Mini Heisler

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 3:14 PM
I was recently wondering what had become of this project! Thanks for the update! -Eric
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Posted by chocho willy on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 2:56 PM

logsBeen adding detain parts and electrician connections to the heisler, found a pair of wood look a like tool chests from wiseman models that just did fit between the tender shell grab rail and the back of the engine cab so after a little paint to make them look woodiz I secured then to the deck. Also stumbled on to some old rusty chain from michaels and added it to the right front side rail. Found some railroad tools which after being painted will be added to the deck some where. Had some old logs from my Rosy build and secured them to the top of the tender housing. Came across an old Christmas decoration of a plastic deer head and after surgical removal of this head and scraping the glitter off his horns he became my hood ornament. With electrical connection complete and battery car in hand next on the build list is making and installing front and rear engine bolsters along with couplers and then build the battery car for the electronics, stay tuned, more to come, Bill

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Thursday, October 8, 2020 12:53 AM
Thanks! I bookmarked that link!
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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 9:42 PM
Thanks!
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Posted by chocho willy on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 10:20 AM

Eric, don't think pictures would help much cause most is just wires and bulbs, but you might check this site and see if anything is of interest ( https://evandesigns.com/collections/hobby-leds )

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 1:40 PM

Bill,

 

Thanks for the update!  Any chance you could post a photo of some of the wiring for those of us who don't speak "electric?"  You keep coming up with these innovative and relatively inexpensive lighting "tricks," and I am diligently copying all of them as I get to them!

 

Thanks!

Eric

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Posted by chocho willy on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 10:24 AM

Slow progress on the heisler but some things have gotten done, have rebuilt the drive chassis and tested, while in the chassis I removed all links to rail pickup and soldered wires onto the motor leads for later battery powered operation. Have started on the lighting and wiring of the engine using a voltage regulator to lower the battery voltage to 3VDC for using LEDs. Although the G Scale graphics has a circuit for that in their system, by adding it on board it eliminates extra wires from the battery car to the engine and figured it would be easier. + the board is just a little bit bigger than a quarter and there is enough room to tuck in the tender section with room to spare. Got the headlight wired and tested + adde lighting in the cab by using a red and a orange 2mm flickering leds placed down by the fire box to simulate a fire in the box, this was done in lew of a over head light in the cab and adds plenty of light in the cab area for viewing detail, you can see the red glow in the cab window. Have done this on other engines with good success but was using track power then, left to do is add a diode to another light for backup on the tender section. More to come, Bill

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Posted by chocho willy on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 8:09 AM

Moving along, got the headlight bracket and light installed and a little weathering done and started work on the sanding pipes, more to come

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Friday, August 21, 2020 2:57 PM
Looks like it's almost there, Bill! Looking forward to the video soon!
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Posted by chocho willy on Friday, August 21, 2020 9:25 AM

Cool evening and dryer day means I got a little work and painting done, fitted the tender section of the heisler with grab rails, the brass ones  put Jax pewter black and the plastic ones will get a little brass paint to look the same. The top slanted section I made removable in order to access the interior for something to be determined later, just seemed like a wasted space to cover and not use. It's not too large and could probably get my G scale graphics receiver in it but not much room left for a battery or sound unit. Made it removable by using magnetic tape and can always put weight in there for traction. Painted it a flat black and secured the water hatch cover, still to do is mount it and weather it, I think I'm opting for a battery/sound car behind the engine as at the moment I have 4 small engines that are all track powered and no layout but friends with layouts but no track power. Think it would be great to be able to run all these engines. So I have a nice wood sided Kalamazoo box car that already has the bottom hole drilled for sound and being as my passenger train is the Mason Bogie I think the box car would function for all of them, it would be nice to see my fruits of my labor in action. More to come, Bill

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Sunday, August 16, 2020 12:42 PM
Thanks!
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Posted by chocho willy on Sunday, August 16, 2020 9:15 AM

