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by gwrdriver
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: HSS vs Titanium vs. Cobalt drills.
Replies: 25
Views: 13018

Re: HSS vs Titanium vs. Cobalt drills.

tornitore45 wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:57 pm
WD40 works for aluminum,
Interesting. Next time I have aluminum to work I'll give it a try.
by gwrdriver
Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: HSS vs Titanium vs. Cobalt drills.
Replies: 25
Views: 13018

Re: HSS vs Titanium vs. Cobalt drills.

Let's talk about WD-40. Yes, it has hundreds of amazing uses, and you can buy it at the corner market, but does it have any lubricating qualities for cutting metal at all? That's a serious question. I use a commercial cutting and tapping fluid. I've never tried to substitute WD-40. I've never even t...
by gwrdriver
Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Plastic Ties for 3.5" gauge?
Replies: 8
Views: 1748

Re: Plastic Ties for 3.5" gauge?

Hi Fred, I'd never say no, but for the moment all I need is a length of erection track. I've always been a "builder" rather than a "runner" - I get 98% of my enjoyment from the hobby in building and interaction with other builders. Running, not so much, . . so a home track project is way down the To...
by gwrdriver
Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Plastic Ties for 3.5" gauge?
Replies: 8
Views: 1748

Re: Plastic Ties for 3.5" gauge?

Thanks C.P., I do have a table saw and a good supply of red oak so that would be like to carrying coal to Newcastle.
by gwrdriver
Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: What type of Drill Rod for Axles?
Replies: 33
Views: 5118

Re: What type of Drill Rod for Axles?

Frank, I think the scale of your project has some effect on what might be the best (and most convenient) material to use, however in general I don't use drill rod for axles at all, even for small (3/8", 3/4") scales. In addition to the relatively high cost, DR offers few physical advantages for driv...
by gwrdriver
Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Plastic Ties for 3.5" gauge?
Replies: 8
Views: 1748

Plastic Ties for 3.5" gauge?

Looking to make a short run of 3.5"ga test track, . . does anyone make plastic ties in this gauge in the U.S.?
by gwrdriver
Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Engine bed (GSC)
Replies: 20
Views: 5386

Re: Engine bed (GSC)

That GSC bed photo is a "stock" photo and has been used several times in railway histories (one I have is by Richard Prince) to represent an example of the cast steel frames being used in their locomotives.
by gwrdriver
Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: brass tubing
Replies: 7
Views: 1433

Re: brass tubing

The generally accepted rule is no brass in the pressure vessel structure (shell, stays, bushings, etc), for the reasons you state. For external renewable/replaceable components (tubing, fittings, gauges, etc) brass is acceptable although bronze is preferred. The exception is low pressure, low volume...
by gwrdriver
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Union nuts & cones?
Replies: 15
Views: 3306

Re: Union nuts & cones?

Greg and all, Many years ago MSC offered a bewildering array of very reasonably priced "special" taps and dies which included 40-TPI. I began to buy a few, thinking this would be a good way to economically acquire 40TPI "ME" taps and dies, but what I quickly realized was that these US 60° thread for...
by gwrdriver
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Union nuts & cones?
Replies: 15
Views: 3306

Re: Union nuts & cones?

I found my fitting table (Cad) but it seems to be incomplete and needs to be checked against my source which was probably published in Model Engineer magazine. I'll see what I can do.
by gwrdriver
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Union nuts & cones?
Replies: 15
Views: 3306

Re: Union nuts & cones?

I have a table of these and when I'm back at my home computer later today I'll post it (if I can find it.) IIRC my table is based upon ME threads but the proportions are good for whatever thread system you want.
by gwrdriver
Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Candice Bergen remembers Disney's railroad
Replies: 7
Views: 2318

Re: Candice Bergen remembers Disney's railroad

As kids we tried never to miss Walt Disney's Disneyland on Sunday nights (ca.1954) and in those years there were regular segments on the development of Disneyland (Park), including the park railroad, but I don't recall ever seeing a segment on his home railroad. There may have been, and I missed tha...