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cast meal
Posted by detailer 1 on Sunday, February 15, 2015 6:59 PM

making several ho scale resin locomotives,I want to cast the trucks with low heat metal I see micro mark has it. is there any cheaper ,I could cast the trucks with resin but the would be in the diesel shop all the time for truck change outs

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Posted by BLACKSMITHN on Sunday, February 15, 2015 7:39 PM

I found this on eBay:

www.ebay.com/.../201283537170

Don't know how that compares to Micromark stuff.

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Posted by detailer 1 on Sunday, February 15, 2015 7:49 PM

thanks just ordered some

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  • From: St louis
Posted by Raualduke on Sunday, February 15, 2015 8:04 PM

I cast a lot of toy soldiers,and can get lead from a local scrap yard for about fifty cents a pound. You can mix it with tin to reduce the melting point. Last time I checked tin was going for about 4:50 a pound .mike

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Posted by detailer 1 on Monday, February 16, 2015 6:23 AM

what do you use to melt the two together

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  • From: St louis
Posted by Raualduke on Monday, February 16, 2015 7:59 AM

There are dedicated melting pots for exactly that.some are designed for bullet casting.if you have a small cast iron ladle you can do it  on your stove top

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, February 16, 2015 8:48 AM

There are some "toy soldier" casting sets available.  I think one place was just called "Castings, Inc."  

They included molds (which I scrapped), some pot metal, a solder pot, and a ladle.  All but the molds are useful.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: St louis
Posted by Raualduke on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 6:31 AM

Yeah, I recall buying a bunch of rtv molds from them. Not sure if they are still  around .

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Posted by detailer 1 on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 4:02 PM

thanks to all for the info

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