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by Benjamin Maggi
Mon May 13, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Shout out to Dave (Trainman4602)
Replies: 17
Views: 3206

Re: Shout out to Dave (Trainman4602)

Odd question. I won't need safety valves for several years, as my engine is still a ways away. Can you purchase them and store them, or will they freeze/rust/lock up over time?
by Benjamin Maggi
Fri May 10, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Darkening / "bluing" brass?
Replies: 11
Views: 473

Re: Darkening / "bluing" brass?

Thank you all for your advice!
by Benjamin Maggi
Fri May 10, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Darkening / "bluing" brass?
Replies: 11
Views: 473

Darkening / "bluing" brass?

I have a small gauge 1 live steam engine that uses sprockets, gears, and chain... all of which are brass. I don't want to stand out as shiny, but paint likely wont stick to them (especially after they are greased and the engine has been run a bit). For steel, gun blue would probably be perfect. Is t...
by Benjamin Maggi
Wed May 08, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: duplicating window castings
Replies: 5
Views: 313

Re: duplicating window castings

Thanks Dick!
by Benjamin Maggi
Mon May 06, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: duplicating window castings
Replies: 5
Views: 313

Re: duplicating window castings

Would I just mail the casting to a 3D company and have them scan it with a 3D scanner?
by Benjamin Maggi
Mon May 06, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: duplicating window castings
Replies: 5
Views: 313

duplicating window castings

I purchased some window casting from a fellow member here on Chaski over the winter. They are nearly perfect for what I need, and I have the exact amount I need. But, neither he nor I have any idea who made the castings. They don't match anything on the market today. I am concerned that if I damage ...
by Benjamin Maggi
Mon May 06, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: New 2019 Pricing! & Changes
Replies: 4
Views: 1434

Re: New 2019 Pricing! & Changes

Any kits left?
by Benjamin Maggi
Fri May 03, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Santa Fe gas electrics
Replies: 4
Views: 402

Re: Santa Fe gas electrics

I think a Budd RDC car would be a great offering by a manufacturer. Self-contained, lots of railroads owned them, and the stainless steel would be easy to maintain. The only downside might be the length, as an RDC-1 was 85' long (10.5' scaled down to 1/8 size). Riding Railkits had them in 1" scale.....
by Benjamin Maggi
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: "Catherine", a USA "Sweet Pea" engine build
Replies: 239
Views: 70645

Re: "Catherine", a USA "Sweet Pea" engine build

The crossheads still needed to be drilled in the front and tapped to accept the piston rods. We had made those rods about four years ago and intentionally left them oversize in length. By now the engine had started to develop it “own individuality” and by that I mean that things weren’t built perfec...
by Benjamin Maggi
Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: "Catherine", a USA "Sweet Pea" engine build
Replies: 239
Views: 70645

Re: "Catherine", a USA "Sweet Pea" engine build

The connecting (drive) rods were machined in much the same way as the coupling rods, except that one end had a piece of steel with a bushing pressed in to ride around the gudgeon pin in the crosshead. Welding was pretty straightforward, and commercial bronze bushings are great though after pressing ...
by Benjamin Maggi
Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: "Catherine", a USA "Sweet Pea" engine build
Replies: 239
Views: 70645

Re: "Catherine", a USA "Sweet Pea" engine build

Over the past few months work has progressed but I don't have much to show for it. The weighshaft itself is just a length of 1/2" diameter of steel rod. The rod fit into the support brackets nicely without binding or slop. I drilled very tiny holes partway into the rod (they look like little dimples...
by Benjamin Maggi
Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Ox Yoke™ Safety Chains
Replies: 23
Views: 2549

Re: Ox Yoke™ Safety Chains

My three yokes that I ordered came in the mail promptly. And they are even brown like I requested. Thanks!