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by Greg_Lewis
Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: LITTLE ENGINES
Replies: 39
Views: 2038

Re: LITTLE ENGINES

... that copyright will not extend to physical parts, even if you want it to. I'd check with a lawyer about that. Here is Section 1308 of the copyright law: Exclusive rights The owner of a design protected under this chapter has the exclusive right to— (1) make, have made, or import, for sale or fo...
by Greg_Lewis
Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: LITTLE ENGINES
Replies: 39
Views: 2038

Re: LITTLE ENGINES

Why not work out some sort of licensing agreement ? Having CAD drawings for available from Allen or LE would be a great addition to their catalogs. As with anything in a digital format, once you put it out there it is impossible to control it. While there are some bad actors, there are many more wh...
by Greg_Lewis
Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: LITTLE ENGINES
Replies: 39
Views: 2038

Re: LITTLE ENGINES

We are a small, tight-knit community - I think a little common courtesy goes a long way. If you're thinking of offering something for an existing design, talk to the person who has that design. The issue of copyright and ownership of designs comes up here from time to time. What Marty has written a...
by Greg_Lewis
Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: A Bender for Arch Bars
Replies: 23
Views: 547

Re: A Bender for Arch Bars

A slight cut into the bar at the bend point with a hacksaw will insure that the bend happens at the exact spot you want, and will give a nice sharp bend. Such a cut is unlikely to compromise the strength of the bar considering the forces applied to the truck, but you can fill it in with silver solde...
by Greg_Lewis
Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: How to Dry out a boiler for winter storage?
Replies: 16
Views: 743

Re: How to Dry out a boiler for winter storage?

Marty_Knox wrote:...
In this area a garage is about the worst place to store a boiler.

I know one steamer who keeps engines in his living room. (But that might be part of the reason he's still single..... :roll:)
by Greg_Lewis
Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:17 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: New board on chaski.org devoted to Miniature Railway Signaling?
Replies: 26
Views: 1332

Re: New board on chaski.org devoted to Miniature Railway Signaling?

I'm not a fan of breaking up the site into yet another sub-forum. When you get too many, they don't get used. There is another forum for a different hobby I look at that has 57 subforums, and as a result it's almost impossible to navigate. Here, an argument could also be made for a boiler subforum, ...
by Greg_Lewis
Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam dome seal
Replies: 29
Views: 1452

Re: Steam dome seal

j: You might want to soak the gasket material in some oil to soften it up. The 1/16 thick stuff will certainly take up any mismatch in your flanges if they are as close as you say they are. The graphite paste will help seal but also allow you to remove the dome cover without destroying the gasket, a...
by Greg_Lewis
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Found these books on Craigslist
Replies: 13
Views: 684

Re: Found these books on Craigslist

If you can stand reading them on line, here's a link:

http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/we ... %20Schools
by Greg_Lewis
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam dome seal
Replies: 29
Views: 1452

Re: Steam dome seal

Jlakes85:

Skip the copper. Go to a good auto parts store and get some Fel-Pro Karropak 1/16-inch thick gasket material and order some Key graphite paste from McMaster. Slather the gasket and the dome bolt threads with the paste and you'll be all set.
by Greg_Lewis
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Brake shoe material
Replies: 14
Views: 735

Re: Brake shoe material

Here ya go — Carl's solution: Brake lining from McMaster, thinned a bit on the belt sander and affixed with the greatest goop ever invented: JB Weld.

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by Greg_Lewis
Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: CAD for raw beginners?
Replies: 23
Views: 1085

Re: CAD for raw beginners?

For the Mac in 2D I use Cadintosh. It's about $30. Twice I've had questions and I've gotten a response in a couple of days from the guy who wrote it; a rare occurrence these days.
by Greg_Lewis
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Locomotive graphics?
Replies: 10
Views: 938

Re: Locomotive graphics?

The photo in Dianne's post shows some extremely fine detail on the steam dome and headlight. I don't see any way to get that other than a custom decal. I've looked at paint masks for small lettering and the sign shops I've contacted can't cut masks with lettering under 1/4-inch size, and even then i...

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