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by rexcsmith
Fri Aug 28, 2015 1:49 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: A3 Steel
Replies: 14
Views: 2243

Re: A3 Steel

Hi ken. I used to live in San Jose and frequented Sims for scrap metal. Great place. Is that where you're going?
by rexcsmith
Fri Aug 28, 2015 11:06 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: A3 Steel
Replies: 14
Views: 2243

Re: A3 Steel

I ordered from Online Metals. Their prices seem to be in line with speedy and they use PayPal, so quick transaction. We do have a Metal Supermarket in Portland, but I'll try that out later. Long drive for me. thanks
by rexcsmith
Thu Aug 27, 2015 11:08 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: A3 Steel
Replies: 14
Views: 2243

A3 Steel

The first step in building the A3 is machining the wheels. It looks like I need to get some 2 1/4" steel round bar. My first newbie question is what steel grade should I get for good machining and strength and where to go for the best price? thanks, rex
by rexcsmith
Thu Aug 27, 2015 5:50 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: New Shay or A3
Replies: 34
Views: 5901

Re: New Shay or A3

I really appreciate all the great responses. Based on this input, I will probably begin with the 3/4" A3. I liked the comment that there's more 'hand-holding' in the instructions. I get that the 1 1/2" is more ubiquitous, but as of yet, I'm not really a train guy, although that could certainly chang...
by rexcsmith
Wed Aug 26, 2015 8:55 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: New Shay or A3
Replies: 34
Views: 5901

Re: New Shay or A3

I like the New Shay, but don't want to get in over my head at the get-go if the A3 is preferable for a rank beginner.
by rexcsmith
Wed Aug 26, 2015 8:52 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: New Shay or A3
Replies: 34
Views: 5901

Re: New Shay or A3

Hi David, I'm in Portland Oregon. I will build in 3/4" scale. I want something I can lift when I'm done. :)
Don't know about any local clubs yet.

rex
by rexcsmith
Wed Aug 26, 2015 8:36 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: New Shay or A3
Replies: 34
Views: 5901

New Shay or A3

Hi I'm Rex. I have built a CNC mill and have a full hobby machine shop and want to put it to work building a steam engine. I have purchased Kozo Hiraoka's book set. The engine I'm interested in building is the "New Shay". However, the book for the "Pennsylvania A3 Switcher" states that it is the "fi...