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    • February 23, 2020 3:10 AM EST
    • I also added a couple models from Peter K's collection to my stable, and one from Michael Torrie.   From Peter's I originally picked up the Pearse Switcher for my wife, the Climax then the Baldwin B1 from Aster.  Decided I didnt like the Climax and resold it on ebay for what I had in it.  I then picked up a super clean Aster GWR Pannier Tank locomotive from Michael Torre who is selling a couple of his engines thru Southern Steam Trains(Jim Pitts) website.  He also has a nice Aster USRA Mikado from the original(Japanese made/built) run.  Both the Baldwin and Pannier run like Swiss Watches.   Both are alcohol fired, which I am really taking to and enjoying over gas firing.  My wife loves the Pearse with its new Chessie System lettering my friend made for it and the RC control.  Our profit sharing bonus arrives right after my birth day, so one final engine from Peter's estate, the Aster GER 0-6-0 to become a "Thomas the Tank" will join the stable.  I will also pick up a brass brake van kit and some coal wagons for the Pannier and GER to pull.   Here are some pics to enjoy, the Climax had its own thread, GER wont arrive till mid March.     Mike

      [img]https://i.ibb.co/0ftp3JB/asterbaldwin.jpg[/img]

      [img]https://i.ibb.co/m6rsvJ6/local-media4301174030211534077.jpg[/img]

      [img]https://i.ibb.co/n0t3JYt/steamy.jpg[/img]

      [img]https://i.ibb.co/80pW8T4/pearsechessie.jpg[/img]

    • February 23, 2020 12:27 AM EST
    • Changed my Ruby over to inside admission and it’s running really good but still a little better in reverse. When I get a chance to get back to it, I’m going to try and adjust it again. Going to drill the ports out to .073 also as it makes the engine easier to time plus supposedly adds power. 

    • February 21, 2020 1:31 PM EST
    • Thanks,

      Saved it for my future build.

    • February 21, 2020 12:09 PM EST
    • Me too, but there is (should be) a button on the right hand side that says DOWNLOAD and you can get the file.

      (the site is not set up to be able to fire off a PDF viewer automatically it seems)

       

      If you have trouble I can download the file and email to you.

       

      Greg

    • February 21, 2020 11:41 AM EST
    • Pete Thornton said:

      It’s running in reverse much better than forwards and I spent a considerable amount of time (hours) adjusting and timing it on air yet it won’t quite run right.

      That's a common problem for the Ruby.  There's a bunch of instructions on MLS about fixing the problem of inside versus outside admission. "Optional Step 3 - Setting Ruby Valve Timing for Inside Admission (Hottmann Method) - By Dave Hottmann" is part of a document I have that I will send you or upload - it's a PDF with lots of photos called "Ruby Adjustments" by Dave Hottman.

       

      Let's try this:  http://www.largescalecentral.com/filesharing/file/view/15619/ruby-adjustment-pdf

       

      I tried your link and got: 

      The API information has not been configured.

       

    • February 21, 2020 8:23 AM EST
    • Ted,

      What transmitter and receiver do you recommend to get to be compatible with the eBay seller's servo package?

      I have little experience with this kind of R/C. I use the Revo system in my R/C battery powered locos.

    • February 20, 2020 10:33 AM EST
    • Some updated pictures.

    • February 20, 2020 10:12 AM EST
    • Thanks for This. I’m going to try these adjustments and might try the Bill Allen fix for opening up the ports slightly to decrease the lag. Going to change to inside admission first and see how well that works.

    • February 19, 2020 3:03 PM EST
    • It’s running in reverse much better than forwards and I spent a considerable amount of time (hours) adjusting and timing it on air yet it won’t quite run right.

      That's a common problem for the Ruby.  There's a bunch of instructions on MLS about fixing the problem of inside versus outside admission. "Optional Step 3 - Setting Ruby Valve Timing for Inside Admission (Hottmann Method) - By Dave Hottmann" is part of a document I have that I will send you or upload - it's a PDF with lots of photos called "Ruby Adjustments" by Dave Hottman.

       

      Let's try this:  http://www.largescalecentral.com/filesharing/file/view/15619/ruby-adjustment-pdf

       

    • February 18, 2020 11:37 PM EST
    • Ted Brito said:

      How does one post additional pictures on a thread?

      When you joined Bob gave you space in the Freight Shed > Manage my folder > Name a folder and > add pics.

      We suggest sizing down to 800 pixels wide before uploading to save space, although larger can be uploaded.

      I open the pic and copy and paste where I want it. OR you can right click on the opened pic and copy it's location and paste that in the pic pop up box (mountain and sun icon in header).

