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by Kimball McGinley
Tue May 15, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: 1.5" Scale Ride Astride Passenger Car Kits
Replies: 12
Views: 1008

Re: 1.5" Scale Ride Astride Passenger Car Kits

I am curious; why would somebody want a 2.5"/foot (3' narrow gauge) scale version of a car that has no prototype? Making it taller and wider seems questionable; would that not reduce the stability of these cars, which is there primary reason to exist? I remember trying to squeeze into scale gondola ...
by Kimball McGinley
Fri May 11, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: RANT THREAD?
Replies: 92
Views: 3004

Re: RANT THREAD?

My dad used to speak of "The innate orneriness of inanimate objects".
by Kimball McGinley
Mon May 07, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Another 2900 project...
Replies: 72
Views: 24287

Re: Another 2900 project...

Regarding the cylinder and valve heads; that seems to be way too many fasteners, especially for the piston? You will never get that many on the backside. On the valve, there has been some trouble using set screws for studs; a failure was reported because the nut was only threaded on the hollowed- ou...
by Kimball McGinley
Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Insulating fluid for connections?
Replies: 9
Views: 694

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: 1042

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: 841

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: 679

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: 2667

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: 2213

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: 2213

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: 2416

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...