Re: The Good Old Days

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>

Justin Kahn wrote:
As for replacement working leaf springs, have you looked in the PSC
catalogue? Years ago Kemtron made them from copper and they were (as I
recall) also full-elliptical as contrasted with the stamped steel
semi-elliptical Silver Streaks (not that modelers back then weren't happy to
have Silver Streak kits and trucks--at least I was).
That's a very particular copper alloy, beryllium copper, a very strong and stiff material used for non-ferrous springs (plain copper would be, bluntly, awful). Terrific stuff when cold worked, but hard to form into shapes. The Kemtron parts were excellent.

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