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by Gary Armitstead
Wed May 10, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Heavy cuts
Replies: 12
Views: 2603

Re: Heavy cuts

In my 45 years as a die sinker (making forging die cavities), I used the green wheels to sharpen carbide lathe tools. But the finish "grind" was always done with a 6 or 8 inch diameter by 1 inch wide diamond impregnated steel wheel, which are not usually affordable for the hobbyist machinist.
by Gary Armitstead
Sun Apr 30, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Moseley Generator Drawings
Replies: 16
Views: 7008

Re: Moseley Generator Drawings

LivingLegend wrote:
Gary Armitstead wrote:....I purchased my Moseley MO-6 generator new in early 1981.... A grand total of $220 shipped to me....

If remember correctly, Francis sold the 1.5" generators from it's first production run (1970s) for around $160.

..... Them was the good ol' days!

LL
Ain't that the truth! :)
by Gary Armitstead
Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Moseley Generator Drawings
Replies: 16
Views: 7008

Re: Moseley Generator Drawings

Daniel, I purchased my Moseley MO-6 generator new in early 1981. Bought it personally from Francis after talking with him on the phone. We spent an hour on the phone as he explained how he machined his little jewel. Generator, regulator and conduit for the wiring and very simple instructions on a sm...
by Gary Armitstead
Sun Apr 02, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Carbide router bits
Replies: 11
Views: 2077

Re: Carbide router bits

In my die sinking trade, we used SOLID carbide cutters. I have no idea of the grade type....provided by the company. I used them in Haas and Cincinnati CNC mills, all the way down to 1/8 diameter up to 3/4 diameter. Absolutely bullet proof........but very "pricey". I still have quite a few 1/4 dia. ...
by Gary Armitstead
Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Converting Allen Archbar trucks to sealed ball-bearings
Replies: 6
Views: 3288

Re: Converting Allen Archbar trucks to sealed ball-bearings

http://www.largescalecentral.com/FileSharing/user_1800/Gary%20Armitstead%20Photos/1%208%20Scale%20Rolling%20Stock/caboose%20arfch%20bar%20trucks%20close%20up%2003%2006%202017%20lsc.jpg RN, Thanks for the tip on using Steve's new journals with the bearings. My 36 year old caboose (recently restored ...
by Gary Armitstead
Wed Feb 22, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: West Valley electric locomotive
Replies: 10
Views: 3067

Re: West Valley electric locomotive

I need to contact someone who has built or is building the Baldwin-Westinghouse electric locomotive from plans supplied by the West Valley Live Steamers. I have a set of plans that my dad had dated 1981. Questions: current suppliers of bolster casting? updated plans? journal boxs? I have one of the...
by Gary Armitstead
Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Enco 91007
Replies: 20
Views: 4848

Re: Enco 91007

I have a 91000 Enco mill/drill that's 36 years old and I built my Gene Allen ten-wheeler using this mill. NO....it's not a professional machine, but I'm a retired die sinker and tool maker (40 years) and this mill has done everything I have asked of it, including the "fussy" stuff like connecting ro...
by Gary Armitstead
Thu Feb 16, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Another New Guy wants a 10-wheeler
Replies: 45
Views: 8465

Re: Another New Guy wants a 10-wheeler

Blackstack, Because you are just getting started in this great hobby, I would have to say that the previous comments to you about the Allen engines are so true. It's a simple design proven over many, many years and you can see them running all over the U.S. and other countries. Right now, Gene Allen...
by Gary Armitstead
Wed Nov 30, 2016 4:22 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Differences between Mosely and L.S. Pyle National MO6 Generators?
Replies: 4
Views: 2595

Re: Differences between Mosely and L.S. Pyle National MO6 Generators?

The differences: A finely tuned Ferrari (the Moseley generator) and a Ford Pinto (L.S. generator). :)

IF you can find a Moseley generator.....they are going for around $1600 each and UP! I have one I bought new from Francis in 1981 and I'm NOT parting with it. :)
by Gary Armitstead
Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:21 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: D&RGW short caboose
Replies: 17
Views: 4169

Re: D&RGW short caboose

John, There is a great book called "A Century + Ten of D&RGW Narrow Gauge Freight Cars, 1871 to 1981" by Robert E. Sloan. Many drawings of the 17 ft. shorty caboose. This is a great reference book for builders of D&RGW rolling stock in any scale. Around $50. I just checked the bookstore at the Color...
by Gary Armitstead
Tue Nov 15, 2016 2:36 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: USE YOUR IMAGINATION
Replies: 17
Views: 3089

Re: USE YOUR IMAGINATION

Gary, do you know how Dan formed the cones for his stack? I'm going to be tackling that kind of stack myself in the not too distant future I will ask him. Tristan, I just called Dan O'Brien regarding your question about the cone on the Porter stack. The entire stack was made by Jack Sessums from a ...
by Gary Armitstead
Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:46 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: USE YOUR IMAGINATION
Replies: 17
Views: 3089

Re: USE YOUR IMAGINATION

Soot n' Cinders wrote:Gary, do you know how Dan formed the cones for his stack? I'm going to be tackling that kind of stack myself in the not too distant future
I will ask him.