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by xo18thfa
Thu Dec 10, 2015 9:55 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: LBSC locomotive "Ancient Lights"
Replies: 17
Views: 3204

Re: LBSC locomotive "Ancient Lights"

This fellow has a Canterbury Lamb going quite well. A well built 2-2-2 should do fine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZ4IZb58t44
by xo18thfa
Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:42 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: one of the master builders" Bill "
Replies: 2
Views: 1772

Re: one of the master builders" Bill "

Check out some more of Bill's work. He runs these engines at the National Summer Steam Up in Sacramento, talk about some crazy power. http://forums.mylargescale.com/18-live-steam/56690-erie-triplex-build-log.html http://forums.mylargescale.com/18-live-steam/46450-streamlined-garratt-build-log.html h...
by xo18thfa
Thu Oct 15, 2015 8:12 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Help with Charlie Dockstader Program
Replies: 19
Views: 2995

Re: Help with Charlie Dockstader Program

If you have access to Live Steam magazine from the early/mid 80's, Stephen Vitkovits Jr ran an extensive series on valve gears. There was 4 installments on Walschaerts design. I worked out some designs and tested them in Charlie's simulator. They worked well in the simulator. If you look into the se...
by xo18thfa
Sat Oct 03, 2015 8:53 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Allen Models Sold
Replies: 9
Views: 2979

Re: Allen Models Sold

Marty, first off, many thanks for taking over Allen Models and keeping a great product strong for our hobby. And thanks for continued support. Congratulations to Steve and best wishes. Allen Models is in great hands. I've known Steve for years. He built my Shay from Ken's castings. He does quality w...
by xo18thfa
Thu Oct 01, 2015 5:32 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Building a Kozo
Replies: 74
Views: 8386

Re: Building a Kozo

Back on the subject of building a scaled up Kozo, the thought is daunting to me. Kozo's designs are for 3.5" gauge. There is more to a design then just doubling it. First off, double 3.5" gauge you get 7.0", start adding a 1/2" width to everything. Hundreds of width dimensions get changed. Four of h...
by xo18thfa
Thu Oct 01, 2015 5:06 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: making leather cups for water pump
Replies: 5
Views: 1255

Re: making leather cups for water pump

Hi, If all else fails, you can probably make your own by cutting a disk from an old kid glove, punching the proper diameter hole in it and then soaking it in water for a while. Form it into a cup around the piston body and let it dry in place. If you assemble it with oil, it should make a serviceab...
by xo18thfa
Wed May 20, 2015 12:13 am
Forum: Gunsmithing
Topic: Destroying ammunitions
Replies: 32
Views: 16052

Re: Destroying ammunitions

I've seen Army EOD guys fill a big bucket half full of sand, pour in some diesel fuel, put in the ammo and set it on fire. Easier then turning bad ammo back into the ammo dump.
by xo18thfa
Sat May 02, 2015 4:47 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Slightly off topic.....
Replies: 10
Views: 1299

Re: Slightly of topic.....

Grizzly. There are some personal websites with mods/upgrades that make their stuff even better. The 4-bolt mod for the compound rest on the 9" lathe made all the difference in the world.
by xo18thfa
Wed May 07, 2014 8:45 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Copper Pickling Question?
Replies: 25
Views: 4611

Re: Copper Pickling Question?

Citric acid is the best pickle -- bar none. It removes solder flux very quickly. Does not eat steel as muratic acid does. Citric acid is nowhere near as dangerous. No fumes. Does not burn skin. It comes in crystal powder form. Just mix with water until no more dissolves. Probably have to order it fr...
by xo18thfa
Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Dissolving Loctite residue
Replies: 4
Views: 1115

Re: Dissolving Loctite residue

I tried MEK (from Home Depot), that did not work. It turns out you can't get real MEK anymore, only MEK "Substitute". Finally got it cleaned up and all is fine. I like the idea of just burning it off. The simple solution tends to be the best. The proprietary solvent is $75/12oz

Thanks again.
by xo18thfa
Sat Sep 28, 2013 3:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Dissolving Loctite residue
Replies: 4
Views: 1115

Dissolving Loctite residue

Had to disassemble a part put together with (green) Loctite #680 retaining compound. Came apart with some heat OK, but there is some residue from the leftover Loctite. Is there a solvent that takes that out??

Many thanks in advance

vr Bob
by xo18thfa
Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:53 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: "Catherine", a USA "Sweet Pea" engine build
Replies: 239
Views: 82752

Re: "Catherine", a USA "Sweet Pea" engine build

Where did you get the plans for this loco??

Thanks, Bob