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by Soot n' Cinders
Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam oil
Replies: 17
Views: 874

Re: Steam oil

I have a pail of the Chevron W 460. It is emulsifying, but it does not contain real tallow. It uses a synthetic fat that won’t spoil.
by Soot n' Cinders
Fri Mar 01, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 770
Views: 120168

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

I’ve thought about the anode, definitely something to keep in mind as well as the possibility of doing some home electro plating. But those are idea for down the road. And I think I’m going to keep the inside of the tank bare metal. Then there’s no coating to crack and let water get behind and eat t...
by Soot n' Cinders
Thu Feb 28, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 770
Views: 120168

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

Looking good! It's great you were able to solder the plated steel, I wasn't sure how that was going to work as my "hot" experiences with zinc plated and galvanized steel have been less than wonderful. It wasn’t too hard as long as the heat was kept low. I used tinning flux and regular plumbing sold...
by Soot n' Cinders
Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 770
Views: 120168

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

Work continues on the tank. The stand pipe for the siphon is now complete and attached as well as the siphon steam line plumbed. Both injector water connections are finished as well. Gaskets for both are made from some soft rubber used for toilet valves. The screws that hold the water line flanges a...
by Soot n' Cinders
Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 2.5 Inch Scale Boxcar From the Wheels up
Replies: 21
Views: 2106

Re: 2.5 Inch Scale Boxcar From the Wheels up

Those are some nice looking trucks! Definitely gonna keep an eye on this, I've been looking around for some MCB truck parts to do 2.5" Symington archbar trucks to go with the shay
by Soot n' Cinders
Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Unidentified Niagara device
Replies: 18
Views: 2445

Re: Unidentified Niagara device

Thank you it is Earl Muller, but it is a Mohawk not a Niagara. The only Niagara in 1.6 scale that I know of was Fred Bouffard’s, and another person that will be missed. Youre right, Earls is a Mohawk. I believe the late Pete Bialecki of Florida was building the Niagra down there, but I dont know th...
by Soot n' Cinders
Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 770
Views: 120168

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

Finally have the tank where it'll hold water! Took two tests, the first one showed two of the vertical seams had pin holes but they were quickly fixed by reflowing the solder with some flux. After that the tank was filled to the brim and left for 20min, showing no signs of leaking. 01c346a074ca3e0b4...
by Soot n' Cinders
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Unidentified Niagara device
Replies: 18
Views: 2445

Re: Unidentified Niagara device

I believe the gentleman in Florida would be Earl Muller. He has a beautiful 7.5” gauge oil burning Niagara
by Soot n' Cinders
Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Good supplier of water gauge glass? 1/2" O.D
Replies: 23
Views: 3216

Re: Good supplier of water gauge glass? 1/2" O.D

How about .200" diameter? So far no luck with McMaster, LocoParts, Blackgates, Stuart, etc. PM Research has 3/16" O.D. which is a bit too small. I'm still searching while also checking with friends. Many thanks, Bruce Try looking for metric tube then. 0.2” is kind of an odd size, but it’s almost ex...
by Soot n' Cinders
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 770
Views: 120168

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

No pictures tonight, but all of the side rivets are in and the bottom is held in place with some screws and nuts. One side didnt line up like I thought it was going to, but nothing a drill bit cant fix. I also need to drill the holes for the 3 sides of the coal bunker. In addition to that, I found t...
by Soot n' Cinders
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 770
Views: 120168

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

I am about to start the "solder sealing" step on the water legs of the tender I am building and wanted to know, do you use a big soldering iron or a torch for heat? I used a torch for heating. I use a butane micro torch for most stuff since it’s easier to control and keep from burning the flux, but...
by Soot n' Cinders
Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 770
Views: 120168

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

Lots more rivets are set now, almost throw the first batch of 950 rivets with another 1000 on the way. The sides are almost done with just the upper row on the engineers side left to go. Then I’ll go in with flux and solder and seal up the vertical seams. Interestingly enough, I’ve found that tinnin...