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by optigman
Sat May 18, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Berkshire Trailing Truck Axle boxes
Replies: 3
Views: 473

Re: Berkshire Trailing Truck Axle boxes

Very very nice looking castings. Looks like you have a top quality pattern and a foundry that knows how to make a mold properly, as well as pour a fine casting! No visible mold shift. No parting ram offs. These will function as good as they look!!!!
by optigman
Wed May 15, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Driver Casting Repro
Replies: 27
Views: 1420

Re: Driver Casting Repro

Challenge 95 release from BJB Enterprises in Tustin, Ca works as it's supposed to in a Patternshop environment. Must dry completely before any plastic is poured against it. Lacquer sanding sealer is far better than paint as a sealer for the wood or plastic pattern. Proper draft and smoothness of pat...
by optigman
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Little engines 1" line of engines
Replies: 33
Views: 4545

Re: Little engines 1" line of engines

Well said! For those who think a supplier should have $250,000 of castings and supplies / parts laying around just waiting for a few people to finally decide they want $10 worth of "stuff" had better check reality. Might be best for the complainers to equip a Patternshop. Learn how to make patterns....
by optigman
Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Axle pump feed water
Replies: 17
Views: 2234

Re: Axle pump feed water

If memory serves I think The Machinery Works (Howard Gorin) has replacement parts for Olenkamp injectors. Dave Bortz at Superscale would be the person to contact about availability of injector parts for Superscale injectors.
by optigman
Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Disney American
Replies: 418
Views: 82713

Re: Disney American

McMaster Carr sells individual 4.5MM nut drivers for about $10 each.
by optigman
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Plumbing a lubricator
Replies: 7
Views: 1414

Re: Plumbing a lubricator

If you are lubricating the driving cylinders you will most likely want a mechanical lubricator. If you have a steam pump you would use a displacement type lubricator. Mechanical lubricators are connected to valve rods or eccentrics mostly. The lube line is then attached to the steam input before it ...
by optigman
Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:32 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Plumbing a lubricator
Replies: 7
Views: 1414

Re: Plumbing a lubricator

Hydrostatic or mechanical lubricator?
by optigman
Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:48 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Waterproof Glue For A Coal Load
Replies: 8
Views: 1420

Re: Waterproof Glue For A Coal Load

Mix lampblack with the brown waterproof glue until it kind of matches the color of the coal. We used to mix lampblack with all kinds of plastics such as epoxy and it did not seem to affect the cure time or hardness too much. It certainly blackened up the parent plastic though.
by optigman
Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Seeking Superscale-type fast start injector valve
Replies: 5
Views: 1188

Re: Seeking Superscale-type fast start injector valve

Dave Bortz in Pennsylvania now owns Superscale and might possibly have starter valves in stock. He can be contacted at:
dsbortz@comcast.net
by optigman
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Marker light lenses- availability and sizes?
Replies: 11
Views: 2068

Re: Marker light lenses- availability and sizes?

Try calling Joe Ed as he might sell the lenses separately from his lamps. Previous post pasted below. Pontiacguy1 wrote: The best place to get them is from Franklin Automatic Machine Company in Brentwood, Tennessee, just south of Nashville. I have a pair of his locomotive marker lights, and they are...
by optigman
Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: 1 1/2" scale bell ****SOLD****
Replies: 3
Views: 1059

Re: 1 1/2" scale bell

I will buy the bell if still available. optigman
by optigman
Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam cylinder oil
Replies: 10
Views: 1664

Re: Steam cylinder oil

Does anybody know a source for the Type 3 Steam Oil (non-emulsifing) for hydrostatic lubricators ? The Mobile 600 oil emulsifys with the steam and is used in mechanical lubricators and is Type 1 Steam Oil. Real Trains used to sell both types and I am almost out of the non-emulsifying Type 3 Steam Oi...