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by Bill Shields
Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 3-1/2" OS Porter Live steam need help
Replies: 18
Views: 740

Re: 3-1/2" OS Porter Live steam need help

The OS Porter is a good little engine. I had one 40 years ago while living in the middle east. We ran it on propane and it ran very well and provided many years of enjoyment. Sadly I no longer have the manuals (or loco), but it is easy to run but requires care since it has a smallish boiler and is a...
by Bill Shields
Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Copper boiler water treatment
Replies: 9
Views: 557

Re: Copper boiler water treatment

It is the subject boiler...with one blow-down valve in the front left corner of the mud ring. B&O Bob's father built the loco in 1966. He described what has been done with it since it was built...which was a BIT before my live steaming days. (I was 14 when the loco first steamed). I have no reason t...
by Bill Shields
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Copper boiler water treatment
Replies: 9
Views: 557

Re: Copper boiler water treatment

for those interested...as Bob described....

cutting this up was an interesting experience....

for reference, the firebox is 5" x 5" with a 5" diameter main shell on a 1" scale loco
by Bill Shields
Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Copper boiler water treatment
Replies: 9
Views: 557

Re: Copper boiler water treatment

on the other hand, I have a copper boiler in my shop that ran for 50 years on city water (not well water) with absolutely no water treatment and there is no buildup of any type inside the boiler (I cut the boiler in half for giggles after a soft solder joint failed)…. you should treat what you get i...
by Bill Shields
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Piston mounting
Replies: 5
Views: 408

Re: Piston mounting

there are many ways to do this -> Loctite will work just fine in this situation or you can dimple the counterbore and as you say 'pin' the locknut in place....or center punch the threads after assembly.

There are as many ways to do this as there are folks reading this bbs.
by Bill Shields
Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: How do you guys feel about the "Just get it done" attitude?
Replies: 20
Views: 1082

Re: How do you guys feel about the "Just get it done" attitude?

Remember that there are times to build a watch and times to build a locomotive and get it out on the track.
by Bill Shields
Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Should I grab this shaper?
Replies: 9
Views: 468

Re: Should I grab this shaper?

if you have a milling machine, you will probably never use it.

If you don't have a milling machine, save your money and get one instead..
by Bill Shields
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Help Baker valve gear
Replies: 12
Views: 921

Re: Help Baker valve gear

the length is dependent on what is needed to get the end of the pivot centered on the axle height, so it is in effect a variable defined by the loco construction. Pilliod made several 'standard' lengths and the location of the valve frame was setup to use one of them. you generally have to make some...
by Bill Shields
Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: the Hunchbacks of MLS (and others)
Replies: 9
Views: 795

Re: the Hunchbacks of MLS (and others)

are they 1-1/2 or 1" scale hunchbacks???
by Bill Shields
Sat Jun 30, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Whistle advice?
Replies: 29
Views: 1580

Re: Whistle advice?

I get a lot of stuff from Reeves. they take credit cards, put things in the mail and they arrive at my address....really no hassle at all...they do a LOT of to the USA shipping and have it down to a science. The last time I was actually in their shop, they were boxing up a complete set of castings f...
by Bill Shields
Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Home Shop CNC
Topic: Backlash on a CNC mill
Replies: 3
Views: 149

Re: Backlash on a CNC mill

very often the anti-backlash is a function of the nut and / or its mounting...not the screws themselves..

your concern is why a good CNC mill is as heavy as it is....
by Bill Shields
Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Whistle advice?
Replies: 29
Views: 1580

Re: Whistle advice?

for 1" scale, this is not a bad size..and doesn't sound like a dog whistle or bosun's pipe http://www.ajreeves.com/6612.html It can be disguised under a running board or actually stuck INSIDE a cab. the picture is not the best, but if you look inside the cab, standing vertically, right in front of t...