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by Rwilliams
Mon May 18, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 90-Ton 2-8-2 Build, 1.5"/ft. Scale, 7.5" Gauge
Replies: 113
Views: 54393

Re: 90-Ton 2-8-2 Build, 1.5"/ft. Scale, 7.5" Gauge

Russ,

Looking very nice. I wondered when we were going to see the sander valve presentation appear.

This is an area of detail often neglected and one that really kicks up the final presentation.

Robert
by Rwilliams
Wed May 06, 2020 2:28 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: weed killer
Replies: 23
Views: 1927

Re: weed killer

Years ago I remembered seeing early color slides of late steam and wondered why the area next to the track was always burned black in the summer and rest of the year. Finally someone told me that the railroads used to use some monster weed burners to burn along the tracks with some special gasoline ...
by Rwilliams
Sat May 02, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 2. 5 scale headlight source?
Replies: 2
Views: 389

2. 5 scale headlight source?

Have a friend who is looking for a 2.5 scale headlight that is decent looking and perhaps even ready to install, but the thought of a kit with some assembly required might be an option. Rumor has it that Tom Artzberger offers a 2.5 scale headlight but I have not been able to locate a website for his...
by Rwilliams
Wed Apr 29, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Clear material for steam chest cover timing
Replies: 7
Views: 749

Re: Clear material for steam chest cover timing

Years ago I saw a Briggs & Stratton gas engine with head removed and replaced with some 1/2 inch thick Plexiglass. The compression had been lowered a bit to reduce the firing pressures. The clear plastic allowed one to see the rapid flame front propagation from the spark plug. It only took a few min...
by Rwilliams
Wed Apr 29, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Couple of Shorties
Replies: 111
Views: 9991

Re: Couple of Shorties

Carl, Just yesterday as I walked past coach #6 in the shop at Jamestown, I noted how well you recreated the curves in the end roof line. A am sure the members of the museum staff would be impressed with your efforts to model the equipment constructed back in 1902. Bring them out West anytime you wan...
by Rwilliams
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: miniature brass hinges
Replies: 13
Views: 1689

Re: miniature brass hinges

Why not just send Jack a personal message here on Chaski with your needs. He usually responds in a day or two at the most.
by Rwilliams
Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: miniature brass hinges
Replies: 13
Views: 1689

Re: miniature brass hinges

Check with Jack Bodenmann, he has lots of small detail parts in his collection of parts for sale.
by Rwilliams
Mon Apr 20, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Baldwin wood cab roof material?
Replies: 16
Views: 1875

Re: Baldwin wood cab roof material?

The 291 finish was much more common than the 290 finish which was olive green and gold leaf. The pure aluminum leaf trim was usually used on single locomotive orders. Large orders by the big trunk lines were usually just glossy black. The pure aluminum leaf is extremely resistant to oxidation and wo...
by Rwilliams
Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Baldwin wood cab roof material?
Replies: 16
Views: 1875

Re: Baldwin wood cab roof material?

Sheet metal roofing was always a high end option a century or more ago. Whether the terne metal of iron or the even more expensive copper, the roof had a life expectancy of easily 40-50 years or more. In the late 1920 era, my mother watched as a well to do neighbor installed a standing seam copper r...
by Rwilliams
Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Crosshead Guide Material
Replies: 24
Views: 3624

Re: Crosshead Guide Material

One might want to consider some of the Starrett precision ground oil hardening precision ground flat stock that is on the market. Often short pieces can be found listed on eBay where a portion of the full 24 inch length was used for a job and the remainder is then useless to the original buyer.
by Rwilliams
Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Jet 1236PS switch issues
Replies: 13
Views: 1957

Re: Jet 1236PS switch issues

My lathe also had 60 RPM on the speed plate. Was suspicious and checked all speeds with a tachometer. Learned real fast not to trust the speed indicator plate of any imported lathe at that moment. What is printed and what actually happens are not the same.
by Rwilliams
Sun Mar 29, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Jet 1236PS switch issues
Replies: 13
Views: 1957

Re: Jet 1236PS switch issues

A nice solid machine especially with the quick change tool post. Just the tool post and a few tool holders can become a big investment if purchased separately. Had one for almost 30 years and the only dislike was the low speed for the spindle of only 80 RPM which can be an issue with thread cutting....