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    • June 20, 2020 7:31 PM EDT
    • The Tool Man and his wife used to come to train shows on the Left Coast but we haven't seen him in a dozen or more years.  He put an awful lot of miles on that RV.  Even though I have three or four Dremels around, the Minicraft motor tool I bought from him 25 years ago is still my "go to" grinder.

    • June 18, 2020 3:38 PM EDT
    • Thanks I've missed him also

    • June 18, 2020 12:32 PM EDT
    • Ric


      Did not see your post soon enough I will second and third what a good guy Bill is. I saw him at Cabin Fever every year, and did ask him to come to ECLSTS 

      He would loan me tools, as I needed to fix my ailing live steamers on a regular basis, and would get in tools I needed like the mini allen wrenches he now has.

      Also shows up at the big Timonium train shows, which I hope to see again some day.  Glad we have a vendor like him for the hobby




    • June 17, 2020 9:38 AM EDT
    • Once again, thank you guys.  Just contacted Bill and he does have the grinding disc I need.  As I've said, this site is the best.


    • June 15, 2020 6:03 AM EDT
    • Paul is correct. I spent a lot of time, and money, in Bill's store before he closed his store. Now he just does various train shows.

    • June 14, 2020 1:18 PM EDT
    • Thank you.

      Man, you don't know what you had until its gone.  Over the years bought a lot of stuff from them.

      I found a source on Amazon Prime, had to go with the 3/8 inch arbor, but shipping is free and I'll have them Tuesday.

      The World continues to change. 


      If the Time Machine in "Back to the Future" ever comes true.  DON'T PICK 2020. 



    • June 14, 2020 1:05 PM EDT
    • Ric, 

      I am fairly certain it is B&B Hobby Supplies

      701 Mill Street

      Bridgeville, PA 15017




    • June 14, 2020 12:54 PM EDT
    • Darn, my tool man has a lousy site. Better luck.

    • June 14, 2020 12:43 PM EDT
    • Does anyone have the address, website or phone number for The Tool Man that was always at the ECLSTS in York.

      I always got things like grinding disc and cut off wheels from him and I'm running out.

      I need a 2 inch disc with a 1/4 inch hole in it marked A60 or A80, can't quite read it.  Does anyone have a source?  I have tried looking it up on Google and Amazon Prime, but I'm not putting in the right info.


      Thanks in advance for any help given.




    • April 8, 2020 3:54 PM EDT
    • Thanks doc. I will pick some up that sounds like the ticket. 


      From your example and doing the scratch test I will take what ever loss of sheen comes. In my handling the boiler bands  picking it up it has almost completely wore off. So it needs a protectant for sure. 

    • April 4, 2020 11:00 AM EDT
    • The picture orientation is within the site's program, it prefers Landscape format, wider than tall. I've had tall pics fall over too.

    • April 4, 2020 8:21 AM EDT
    • Devon,

      Sorry about the photo.  One never knows how it will appear once posted.  On my computer (above) it comes out vertical.  One my iPhone it comes out horizontal.  In the photo above, the top one is the original.  Since that posting I have been able to do some scratch testing and the clear coat is much harder and scratch-resistant.  It'll still scratch if you push it.  I got the clear coat through Amazon but it's sold by Horizon Hobby.


      Below is a hint of my current project using an Annie chassis as a starting point.  I plan of using the gold paint for this project.



    • April 3, 2020 10:46 PM EDT
    • Well since the picture is verricle I have no idea which one is which when you say left and right so that must b a good thing because they both look great.


      Where did you pick that up at? Because I will need it. I see what you mean about it being fragile. Anywhere I have touched it regularly it has either dulled or rubbed off completely.

    • April 2, 2020 7:24 AM EDT
    • Correction. The sample on the left is the foil paint alone and the one on the right is sprayed with clear coat. 

    • April 1, 2020 9:12 PM EDT
    • Thanks Pete, I found several videos on it... since it is April Fools day, I thought you were pulling my leg with the name Spazstix... it's real and the results look pretty darn good.



    • March 31, 2020 6:25 PM EDT
    • Devon,


      I may have found the answer to our quest for a clear coat for Krylon foil paint.  It is a water-based paint.  Clean up is with water.  Sorry for it being sideways.



      Here is the result.  The sample on the top is the Krylon Foil Gold sprayed over a coat of gloss black.  The sample on the bottom is sprayed with the clear coat shown above.  I think it looks great.  It has a slightly different sheen but hardly noticeable.  It says to let dry for at least 6 hours so I won't be able to give it a scratch test until tomorrow.




    • March 29, 2020 9:55 PM EDT
    • I will give that a try. Given that it is acrylic and not enamel or some other solvent base it may not react with the gold. I'll let you know. No matter what it needs a clear of some sort. Any handling of this paint does ruin it.

    • March 28, 2020 11:30 AM EDT
    • Try this brand...

      Best Clear Coat Spray Paint Reviews 2020 - Bestalyze

      I found it easier to mist on as the droplets are finer than other clear coats.... be sure your surface is dry.

    • March 27, 2020 11:58 PM EDT
    • Okay so I like the looks of this stuff. Very nice. But doc is right. Its fragile. Dulls easy. Oils from your hand dull it significantly. I am going to clear coat it even though doc says it dulls it, but it needs protected. 

    • March 21, 2020 8:55 PM EDT
    • I made a mold of a minimag lite reflector. I have lots of them. I just need to paint them. And build the head lamp.