Yes it's a good place to get bells, air pumps and generators + body parts

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Saturday, August 15, 2020 4:18 PM
Bill, the tender area looks great, and I think the walkway makes sense practically for the future crew. On a broader note, do you advise investing in these cheap Christmas sets as a source of parts? They occasionally appear on the local used market, albeit for ridiculous prices. I can wait for reasonable sellers, though, if it is worth the time. Thanks, Eric
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Posted by chocho willy on Saturday, August 15, 2020 3:39 PM

Little work done on the tender portion of the heisler, it was cut from a tender that was part of a Christmas battery powered train set. After fitting I discovered that the water fill hatch was located partially under the cab roof and was worried that in real live it would interfere with water filling of the tender section but I posed the ? on LSC and fellow modeler Rick Marty settled my fears stating that the fill pipe did move laterally as well as up and down. Tender section is a little more narrow than the cab but think it will look neat having a walk area on each site. Now to figure out a mounting plan and add some grab rails, along with wood logs after painting, More to come, Bill 

cab with tender sectiontender with water hatch

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Posted by chocho willy on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 10:39 AM

Finally got some color and painted it with fire engine red then with some ruby that is transparent that is used to paint glass and it came out a very ruby red that almost looked candy but when is sprayed the Krylon Matt clear on it became very frosty think it was too humid, decided to leave it cause it gives it a dusty look and it is going to service the moral pits anyway so I don't have to make it dusty, on to the tender section next, BB

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Posted by chocho willy on Sunday, August 2, 2020 8:58 AM

probably because at one time I had it posed with the cab from a 2015 LGB

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Friday, July 31, 2020 4:45 PM
Got it! Thanks for clearing that up.
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Posted by chocho willy on Friday, July 31, 2020 9:43 AM

It's just part of the engine like a coal or water bin like my Mason Bogieside shot

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Thursday, July 30, 2020 8:18 PM
True! I had the impression for some reason you were going for side tanks and a bunker behind the cab.
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Posted by chocho willy on Thursday, July 30, 2020 4:33 PM

got to have some place for the water and wood

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 1:30 PM
I didn't know you were putting a tender on this build, Bill.
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Posted by chocho willy on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 10:51 AM

Been hot as the devil here lately so being as work area is outside only work getting done is at night so it has been slow, but got all the open areas filled along with the arch way in the front for the boiler. Still undecided as to shortening the cab roof but will wait and see after I get the tender section fitted, More to come BB

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Sunday, July 19, 2020 1:34 AM

Looking really goood, Bill!  I  agree with your choice of cabs relative to the LGB 2015.  There is a lot of good things in this project - as always - in terms of reimaging and repurposing parts.  Next year, I commence the "Rehabilitation of the Missile Sponges," and Gordon awaits the "full Bill" treatment!

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Posted by chocho willy on Saturday, July 18, 2020 1:04 PM

mini heisler with new cabAfter much fitting, looking and soul searching, I have finally decided on which cab to use on my mini heisler and have picked the aristocraft 2-4-2 Rogers and the basic reason was it fit better. It was larger than the one from the LGB 2015 and will require less cutting and piecing hopefully making it closer to 1:20 scale. The cab required me to cut the 2 tabs off the back where the rear pilot was fitted and also 2 locating points under the windows but other than that not much else. The cab steps up on both the sides of the front corners and the front left to right in the center where the boiler is because of the Rogers design but that will be a simple fix using flat plate styrene cut to accept the boiler on the front section and the sides I found hatch covers from the top of stanza tanks that just fit the opening and will add detail to the side of the cab. While fitting the cab I discovered that the drive gearing mechanism isn't set back far enough for me to add detail and rather than tearing everything apart I figured that it wouldn't show up anyways so I'm just going to leave it alone. Now looking at mounting the cab along with wiring, lights and details so there will be more to come, Bill 

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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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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

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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 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!"

 

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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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