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by Mike Walsh
Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: TM 2021 Prep
Replies: 55
Views: 1818

Re: TM 2021 Prep

Last time I was at TM I had one of the “loading helpers” telling me how I needed to load my train. I told him that was unsafe and would not do so. I reminded him this was my train, my truck, and my safety at stake. I never got mad. He told me load it his way or it “ain’t gonna happen”. I reminded h...
by Mike Walsh
Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Allen Mogul Timing issues
Replies: 4
Views: 261

Re: Allen Mogul Timing issues

Hi Garrett, I think that this rocker has been a problem for many. I am not sure how I will address mine yet. I would like to pin it, but the shaft is so small that it may break also, due to the thin wall (another remedy that does fail from time to time). Looking forward to hearing potential fixes. M...
by Mike Walsh
Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: First steam locomotive build-3/4" scale Raritan
Replies: 9
Views: 1104

Re: First steam locomotive build-3/4" scale Raritan

Good stuff! I want to build one someday... Waiting on some disposable funds to afford the castings. Meanwhile, I think I will start on the fabricated components. I already have the book :-)
by Mike Walsh
Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:36 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Rapid build RR truck castings listing
Replies: 2
Views: 634

Re: Rapid build RR truck castings listing

Interesting. They list the archbar trucks as being 6061 aluminum, but that is a wrought alloy designation... I am curious as to what alloy it is. Since it is still on the gating, I would suspect that they have not been heat treated - but it is possible that they put the full casting in the heat trea...
by Mike Walsh
Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Silver Soldering Leaf Springs
Replies: 14
Views: 1366

Re: Silver Soldering Leaf Springs

Bill Shields wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:29 am
kind of like the picture I provided?

I am no familiar with the LE 1" models at all
Yep. Sorry, didn't look close enough. Good example!
by Mike Walsh
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Silver Soldering Leaf Springs
Replies: 14
Views: 1366

Re: Silver Soldering Leaf Springs

Given the content of this thread, I just reflected upon my memory of the construction method for the LE springs (at least, in 1" Scale for the pacific/0-6-0 variants)... There is a single leaf spring that gets this sort of block/pivot point silver soldered to it. But when assembled in the stack, the...
by Mike Walsh
Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Front End Rebuild
Replies: 18
Views: 2767

Re: Front End Rebuild

Glenn Brooks wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:50 pm
Last step will be to install in the fire box, hook up the new throttle intake plumbing and run tests to confirm optimum oriface diameter.
You're putting this in the firebox? Odd.... :shock: :D
by Mike Walsh
Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Laying out rectangular cores on foundry pattern
Replies: 16
Views: 1419

Re: Laying out rectangular cores on foundry pattern

Gating and Risering should be left to the foundry's discretion. I have experienced core prints with a more severe draft angle. Say 10 degrees. This allows for more play when setting cores. The tighter the draft angle, the more accurate you must be in setting the cores. But if you go with a more gene...
by Mike Walsh
Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Laying out rectangular cores on foundry pattern
Replies: 16
Views: 1419

Re: Laying out rectangular cores on foundry pattern

Hi Mike, I should be in good shape on the core prints. They are 2" in height with a 1.5 deg taper down to the valve face and ample on the cylinder bore side Sure, but your cores will expand and contract. So if you are targeting a dimension with your 2" height, I would expect that dimension to be of...
by Mike Walsh
Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Laying out rectangular cores on foundry pattern
Replies: 16
Views: 1419

Re: Laying out rectangular cores on foundry pattern

Also something to take into consideration - the cores will expand and contract when they come in contact by the molten metal. You will need a core print, and that is another factor to take into consideration. You will experience the expansion/contraction and need some "give" for the core so it can m...
by Mike Walsh
Tue Jan 07, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: WTB, Little Engines 1” Scale Cab Castings
Replies: 4
Views: 834

Re: WTB, Little Engines 1” Scale Cab Castings

I would be interested in dome castings if you can split it up. .Sent you a PM
by Mike Walsh
Tue Jan 07, 2020 6:49 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Never seize in lieu of pipe dope
Replies: 32
Views: 3352

Re: Never seize in lieu of pipe dope

I did a very unscientific test with Teflon tape when I first started to tear down my front end. As a test, waved a lighted cutting torch across a strip of Teflon, I had placed on my welding table - it flashed off and disappeared in an instant. Zap and it was gone. So decided, oops, better not use t...