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by Busted Bricks
Sun May 19, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Help & Advice
Topic: Cutting out metal sections
Replies: 4
Views: 66

Re: Cutting out metal sections

Ah, I thought it was just the grill with no bonnet attached to it. I could laser cut a whole new grill/bonnet but of course it would still need to be folded and painted.

Cutting most of it out with a Dremel type tool and some thin cutting discs might be an option. Then clean up with files.
by Busted Bricks
Sun May 19, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Help & Advice
Topic: Cutting out metal sections
Replies: 4
Views: 66

Re: Cutting out metal sections

Laser ;)

Seriously though, I'd drill some holes and use a scroll saw.
by Busted Bricks
Mon May 13, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Early retirement
Replies: 23
Views: 664

Re: Early retirement

I handed in my notice today but only because I have a new job. Luckily it's closer to home and I won't have to sit in a queue by a tunnel for 15-30mins every day.
by Busted Bricks
Sat May 11, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Early retirement
Replies: 23
Views: 664

Re: Early retirement

I have to work until I'm 69 so another 18 years to go. I don't really think I will ever retire fully though - my retirement plan is to build live steam locos commercially as long as I can manage it. At the moment I'm trying to build up the workshop for it which means buying CNC machines as and when ...
by Busted Bricks
Sat May 11, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Internet "forums" are a thing of the past
Replies: 8
Views: 87

Re: Internet "forums" are a thing of the past

Do people generally not have hobbies anymore? I think they do but they are not the hobbies we grew up with and the interaction is different. I do know a lot that consider watching football on the the telly a hobby although that doesn't really fit my idea of what a hobby is. I have flown model aircr...
by Busted Bricks
Thu May 02, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Larger scale Stuff
Replies: 40
Views: 1289

Re: Larger scale Stuff

GTB wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 11:33 am
The real risk to the future of copper model boilers is that the plumbing industry will stop using copper altogether and suitable size copper tube will no longer be manufactured.
Just roll it from a piece of sheet and join with a strap. I've made boilers that way.
by Busted Bricks
Wed May 01, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Larger scale Stuff
Replies: 40
Views: 1289

Re: Larger scale Stuff

I've got a 10-bottle battery of nitrogen sitting in the yard. 200bar pressure! I'm pretty sure they are less than 6mm wall thickness. How many locos are steamed above 10 bar? 16mm scale boilers are typically run at 60 psi - 4 bar. Granted, those gas cylinders are not subjected to heating but they ar...
by Busted Bricks
Wed May 01, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Help & Advice
Topic: Laser cutting info for modellers
Replies: 1
Views: 113

Laser cutting info for modellers

It seems a few members took mild offence when I brought up the topic of laser cutting in another thread. I don't want to hijack that thread so thought I would start a separate thread where we can talk lasers and set the record straight. There is some outdated information about the cost and capabilit...
by Busted Bricks
Wed May 01, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Larger scale Stuff
Replies: 40
Views: 1289

Re: Larger scale Stuff

I have a friend who has all the appropriate certificates required to weld commercial boilers. He's often asked why we don't use steel even in our scales. One reason would be that the thickers shell would reduce water volume but other than that I don't see why it is not feasible. Since I don't do any...
by Busted Bricks
Wed May 01, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Larger scale Stuff
Replies: 40
Views: 1289

Re: Larger scale Stuff

Big Jim wrote:
Wed May 01, 2019 7:17 am

There is much argument going on about this at the moment.
I had a look - the debate has been going on for a couple of decades at least. There seems to be quite a bit of emotion mixed into the discussions which can make it hard to discern the facts.
by Busted Bricks
Wed May 01, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Another Wild Rose Project
Replies: 143
Views: 3394

Re: Another Wild Rose Project

Cutting sheet metal is a job for a laser! Cutting time on a frame for a 16mm scale loco is measured in seconds. You're kind of missing the meaning of the words 'retirement hobby'....... Not really - even people with lots of time on their hands might find certain tasks tedious or difficult and if th...
by Busted Bricks
Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Another Wild Rose Project
Replies: 143
Views: 3394

Re: Another Wild Rose Project

Cutting sheet metal is a job for a laser! Cutting time on a frame for a 16mm scale loco is measured in seconds. Of course very few hobbyists have a metal cutting laser but you have Model Engineers Laser in UK that offers cutting at reasonable prices. I can probably do it much cheaper but then there ...
by Busted Bricks
Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Larger scale Stuff
Replies: 40
Views: 1289

Re: Larger scale Stuff

tom_tom_go wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:33 pm
Steel boilers seem to be the thing now in larger scales...
Yes, probably due to the cost of copper boilers. Steel boilers require more maintenance AFAIK.
by Busted Bricks
Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Larger scale Stuff
Replies: 40
Views: 1289

Re: Larger scale Stuff

I suppose when it comes to larger scales versus smaller ones, with live steam anyway the cost of the extra materials required to make a bigger version is almost negligible compared to the cost of the man-hours going into making it which I imagine would be fairly constant regardless of the size- for...
by Busted Bricks
Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Larger scale Stuff
Replies: 40
Views: 1289

Re: Larger scale Stuff

You are so right Tom....The prices for 16mm are getting out of hand for a lot of us.... That is why I keep banging on about manufacturing budget freelance live steamers, but TBH there is very little interest. People want the big scale models. I guess I'm more of a live steam fan than a dedicated sc...