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by pat1027
Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Core Boxes: Why were they usually made before the pattern?
Replies: 9
Views: 726

Re: Core Boxes: Why were they usually made before the pattern?

So the core print to support the core can be incorporated into the pattern.
by pat1027
Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Trailer Security
Replies: 22
Views: 2794

Re: Trailer Security

Seems like a very good idea to add a GPS tracker. Be interested in your experiences with it, after a few months... Having retired from law enforcement, I’ve always found keeping a low profile is a good compliment to building a high level of physical security. For example, parking your trailer in in...
by pat1027
Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Trailer Security
Replies: 22
Views: 2794

Trailer Security

A few years ago I moved from a utility trailer and fitted tarp to an enclosed trailer to haul my cars. I also moved from a trailer that might not have been given a passing glance to a nice shiny one more likely to catch the eye of a thief. I have a tongue lock and park so to make it more than a back...
by pat1027
Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Appropriate tip for Ball oilers?
Replies: 9
Views: 1497

Re: Appropriate tip for Ball oilers?

I use a pump oil can with a rigid spout and a radius on the tip. I get a little dribble but not much. I've used a oil can with more of a chamfer and it was harder to get seated on the oiler.
by pat1027
Fri Feb 07, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Home movies, Harry Herder's track and PVLS
Replies: 12
Views: 1995

Re: Home movies, Harry Herder's track and PVLS

Nice video. I remember some of those guys. Three seconds in is John Pugh on his J1 Hudson. This was a great sounding locomotive. At 0:037 I'm wondering if that is Fred Hanson from South Bend. He built a 4-4-0, then a Pacific and a Hudson. At 0:46 is Lee Wright on his box cab electric. This was the f...
by pat1027
Sat Sep 07, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: boxcar brown
Replies: 10
Views: 3242

Re: boxcar brown

Box car red though it's more a brown than a red. The brownish primers in a rattle can are pretty close and looked decent with a clear coat over them. In the Microscale color chart you can see some railroads had their own version. Tuscan red was a Pennsylvania color. https://www.microscale.com/Floqui...
by pat1027
Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 730 Gets a Boiler
Replies: 82
Views: 23140

Re: 730 Gets a Boiler

Carl, It's been an interesting story. Looks like you'll get a few miles in before winter. What did the interior of the boiler look like? Back to the firebox corrosion this is the firebox on the coal fired boiler my dad and I built in 2005. Below the arch I reached in with a brush and cleaned it up a...
by pat1027
Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Question about coal
Replies: 12
Views: 4888

Re: Question about coal

Nothing looks amiss in the brief description. Blacksmith's prefer a low smoke coal that clumps and cokes nicely. The dealer we got all our coal from had discovered blacksmiths like fines and live steamers did not. They screened their bagged coal and added fines to "blacksmith" coal. Coal dealers by ...
by pat1027
Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Walschaert Eccentric Key
Replies: 9
Views: 3090

Re: Walschaert Eccentric Key

My drivers are keyed, the eccentric is not.
by pat1027
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: grates
Replies: 1
Views: 1485

Re: grates

I have a Pacific with a 10" boiler which will be roughly equal to a Mike. The grates are supported on two 1/4" stainless rods that run left to right under the fire box. The rods pass through small brackets welded to the bottom of the mud ring. The grates were made in three sections that fit through ...
by pat1027
Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Painting graphics on plywood - advice
Replies: 16
Views: 6210

Re: Painting graphics on plywood - advice

The old HO guys always told me to wait until the smell was gone off the paint.

Harbor Freight has a cheap air brush. Stencil brushes are a few bucks at Hobby Lobby. A rattle can might spray a bit heavy for a stencil.
by pat1027
Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 730 Gets a Boiler
Replies: 82
Views: 23140

Re: 730 Gets a Boiler

In the pictures of the firebox bubble test the sheets look really corroded. Marty says he's seen other propane fired locomotive with heavy corrosion on the fire side. It's indeed a curious point.