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by Pontiacguy1
Thu Jan 21, 2021 8:22 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: USPS is a mess...
Replies: 31
Views: 2401

Re: USPS is a mess...

Had a small package I mailed on December 17th. Didn't arrive until January 8th, just over 3 weeks later. The recipient is about a 5 hour drive away, so it wasn't like this was all the way across the country or in Alaska or something. I figured after a couple of weeks that it was just lost, and worri...
by Pontiacguy1
Wed Jan 20, 2021 9:16 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: lubricator oil
Replies: 8
Views: 341

Re: lubricator oil

Viton is very resistant to chemical attack and breakdown, so I wouldn't be worried about it being changed or attacked by oil so much. We had a large solvent cleaning system at the company where I used to work, and the valves in the lines would have to have viton seals on them or they wouldn't be sea...
by Pontiacguy1
Wed Jan 20, 2021 8:45 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Forming boiler sheets for three 3/4-in. scale Virginias
Replies: 46
Views: 6797

Re: Forming boiler sheets for three 3/4-in. scale Virginias

I think those trucks look good and totally appropriate under your tender. So many locomotives had upgrades and swap-outs as far as tenders go, it's pretty hard to come up with a tender/locomotive combination that didn't happen at some point somewhere, especially if you are freelancing. You would rar...
by Pontiacguy1
Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:44 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Forming boiler sheets for three 3/4-in. scale Virginias
Replies: 46
Views: 6797

Re: Forming boiler sheets for three 3/4-in. scale Virginias

That's sharp! I like it a lot. One of these days I shall attempt a copper boiler... one of these days...
by Pontiacguy1
Mon Jan 18, 2021 8:34 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: LocoParts?
Replies: 16
Views: 1281

Re: LocoParts?

I just ordered some stuff from Jeff this past week. I emailed him using the email address on the price sheet posted on his website. He emailed back about a day or so later, then sent me a link to a paypal invoice a couple of days after that. He said that he wasn't going to send me an invoice until t...
by Pontiacguy1
Fri Jan 15, 2021 8:20 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Tubes...leaking
Replies: 73
Views: 2416

Re: Tubes...leaking

Ginger. Add that to the boiler. I've heard of a lot of people using it in the past to clog up small leaks and weeps.

Best thing to do long-term is to fix it right, but it does work.
by Pontiacguy1
Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:16 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Smokebox Length Ratio
Replies: 13
Views: 546

Re: Smokebox Length Ratio

Some of the more modern locomotives also had feedwater heaters installed in them, which necessitated a larger smoke box. Some had their smoke boxes extended. Not sure why unless they were adding a feedwater heater, or there was some problem with draft and efficiency they were trying to solve. .
by Pontiacguy1
Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:12 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: An O.S. Porter Journey
Replies: 50
Views: 25897

Re: An O.S. Porter Journey

That looks mighty fine to me!
by Pontiacguy1
Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:29 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 1/2'' scale drawings
Replies: 18
Views: 1328

Re: 1/2'' scale drawings

We are bringing back all the small scale line. That is awesome! So I'm taking it that you purchased the small scale stuff back from Russell Stewart? I am definitely interested in getting some 1/2" scale couplers, if and when you have any cast and available. Good to hear that this stuff won't just d...
by Pontiacguy1
Mon Jan 11, 2021 2:53 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 1/2'' scale drawings
Replies: 18
Views: 1328

Re: 1/2'' scale drawings

John K. with Friends Models/Yankee shop (www.friendsmodels.com) has some of the 1/2" scale designs I believe, but none of them have castings out for sale that I know of, at least not right now. 2 1/2 inch gauge, ½” to the foot, was the most popular live steam scale/gauge in England before World War ...
by Pontiacguy1
Thu Jan 07, 2021 11:05 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Could I get tips on dumpster diving for materials for your build?
Replies: 52
Views: 3242

Re: Could I get tips on dumpster diving for materials for your build?

Lots of people have 'repurposed' a lot of material over the years to turn it into a working steam locomotive. One guy in Texas built a working 2-4-0 narrow gauge locomotive on a budget of $20 per week. At least that's what I think I remember... It was a pretty low amount. He said that was all he cou...
by Pontiacguy1
Wed Jan 06, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Boiler band material.
Replies: 14
Views: 1169

Re: Boiler band material.

You didn't say what this is going on. I have used the 5/8" wide banding from shipping crates on some larger boilers, 1/2" wide on some others. I have also used some 1/2" wide brass with the angles for the tightening bolts silver soldered on. It's hard to find brass strip or banding material now. if ...