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by Dick_Morris
Sun Jan 17, 2021 12:05 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Argent Lumber 3 spot
Replies: 25
Views: 817

Re: Argent Lumber 3 spot

I wonder if you could roll and weld a cylinder and form the center section on an English wheel? I've also seen a plannishing hammer used for forming sheet metal between two surfaces. I've never used either but have seen videos.
by Dick_Morris
Sat Jan 16, 2021 9:21 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Argent Lumber 3 spot
Replies: 25
Views: 817

Re: Argent Lumber 3 spot

Rudd - I agree that the hatched sections on the drawing look to be cast, with the unhatched sheet metal.
This one is 56" diameter or 11.2" at 1/5 scale? Comparing it to the track gauge, the Argent 3 looks to be closer to be around 40 inches?
by Dick_Morris
Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:52 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Argent Lumber 3 spot
Replies: 25
Views: 817

Re: Argent Lumber 3 spot

If you used resin or sodium silicate sand you could make a disposable core box on a 3D printer. Because you don't need to ram these types of cores the walls could be fairly thin, like a vase. To remove, use a disk grinder.
by Dick_Morris
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:47 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Argent Lumber 3 spot
Replies: 25
Views: 817

Re: Argent Lumber 3 spot

I can think of a couple of ways that you could make the stack as a casting. What is it, about 8" diameter?
by Dick_Morris
Sun Jan 10, 2021 5:21 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Could I get tips on dumpster diving for materials for your build?
Replies: 52
Views: 2586

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

Side rods from aluminum? Sure. but it's a trade off. Easier to machine and less reciprocating weight, but more likely to be scratched or bent in the inevitable major derailment and is doesn't retain paint as well. I used a piece of aluminum bar for my American and it works fine (except for the funny...
by Dick_Morris
Sat Jan 09, 2021 3:53 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Piston Ring Question
Replies: 24
Views: 1406

Re: Piston Ring Question

glass filled Teflon rings
Does that take a two piece piston?
by Dick_Morris
Sat Jan 02, 2021 11:48 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: USPS is a mess...
Replies: 27
Views: 1778

Re: USPS is a mess...

I ordered a couple of blue denim work shirts from Amazon at at 2:09 PM on Wednesday. They shipped from Portland, OR via USPS Priority Mail and were put into my curb side mail box sometime this afternoon. Chalk one up for USPS.
by Dick_Morris
Sat Jan 02, 2021 5:24 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Could I get tips on dumpster diving for materials for your build?
Replies: 52
Views: 2586

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

A file and a magnet will help a bit to tell if something is suitable. If you can cut it a piece of steal easily with a file, it's not hardened. If a magnet sticks to a piece of brass looking stuff, it's not brass. If the you take the file to brass looking stuff that the magnet doesn't stick to and t...
by Dick_Morris
Sat Jan 02, 2021 1:16 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: USPS is a mess...
Replies: 27
Views: 1778

Re: USPS is a mess...

GWRdriver, it may be true. I can't speak about bricks, but for groceries there is a system, I think it's called "bypass mail." My understanding is that the groceries, etc., aren't physically processed through the post office. They are delivered on a pallet to the airport and moved as if they were ma...
by Dick_Morris
Fri Jan 01, 2021 10:12 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Who makes 1 1/2" scale Builders and number plates?
Replies: 20
Views: 1609

Re: Who makes 1 1/2" scale Builders and number plates?

I don't have a source, but there here are a couple of options for the process. One can do etched plates by using a laser print onto slippery magazine paper and transferring the toner to a piece of brass with an iron. My first efforts were OK but I didn't pursue the process enough to see if improveme...
by Dick_Morris
Fri Jan 01, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: USPS is a mess...
Replies: 27
Views: 1778

Re: USPS is a mess...

I guess this is a case of "your mileage may vary." I don't have the luxury to ship via UPS or Fedex for many items. Although both have major hubs in Anchorage, their rates are several times what USPS charges. It's not infrequent that I want to buy something but the seller has a contract with UPS tha...
by Dick_Morris
Fri Jan 01, 2021 3:04 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Could I get tips on dumpster diving for materials for your build?
Replies: 52
Views: 2586

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

I've collected all kinds of scrap over the years. If it looks like it might be usable I pick it up. However, I've also thrown a lot away or just left it in the dumpster. Only experience will tell you what is worth having. A good dumpster is becoming much harder to find than it was 30-40 years ago. T...