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Joetrain59

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Hellgate models B60b kit
« on: February 24, 2014, 07:41:37 PM »
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The under frame that came with my kit has as slight upward bow in the middle of it.
 Any fixes???
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 Joe D

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Re: Hellgate models B60b kit
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2014, 02:12:07 AM »
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If it is a uniform bow (so the whole underframe is kind of shaped like a very gentle letter "U"),
try placing it over a piece of pipe or rod, gently applying heat from a blow dryer, and pressing the two ends downward to correct the bow.

Easy does it, and check often until it looks straight.


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Re: Hellgate models B60b kit
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2014, 07:16:03 AM »
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You may also like to put it in the microwave for 30 seconds and then straighten out the curve.
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Re: Hellgate models B60b kit
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2014, 07:39:15 AM »
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Both are good suggestions but you can always contact HellGate and they will send you a new one (if they still have it in stock).  They replaced one for me.

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Re: Hellgate models B60b kit
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2014, 10:03:30 AM »
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Hot water works too. Hold it under the tap for a few minutes, place it on a flat surface, put some quarters on top to hold it down. Leave it for an hour or two.

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Re: Hellgate models B60b kit
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2014, 10:09:23 AM »
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You may also like to put it in the microwave for 30 seconds and then straighten out the curve.

Never, ever put non-food items in a microwave.
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Re: Hellgate models B60b kit
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2014, 11:16:49 AM »
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I agree with Bob try and get a new frame .Even if you get it strait latter it may return to bowed and spoil your work.
Rick

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Re: Hellgate models B60b kit
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2014, 04:42:23 PM »
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The hot water and finger pressure with weights on it while cooling worked! Thanks.
 Joe D

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Re: Hellgate models B60b kit
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2014, 12:04:12 AM »
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Does any vendor make these angled end grabs for the B60b? Having a hard time trying to get that real sharp angle.
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Re: Hellgate models B60b kit
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2014, 08:16:06 AM »
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You could try to partially cut through the wire with cutters, effectively crushing it at a point and using that for a bend crease and then sand off any resulting burrs. 

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Re: Hellgate models B60b kit
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2014, 01:15:29 PM »
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I would try bending the wire over a really thin piece of brass strip, or even the edge of an Xacto blade.

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Re: Hellgate models B60b kit
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2014, 09:41:07 PM »
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After being frustrated last night, I though of some kind of jig, using piano wire "pegs" in a board at desired spots. Got the caliper out to mark board.
 Bough the piano wire a few years ago for turnout throwbars. Small diameter, but strong.
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 Joe D

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Re: Hellgate models B60b kit
« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2014, 09:47:35 PM »
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What I did for a Hellgate BM70k was to superglue a piece of brass bar then clamp it .

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Re: Hellgate models B60b kit
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2014, 10:08:01 PM »
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a useful tool my wife bought for jewelry making and I have found very helpful in bending things including wire:

wire bending jig

http://www.micromark.com/wire-forming-jig,10278.html

fwiw

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Gary
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and all may care for each..."

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Re: Hellgate models B60b kit
« Reply #14 on: March 25, 2014, 06:01:44 PM »
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When I get around to putting my kits to-gether I will be having an etch drawn and done in phosphor bronze. Only way to do fine handrails without a lot of frustration.

Regards

Al
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