      After inserting pic, click on Enter to mover cursor below to spot next pic. Omitting this fails to set pic. I place my cursor on the lower right corner then Enter ... cursor moves below the pic...

    • February 18, 2020 10:31 PM EST
    • How does one post additional pictures on a thread?

    • February 18, 2020 10:27 PM EST
    • I saw the servo mount on eBay and because it came complete with servos I realized I didn’t need to spend that much money when I already had every, just had to make it up. I decided to make a battery/receiver car out of a scientific tender I found at the dump. I actually found the whole train so it will make up a good consist for the Ruby, especially after some paint. Installed a switch, receiver, and square AA battery pack in the tender. Ran the two servo leads in shrink tubingthe same way that scientific ran the battery line feed to the plastic loco. So now my Ruby has a tender and RC control. The problem is I can’t seem to get it right. It’s running in reverse much better than forwards and I spent a considerable amount of time (hours) adjusting and timing it on air yet it won’t quite run right. It won’t move out on its own inmost cases and requires just a little nudge. I did read where that problem is often associated with the pisto O rings so I think I’m going to order some up and see if it helps.

    • February 18, 2020 1:54 PM EST
    • so I milled up a mount from some 3/8” aluminu,

      For anyone whithout a mill and skill (i.e. me) there's a guy on eBay who has been selling a servo mounting block for the Ruby for many years.

       

      lorna dane said:

      Really nice.  Got to figure how to do that withna mason

      Assuming you mean the Accucraft Mason Bogie (I just acquired a Rishon large bogie :-) be aware that the valve gear is quite complicated as it passes over the top of the boiler to the swivelling truck.

      Winn Erdman did a whole thread on MLS about the install, but the photos are messed up (standard MLS problem.) You could message Winn and ask for copies.

      https://forums.mylargescale.com/18-live-steam/19634-installing-rc-mason-bogies.html

    • February 18, 2020 9:39 AM EST
    • Really nice.  Got to figure how to do that withna mason

    • February 17, 2020 10:34 PM EST
    • Now that I’ve finally got my Ruby up and running after 15 or so years, I realized that RC was probably the way to go with it. I found a servo mount and servos but with me being in the RC plane hobby for years, I already had a ton of small serv, receivers, and transmitters. All I needed was the mount so I milled up a mount from some 3/8” aluminu, mounte the servos, then mounted the whole thing with two 2/56 screws up through the rear wood end rail. Pulled the posi pin from the direction lever and installed some push rods after checking the geometry of the servo arms tothe throttle and DC arm. Took a spare 2.4 Chinese transmitter and pulled the centering spring off the elevator gimbal and put on a friction spring that drops into a detent groove I cut in the gimbal so the stick will stay in center or neutral when put there. Think im going to makeup a nice little tender for the battery and receiver to keep them away from the heat.

    • February 21, 2020 8:05 PM EST
    • very nice loco! thanks for the pictures!! gives me some ideas

    • February 17, 2020 3:20 PM EST
    • Aaron Loyet said:

      some nice additions indeed! would love to see some more pics of the Columbia bashes, especially that mallet!

      Your wish is my command.  The articulated (not a Mallet - both cylinders are the same size,) has a pair of identical frames and it looks as if the boiler has been extended by judicious chopping from the original 2 locos.  Lots of fine details.

       

       

       

      I posted a separate thread on the other loco, which is on my bench waiting to be checked.

      The tenders are interesting. Both engines have the same type with tiny wheels.  They look like New Bright or something - note the shiny piping around the top on one of them. But as there are 3 locos sacrificed here, there is a spare tender, which is clearly an original B'mann Columbia 2-4-2 type.

       

    • February 17, 2020 10:34 AM EST
    • some nice additions indeed! would love to see some more pics of the Columbia bashes, especially that mallet!

    • February 16, 2020 5:05 PM EST
    • Not really live steamers, but my stable just got another couple of additions.

       

       

      Jack and I went to the local train show here in Fort Myers, and there was a gent selling his brother-in-law's circus train collection.  All Bachmann Emmett Kelly based, but restyled, improved, lots of scratch-built cars, etc.  He had 57 circus wagons and 24 flat cars (some carrying 3 or 4 wagons.)
      He also had a couple of very neat locomotives that didn't seem to belong with a circus, but he wasn't willing to split them.  But my pal bought the lot and I had promised to buy the 2 locos from him if he did. Well, he did.

       

      They appear to be Bachmann 2-4-2 Columbia based - one is a 2-4-4-2 articulated (which explains the spare tender.) The seller didn't think they ran, but we will see.

    • February 16, 2020 4:48 PM EST
    • Right there with ya, Dave....