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by Greg_Lewis
Sat Jun 19, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Shrink fitting steel tires
Replies: 13
Views: 674

Re: Shrink fitting steel tires

Greg, I'm loving your profile picture! Brook Thanks. Greek philosophy was the foundation of my misspent youth. I often looked to Mediocrates for discouragement. According to the Uncyclopedia, in school, he averaged about 2.5 GPA. His sole original idea was the invention of the status quo and, in ma...
by Greg_Lewis
Sat Jun 19, 2021 5:35 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Shrink fitting steel tires
Replies: 13
Views: 674

Re: Shrink fitting steel tires

Ditto the above. I set them up so I could drop the hot tires onto the wheels such that the tires rested on some bar stock to align them up so they would be in the right place in and out (my brain doesn't seem to be able to describe it better at the moment). I figured that the tires would cool quickl...
by Greg_Lewis
Fri Jun 18, 2021 4:09 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam turbine generator
Replies: 113
Views: 33219

Re: Steam turbine generator

If you have to buy new, it's not cheap.

https://www.mcmaster.com/transformer-steel/
by Greg_Lewis
Tue Jun 15, 2021 10:18 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam turbine generator
Replies: 113
Views: 33219

Re: Steam turbine generator

The folks I've talked to who have working generators said one big drawback is the whine the create, and they rarely use theirs because of this. I made up the steam side for some castings I had and when I spin that thing up it's readily apparent that I could not tolerate that noise for an extended ti...
by Greg_Lewis
Wed Jun 09, 2021 11:47 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 3/4" Scale J1e
Replies: 569
Views: 223336

Re: 3/4" Scale J1e

Somewhere I learned a trick for getting paint out of a rattle can. Get some of the large diameter drinking straws sort of like what they'd use for thick shakes. Hold one up to the nozzle and spray through the straw. The spray dissipates and the paint runs out the other end and into your cup. I use t...
by Greg_Lewis
Sat Jun 05, 2021 9:43 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 3/4" Raritan 2-4-0 build.
Replies: 170
Views: 35599

Re: 3/4" Raritan 2-4-0 build.

Steamer Al wrote:
Fri Jun 04, 2021 8:31 pm
Ive started keeping my screwed up parts on a small ledge behind the lathe...


A "small ledge" would not work for me.... :lol:
by Greg_Lewis
Fri Jun 04, 2021 7:25 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 3/4" Raritan 2-4-0 build.
Replies: 170
Views: 35599

Re: 3/4" Raritan 2-4-0 build.

I saw the gentleman had posted on one of FB groups asking many of the same questions posted here... hoping for better answers. After a few days the posts stopped. Seemed awfully frustrated about screwing up parts. All I could think was- welcome to the world of machining. Denny I tell people I've bu...
by Greg_Lewis
Fri Jun 04, 2021 10:08 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: question i have
Replies: 23
Views: 2039

Re: question i have

Well it's only been a week. There are many reasons why someone might be away from the net. One of the things I like about this hobby is its welcoming nature and the patience everyone shows when answering beginners questions. We've all started somewhere and without those who mentored us we'd probably...
by Greg_Lewis
Thu Jun 03, 2021 10:23 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 3/4" Scale J1e
Replies: 569
Views: 223336

Re: 3/4" Scale J1e

Jack:
With the eyeball method, how are you figuring in shrinkage on the castings?
by Greg_Lewis
Thu May 27, 2021 7:11 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: question i have
Replies: 23
Views: 2039

Re: question i have

I echo Carl's advice. Spend time at a club before you leap into a loco project, either building or buying finished. While the 4-4-0 is a fine project, after talking to some old hands you might decide on something else. And you'll learn lots about what's involved. Personally, I did exactly that and a...
by Greg_Lewis
Thu May 20, 2021 9:46 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: DIY Steam Trip Hammer powered by Jensen 20G Steam
Replies: 22
Views: 2914

Re: DIY Steam Trip Hammer powered by Jensen 20G Steam

Looks like a whole lotta fun!
by Greg_Lewis
Thu May 13, 2021 10:28 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Injectors - A General Guide to the Model Automatic Injector
Replies: 15
Views: 4568

Re: Injectors - A General Guide to the Model Automatic Injector

Another injector book is The Model Injector , by Ted Crawford. It was published by Australian Model Engineering, but they are now out of business. I think someone else still stocks the book. It looks to be based on the English design. Two books on prototype injectors are: Locomotive Injectors , publ...