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by Keith S
Mon Dec 14, 2020 2:24 am
Forum: Mamods & MSS
Topic: Ace Engineering Works Mss 'Reaper'
Replies: 9
Views: 3110

Re: Ace Engineering Works Mss 'Reaper'

Ace, I've been looking for a Mamod/MSS body and frames for a while now, because I've got a set of Wilesco cylinders and eccentrics laying about and I've not made up my mind to turn them into a boat or a twin-cylinder steam tractor or locomotive, or what. If you're done playing with this corpse, I wo...
by Keith S
Sun Dec 13, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Further Improvements to a Roundhouse Fowler
Replies: 13
Views: 1343

Re: Further Improvements to a Roundhouse Fowler

Aaron, I'm enjoying watching your work on the locomotive, but I think someday you must write a bit about how you've laid the track in your garden. It looks absolutely real- in fact in the first picture the only thing that gives it away as being a model is the locomotive sitting on it and the fence i...
by Keith S
Sun Dec 13, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Trouble with steam engine-need help
Replies: 4
Views: 464

Re: Trouble with steam engine-need help

It may be a good idea to ask Accucraft to provide a set of instructions when they return the locomotive to you.
by Keith S
Sun Dec 13, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Live steam at a bargain price...?
Replies: 50
Views: 3506

Re: Live steam at a bargain price...?

It boggles my mind that anyone thinks this could possibly be anything BUT a total scam. Every day my "face book" page features these obviously Asian adverts featuring things including: a large tandem-rotor radio controlled helicopter an all-metal radio-controlled bulldozer large enough to carry a ch...
by Keith S
Tue Nov 10, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: 16mm scale "Linda"
Replies: 65
Views: 3263

Re: 16mm scale "Linda"

The drawings showed 8BA grub screws holding the eccentrics. I adjusted them initially at dead centre. When assembled I adjusted each one until the valves were opening just after dead centre, and closing again after about 75 - 80% of the travel. A bit crude I know but it seems to have worked. Trevor...
by Keith S
Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: 5" gauge 0-6-0 Sweet Pea
Replies: 139
Views: 19278

Re: 5" gauge 0-6-0 Sweet Pea

I don't have any useful advice: I just wanted to wish you good luck with it and may you have patience until the project is successful and satisfactory.

I, too, absolutely loathe painting. Especially metal.

May the force be with you.
by Keith S
Sun Jul 26, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Jynn: a 7 1/4" gauge wren
Replies: 56
Views: 5701

Re: Jynn: a 7 1/4" gauge wren

That second video (the full lap) shows you have a talent for railway videos too; I can't imagine anyone would fail to enjoy that. It shows the railway, wagons, and locomotive from all the angles and vantage points one could wish for in order to get a good idea what it's really like- even a bit of fl...
by Keith S
Fri Jul 17, 2020 2:56 am
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: 5" gauge 0-6-0 Sweet Pea
Replies: 139
Views: 19278

Re: 5" gauge 0-6-0 Sweet Pea

I know you didn't really ask for opinions, (but since this is social media you'll get them anyway) but I think the bottom two pictures in the post above are the most aesthetically pleasing. I do like round spectacles and a curved roof. I especially like the green one, as it has a tender like yours. ...
by Keith S
Sat Jun 06, 2020 3:58 am
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Box of oily bits
Replies: 17
Views: 2857

Re: Box of oily bits

Seems to run quite well. How odd. I wonder how it came to look like that?
by Keith S
Sun May 10, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Llewellyn Loco Works #1
Replies: 662
Views: 98164

Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

I thought the black rings around those bolts on the Slomo were rubber dampers of some sort. I think it's a good idea like you say to put a rubber pad under the machine where it sits on the tender frame. I was reading Chris Bird's article on the Slomo he mounted in a tender- he said it worked well bu...
by Keith S
Fri May 08, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Llewellyn Loco Works #1
Replies: 662
Views: 98164

Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

I don't know if you're already planning to do this, but the heavier you make that vehicle, the better it will work. I have two steel plates inside my "flywheel" van, about 3/4" thick and approximately 8"x3". I tried to weigh it for you, but it maxes out my kitchen scale and doesn't register on the b...
by Keith S
Fri Apr 17, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Llewellyn Loco Works #1
Replies: 662
Views: 98164

Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

I think you will be satisfied with the flywheel device being mounted in the tender. With the device not being on a driven axle, of course there is the possibility of wheel-slip on the loco itself when starting, just like you would get with a full-size locomotive. Depending how you feel about it one ...
by Keith S
Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Roundhouse Fowler
Replies: 32
Views: 4135

Re: Roundhouse Fowler

For whistles, many people install a DJB resonator whistle. They are interesting because the part you can see is mounted on the front of the cab, and looks close to the proper size. In order to make a nice tone, the whistle has a separate resonating chamber hidden in the cab. It comes with a spring-l...
by Keith S
Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Roundhouse Fowler
Replies: 32
Views: 4135

Re: Roundhouse Fowler

As things heat up, the gas pressure rises, and the fire gets hotter. On these engines you must keep an eye on the pressure-gauge and safety-valve and turn the fire down progressively during the first part of a run. With practice you should be able to find a gas-regulator setting that keeps the engin...
by Keith S
Sun Mar 22, 2020 4:40 am
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Charles - Penrhyn Mainline Hunslet
Replies: 72
Views: 11539

Re: Charles - Penrhyn Mainline Hunslet

[quote=tom_tom_go post_id=152022 time=<a href="tel:1584777506">1584777506</a> user_id=395] Why does the prototype have that cut out, is it purely cosmetic? I don't know. Perhaps it's to give it a graceful swallow-like appearance befitting a mainline engine ;) [/quote] The Ffestiniog locos have a le...