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Making HO steamers puff smoke

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Posted by selector on Saturday, April 13, 2019 12:33 AM

Harpo1me

No worse then the air you breath evey day if the smoke unit was made properly.Look at E- cigerettes .They were invented by a doctor...

Doctors in 1915 promoted tobacco.  And tobacco smoke enemas.  Are you sure you want to use an appeal to authority like that?  The dangers of e-cigs are well understood already, and they are substantial.

Harpo1me

... Oil residue is never a problem since the oil that is used is turned into a vopor and is no longer oil at that point.This deflection from reality is just a erronious statement .

Vapourized is not the same as combusted.  The oil in smoke generators does get vapourized, meaning micro-droplets.  They don't disappear simply because we cannot see them.  If you can smell them, they're there.  The same thing happens to oils from frying in the kitchen.  Have you ever run your fingers atop your kitchen cupboards?  That'll tell you where all those grease and oil vapours went.  Same thing as the smoke from scale trains.  Yes, it's a smaller scale, but if you use a lot of smoke and run a lot of engines, inside of a year you'll begin to notice that some items on the layout have a film on them.

 

 

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Posted by IRONROOSTER on Saturday, April 13, 2019 5:42 AM

selector
Vapourized is not the same as combusted. The oil in smoke generators does get vapourized, meaning micro-droplets. They don't disappear simply because we cannot see them. If you can smell them, they're there.

Which also means you are breathing them in.  I don't know what health risks there are, but it can't be healthy.

Paul

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Posted by richg1998 on Saturday, April 13, 2019 1:26 PM

I quit many, many years ago.

My first smokimg loco around 1951 was a 0-27 Lionel that I dropped what looked like a small asprin tablet into the smoke stack.

Time's fun when you are having flies.

Rich

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, April 13, 2019 1:42 PM

doctorwayne
Smoke from model steam locomotives , unless they're live steamers, is just another version of the giraffe car.

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I 100% agree. Smoke from models is never even close to convincing.

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Let your imagination fill in this gap.

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-Kevin

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Happily modeling the STRATTON & GILLETTE RAILROAD located in a world of plausible nonsense set in August, 1954.

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