Kombrink's American

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Berkman
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Re: Kombrink's American

Post by Berkman » Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:07 pm

Any ball valve should work. Just run a control rod with handle up through the top of the tender.

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makinsmoke
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Re: Kombrink's American

Post by makinsmoke » Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:47 pm

The Allen tender valve works well.

Locoparts sells a similar design ready to run.

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Pipescs
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Re: Kombrink's American

Post by Pipescs » Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:05 am

Will call Allen Models a little later today
Charlie Pipes
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2.5 Baldwin 2-4-2/2-4-4/0-4-4 Conversion (What ever)
Little Engines American Restoration
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makinsmoke
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Re: Kombrink's American

Post by makinsmoke » Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:50 am

Hello Charlie,
My bad, as you probably found out.

Steve does not sell completed tender water valves but the drawings for them are included in the Allen prints. Everything is pretty much machined from stock.

Locoparts sells a tender water valve that looks very close to the Allen design. I don't know if it is done to actual prints. Jeff can tell you.

It mounts to the bottom of the tender with the fitting through the bottom sheet. The actuating rod can be made to fit whatever height you need.

Take care,
Brian

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Re: Kombrink's American

Post by makinsmoke » Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:53 am

Here's the Locoparts valve.

The disc handle is easily replaced with whatever
handle meets your fancy:

http://www.locoparts.biz/watervalve2.jpg

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Pipescs
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Re: Kombrink's American

Post by Pipescs » Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:23 pm

Taking a moment to update the thread.

The English injector was a waste of time. I had a number of people at Mid-South tinker with it and we could not get any kind of consistency in starting it above 60 psi

So I order the small one form Eccentric Engineer.
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It was an easy swap with the English one and worked right out of the box. It has been to the track twice now having picked up every time I needed it.

I was even able to use it while running and for a 220 pound gorilla balancing on a LE American this is something.
Charlie Pipes
USMC Retired

Current Projects:

2.5 Baldwin 2-4-2/2-4-4/0-4-4 Conversion (What ever)
Little Engines American Restoration
Bobber Caboose

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Pipescs
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Re: Kombrink's American

Post by Pipescs » Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:35 pm

Latest project on the American is a set of brakes. I have yet to see an LE American with brakes and I do not want to cut the engine up to add them. So I have made a stand alone brake car to pull behind it. It can hook into any train as there are no hook ups to it.

It was ready to test this weekend at Mid South but work got in the way.

The car was made from bartered trucks and the same construction method as the caboose. Took about four weeks to build out of wood scraps in the shop.

The brakes are air being activated by a solenoid hooked to a two channel receiver. The car is controlled using a key fob that will be Velcro to the tender by the hand pump. As it is a work in progress this may be hid in a small wooden box in the cab.

Original plan was to have a 12 volt compressor feeding air to a set of old CO2 Paint Ball bottles with an auto cut off. But at the last minute I am trying a charged CO2 bottle with a step down Regulator. The regulator has an adjustment from 0 to 30 PSI. At 30 the wheels lock up and slide.

Connie at Miracle Graphics is making me up the masks for a company that existed in my home town until 1969. A make believe car to pull behind a make believe engine.
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Charlie Pipes
USMC Retired

Current Projects:

2.5 Baldwin 2-4-2/2-4-4/0-4-4 Conversion (What ever)
Little Engines American Restoration
Bobber Caboose

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