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Engine Wiper

Posted - 10/15/2020 :  9:31:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit thayer's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Very nice videos, thank you!

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Posted - 10/26/2020 :  10:57:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I finished all the brass work on the Heisler and sandblasted it for paint. After sandblasting I saw a few areas that needed some more attention with the wire wheel. next up is paint and weathering.

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Posted - 10/26/2020 :  10:22:29 PM  Show Profile  Visit acousticco's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Looking quite fine already. Can't wait to see it painted!


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Posted - 10/28/2020 :  06:44:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
thank you!

the paint is mostly done, I still have to do the side rods and some detail paint, then it is weathering time. I decided to do a very drab basic all black paint job. I was looking through the "Trackside West Virginia" book and saw a few all black locomotives and I really liked the understated look. I also saw a locomotive in that book with what looked like a wet smokebox that I tried to duplicate a color called "fresh engine oil", but I think I am going to paint over it, to me it is more common to see a flatter finish on the smokebox and more sheen on the rest of the locomotive.

I tried something interesting for the number, years back I was sent some laser cut stencils from Quarryman (Mark) and I used them for the number on the tender. I decided that this is going to be a logging locomotive and I didn't want to have any railroad name on it, as if it was just another tool for them to use and its life expectancy is short.

here is #4 with shay #8, they are about the same size now.

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Posted - 10/28/2020 :  07:26:47 AM  Show Profile  Visit quarryman's Homepage  Reply with Quote

The basic black paint job looks very industrial. It seems to "shrink" the apparent size of the locomotive ... at least that is the impression I get from the photos.

Since the Heisler was probably delivered with nice striping and lettering and is now basic black with a stenciled number, you could come up with a backstory about an accident or major repair after which the shop crew repainted it.

Saw your weathering techniques on the videos you posted. Looking forward to seeing what you do with old #4.

Mark Chase
Richmond VA

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Posted - 11/08/2020 :  3:35:46 PM  Show Profile  Visit acousticco's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yep, looks sharp! I'm also impressed with your track work and ground cover, very realistic!


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Posted - 11/16/2020 :  07:28:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
GOOD NEW (for me), The Heisler runs, and runs good. It took me several tries to find the magic combination of drive lines and gears to get what I was looking for but I finally got it.

here is just a sample of the many gearboxes I printed for testing, this is about half of the total I tried because some I already threw away.

I also decided to do a "fancy" paint job instead of the black dip job. I had started weathering it so I just sandblasted it again and repainted it black added the strips around the cab and tank. I changed the paint job because I felt the strips made the engine not look so long and lanky, I know that seems funny but the eye can play funny tricks with the brain.

I have some final parts to add, like headlight glass and brakes, then I will touch up the chips and finish the weathering and call it good, I am so glad to be moving on. However, as much of a pain this was to build and get running I learned a lot and I think I now have the drive that I want to use on my shays.

Speaking of shays, the first on the table will be shay #8, but first I have to do some small projects to cleanse the pallet. I need some quick project before I jump into another hard job like the Heisler was.

This week I will get a video of the Heisler once all the little items are wrapped up.

On a side note I did start a weathering test on a tank car that I am not using. Years ago I saw a San Juan Car Company tank car that I just had to buy. The car just sat on the display shelf I had in the old layout room. this tank car is actually responsible for helping me with a design issue with my original operating hopper cars. I thought it would be fun to try and weather it with Mig military weathering washes.

here is the progress so far.

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Michael Hohn

Posted - 11/16/2020 :  08:20:44 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Your Heisler looks terrific with the striping.

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Tyson Rayles

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Posted - 11/16/2020 :  08:21:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Impressive work!

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George D

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Posted - 11/16/2020 :  08:48:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looking forward to the Heisler video. That's a fine weathering job on the tank car.


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Posted - 11/16/2020 :  08:48:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Tyson Rayles

Impressive work!

I'll second that for sure!!!


"And in the end, itís not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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Posted - 11/17/2020 :  07:49:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
thanks everyone. It's done! (for now). I installed a TCS Wow decoder but I only set the address to #4 for now, I can fine tune it later when I get a layout and actually have to run it more than 36". It has been a long road with this one and I am glad to be done.

here is a quick run by, sorry about the bad lighting

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Posted - 11/17/2020 :  09:21:17 AM  Show Profile  Visit Bernd's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Nothing wrong with the lighting. Looks good.



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