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by Mr Ron
Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Backing up computer files
Replies: 23
Views: 478

Backing up computer files

This is a warning to save all your computer data periodically on an external hard drive, CD or flash drive. I do all my train drawings using Autocad. I had a lot of drawings I made over the years stored on my XP computer. I didn't have it backed up and now my computer crashed. The computer service t...
by Mr Ron
Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: machining should square
Replies: 14
Views: 430

Re: machining should square

First I would check that the hole in the grinding wheel is concentric. If it is, check with a different wheel. If wobble still occurs, I would "mickey mouse" a setup to turn the arbor, using the motor itself as the lathe. Taking the grinder apart and turning the armature/arbor on a lathe, isn't a bi...
by Mr Ron
Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: essential tools for milling
Replies: 20
Views: 768

Re: essential tools for milling

You really don't a full set of R8 collets. I would suggest 1/4", 3/8" 1/2" and 3/4" as end mills come in those sizes. You can get a drill chuck with an R8 shank, but if you have a drill chuck on your lathe that has a morse taper, you can get an R8 collet for a morse taper and you will not have to bu...
by Mr Ron
Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: PRR E44
Replies: 4
Views: 980

Re: PRR E44

Ron: I'd like to see some photos of the B1 and DD1. -Dick Both locomotives are at an 80% completion as I shelved them in order to work on the GG-1. I lost any photographs I had of them when my hard drive crashed and the computer tech told me it couldn't be recovered. I will take new photos and try ...
by Mr Ron
Sat Mar 30, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Engineers really know their stuff
Replies: 118
Views: 18128

Re: Engineers really know their stuff

This has been an interesting discussion as I revisit it. Back in the 50's I was a draftsman designing ships for the U.S.Navy. At that time, following WW II, ships were designed "overkill". That meant ships were built using tried and true methods developed over years of maritime history. At the time,...
by Mr Ron
Sat Mar 30, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Pests
Replies: 9
Views: 963

Re: Pests

During carpenter bee season, they eat holes in any unprotected wood. They will borrow into the handles of garden tools leaving a 1/2" hole that greatly weakens the tool.
by Mr Ron
Sat Mar 30, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: American vs British trains
Replies: 11
Views: 2796

Re: American vs British trains

I once wrote a letter to a TV producer complaining about the phony looking navy ship used as a backdrop for it's show. He responded and said because the show was new, he couldn't spend much on props.
by Mr Ron
Sat Mar 30, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: SS is toxic in California
Replies: 23
Views: 1128

Re: SS is toxic in California

California used to be a great place to live when I moved there back in 1964. I finally left in 1992 and so glad I did; never looked back.
by Mr Ron
Sat Mar 30, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: PRR E44
Replies: 4
Views: 980

Re: PRR E44

I am a big fan of electric engines. I have built a model of a Swedish, class D, 1-C-1 in 1-1/2 scale; an "AEGIR" diesel-electric switcher, also in 1-1/2 scale. This model was of the first commercially successful diesel-electric In the U.S. that was back in 1924. I started building a model of a Penns...
by Mr Ron
Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shop Build (help appreciated!)
Replies: 42
Views: 2238

Re: Shop Build (help appreciated!)

My shop is 24'x48' with a 10' ceiling. Most of it is for woodworking, but I have n 8'x10' room for my 11" lathe and 6x26 mill. There is enough room to work in. A drill press, grinders and metal cutting bandsaw reside in the woodworking area. The machine shop area is air conditioned.
by Mr Ron
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Help using Sherline Boring Head
Replies: 12
Views: 1237

Re: Help using Sherline Boring Head

To use a boring head, you have to have a hole to begin with. The boring head needs to be centered with the hole. You take a light cut and mic it. Keep adjusting the head until you hit the target size. Boring heads are graduated where one division = .001", meaning it will actually take a .0005"cut.
by Mr Ron
Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Suggestions for cutting fluids
Replies: 3
Views: 725

Re: Suggestions for cutting fluids

I think you could hook up some plastic tubing and an aquarium pump for a low pressure spray.