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by Mike Walsh
Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:11 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 2020 Steampunk Quarantine Handcart Contest
Replies: 11
Views: 585

Re: 2020 Steampunk Quarantine Handcart Contest

NP317 wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:55 pm
Let's build this one:
Steam Loco.jpg

Or not...
RussN
You have all that under your workbench?

Wow...
by Mike Walsh
Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:49 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 3/4" scale rolling stock and trucks
Replies: 13
Views: 1517

Re: 3/4" scale rolling stock and trucks

Of course you would still need a way to machine up a bunch of wheels but if there is a will there is a way... I recall someone experimenting with plastic trucks and wheels for non-load bearing service in 3/4"... I think it may have been on Chaski. With the shutdown coming, I think this is a great t...
by Mike Walsh
Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 3/4" scale rolling stock and trucks
Replies: 13
Views: 1517

Re: 3/4" scale rolling stock and trucks

Just wondering, who all here has built or owns any 3/4" rolling stock or knows of available trucks other than those offered from Tanski or Yankee shop/ friends?? the search male it near impossible to find anything as it does not recognise 3/4" as a keyword. Is there anything in particular you are l...
by Mike Walsh
Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: First steam locomotive build-3/4" scale Raritan
Replies: 23
Views: 3388

Re: First steam locomotive build-3/4" scale Raritan

Great progress! Turning wheels is probably one of my favorite tasks... Especially in Cast Iron. Turning 15" diameter steel tire-d drivers, not so much, but I have done it anyway....
by Mike Walsh
Sun Mar 01, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Slide Valve Cylinder Castings
Replies: 10
Views: 1089

Re: Slide Valve Cylinder Castings

Did you incorporate machining allowance? Given your ports being 5/16", I would say you would probably want 3/16" wide ports, as cast... Then for teh exhaust port, 3/8" as cast... So your cast spacing should be 7/16" between ports... It also looks like your cores may have broken, due to the odd shape...
by Mike Walsh
Fri Feb 28, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: K & S Metals of Chicago
Replies: 6
Views: 1316

Re: K & S Metals of Chicago

That's unfortunate. Wonder if that's why Hobby Lobby was clearing out a bunch of their product this past summer. I bought 100 packages of various materials for 25c apiece.... Bummer.
by Mike Walsh
Fri Feb 21, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Machining Cylinders - How to Do?
Replies: 21
Views: 2429

Re: Machining Cylinders - How to Do?

Marty, I just finished two cylinder castings for a Stuart Double 10. Their instructions were to center the exterior of the casting to run as true as possible and not to worry about the cast in bore as there should be enough "meat" on the casting to allow for the cast bore to be a bit off center. Th...
by Mike Walsh
Fri Feb 21, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Wash my locomotive
Replies: 7
Views: 1184

Re: Wash my locomotive

At the WF&P I have used WD-40 to clean our locomotives over the years. Some use a form of hand cleaner (non-gritty), I cannot remember the brand, but that is a practice taken from the ATT&NW, as we have members that cross between organizations. I like the WD40 for the stainless steel jacket on #534,...
by Mike Walsh
Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: TM 2021 Prep
Replies: 55
Views: 5667

Re: TM 2021 Prep

Last time I was at TM I had one of the “loading helpers” telling me how I needed to load my train. I told him that was unsafe and would not do so. I reminded him this was my train, my truck, and my safety at stake. I never got mad. He told me load it his way or it “ain’t gonna happen”. I reminded h...
by Mike Walsh
Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Allen Mogul Timing issues
Replies: 4
Views: 758

Re: Allen Mogul Timing issues

Hi Garrett, I think that this rocker has been a problem for many. I am not sure how I will address mine yet. I would like to pin it, but the shaft is so small that it may break also, due to the thin wall (another remedy that does fail from time to time). Looking forward to hearing potential fixes. M...
by Mike Walsh
Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: First steam locomotive build-3/4" scale Raritan
Replies: 23
Views: 3388

Re: First steam locomotive build-3/4" scale Raritan

Good stuff! I want to build one someday... Waiting on some disposable funds to afford the castings. Meanwhile, I think I will start on the fabricated components. I already have the book :-)