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by Kimball McGinley
Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Insulating fluid for connections?
Replies: 9
Views: 493

Insulating fluid for connections?

What are people using to protect and insulate electrical connections that are too awkward to wrap with tape? An example would be the "Hot" battery post with the side studs. I don't like the rubber covers, but I have seen a red liquid that is meant to be brushed on? And, where to get? Please advise, ...
by Kimball McGinley
Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Return to Service
Replies: 9
Views: 896

Re: Return to Service

The best wrench for hollow valve packing nuts etc. is a "tubing wrench" or my A + P mechanic friend called them "line wrenches." These are 6 points as opposed to 12 points in a regular box end wrench and so they grip the hex more securely. They also feature a slot that fits the tubing to be able to ...
by Kimball McGinley
Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Center of cold rolled roundstock is always softer right?
Replies: 11
Views: 737

Re: Center of cold rolled roundstock is always softer right?

You can buy plastic knobs that turn an Allen screw into a thumbscrew. Look at McMaster-Carr p/n 91175A063 25 pieces for $10.20 plus shipping
by Kimball McGinley
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: 2 1/2” stake pocket supplier??
Replies: 6
Views: 603

Re: 2 1/2” stake pocket supplier??

I bought mine from Roll Models; they are injection molded plastic and look very much like the pictures above. I think you can choose between brown and black. I made my own U-Bolts; I had an article on them in Live Steam magazine in the July/August 2012 issue. If you cannot find that, I can send a co...
by Kimball McGinley
Tue Feb 27, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: EARLY 4-6-6-4 CHALLENGER. FRAME
Replies: 38
Views: 2455

Re: EARLY 4-6-6-4 CHALLENGER. FRAME

I agree; build the locomotive with the level of detail that please YOU. When I raced my Saturday-night oval track stockcar, pounding out dents was an every week experience. I quickly developed the "10 foot rule", if it looked OK from 10 feet away, then I was done. I have some nice details on my litt...
by Kimball McGinley
Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Stretch Husky in a weekend
Replies: 30
Views: 1799

Re: Stretch Husky in a weekend

7014 is real nice too...
by Kimball McGinley
Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Stretch Husky in a weekend
Replies: 30
Views: 1799

Re: Stretch Husky in a weekend

Are you using flux core wire without gas in your wire welder? Or are you using solid with a flux gas like Argon? I ask because your welds, no offense, kind of look like what happened when I ran out of fluxed wire and did not realize the new spool was solid! It was dirty and lumpy and very bright; th...
by Kimball McGinley
Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Riding Rail Kits
Replies: 6
Views: 2333

Re: Riding Rail Kits

Iron Pony was started by Mike and Joe Devlin on Anaheim CA. I know Mike. They sold it off to Canadian Rod Johnston, who changed the name to "Riding Rail Kits", and ran it for a while. Eventually he abandoned it and just let it die...
by Kimball McGinley
Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Wendy suspension vs. 'normal' springing.
Replies: 24
Views: 2447

Re: Wendy suspension vs. 'normal' springing.

My 7-1/2" gauge Narrow Gauge Porter by Don Young has a no springs at all. The rear axle is solid to the frame, the front pivots on a crosswise rocker beam; 3 points determine a plane. Many were built this way.
by Kimball McGinley
Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: will spring steel mill?
Replies: 22
Views: 1433

Re: will spring steel mill?

I have also read where some Live Steamers have found that a full spring pack of reasonable scale is far too stiff. One common solution is to make some, perhaps alternate, spring leaves out of a plastic strip such as Delrin or Nylon. Both are readily available in black, some are also available graphi...
by Kimball McGinley
Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Need some speed tips for getting a project done faster.
Replies: 99
Views: 3751

Re: Need some speed tips for getting a project done faster.

Oh, and always try to tap in the mill or drillpress, avoid "freehand" tapping. When it starts crooked, it is more likely to jam and break. I made set of small guide blocks (on the lathe from round bars about 1' diameter or so) to guide the tap straight for better freehand tapping off the machine. Ju...