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by pat1027
Sat Sep 07, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: boxcar brown
Replies: 10
Views: 2459

Re: boxcar brown

Box car red though it's more a brown than a red. The brownish primers in a rattle can are pretty close and looked decent with a clear coat over them. In the Microscale color chart you can see some railroads had their own version. Tuscan red was a Pennsylvania color. https://www.microscale.com/Floqui...
by pat1027
Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 730 Gets a Boiler
Replies: 82
Views: 18597

Re: 730 Gets a Boiler

Carl, It's been an interesting story. Looks like you'll get a few miles in before winter. What did the interior of the boiler look like? Back to the firebox corrosion this is the firebox on the coal fired boiler my dad and I built in 2005. Below the arch I reached in with a brush and cleaned it up a...
by pat1027
Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Question about coal
Replies: 12
Views: 3817

Re: Question about coal

Nothing looks amiss in the brief description. Blacksmith's prefer a low smoke coal that clumps and cokes nicely. The dealer we got all our coal from had discovered blacksmiths like fines and live steamers did not. They screened their bagged coal and added fines to "blacksmith" coal. Coal dealers by ...
by pat1027
Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Walschaert Eccentric Key
Replies: 9
Views: 2447

Re: Walschaert Eccentric Key

My drivers are keyed, the eccentric is not.
by pat1027
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: grates
Replies: 1
Views: 1186

Re: grates

I have a Pacific with a 10" boiler which will be roughly equal to a Mike. The grates are supported on two 1/4" stainless rods that run left to right under the fire box. The rods pass through small brackets welded to the bottom of the mud ring. The grates were made in three sections that fit through ...
by pat1027
Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Painting graphics on plywood - advice
Replies: 16
Views: 3796

Re: Painting graphics on plywood - advice

The old HO guys always told me to wait until the smell was gone off the paint.

Harbor Freight has a cheap air brush. Stencil brushes are a few bucks at Hobby Lobby. A rattle can might spray a bit heavy for a stencil.
by pat1027
Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 730 Gets a Boiler
Replies: 82
Views: 18597

Re: 730 Gets a Boiler

In the pictures of the firebox bubble test the sheets look really corroded. Marty says he's seen other propane fired locomotive with heavy corrosion on the fire side. It's indeed a curious point.
by pat1027
Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 730 Gets a Boiler
Replies: 82
Views: 18597

Re: 730 Gets a Boiler

Condensation from propane as a fuel I would understand after light off and the firebox sheets are cold. But at the end of the day when you shutdown I don't see condensation occurring inside the firebox. The flame as a moisture source is no longer present. The firebox sheets will be hotter than the a...
by pat1027
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 730 Gets a Boiler
Replies: 82
Views: 18597

Re: 730 Gets a Boiler

How do the fire box sheets get wet enough to need to be dried after the locomotive is shutdown? The steel will still be hot when the burners are shutoff.
by pat1027
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Casting & Foundry Work
Topic: casting in the third world
Replies: 16
Views: 4159

Re: casting in the third world

Shoes or not he's making a decent looking pot.
by pat1027
Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: cylinder block.
Replies: 21
Views: 4188

Re: cylinder block.

Fred Bouffard fabricated his cylinders. The July/August 2003 Live Steam has some good photos and a description. The LBSC article Dorin gives the gist of a fabricated block. John Pugh used fabricates cylinders and silver soldered the whole assembly. I believe Fred Bouffard silver soldered the steam p...
by pat1027
Fri Jul 26, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: tender sealing
Replies: 5
Views: 2241

Re: tender sealing

Not on the tender. Mine is sealed with an epoxy paint along the seam and over the rivets. As for Flex Seal I used it once on the seam in an HVAC duct. Spattered everywhere when I sprayed it.