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    • September 23, 2018 2:06 PM EDT
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      Sean McGillicuddy said:

          Great Caesar ghost ... you finished...looks great.. when you started I bet that wheel set had no rust...

      This should look great on the pike!

      Great Job !

       

      Thanks Sean.....the rust is real in this scale! No weathering needed :) I will set the wheels in the lathe and sand the rust off with carborundum cloth.

    • September 23, 2018 2:09 PM EDT
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      99% Skill methinks! Great job.

      I'm voting for the  bridge with a bribe: you'll deliver umbrella drinks to your lovely on the pool float.

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    • September 23, 2018 2:35 PM EDT
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      Randy Lehrian Jr. said:

      Turned out great Gary!   You’ll get an overwhelming sense of satisfaction every time you look at it, knowing you did the job yourself.   I also have to vote yes on the bridge over the pool! Just tell the CEO it’s our fault, that we all demanded it.

      i think you will be able to get the spring action you want, you’ll just have to pick the right springs with the proper heft to do the job.  If I was going to leave my switch where it was at I’d be doing the same thing to it.   I’ll se we’re it ends up in the new plan be fore I go and do that thought.  I look forward to the switch stand updates!

       

       

      Randy, you guys don't hold much sway with the "CEO", after reading these comments, she said flat out......NO :)! After almost 49 years, I saw THAT coming! :)

      I looked up the spring number on the plans we got for the turnout and found the compression spring number they use. Century Spring right here in Los Angeles has them. Problem is that it is a minimum order of $40 and these springs don't come close to that. If you look in your Bill of Materials at the start of the instructions, the spring IS noted.

      I did lift the entire switch from the assembly table and onto one of my locomotive racks (an 8 footer) and it was a lot lighter than what I figured or imagined. And surprisingly sturdy.

    • September 23, 2018 2:49 PM EDT
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      During the build of this turnout, I used MasterCam to try various designs for the switch stand and the throw bar mechanism. These drawings show the final design I will use.

       

       

      The doub;le compression springs to compensate for over-travel and hopefully function as a spring switch :).

       

       

       

      I added the drawings of one of my Baldwin P.E. electrics and my 72 inch steel gondola (to check clearances on the switch stand and how the 6 foot car would look on the 32 ft. radius on the turnout.

       

      Now out to the shop to start machining parts for the mechanism. :)

    • November 9, 2018 5:40 PM EST
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      Are you done yet?

    • November 11, 2018 4:42 PM EST
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      Doug Arnold said:

      Are you done yet?

      Hey Doug,

      As a matter of fact, I am "done", actually finished! I did change the type of switch stand and am using a low profile switch throw. An aluminum casting very similar to a Tenmile throw, just much larger. Can't be tripped on, so safer for the grandkids AND old farts like ME.  :)  I'll post some photos of it in a few days. I'm back to work on my Super Husky critter and the two Baldwin electrics. Projects just never seem to get done.

    • November 11, 2018 5:27 PM EST
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      Gary, you are on a roll! Hope the shop is heated, that's where you will be all winter!

    • November 11, 2018 5:31 PM EST
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      Doug Arnold said:

      Gary, you are on a roll! Hope the shop is heated, that's where you will be all winter!

      Hey Doug,

      If I had the shop at the cabin in Wrightwood, I would definitely need to have it heated. But the shop is here in Burbank for now and the weather was beautiful. Now that the smoke has filled the S.F. Valley, my work days are limited (although I AM out there today.  :)  )

      This post was edited by Gary Armitstead at November 11, 2018 5:32 PM EST
    • November 13, 2018 6:52 AM EST
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      Gary Armitstead said:
      Doug Arnold said:

      Are you done yet?

      Hey Doug,

      As a matter of fact, I am "done", actually finished! I did change the type of switch stand and am using a low profile switch throw. An aluminum casting very similar to a Tenmile throw, just much larger. Can't be tripped on, so safer for the grandkids AND old farts like ME.  :)  I'll post some photos of it in a few days. I'm back to work on my Super Husky critter and the two Baldwin electrics. Projects just never seem to get done.

