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by 10 Wheeler Rob
Fri Jan 08, 2021 9:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Creating spinning top out of Aluminum
Replies: 14
Views: 1997

Re: Creating spinning top out of Aluminum

Why is the center a hex? I would think a round center would have less drag in the air and run for a longer time.

Rob
by 10 Wheeler Rob
Mon Dec 07, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Water Gauge Problem
Replies: 20
Views: 5913

Re: Water Gauge Problem

My experance if the water glass looks like a lava lamp is there is oil in the boiler. It floats on top of the water mostly and it will collect in water glass and as steam condenses in the upper connection line it drblrs down and sinks thru the oil in the glass. Good practice is have shut off valves ...
by 10 Wheeler Rob
Mon Dec 07, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Exposed needle-bearings on inside of axle boxes
Replies: 26
Views: 4907

Re: Exposed needle-bearings on inside of axle boxes

One the Allen locos the axle box has flanges only on one side and they are allowed to float back and forth in the frame by about 1/16". So I think they probably tend to stay up against the washers held by snap rings. They also have grease passages thru the axles that feeds the bearing in the center....
by 10 Wheeler Rob
Fri Dec 04, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: At what point is a boiler big enough to be steel instead of copper?
Replies: 25
Views: 2878

Re: At what point is a boiler big enough to be steel instead of copper?

Above 5 inch diameter it becomes cost prohibitive to build a copper boiler. Below 5 inches it is very difficult to build water legs around the fire box and have very fire grate area left.. Neither copper or steel boilers will fare well if you let the crow sheet get dry.
by 10 Wheeler Rob
Fri Dec 04, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: 3/4" locomotive collection for sale
Replies: 4
Views: 1478

Re: 3/4" locomotive collection for sale

They are very reasonably priced. Hope they end up nice homes.
by 10 Wheeler Rob
Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Anyone here go to high lines all over the country?
Replies: 49
Views: 9850

Re: Anyone here go to high lines all over the country?

I ran at Pioneer Valley Live Steamers (my home club), Washakum live steamers, New Jersey Live Steamers. Long Island Live Steamers and Montreal Live Steamers. I have also visited Northern Ohio Live Steamers. Which all have highlines. The two most interesting tracks to run on a MLS and WLS. The best m...
by 10 Wheeler Rob
Sat Oct 24, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: 3.5" American On Ebay
Replies: 8
Views: 2148

Re: 3.5" American On Ebay

If it's 1" scale that scales to 9 ft wide, modern train cars are around 10 '-6". So that would probably be a b out right for an early American type to be 9 ft wide
by 10 Wheeler Rob
Sat Oct 03, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 1st Meet at the Kirkwall Central
Replies: 35
Views: 7705

Re: 1st Meet at the Kirkwall Central

Looking fore a rd to the day you can have an invitational meet.

Rob
by 10 Wheeler Rob
Wed Sep 30, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Gasket thickness for steam chest & cylinders?
Replies: 17
Views: 3972

Re: Gasket thickness for steam chest & cylinders?

I have read that paper gaskets work best if they are coated with shellac.

Rob
by 10 Wheeler Rob
Wed Sep 30, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Gasket thickness for steam chest & cylinders?
Replies: 17
Views: 3972

Re: Gasket thickness for steam chest & cylinders?

I use 5 or 10 thousands thick PTFE Teflon. Easy to cut with razor blade or exacto knife, and punch holes into.

They are reusable since they do not stick to the surface. Most paper gadgets delaminate when taken apart.

Rob
by 10 Wheeler Rob
Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 1st Meet at the Kirkwall Central
Replies: 35
Views: 7705

Re: 1st Meet at the Kirkwall Central

Obviously someone has spent too much time in Covid isolation. Wish we could have attended the meet.

Rob
by 10 Wheeler Rob
Tue Sep 08, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Making gear sprocket pinion
Replies: 7
Views: 1629

Re: Making gear sprocket pinion

Just get one more small sprocket and put a bronze beearing in it for the idler/tensioner. The small sprockets are cheap.