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by jcbrock
Mon May 18, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Silver soldering set up
Replies: 16
Views: 876

Re: Silver soldering set up

I do mine in low light but not in the dark, I'd have to get organized to do that. Probably light my pants on fire or something.
by jcbrock
Mon May 18, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 2.5" Monitor Injector Update
Replies: 2
Views: 340

Re: 2.5" Monitor Injector Update

I'm sorry to hear that Anthony, it sounds like Murphy's Law at work but thank you for the update. The presentation and packaging is beautiful too, it's a shame but I am still going to put mine on a loco and get it dirty!
by jcbrock
Sun May 17, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Silver soldering set up
Replies: 16
Views: 876

Re: Silver soldering set up

When the flux (I too use black) dries out in the container as it will, just add a little water to it and stir it up. I find sneaking up on the melting point and then removing heat as soon as it completely flows helps, overheating is a bad thing. If you do try the cadmium-bearing, I'd do it outside a...
by jcbrock
Thu May 14, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Square Nuts
Replies: 2
Views: 500

Re: Square Nuts

Good find Jeff. I see they also list 1/32 x 1/4 brass round head rivets which might be interesting to the small scale crowd.
by jcbrock
Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 2.5" Vulcan Side Frame
Replies: 15
Views: 1374

Re: 2.5" Vulcan Side Frame

This software has no lettering so each letter/number had to be drawn as a mechanical part. One way to avoid this is to do the lettering in another product like Inkscape, which is free and supports saves in svg/dxf. Import the 2d, scale it, position it, extrude it and then combine/merge it. You stil...
by jcbrock
Thu Apr 23, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Kozo"s k 27
Replies: 18
Views: 2403

Re: Kozo"s k 27

That's an interesting fudge Marty, it really works well. The equipment ends up very slightly smaller but who cares, the stuff is too durn big anyway and the error is less than 1.5" scale on 7.5" gauge. It's not mathematically correct but I'd call it 'live steamer correct'. :wink:
by jcbrock
Sat Apr 18, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 846
Views: 202953

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

Looking nearly done Tristan, wish I could say the same. Amazon has a lot of ornamental brass handbells for cheap - I saw a 2.2" one for example so there are some smaller ones and it was $10. I was thinking about getting one of those and then either sanding or turning the decorative casting off the o...
by jcbrock
Fri Apr 10, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 2-1/2" NG class A shay.
Replies: 238
Views: 96334

Re: 2-1/2" NG class A shay.

I would think you want to shut steam off to your injectors when not working. I’ve found if injectors get hot they can refuse to pick up. I'm pretty sure these are valves just to isolate the injector in case it needs removal under steam. The injector operating valve will be downstream or it'll be a ...
by jcbrock
Thu Apr 09, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 2-1/2" NG class A shay.
Replies: 238
Views: 96334

Re: 2-1/2" NG class A shay.

If the 3/4" guys can make it work, you should be fine as far as user-friendly! Agreed turning off the right injector shutoff is going to be a little tough getting around the throttle but as you say that's almost never going to happen. It might have been nice to have a ball valve between the boiler a...
by jcbrock
Thu Apr 09, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 2-1/2" NG class A shay.
Replies: 238
Views: 96334

Re: 2-1/2" NG class A shay.

Your Shay is really looking good Brian. We're doing tapered stacks too and I was able to start with a piece of 3.5" OD x 2" ID pipe from Speedy Metals, which still took 45 minutes to crosscut on my little 4x6 bandsaw. It saved a bit of chipmaking though. I like the prototype throttle/turret combo as...
by jcbrock
Tue Mar 24, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Which fuel for this burner?
Replies: 9
Views: 2166

Re: Which fuel for this burner?

Like John says, they'll all burn, some better than others. Diesel is a good one, it puts out a lot of heat and is very easy to get, you should be fine with that. Some will say that waste oils are dangerous to burn due to elements in the exhaust gases. Others will say you'll never burn a large enough...
by jcbrock
Sun Mar 15, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 1" Atlantic and Pacific Boilers
Replies: 10
Views: 1908

Re: 1" Atlantic and Pacific Boilers

Thanks for posting these Marty, they look very familiar. It looks like the Atlantic has a belly blowdown. I don't know how common those are, the Billy Jones #2 has one but it's also a Vanderbilt firebox weirdo. There was a thread a month or two ago on locating the top of the crown sheet. One way tha...