there they aren't a standard size.
by Dick_Morris
Sat Apr 28, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: WRENCHES!!!!
Replies: 20
Views: 1730

Re: WRENCHES!!!!

I just went out and measured the #4s at .171". There is a little slop with the 4.5mm, but I suspect I could break the bolt before rounding the head.
by Dick_Morris
Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: WRENCHES!!!!
Replies: 20
Views: 1730

Re: WRENCHES!!!!

For nut drivers I found a Wiha brand 8 piece set #26591 gives a good range of imperial sizes. However, I had to supplement them with a 4.5 mm driver from the same manufacturer. AME apparently uses 4.5mm hex stock for their #4 bolts and nuts.
by Dick_Morris
Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Narrow gage/Standard gage
Replies: 7
Views: 683

Re: Narrow gage/Standard gage

In some cases, standard gauge equipment was converted to narrow gauge and the overall dimension remained the same. Rotary snow plows and one class of locomotive come to mind.
by Dick_Morris
Sat Apr 14, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Allen Models selling ACCU-Tie System track.
Replies: 2
Views: 687

Re: Allen Models selling ACCU-Tie System track.

Steve, that's a bad link.

It has been repaired.

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