Mini Heisler

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Mini Heisler
Posted by chocho willy on Thursday, June 11, 2020 11:24 AM

Latest venture is building a mini single boggie heisler with the realization that the one I'm building doesn't look anything like the real one and only 1 ever built. Found the picture on Pinterest of a On3 one that is listed as being on the roster of Rio Allosius Mining & Co and it's look and stature just struck me as being cool and being as I pretty much have  everything for the build I decided to do it. Started with a LGB powered tender chassis, cut the sides down to a desired height and then with a flat 1/4" composite plate I cut out the length and width needed before proceeding with cutting a square section in the middle out so that the chassis would sit flat and secure it to the tender housing using 2/56 machine screws. I removed the bearing journals and springs for an old etech tender chassis and glued them to the side of the tender housing at the wheel location and finally added truss rods to the sides. at this point I am deciding on type of cab and have started on building the boiler using PVC fittings and a Lionel 0-6-0 sand dome, More to come mini heislertemp cab fitted with boilerside of chassis

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Friday, June 12, 2020 12:23 AM
Is the current tab an LGB 2015D?
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Posted by chocho willy on Friday, June 12, 2020 3:38 PM

Well got the boiler size decided and partially constructed, rivets installed using 1/2 sided 2mm beads and now just starting to band it. Found a water regulator screen that fits the stack and caped it with a hole plug. Still undecided about the cab but leaning toward one from a aristocraft Rogers. V cylinders built out of old stanza ones and secured to the boiler. Will be making a smoke box door out of a hole plug and styrene strip. More to come*

ember screenrivets and V cylinders

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Posted by chocho willy on Friday, June 12, 2020 3:41 PM

The picture that is of a cab it is from a 2015 but I was just using it for sizing the motor chassis is from a powered tender like you have, BB

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Posted by chocho willy on Thursday, June 18, 2020 11:55 AM

smoke box done and sizing the boiler to the chassisFound a smoke box door that fit so decided to use it, fitted the smoke stack and it is held in by a screw from the bottom and you can pick it up by it, makes a nice handle. still need to add a short piece to the rear of the boiler so there is room for the steam dome which will be in the cab like a Porter. Still using the old 2015 cab for fitting purposes but going to use the one from a 2-4-2 rogers. Getting time to mount the boiler to the chassis, more to come, BB

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Posted by chocho willy on Sunday, June 21, 2020 10:42 AM

Sort of worked myself into a dilemma by finding a generator and thought I would use it although the model doesn't show one but sports a electric headlight so thought why not, by adding the short piece at the back of the boiler and going with a horizontal boiler instead of the large vertical one wound up with enough room in front to the cab. Was pointed out how noisy they were and right in front of the cab would probably be impossible to hear anyone say any thing, so turned my attention toward the front which I have extra room in front of the bell that was crying for attention, so that's where I placed it and it is in such a location that I have room for detailing conduit both to the head light but also back to the cab as well, pleased with the location, more to come, Bill 

generator in the front

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Monday, June 22, 2020 2:00 AM

Love it, Bill!  I am amaze by your creativity and the depth of your "junk box!"

 

- Eric

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Posted by York1 on Monday, June 22, 2020 8:23 AM

chocho willy

side of chassis

 

 

 I know you probably keep parts in that aspirin container, but if I was trying something like this, I would be needing more than aspirin.

You are doing an amazing job!

Thanks for the pictures and the inspiration for an amateur like me.

York1 John       

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Posted by chocho willy on Saturday, June 27, 2020 11:05 AM

Finally had a non humid day and was able to get some paint on the heisler just for some inspiration decided on red for the cab with the rest of the engine black and silver. The red is a combination of ACE bright red and then sprayed over with Krylon sea glass paint in a color of ruby it is sort of like a candy paint has a color tint but able to see through it hard to tell from the small amount in the sand dome but looks much different on a larger area, more to come, Bill

cylinders paintedpainted

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Posted by chocho willy on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 2:54 PM

diamond platechassis paintedGot a little more done on the mini heisler, was able to secure the rear of the boiler by adding some "L" shaped supports to either side of the fire box securing them down to the deck using 2/56 screws and then threading them into the fire box with the same size screws. Secured the front using 1  # 2/56 screw that passes from under the deck into the front boiler support. I then added diamond non skid plate detail using hex net mesh fabric glued to the deck and then painted. Still have some minor detailing to do to the chassis but it is getting there, More to come, Bill

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