       

      So were are the pics ?

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    • November 13, 2018 2:52 PM EST
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      Sean said:
      Gary Armitstead said:
      Doug Arnold said:

      Are you done yet?

      Hey Doug,

      As a matter of fact, I am "done", actually finished! I did change the type of switch stand and am using a low profile switch throw. An aluminum casting very similar to a Tenmile throw, just much larger. Can't be tripped on, so safer for the grandkids AND old farts like ME.  :)  I'll post some photos of it in a few days. I'm back to work on my Super Husky critter and the two Baldwin electrics. Projects just never seem to get done.

       

      So were are the pics ?

      Hey Sean,

      I'll get some today..........:). I know......NO photos, it didn't happen! NOT in THIS shop......too damn many things happening. That's the issue. I am also the sweeper here also.

      This post was edited by Gary Armitstead at November 13, 2018 2:54 PM EST
    • November 14, 2018 1:34 AM EST
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      Well here are the photos I took this evening just before the sun went down. This the the low profile switch throw, I finally decided to use on the turnout. Very substanial (sp?) aluminum casting. It came assembled and is virtually maintenance free. A good price too..........$51 including shipping from Kent, Ohio

      This post was edited by Gary Armitstead at November 14, 2018 9:18 AM EST
    • November 14, 2018 6:39 AM EST
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      Great pics Gary .. Thanks ...

      So I have a question ...does that drill give off that smell yet ?

      If you have old drills you know the smell !

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    • November 14, 2018 10:32 AM EST
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      Sean said:

      Great pics Gary .. Thanks ...

      So I have a question ...does that drill give off that smell yet ?

      If you have old drills you know the smell !

      :) Sean,

      My late father gave me that drill motor for Christmas 1975. Kind of a "move-in gift" when we bought our home earlier that year. NO ozone smell ever.AND I use this thing all the time. Good quality.....plastic shell for insulation (not cracked anywhere), but the remainder is cast aluminum and steel; gears. Surprising for that time.

      This post was edited by Gary Armitstead at November 15, 2018 2:04 PM EST
    • November 14, 2018 9:13 PM EST
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      I have my grandfather's old Craftsman drill, all metal case. Smell is warm grease, works great. Remember him every time I use it.

       

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    • November 14, 2018 11:53 PM EST
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      Greg Elmassian said:

      I have my grandfather's old Craftsman drill, all metal case. Smell is warm grease, works great. Remember him every time I use it.

       

      Greg

      That's cool........:) :) :)

       

    • November 15, 2018 12:53 AM EST
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      I still have an old Milwaukee drill motor from the 1970's used in my trade.

      I get it out every once in a while to use. still works flawlessly.

      Rick

    • November 15, 2018 6:49 AM EST
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      My bit brace works well  .. slower now as I get older ..the Yankee screw gun still works along with cordless drill..

      Image result for bit brace Image result for Yankee screw gun Image result for hand drill 

       

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    • November 15, 2018 4:08 PM EST
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      Sean said:

      My bit brace works well  .. slower now as I get older ..the Yankee screw gun still works along with cordless drill..

      Image result for bit brace Image result for Yankee screw gun Image result for hand drill 

       

      Pete, Thanks for posting your photos of those neat old tools :) . My son and daughter-in-law just moved into our 100 yr. old cabin built by my grandfather in the late teens and early twenties. He built that cabin by himself using tools just like those above. My son was going through my grandfather's old toolbox up there and found a brace/bit and crank hand drill just like the ones you have. Photos of hand drill below. My GF probably bought this when he was first married would place it about 1915. I love old tools :)!

    • November 16, 2018 6:57 AM EST
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      Funny...I have been called many names but not Pete ...

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    • November 16, 2018 2:29 PM EST
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      Sean said:

      Funny...I have been called many names but not Pete ...

       

      Sorry "Pete"......"Brain Fart" again......:) Sean, I TOLD you I was "old". BUT, I still love trains AND I know what they are :)....

      Also, it was around my "nap time" :).

      This post was edited by Gary Armitstead at November 16, 2018 2:31 PM EST
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