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by thunderskunk
Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: I'm just an operator
Replies: 22
Views: 8542

Re: I'm just an operator

I think that a lot of people who are 'operators' actually call themselves machinists, and that may be where the disagreement is. For example, the person in the factory or job shop who puts a piece of material in a CNC mill, indicates it, bolts it down, Calls down the program, and then hits to go bu...
by thunderskunk
Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Cheap Tool guy got me...
Replies: 18
Views: 7439

Re: The Cheap Tool guy got me...

Ok, I see that now. I work pretty much exclusively with carbide, so I wasn’t comparing to HSS which makes sense in your case. And yea, their slit saws are a bit pricy. Seems they have both HSS and carbide. https://www.maritool.com/Cutting-Tools-Keyseat-/-Milling-Cutters-Slitting-Saws/c78_231_281/ind...
by thunderskunk
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Cheap Tool guy got me...
Replies: 18
Views: 7439

Re: The Cheap Tool guy got me...

Maritool's prices are at least four times those of Shars for anything I'd want. The Shars stuff I've purchased has all worked ok. I’m just curious what it is you use? I’ve compared holders, endmills, drill chucks, even the NPT tap you just mentioned, and they’re all comparable. Don’t take me wrong ...
by thunderskunk
Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Cheap Tool guy got me...
Replies: 18
Views: 7439

Re: The Cheap Tool guy got me...

rrnut-2 wrote:I know the feeling. I bought a R8 shell mill holder from Shars, after all it was cheap.

Jim B
Try out Maritool: same price as Shars, and Frank works right here in the US. Just got the 90 deg and the 45 face mill from him; they work great.
by thunderskunk
Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Little engines 1" line of engines
Replies: 33
Views: 13861

Re: Little engines 1" line of engines

Jack makes an important point. When I taught photography I'd spend one class session with my advanced students on how to do a "cost of doing business analysis." After this heavy dose of reality, most of my students were not smiling when the session was over. Many folks wander into something without...
by thunderskunk
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Little engines 1" line of engines
Replies: 33
Views: 13861

Re: Little engines 1" line of engines

Don’t let me distract anyone from answering the last question there. I know the castings have disappeared, but is there a source for the 1” scale and smaller LE drawings? I’ve barked up the email tree with no response as of yet. I guess one could just scale down the bigger set, but there’s kinks to ...
by thunderskunk
Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Women in the hobby?
Replies: 57
Views: 14578

Re: Women in the hobby?

I just met someone volunteering at the local full-size railroad, she’d joined with her husband. Her husband fell out after a while and she kept going, enjoyed it too much. Also asked my wife. She thinks it’s cool and all, but when I asked her if she’d do it on her own, she said it’s too expensive, h...
by thunderskunk
Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Bridgeport as a drill press
Replies: 20
Views: 9721

Re: Bridgeport as a drill press

I’m not sure I wouldn’t baby sit it...
by thunderskunk
Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Amtrak stuck in snow since Sunday
Replies: 5
Views: 2056

Re: Amtrak stuck in snow since Sunday

Just read both articles. That’s crazy. Maybe it’s just the type of literature, but I’ve seen a pattern of pre-1960 writers choosing more diverse wording than seen in newer articles. Specifically pertaining to railroads, but then again I don’t read much else to form an opinion otherwise. There’s alwa...
by thunderskunk
Fri May 11, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: CPR G5C Class 1246 Pacific
Replies: 33
Views: 20314

Re: CPR G5C Class 1246 Pacific

I'm still here I swear! I check back in every so often to see who's doing what. I would say almost to the day that I'd finally situated my shop exactly how I wanted it for this project, life got turned upside down. I went from being a CNC machinist in Vermont to being an engineer for a company makin...
by thunderskunk
Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Equalizing process and "faking-it-out"
Replies: 12
Views: 4568

Re: Equalizing process and "faking-it-out"

Hey, This all helps tremendously. I don't think I'll be attempting to fake the leaf springs with coils; the way you guys have explained it seems a bit less daunting. I might even try finding the center point and doing some calculations out as system balancing is an interest of mine, but it's good to...
by thunderskunk
Sun Mar 25, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Equalizing process and "faking-it-out"
Replies: 12
Views: 4568

Equalizing process and "faking-it-out"

Hey guys, I'm into the spring and equalizing system on my 7 1/4" Pacific design. I've found info here and there throughout the forum on why equalizing an engine is a good thing for derail prevention and tractive effort, but I still have a few questions. What is the proper process for actually equali...