Search found 691 matches

by kenrinc
Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steaming Bay Air Hose Connectors
Replies: 5
Views: 1124

Re: Steaming Bay Air Hose Connectors

Gotcha ! :mrgreen: Been there done that. I've got a box full of extra fittings, just in case.

Ken-
by kenrinc
Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: boxcar brown
Replies: 10
Views: 1537

Re: boxcar brown

I'm using Rustoleum's red oxide primer for my riding car/hopper, and I think it's a pretty close match for the red/brown color used on so many different roads. It's a fairly flat finish, but the nice thing is it can be touched up and shows no spray can marks in the touchup area. Agreed. Rustoleum. ...
by kenrinc
Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: injector problem--update
Replies: 5
Views: 1470

Re: injector problem--update

Yup, been there. I have to take mine apart the day before each run otherwise I'll be doing it at the track. I've talked to many who pressurize their boilers after running and then open the steam valve to the injector to blow out the residual water which seems to help with this issue.

Ken-
by kenrinc
Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: injector problem
Replies: 16
Views: 2231

Re: injector problem

I have seen a lump of debris sitting on top of the steam cone. Pull the injector and get a 10-32 screw and pull the steam cone. If needs be make a special puller to remove the steam cone. They are sometimes very difficult to remove. I had issues with mine for awhile. I talked with Barry about this ...
by kenrinc
Thu Aug 01, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: cylinder block.
Replies: 21
Views: 3291

Re: cylinder block.

The rivet-counter side of me would have liked to have used a cast block, but the practical side won out on this one due to the simplicity of this construction method when comparing it to creating cast iron block from scratch. - Ward Everyone who has seen my block asks me who I got the casting from....
by kenrinc
Tue Jul 30, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: cylinder block.
Replies: 21
Views: 3291

Re: cylinder block.

Out west we generally attribute the built up cylinder block to Ed Yungling. Bob Reedy acknowledges this in his LS magazine build articles. But as in everything, it had been done before just not as prevalent. I'd seen pictures of them in early LS magazines and ME from way back. It's funny because a f...
by kenrinc
Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Anyone printing in wax?
Replies: 14
Views: 2529

Re: Anyone printing in wax?

Moldlay was the stuff that was recommended to me for investment cast 3D prints. Haven't had a chance to try either it or polycast.

https://www.amazon.com/PORO-Lay-Mold-La ... B00WAJBB48

Ken-
by kenrinc
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: kozo A3 switcher build
Replies: 28
Views: 5587

Re: kozo A3 switcher build

On my A3 I actually made a traditional steam dome which Kozo did not do for the A3 because the throttle assembly is brought out onto the top of the rear boiler barrel. My A3 is 1.5" scale so I have a traditional steam dome throttle. Because of that, I fabricated a real dome which gave me the ability...
by kenrinc
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Re-seating check valve?
Replies: 4
Views: 1306

Re: Re-seating check valve?

I have a set of "lapping" tools with different size balls on the ends that I made. Basically I take a ball end mill with a matching radius, cut a dish in the end of the rod, and then Loctite a chrome ball to that. I then use a none destructive lapping compound like "Time Savers" to lap the ball onto...
by kenrinc
Fri May 31, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Whistle setting
Replies: 10
Views: 2937

Re: Whistle setting

Might be better to make a "spider" that either threads on or is a close fit to the major diameter of the threaded rod. This assumes the rest of the whistle is reasonably in line with said threaded rod. $.02

http://patentimages.storage.googleapis. ... 1171-0.png

Ken-
by kenrinc
Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Hydro Test
Replies: 23
Views: 4206

Re: Hydro Test

For miniature boilers, newly constructed boilers are hydro tested to two times the working pressure. New boilers that are taken to the 2 times working pressure, usually have all fittings removed and all bushings plugged except the one going to the hydro test pump. (A hand pump works fine for this) ...
by kenrinc
Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Whistles
Replies: 20
Views: 4155

Re: Whistles

That was a peculiar article with the author sighting 6 chime whistles as "out of tune messes". I was like, Huh? Anyway, I've built nearly 20 whistles, some of which work some of which don't :) I've bought pre-made whistles that worked on air and not steam. Horizontal whistles are a pain but it's tra...