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by rkcarguy
Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: 12" working railroad
Replies: 153
Views: 9481

Re: 12" working railroad

I have a router table, I didn't think the jigsaw would fit into the bottom of it without modification though? The router is setup for hand use for my tie jig and I don't plan on inserting it back in the table for some time. Yes I occasionally brave the hornet like aluminum projectiles to cut somethi...
by rkcarguy
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Stretch Husky in a weekend
Replies: 20
Views: 808

Re: Stretch Husky in a weekend

Hey we all started somewhere, and you won't learn by not trying. You can always get some scraps and practice practice practice. I was lucky to have a good teacher and friend who taught me to MIG weld and it's basically about getting the right settings for the situation, then point and squeeze the tr...
by rkcarguy
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Titan Jr. Electric switcher
Replies: 10
Views: 328

Re: Titan Jr. Electric switcher

Here's a tip. Most pull start engines pull air in through the pull start side and push it out over the engine towards the output shaft side.
As long as you can provide a path for air in and air out it will stay cool. Most sound won't turn corners when there is a sound deadener, cooling air will. :D
by rkcarguy
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Allen Models raise prices
Replies: 3
Views: 384

Re: Allen Models raise prices

Steve, I work in the steel and fabrication industry and prices are rising sharply on materials. Here's the deal. The US steel mills release sheet pricing, of which vendors would negotiate the purchase of say 500 tons or more, at a discount from this sheet pricing. This was typically about $160/ton d...
by rkcarguy
Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Titan Jr. Electric switcher
Replies: 10
Views: 328

Re: Titan Jr. Electric switcher

There is a lot that can be done to quiet up the single cylinder motors. A big muffler helps, then you can line the inside of your body or cab with perforated metal or fine expanded metal with acoustic foam behind it, you'll be surprised how much it will help. Only trick there, is the builder needs t...
by rkcarguy
Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Handrail Stanchions?
Replies: 17
Views: 743

Re: Handrail Stanchions?

The pipe rail shown on the full size locomotive is at least 1-1/4" pipe, which is 1.66" in outside diameter. Smaller stuff than that wouldn't be suitable safety wise, unless that type of stuff wasn't in place when these were made. The "infill posts" are certainly smaller, but the main grab rail I'd ...
by rkcarguy
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Titan Jr. Electric switcher
Replies: 10
Views: 328

Re: Titan Jr. Electric switcher

I think if I had planned on my trains leaving the property, I'd build the locomotive with a big tank I'd fill with water for ballast and just pull the plug when it's time to put it back in the truck. I'm thinking although more expensive, a 4 axle diesel would give you the most traction at a lighter ...
by rkcarguy
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Stretch Husky in a weekend
Replies: 20
Views: 808

Re: Stretch Husky in a weekend

The MDF totally makes sense, I only needed a small chunk to bend my ladder rungs and had a piece of oak on hand. Light gage steel bends easily and the MDF should be up for the task. The hood for my S12 was done on our 12' press brake at work with our 1" round die, and the top of the cab put through ...
by rkcarguy
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Titan Jr. Electric switcher
Replies: 10
Views: 328

Re: Titan Jr. Electric switcher

I was looking at the youtube video, it seems to me the turn radius might not be so great unless the center wheelset has no flanges or has some float in it? You're looking for something lighter as far as weight right?
by rkcarguy
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: SD60F
Replies: 4
Views: 219

Re: SD60F

That's what I've had to do for some things on my S12. I've been working from an HO model and then getting check dimensions from drawings. Usually you can work from a known wheel size or CL-to-CL of the axles which can usually be found online. I figured out the multiplier, and whenever I need to work...
by rkcarguy
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Baldwin S12, what are these?
Replies: 11
Views: 628

Re: Baldwin S12, what are these?

Good thought! I just ordered screws from McMaster yesterday and has to pay $6 shipping for a $10 bag of screws, but couldn't think of anything else I needed ugh. I'll have a look. I was looking into the electrical ones though, because I was thinking I'd actually power the socket but I'm not sure I'd...
by rkcarguy
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Handrail Stanchions?
Replies: 17
Views: 743

Re: Handrail Stanchions?

It's an in between at 2" scale, or 1/6th actual size. I'm going to be using 12" gage on the tracks, which is wider than it should be for my size but I feel it's necessary for what I'm doing.
Have a look at my 12" working railroad post in grand scales.