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by Greg_Lewis
Sat May 23, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 90-Ton 2-8-2 Build, 1.5"/ft. Scale, 7.5" Gauge
Replies: 113
Views: 54352

Re: 90-Ton 2-8-2 Build, 1.5"/ft. Scale, 7.5" Gauge

Oooh. Rare for sure. Thanks to those early photographers who used large format (by today's standards) negs. I've got a couple of ground-level shots of my prototype that were certainly on 4x5 as I can also zoom in and almost see the fingerprints. A good pro-level digital camera today can almost get t...
by Greg_Lewis
Sat May 23, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 90-Ton 2-8-2 Build, 1.5"/ft. Scale, 7.5" Gauge
Replies: 113
Views: 54352

Re: 90-Ton 2-8-2 Build, 1.5"/ft. Scale, 7.5" Gauge

... including a rare top view from the local sanding tower. ... Lucky you are. It seems that 99.9 percent of all locomotive photos are ground level, with most being 3/4 front views. Annoying for those of us who need to see detail. Once when I was taking photos of an engine in a museum I needed to s...
by Greg_Lewis
Fri May 22, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 90-Ton 2-8-2 Build, 1.5"/ft. Scale, 7.5" Gauge
Replies: 113
Views: 54352

Re: 90-Ton 2-8-2 Build, 1.5"/ft. Scale, 7.5" Gauge

Thanks, Russ, for this. I need two of those valves, so you've saved me a lot of cogitating.
by Greg_Lewis
Mon May 18, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Breaking Small Drill Bits
Replies: 13
Views: 640

Re: Breaking Small Drill Bits

Harold_V wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 3:18 am
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An air drill would be far better suited in this case.
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I drilled about 4000 holes in 20 ga. sheet with an air drill and only used about 8 or 10 bits. The air drill really gets them up to speed. I also used a guide to keep the bit on target.
by Greg_Lewis
Sun May 17, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Silver soldering set up
Replies: 16
Views: 873

Re: Silver soldering set up

I agree with Chris that the cadmium alloy flows better. It's available from McMaster but you need a thick wallet. Also I'd add that placing snippets of solder around the joint works better for me than feeding it in by hand. Hand feeding always seems to end up with too much solder, or the solder gets...
by Greg_Lewis
Sun May 17, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Silver soldering set up
Replies: 16
Views: 873

Re: Silver soldering set up

I find the black flux works better for me than the white stuff. The former seems to have a greater temperature range.
by Greg_Lewis
Sat May 16, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Best lube for wood planer gear train?
Replies: 10
Views: 444

Re: Best lube for wood planer gear train?

RMinMN wrote:
Thu May 14, 2020 4:25 am
Wood planers are much quieter if the blades are sharp. As the edge gets worn they hammer into the wood instead of slicing.

Yes, new blades are very sharp. Don't push on the edge of one with your finger to slide it into place. :roll:
by Greg_Lewis
Wed May 13, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Best lube for wood planer gear train?
Replies: 10
Views: 444

Re: Best lube for wood planer gear train?

Thanks, Armscor. Here in Central California we only get about ten inches of rain in the three months of our "winter," and the humidity runs around 20 percent the rest of the year so rust isn't that big of a deal. But since the bearings are nothing more than bits of square block, making new ones is a...
by Greg_Lewis
Wed May 13, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Best lube for wood planer gear train?
Replies: 10
Views: 444

Re: Best lube for wood planer gear train?

Thanks, Armscor. The chains were also fouled with gook. Sounds like the chain oil is the perfect solution. I'll get some. I've thought about changing out the roller bushings. They are steel, hardened I presume, on the steel ends of the rollers. Doesn't seem like a good idea to me. I'd think Oilite b...
by Greg_Lewis
Wed May 13, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Best lube for wood planer gear train?
Replies: 10
Views: 444

Best lube for wood planer gear train?

Hey folks, while the feed rollers for my wood planer are out for new rubber I need to clean out the drive gear train. As you can see below the gears were originally lubed with sticky grease which has attracted a bit of sawdust and created a lovely mess. I've used some Teflon dry wax lube on the tabl...
by Greg_Lewis
Tue May 12, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Your favorite low investment/high payoff tools and gadgets
Replies: 41
Views: 2061

Re: Your favorite low investment/high payoff tools and gadgets

First aid kit. See my avitar :lol: Also, the three-cornered scraper is great for taking the sharp edges off most anything, even when spinning in the lathe. The tweezers retrieve any small screws from the parts department that are smaller than about #6, and the 4-inch Starrett rule is much handier t...
by Greg_Lewis
Mon May 11, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Class Lamps and Smokebox Heat
Replies: 15
Views: 1447

Re: Class Lamps and Smokebox Heat

Genius! I love it!