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by Gary Armitstead
Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: How close is close enough?
Replies: 42
Views: 11273

Re: How close is close enough?

I have been watching this thread for some time now. Great comments by all. John Hasler's comment about the clearance hole for a 1/2 bolt caught my eye :). I was a die sinker in the forging industry here in Southern California from 1965 until my "retirement" in 2003. In 1990, we hit a recession that ...
by Gary Armitstead
Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: GE 23 ton boxcab in 7.5" gauge / 1.5" scale
Replies: 38
Views: 17885

Re: GE 23 ton boxcab in 7.5" gauge / 1.5" scale

http://www.largescalecentral.com/FileSharing/user_1800/Gary%20Armitstead%20Photos/1%208%20Scale%20Rolling%20Stock/mandrel%20with%20wheel%20installed%20for%20turning%2009%2030%202016.jpg This is how I turn wheels on my 12 inch Craftsman Commercial lathe. These wheels are 4.125 inch diameter at the t...
by Gary Armitstead
Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: How close is close enough?
Replies: 42
Views: 11273

Re: How close is close enough?

When I first started in the die sinking trade and became an apprentice over fifty years ago, an old journeyman (an excellent one at that) once told me a little saying. A few simple words to put all these "close enough" comments in perspective........ There are three types of die sinkers (any tradesm...
by Gary Armitstead
Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: Museums, Factories, Etc.
Topic: B-17 flying overhead all weekend!
Replies: 11
Views: 7698

Re: B-17 flying overhead all weekend!

Our son has always been a WWII history "buff". When he returned home from his combat tour in Iraq in 2005 as a Combat Medic with the 1st Cav Div, we purchased a ride for him in B-17 "Nine-O-Nine". Went up for an hour long ride over Southern California and out over the Pacific along the Malibu coast ...
by Gary Armitstead
Sun Jul 02, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Home Shop CNC
Topic: Controller conversions for a 1991 HAAS VF-1?
Replies: 9
Views: 7362

Re: Controller conversions for a 1991 HAAS VF-1?

George, Sounds like good news for you with the donor sending his chief machinist out to help with your restoration. The donor is doing the "right thing". He got a nice tax write-off for the donation and you get a great little CNC mill. Now to the specifics of the issues with the tool changer. If you...
by Gary Armitstead
Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Home Shop CNC
Topic: Controller conversions for a 1991 HAAS VF-1?
Replies: 9
Views: 7362

Re: Controller conversions for a 1991 HAAS VF-1?

George, At the end of my 40+ year career as a journeyman die sinker (made press forging/steam hammer forging dies), I programmed and operated Haas vertical mills. We had a VF-2 and a VF-4 in those days. This was about 20 years ago. Haas controllers are basically FANUC controllers. 20 years ago, the ...
by Gary Armitstead
Sun Jun 25, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Mosley Generator
Replies: 5
Views: 1952

Re: Mosley Generator

Just a suggestion to you on your asking price of your Moseley generator........IF this generator IS new and it includes the steam regulator. then your price is way too low. All of the Moseley generators I have seen in the past few years have fetched prices NORTH of $2000....a couple for $2400-$2500...
by Gary Armitstead
Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Mosley Generator
Replies: 5
Views: 1952

Re: Mosley Generator

Just a suggestion to you on your asking price of your Moseley generator........IF this generator IS new and it includes the steam regulator. then your price is way too low. All of the Moseley generators I have seen in the past few years have fetched prices NORTH of $2000....a couple for $2400-$2500....
by Gary Armitstead
Thu May 25, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Large 1" Scale Train Collection - For Sale
Replies: 14
Views: 5065

Re: Large 1" Scale Train Collection - For Sale

BrianRR wrote:Will bring various cars: cabooses, riding cars, gondolas, oil tank cars, box cars etc. to LALS event on the 27th
Brian,

Are you going to bring the Geep to LALS on Saturday? Marty Cozad has asked me to get some photos for him. I will be there around 10am on Saturday.
by Gary Armitstead
Mon May 22, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: What's fair? (plumber)
Replies: 14
Views: 4660

Re: What's fair? (plumber)

Anyway, 30 minutes and I cleaned it myself using the same cleanout he used. I'll give him credit for loosing it up. I think $100 is fair for him considering. Proving the obvious....all plumbers are not created equal! ;) I have a friend who owns a plumbing business here. He told me that if any of hi...
by Gary Armitstead
Sun May 14, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: How to make portable flexible track?
Replies: 2
Views: 2143

Re: How to make portable flexible track?

http://www.largescalecentral.com/FileSharing/user_1800/Gary%20Armitstead%20Photos/first%20trains%20on%20short%20line%20%205%20%2001%2028%202017.jpg You didn't mention what gauge you are building......... Not necessarily flex track, but it is portable and not very expensive. 7-1/2 inch gauge West Co...
by Gary Armitstead
Fri May 12, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Railroad Supply History
Replies: 57
Views: 29679

Re: Railroad Supply History

Could that be Barry Hague with Nick? About the right age for that time.