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09-03-2020 11:22 AM
Scott The Miesler is coming along nicely. It'll look good with a 'short' consist once operational.
08-26-2020 04:31 AM
Nick Jr Bill, looks great. I envy anyone who can apply good weathering. LiG
08-25-2020 09:17 AM
choochoowilly Moving along, got the headlight bracket and light installed and a little weathering done and started work on the sanding pipes, more to come
08-21-2020 10:31 AM
choochoowilly 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
08-16-2020 11:09 AM
mini heisler

Little more 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
08-12-2020 05:12 AM
Nick Jr Bill, following the progress, like it a lot. LiG
08-11-2020 03:14 PM
mini heisler

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, and 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

07-29-2020 11:49 AM
choochoowilly 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
07-18-2020 02:16 PM
choochoowilly After 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
07-17-2020 11:04 AM
choochoowilly yes
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