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  • Hi Bill
    I used borosilicate glass. Cut it like regular glass with oil and glass cutter and tap from bottom. Then wet/dry sand to size.
    99loco

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    • Steam lubricator for my Tom ThumbClick image for larger version

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      Last edited by 99loco; 08-07-2015, 06:49 PM.

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      • Originally posted by 99loco View Post
        Steam lubricator for my Tom Thumb
        A masterpiece of fine engineering - almost clockwork! Congrats!

        (I would never have the patience to make something that finicky - my most important tool is my angle grinder! )
        Greetings,
        J-E

        There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness"...

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        • J-E Thanks for the nice reply. Looking forward to your traction engine build. Sounds like something I will follow along and build. 99loco

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          • Hi guys: Just got my sept/oct issue of live steam & outdoor railroading. Up to part 15 Cylinder lapping. Any body know how many more parts left in this series. 99loco

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            • The number of 'parts' in the series is somewhat dependent on how much space Neil has available every issue.

              There are:

              Valves / Chests / Pistons / Rods / Crossheads / Cylinder heads
              Crankshaft & Bearings
              Eccentrics and slips
              Boiler & Piping
              Tender & Riding car

              Some of the sections are quite involved - like the Crankshaft and Boiler
              The others can be lumped together or spread out as space allows.

              It may seem a little slow to someone with your capabilities, but the target audience is someone who may be working from zero and learning as he goes (like Tim....)...and me.

              Heck...I wouldn't have time to build that cool lubricator and still get loco parts done...
              Last edited by Bill Shields; 09-11-2015, 05:34 PM.
              Bill Shields
              Living proof that just about anybody can build a working loco...

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              • Bill is correct. There are only so many pages available and I do need to cover an array of topics in each issue. One item of contention is the "break points" of a construction series. If I have, say, six pages to fill and a segment only takes up four, do I add the next segment that now takes up eight pages total thus bumping another article to a different issue? Photo sizes can be manipulated somewhat to fill or tighten page counts but drawings can't. The answer to the above question is, I'll probably look for a two page article to move into the open slot. It's a juggling act to be sure and one that is taking it's toll on my hair count!

                Neil

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                • Few Tom Thumb pictures Click image for larger version

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                  • Few more Click image for larger version

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                    • Nice work indeed!
                      Greetings,
                      J-E

                      There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness"...

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                      • Working on cylindersClick image for larger version

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                        • Beautiful parts/pieces! Great to see you having a good time.

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                          • go go go go....!!!

                            expanding mandrels are a very nice way to go
                            Bill Shields
                            Living proof that just about anybody can build a working loco...

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                            • crosshead guide Click image for larger version

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                              • Ed Cook
                                You sill working on your Tom Thumb. Have not heard from you in awhile.
                                99loco

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