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by Rwilliams
Tue Jan 23, 2007 7:52 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Possibly building a Heavy Mikado
Replies: 57
Views: 20450

Here is the image that should have been with my last post. A big thank you to Harold V. who resized it to meet the new site specs and sent it back to me so it could be posted. The image is probably 2-3 times larger than the part I have made. The strips are only .250 wide and the door is 1.218 wide u...
by Rwilliams
Mon Jan 22, 2007 11:04 pm
Forum: Gunsmithing
Topic: walking cane shotguns
Replies: 7
Views: 13592

Many years ago, I had a student in one of my woodshop classes at the university. He was good with wood and with guns. He was starting into gunsmithing as a serious hobby and wanted to build a cane gun. I informed him that such a project was against the rules but he could build the wooden cane as a s...
by Rwilliams
Mon Jan 22, 2007 10:52 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Possibly building a Heavy Mikado
Replies: 57
Views: 20450

Cylinder Jacket Inspection Door

As LL pointed out, there was a lubrication line in the middle of the cylinder that contained a choke and stop valve. The sliding door allowed for easy access as needed to that piece of plumbing. Some roads used a door of this Alco style. Some roads used other styles and many of Berkshires used no do...
by Rwilliams
Mon Jan 22, 2007 8:09 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Possibly building a Heavy Mikado
Replies: 57
Views: 20450

In regards to neglected details on the USRA Mikado, I have been including some nifty items while I rebuild my Mikado into a Southern Pacific MK-9. One of the most visible points of detail on this and many engines is the cylinder jacket sliding inspection doors. I have seen this detail on HO and O sc...
by Rwilliams
Sun Jan 21, 2007 2:24 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Possibly building a Heavy Mikado
Replies: 57
Views: 20450

Thank you Living Legend for the detailed information on the first RRSC mikado. I must not have the first one. My engine has a cast smokebox door that was filled with micro craters at all the cast on bolt heads. By milling carefully I was able to remove the micro-moonscape look and replace the cast h...
by Rwilliams
Sun Jan 21, 2007 1:44 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Possibly building a Heavy Mikado
Replies: 57
Views: 20450

In regards to the RRSC Heavy Mikado. The locomotive was drawn up with all the details and presented to Chet for production cost estimates. The cost for production as first drawn was prohibitive and it was un-detailed to make a rather generic but nice looking engine. Much of the detail was left up to...
by Rwilliams
Sat Jan 20, 2007 12:37 pm
Forum: Casting & Foundry Work
Topic: Needed: A simple ladle wash
Replies: 9
Views: 5555

Thanks you for the tip on the kiln wash. This is the answer I was looking for for a long time. I figured someone out there had the answer. I have already ordered the powdered kiln wash form a supplier on eBay and await the deliveryy For those of you experienced with application of this material, is ...
by Rwilliams
Tue Jan 16, 2007 7:34 pm
Forum: Casting & Foundry Work
Topic: Needed: A simple ladle wash
Replies: 9
Views: 5555

Needed: A simple ladle wash

I need a simple formula for an inexpensive, easy to find materials, for a pouring ladle wash coating. For years I used a plain metal ladle but it is now time to up grade and improve my act.

Does anyone have something that will work even it will only last for a few pours?

Thanks,

Robert
by Rwilliams
Tue Jan 16, 2007 7:22 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: how to silver braze
Replies: 55
Views: 15727

Silver soldering is an art form for some. Follow all the basic rules and the job will be done well most of the time. The articles by Kozo Hiraoka in Live Steam and in his many different books on geared locomotives give many nice tips on the fine art of silver soldering. Like anything else in this ho...
by Rwilliams
Sun Jan 14, 2007 9:25 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Pattern Making Part Three
Replies: 3
Views: 1475

Most anyone can make furniture, not everyone can make serious patterns. The big problem is making a pattern that the foundryman will accept without wanting to make changes. When you use the milling machine as your heavy duty router, do you use some tapered cutters to give the required draft angle? I...
by Rwilliams
Thu Jan 11, 2007 12:59 am
Forum: Casting & Foundry Work
Topic: Questions about Die Casting Aluminum
Replies: 9
Views: 5340

I was invited to view a pour by some of the local backyard foundry experts. They were pouring Aluminum antique cart parts in some rather large unweighted molds on a concrete walk. A soon as they hosed down the concrete walk, I smelled trouble. Rather than tell the experts how to do their work, I jus...
by Rwilliams
Wed Jan 10, 2007 11:57 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: wagon top boliers
Replies: 23
Views: 5308

The transition piece seems to present the biggest problem in welding up the wagon top boiler. If your dimensions allow, there are many different sizes of eccentric 600 psi steam pipe reducers that come with the beveled ends ready for welding. These reducers can be modified in the lathe to the smalle...