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by Gary Armitstead
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: 10 Plastic Tie performance Questions
Replies: 11
Views: 5113

Re: 10 Plastic Tie performance Questions

Has anyone tried using Rumber for ties? This is a recycled plastic product made from chopped up auto/truck tires, plastic and various binders. Sounds tough as anything. If you bought some of the larger boards, it could easily be ripped into tie-sized pieces on a table saw. http://rumber.com/ I woul...
by Gary Armitstead
Sun May 20, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Grinding wheel hole enlargement ?
Replies: 11
Views: 2275

Re: Grinding wheel hole enlargement ?

I don't care what a supplier says........I wouldn't do it. After forty plus years in the trade, I've seen too many wheels blow up on folks and lost eyes. What's your eyesight worth? Bottom line.
by Gary Armitstead
Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Home Shop CNC
Topic: Thinking of a Bridgeport CNC Conversion
Replies: 34
Views: 25542

Re: Thinking of a Bridgeport CNC Conversion

Just a suggestion.....about 25 years ago, there was a company here in Southern California, retrofitting NEW Bridgeports with Bandit controllers. Buy the Bridgeport for around $6K, add the Bandit controller for another $2K (3-axis BTW). Had MDI OR you could drip feed a program to the controller using...
by Gary Armitstead
Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Rail bender
Replies: 23
Views: 7497

Re: Rail bender

railbender.jpgAnother version of the same thing. My rail bender started out as a bar bender. I just made wheels that fit the profile of my rail. It doesn't take much to bend aluminum rail. In fact, even though my bender has a hex on the adjustable wheel, I can just shove a length of rail through th...
by Gary Armitstead
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Train Mountain Triennial vendors wanted
Replies: 8
Views: 2330

Re: Train Mountain Triennial vendors wanted

Allen Models will be there. Also we took on the West Cost Supplier of EP Plastic (Accutie System) Two Booth along with the owners of Accutie System We will be stocking ties and rail soon, Switches, screws, tie plates and the new u-bolt design bolting system that replaces the four bolt for the rail ...
by Gary Armitstead
Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Rail bender
Replies: 23
Views: 7497

Re: Rail bender

dash9, I posted this railbender for you acouple of weeks ago.........by the time you machine the rollers for the rail profile and buy the hardware and fabricate your own bender, you can get this one today for #229 + shipping from Washington! I have one and use it for bending my code 1000 West Coast ...
by Gary Armitstead
Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:27 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Lots of questions on 7 1/2" gauge railroad
Replies: 35
Views: 10354

Re: Lots of questions on 7 1/2" gauge railroad

Dash9, I have a very short point to point 7.5 inch gauge track set-up at my home. I use it mainly for testing rolling stock and engines I build. I also used the Acutie plastic ties (Enterprise Plastics in Ohio) and code 1000 West Coast aluminum rail. I bend my rail using a rail bender made by Eaton ...
by Gary Armitstead
Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sheet metal for building a tender and ballast car?
Replies: 10
Views: 1933

Re: Sheet metal for building a tender and ballast car?

Glenn, I found one photo I could post. Hope this helps. I can get better pictures today and post them tonight. You can see both of the upper cab side wall right angle supports. There are identical angle pieces at the bottom of the cab wall.....they just don't show in this photo. At this point, I us...
by Gary Armitstead
Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sheet metal for building a tender and ballast car?
Replies: 10
Views: 1933

Re: Sheet metal for building a tender and ballast car?

Gary, thanks. I can't quite tell if you have vertical reinforcements on the side panels between the windows, or if this is all one sheet. can you advise? Do you anticipate putting trim around the windows? if so how would that be put on? Glenn Glenn, The ONLY vertical reinforcements are on each end ...
by Gary Armitstead
Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sheet metal for building a tender and ballast car?
Replies: 10
Views: 1933

Re: Sheet metal for building a tender and ballast car?

http://www.largescalecentral.com/FileSharing/user_1800/Gary%20Armitstead%20Photos/Baldwin%20Electric%20Build/cab%20assembled%20rivets%20installed%201%20clecos%20used%20lsc.jpg Glenn, I found one photo I could post. Hope this helps. I can get better pictures today and post them tonight. You can see ...
by Gary Armitstead
Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sheet metal for building a tender and ballast car?
Replies: 10
Views: 1933

Re: Sheet metal for building a tender and ballast car?

http://www.largescalecentral.com/FileSharing/user_1800/Gary%20Armitstead%20Photos/Baldwin%20Electric%20Build/Baldwin%20electric%20cab%202%2011%2018%202014%20lsc.jpg I know you are working in a much larger scale than my 1/8th scale Baldwin electric........but I used 16ga. steel sheet metal. To beef ...
by Gary Armitstead
Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Arch between engine stand and P/U
Replies: 7
Views: 4734

Re: Arch between engine stand and P/U

Karl_Losely wrote:I would suggest a aluminum pan like what the Big Boots & Western RR in Florida is selling. You can see it on Discover Live Steam. I have one and it works well.
Ditto on the aluminum pan from Capt. John Boots......Bought one last year and use it all the time.