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Old 06-11-2020, 12:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Latest venture is building a mini single bogie 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 from an old eztech 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

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Old 06-12-2020, 03:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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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*

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Old 06-13-2020, 03:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Bill, very nice. I especially like the spark arrester. Keep us informed. LiG
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Old 06-18-2020, 11:59 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Found 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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Bill, looking good. Steam dome in the cab, this just gets more and more interesting. LiG
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Old 06-18-2020, 04:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yea kind of like the little porters had, actually the prototype shows a vertical boiler but really didn't have enough room in the cab area and being it is a back woods build didn't think it would hurt, BB
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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, thanks Nick for the helpful suggestion, pleased with the location, more to come, Bill
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Old 06-27-2020, 12:11 PM   #8 (permalink)
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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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Old 06-28-2020, 02:40 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Bill, looks great. busy loco but not cluttered. I think I can see the effect of the glass paint on the stack??
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didn't paint the stack with it just the top and base of the sand dome, think what you are seeing in the stack is the reflection of my red shirt off the silver stack, LOL, BB
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