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by Benjamin Maggi
Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Sweet Wiliam build
Replies: 89
Views: 54697

Re: Sweet Wiliam build

Now the fun will really start!
by Benjamin Maggi
Thu Nov 21, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Do wheels have to be cast iron?
Replies: 15
Views: 1154

Re: Do wheels have to be cast iron?

I used slices of steel for my wheels, and not just for the traction. The castings I wanted were only available in the UK and were priced much too high for what they were. I bought steel, asked a forum member to cut the decorative profile on the fronts of them with his CNC mill, and then turned them ...
by Benjamin Maggi
Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: "Catherine", a USA "Sweet Pea" engine build
Replies: 241
Views: 94905

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

The design calls for the valve gear extension rods to have an outward bend in the middle, allows the rod to clear the motion plate bracket. However, because we had shimmed out our cylinders it wasn’t clear exactly how much clearance we would need. But, after centering the wheel/axles in the frame I ...
by Benjamin Maggi
Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: "Catherine", a USA "Sweet Pea" engine build
Replies: 241
Views: 94905

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

As evidenced by the pictures, the crankpins hadn’t been secured to the wheels yet. However, it was time to start fitting the pieces of the valve gear together to see how it all worked. At this time it is all just dry fitting and there are still lots of variables that need to be accounted for but it ...
by Benjamin Maggi
Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Modeltec magazine - full listing of issues
Replies: 20
Views: 6167

Re: Modeltec magazine - full listing of issues

Okay, so in 1992 it looks like there were 11 issues published: all but September . I note that the August issue is labeled (Vol. 9, No. 4) and the October is labeled (Vol. 9, No. 5). This would imply that there was no issue between them (or else it would be No. 4.5)! This link (http://ibls.org/media...
by Benjamin Maggi
Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: An O.S. Porter Journey
Replies: 30
Views: 3419

Re: An O.S. Porter Journey

This looks like it will be a fun project!
by Benjamin Maggi
Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Old Sidney Collieries No. 25
Replies: 16
Views: 5845

Re: Old Sidney Collieries No. 25

wbarbe wrote:
Tue May 14, 2013 12:24 pm
Many years ago, a guy built one of these in 1 1/2 scale. There was an article in Modeltec I think. I bought a set of drawings from him. Its a cute design.
BB
I just came across the issue. Modeltec June 1986, pages 6-11.
by Benjamin Maggi
Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: sweet william cylinder head clearances
Replies: 6
Views: 1691

Re: sweet william cylinder head clearances

I am building a Sweet William too (It is in the build log section) but I am not that far ahead. I would love to see or hear more about your engine!
by Benjamin Maggi
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Battery Life
Replies: 6
Views: 1766

Re: Battery Life

I think getting 6-7 years already is pretty good. I guess it depends on how much you use them. A battery tender is an excellent battery charger that is highly recommended on other threads here. I know some people who have gotten 10+ years out of their batteries, and others who might not get 5. I don...
by Benjamin Maggi
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 834
Views: 172732

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

Cool!
by Benjamin Maggi
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Painting graphics on plywood - advice
Replies: 16
Views: 3823

Re: Painting graphics on plywood - advice

I burnished and burnished and burnished. I pushed it into the wood as hard as I could. Then, when I removed the backer the stencil came off too. The plywood just wasn't smooth enough to give the stencil enough surface area to make a firm grip that could overcome the pull of removing the backer. I tr...