Page Created 10/2001
Page Updated 09/2015

PARTS AVAILABLE FROM ROD MILLER

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This page shows some of the various parts I have developed for use in my custom drive and model making business. I offer them on an ongoing basis.

Hopefully the photos and captions are self-explanatory. If you have any questions please let me know.

  1. I- and T-shaped electrical pick up wipers.

    Precision etched out of spring temper phosphor bronze sheet. The flat bar style is 1.375" long by .125" wide with a #0 hole for mounting. The "tee" style is 2.75" long, .118" wide; the mounting tab is .187" long, .125" wide with a #0 hole for mounting. Both wipers are .008" thick.

    I have had wipers etched in .006", .008", then .007" to see if the thickness of the material effects how well they work. I found that there was no discernable difference in their effectiveness. The thickness of the wipers available at any one time will vary depending upon what thickness phosphor bronze sheet I have been able to obtain. My current stock is all .008".

    The T-shaped wipers are priced at $1.00 each including postage; the I-shaped wipers are priced at 2 for $1.00 including postage. The wipers are provided loose, e.g., as pictured above.

    There may be a slight delay in processing your order if I have to cut more wipers out of a sheet in order to supply the quantity you ordered.

    A full 12 x 12 sheet that contains 54 of the I-shaped wiper and 162 of the T-shaped wiper is available for $189 plus shipping. The thickness of the sheet is .008". Sheets are shipped Priority Mail in a large square box. I use tin snips to cut the tiny tabs that join the wiper to the sheet; a pair of appropriate scissors may also work to cut the tabs.

    To see example installations of wipers: examples.

  2. Precision etched safety tread material.

    Available thicknesses are .016 and .031. The sample in the photo was coated with Dykem and then lightly filed to highlight the raised areas. The material you would receive will be uncolored brass. I was not careful to file evenly, hence the apparent uneven surface.

    Priced at $1.00 per square inch. Any rectangular size up to 11 x 23 inches can be provided. Large sizes are shipped in a plywood sandwich. The shipping charge varies depending upon how much packing/crating is required to ensure the material will be safe during transit

  3. Close coupling coupler mount for Weaver troop sleeper (and others) cars.

    While these parts were developed specifically for the Weaver troop sleeper models, some ingenious customers have found other uses for them.

    I am told that this same mount fits the Weaver PRR B60s and B60Bs and (probably some) Golden Gate Depot plastic heavyweight cars. I will attempt to visit GGD and determine which of the models they have in stock at the time will accept this part. Until then you might want to purchase a pair of machined castings in order to check the fit of the casting to the model with a KD coupler installed. If you want to order fully assembled parts and return the castings with your order I will use them when assembling your order provided they have not been modified, and not charge you for that pair of castings.

    The left photo below shows the factory spacing. The right photo below shows the improved spacing. In both photos the couplers have been fully extended, i.e., in each photo, the car on the right is pulling the car on the left.

    If the KD "slack action" is reduced by inserting a suitable length of 3/32" diameter stock inside the KD centering spring, you can get the close coupling seen below. For more information click on the Weaver Coupler Mount Details link below. Metal or plastic rod or tubing can be used. Plastic rod or tubing from Plastruct is easy to cut to length and works well. Note that on curves of relative sharp radius, a gap must be left between the cars because the diaphragms are stiff and do not flex, resulting in derailment if the stress is great enough. For example, a 1/16" gap is needed for derailment-free operation around 60 inch radius curves; .160" long rods will produce this size of a gap.

    Note that the car on the right in the above photo also has correctly modeled and located air, signal, and steam line detail.

    See Weaver Coupler Mount Details for more information and pricing on these coupler mounts.

  4. Mounting brackets for Grandt Line #149 marker lights.

    The Grandt marker light housing slips into the ring on the bracket which has been previously attached to the car that is to carry the markers. The price per sprue is $5.00 plus $2.00 S&H per order. See markers for information on how I use these brackets along with the Grandt moldings to install markers.

  5. Serv-O-Link Brand Delrin Spur Gears

    I have in stock the following size delrin 48 pitch spur gears:

    All gears are priced at $1.50 each.

    Add $7.50 per order for priority mail. international customers please email me for a quote.

  6. Serv-O-Link Brand Delrin Chain and Sprockets

    I have in stock the following Serv-O-Link delrin sprockets and chain:

    All sprockets are priced at $1.00 each.

    Chain is priced at $7.00 per foot, maximum order quantity is 2 feet.

    Add $7.50 per order for priority mail. international customers please email me for a quote.

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