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by Berkman
Sun Jan 17, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: LocoParts?
Replies: 16
Views: 1276

Re: LocoParts?

I think the website content and ability to order online is far more important for a small niche firm like superscale or locoparts than whether it is a .com or .co, .biz etc. It's really not hard to set up a shopify store that accepts CCs. To me that along with an updated catalog with photos and pric...
by Berkman
Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:32 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Smokebox Length Ratio
Replies: 13
Views: 542

Re: Smokebox Length Ratio

I think it comes down to:

1. Superheater & thottle arrangement
2. Feed water heater
3. Flue & Tube max lenght. ( i think around 22ft?)
by Berkman
Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:32 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Smokebox Length Ratio
Replies: 13
Views: 542

Re: Smokebox Length Ratio

I don't think the lenght would make a huge difference cleaning.

For example any of the LE 4-8-4s, will have a much longer smokebox than a LE pacific. It's not a big issue.
by Berkman
Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:29 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Smokebox Length Ratio
Replies: 13
Views: 542

Re: Smokebox Length Ratio

I think this was also largely due to the front end throttles and type e superheaters taking up more space as well.

Many modern locomotives had access panels on top of the smokebox above the throttle and superheater manifold.
by Berkman
Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:20 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Loco Gear
Replies: 4
Views: 2473

Re: Loco Gear

Building one of the WM #6s?
by Berkman
Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:11 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Expansion link block
Replies: 12
Views: 592

Re: Expansion link block

I thought someone did put a round link " block" in a valve gear on here with positive results. If stephenson, the eccentrics and eccentric straps will have likely as much if not more wear. Would consider making bushings that fit between the eccentrics and eccentric straps, then you can harden the st...
by Berkman
Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:30 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Nathan 4000C's in 1.5" Scale
Replies: 25
Views: 2518

Re: Nathan 4000C's in 1.5" Scale

Very cool.

I feel like one of these days you'll design a museum quality locomotive casting set that will be on par with the berkshire kit in terms of accuracy and detail.
by Berkman
Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:41 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Boiler band material.
Replies: 14
Views: 1164

Re: Boiler band material.

How did you create the air gap between the lead and jacket?
by Berkman
Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: LocoParts?
Replies: 16
Views: 1276

Re: LocoParts?

Look forward to seeing the new website. Looks like you also have some new products to release.

Hopefully, you'll be able to buy online from it like on the new allen models, EE, titan trains, tom b online sites.
by Berkman
Fri Jan 08, 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Nathan 4000C's in 1.5" Scale
Replies: 25
Views: 2518

Re: Nathan 4000C's in 1.5" Scale

Pardon my ignorance, but if I understand the process right you had to make a seperate mold for the gray core as well?

I guess something like 3d printing the mold simply won't cut it for a production run ?
by Berkman
Fri Jan 08, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Boiler band material.
Replies: 14
Views: 1164

Re: Boiler band material.

Wow that thing will pull like crazy then. So you added .125 of lead under the entire jacketing that you put on it ?
by Berkman
Fri Jan 08, 2021 10:07 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Converting a Baldwin 2-4-2 LYN to a Baldwin 2-4-4
Replies: 742
Views: 196726

Re: Converting a Baldwin 2-4-2 LYN to a Baldwin 2-4-4

Looking good!

Can certainly see the advantages of using cylinder castings that have a cast smokebox saddle on it after watching the amount of time it's taken you to finish your fabbed saddle.