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by Gary Armitstead
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Layout dye
Replies: 22
Views: 2687

Re: Layout dye

During my 45+ years in the die sinking trade (made forging dies), I always used red. The shop provided the smaller cans with the built-in brush and also provided provided red and blue Dykem in 1 gallon jugs. It was always up to the preference of each die sinker to use what they liked. Because forgin...
by Gary Armitstead
Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: New guy and mill question
Replies: 11
Views: 2532

Re: New guy and mill question

Despite the negative comments above about a round column mill/drill......I was a die sinker by trade for forty years AND I have an old Enco mill/drill in my home shop now. I bought it new in 1980. This mill will do nice work for you. ANY mill is only as good as the machinist using it! I have built n...
by Gary Armitstead
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What Makes a Machinist's Vise a Machinist's Vise?
Replies: 34
Views: 5104

Re: What Makes a Machinist's Vise a Machinist's Vise?

Here's my $.02 on mill vises for what it's worth.......I was a journeyman die sinker for forty plus years in the forging industry making forging dies and impressions,,,,fussy work. A good mill vise is well built with what looks like box ways and very accurate. NO hammers should be used within 300 mi...
by Gary Armitstead
Sat Aug 18, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Wooden refrigerator car
Replies: 14
Views: 2972

Re: Wooden refrigerator car

That is very cool stuff. What scale is the caboose? Would it look right in 1”? If this caboose was built by Scott Lindsay, it is most likely 1-1/2 inch scale. I'm not sure it would look "right" for 1 inch scale because the "planks" are 1/2 inch wide. They would be a "little wide" for even 1-1/2 inc...
by Gary Armitstead
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: 10 Plastic Tie performance Questions
Replies: 11
Views: 2838

Re: 10 Plastic Tie performance Questions

I forgot.....the sample pack also includes their plastic tie plates for use on wood ties.
by Gary Armitstead
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: 10 Plastic Tie performance Questions
Replies: 11
Views: 2838

Re: 10 Plastic Tie performance Questions

Has anyone tried using Rumber for ties? This is a recycled plastic product made from chopped up auto/truck tires, plastic and various binders. Sounds tough as anything. If you bought some of the larger boards, it could easily be ripped into tie-sized pieces on a table saw. http://rumber.com/ I woul...
by Gary Armitstead
Sun May 20, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Grinding wheel hole enlargement ?
Replies: 11
Views: 1483

Re: Grinding wheel hole enlargement ?

I don't care what a supplier says........I wouldn't do it. After forty plus years in the trade, I've seen too many wheels blow up on folks and lost eyes. What's your eyesight worth? Bottom line.
by Gary Armitstead
Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Home Shop CNC
Topic: Thinking of a Bridgeport CNC Conversion
Replies: 34
Views: 14284

Re: Thinking of a Bridgeport CNC Conversion

Just a suggestion.....about 25 years ago, there was a company here in Southern California, retrofitting NEW Bridgeports with Bandit controllers. Buy the Bridgeport for around $6K, add the Bandit controller for another $2K (3-axis BTW). Had MDI OR you could drip feed a program to the controller using...
by Gary Armitstead
Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Rail bender
Replies: 23
Views: 4007

Re: Rail bender

railbender.jpgAnother version of the same thing. My rail bender started out as a bar bender. I just made wheels that fit the profile of my rail. It doesn't take much to bend aluminum rail. In fact, even though my bender has a hex on the adjustable wheel, I can just shove a length of rail through th...
by Gary Armitstead
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Train Mountain Triennial vendors wanted
Replies: 8
Views: 1579

Re: Train Mountain Triennial vendors wanted

Allen Models will be there. Also we took on the West Cost Supplier of EP Plastic (Accutie System) Two Booth along with the owners of Accutie System We will be stocking ties and rail soon, Switches, screws, tie plates and the new u-bolt design bolting system that replaces the four bolt for the rail ...
by Gary Armitstead
Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Rail bender
Replies: 23
Views: 4007

Re: Rail bender

dash9, I posted this railbender for you acouple of weeks ago.........by the time you machine the rollers for the rail profile and buy the hardware and fabricate your own bender, you can get this one today for #229 + shipping from Washington! I have one and use it for bending my code 1000 West Coast ...
by Gary Armitstead
Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:27 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Lots of questions on 7 1/2" gauge railroad
Replies: 35
Views: 5350

Re: Lots of questions on 7 1/2" gauge railroad

Dash9, I have a very short point to point 7.5 inch gauge track set-up at my home. I use it mainly for testing rolling stock and engines I build. I also used the Acutie plastic ties (Enterprise Plastics in Ohio) and code 1000 West Coast aluminum rail. I bend my rail using a rail bender made by Eaton ...