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by Bruce_Mowbray
Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: LITTLE ENGINES
Replies: 86
Views: 14737

Re: LITTLE ENGINES

FWIW, I have purchased drawings from Little Engines, Railroad Supply, and Allen Locomotives before to see what is entailed in building a locomotive of my choice. To sit down and study the drawings before getting started gave me the opportunity to see the parts individually and figure out a way to ma...
by Bruce_Mowbray
Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Baldwin green paint scheme
Replies: 26
Views: 4506

Re: Baldwin green paint scheme

Glenn,
I'll get you the Baldwin munsell number and the Dupont color code on Wednesday. I am sure we have the color codes for the other equipment as well.
by Bruce_Mowbray
Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 'Engine wash" and shiny brass?
Replies: 23
Views: 3133

Re: 'Engine wash" and shiny brass?

I have found that WD-40 removes old WD-40. The residue is paraffin which is the protectant. Kind of like water based coolant. The best solvent for dried up old coolant is new coolant. Everything will oxidize over time unless an impenetrable coating is applied. Lacquers and enamels or good but they g...
by Bruce_Mowbray
Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Home Shop CNC
Topic: Using G28
Replies: 18
Views: 7342

Re: Using G28

On my machine, x,y,z zero are the home positions of each of those axis. X table all the way to the left, Y table all the way to the back, Z spindle all the way up The last 4 lines of almost all of my programs are: G91 G28 Y0 Z0 (rapid table all the way towards the front of the machine and spindle al...
by Bruce_Mowbray
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:19 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 'Engine wash" and shiny brass?
Replies: 23
Views: 3133

Re: 'Engine wash" and shiny brass?

WD-40 is a good wiper cleaner and protectant. Simichrome works great to keep things polished, Brasso works good at taking heavy oxidation off. The 45 minutes it takes to raise steam is a good time to polish. It keeps you busy and prevents the urge to keep opening the firebox door. Firemen stay in sh...
by Bruce_Mowbray
Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Rail bender
Replies: 23
Views: 4609

Re: Rail bender

railbender.jpg Another 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 t...
by Bruce_Mowbray
Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:42 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Rail bender
Replies: 23
Views: 4609

Re: Rail bender

It's been a while since I had my own die made and my rail extruded but Yarde Metals was very reasonable compared to Alcoa

http://www.yarde.com/products/extrusions/
by Bruce_Mowbray
Wed Jun 07, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: black or white flux?
Replies: 21
Views: 3671

Re: black or white flux?

John,
Are you sure your 1018 is not 12L14? Leaded steel is a tough one to silver solder.
by Bruce_Mowbray
Tue Apr 05, 2016 7:18 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Union Pacific Big Boy 4012 in 1.5"
Replies: 62
Views: 28042

Re: Union Pacific Big Boy 4012 in 1.5"

Dan,
I sent you the drawing of the 4000 series injector. It's in your PM inbox.
by Bruce_Mowbray
Tue Feb 09, 2016 5:17 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam cylinder stroke
Replies: 68
Views: 8038

Re: Steam cylinder stroke

Mill off the ends of the cylinder castings.
by Bruce_Mowbray
Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:54 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam cylinder stroke
Replies: 68
Views: 8038

Re: Steam cylinder stroke

One could also make heads that fit deeper into the bores.
by Bruce_Mowbray
Sat Jan 16, 2016 12:39 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: First Allen 0-4-0 Completed
Replies: 10
Views: 2402

Re: First Allen 0-4-0 Completed

Marty,

I went over the engine at the Cabin Fever show. An excellent model especially for the beginner!!!