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Some beautiful On3 work from Pete the owner of Backwoods Miniatures
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 Posted: Wed Mar 3rd, 2010 02:28 pm
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I have had the pleasure of corresponding with Pete of Backwoods Miniatures via e-mail in the past and lately.


( I was hinting around for an On30 Heisler kit based on WSL CO. #2 & #  .... No luck. :bang: ) LOL!

But he was kind enough to send along a few photos of some work he is doing for a gent.


With his permission I shall share them with everyone.

From Pete:

Hi Dave,

Since you're a fan of WSLCo Heislers No. 2 &3, I couldn't resist sending you some photos of a PSC On3 Heisler I completed for good friend and client Vic Rybacki in February last year. The model was supplied to me in unpainted brass - very badly tarnished - with many details which were bent or had become detached. I cleaned-up and solder-repaired the model, then added a SoundTraxx DCC/sound decoder, lights and a custom liveried paint job to Vic's specification. Vic then sent me its PSC Heisler sister engine which was similarly, though differently finished back in October last year. Sadly I didn't have time to photograph that one before handing it over to Vic when we met up at EXPO NARROW GAUGE in London. These are all lovely models to work on - although some of the mechanisms require extensive modification or replacement to meet Vic and my standards when it comes to running quality. Fortunately, the Heislers ran like watches right out of the box. In between designing kits for Backwoods Miniatures, I've been steadily working my way through 56 On3 brass models for Vic. All are custom finished and fitted with DCC/sound and lights for his On3 Eden Valley Railroad. I'm having fun - but each time I hand a beautifully finished model over to Vic it feels like giving one of my kids away.

Pete BACKWOODS MINIATURES




Now THIS is the work of a master!


























I have more to share just out of time for this morning.

Thanks for sending them along Pete!



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 Posted: Wed Mar 3rd, 2010 03:32 pm
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now this is exactly the heisler that bachman needs to produce the WSLC #2 , its a stearns built heisler.  notice the special WAGON TOP BOILER.  make a great on30 loco and the on3 guys would buy it to push the wheels out.  Smart thing would be to produce it in both scales, but that makes too much sense. !!!!!!!

Not a fan of the other very industrial looking ( ugly ) heislers.

bad news is that lee Riley grand pooh-bah at bachmann will not make this very specific loco. They prefer to produce a generic heisler, if and when they ever get around to making there third geared loco.

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Dave-that is a beautiful locomotive..if one dares to call a weathered Heisler "beautiful"..

As for Bachmann, I do hope that if/when they produce an On30 Heisler, the powers to be will see to it that metal parts are used in the drive.  The Shay and Climax are nice, but the plastic drive parts are not suitable for long-range operation.

Thanks for the photos, it is always inspiring to see such nice work.     Woodie



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What a Beaut! :thumb:  You betcha!

Last edited on Wed Mar 3rd, 2010 09:29 pm by Bob H



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All,

I deleted all posts where the discussion of Backwoods Miniatures kits was involved.

This thread is only about the Pete's work, and the quality of the modeling building/repair, and painting/weathering done.

These previous photos are of Heislers, they are not built from BWM kits, but rather were old models sent to him from a client for consignment work.

As stated in the text I posted.

The model was supplied to me in unpainted brass - very badly tarnished - with many details which were bent or had become detached. I cleaned-up and solder-repaired the model, then added a SoundTraxx DCC/sound decoder, lights and a custom liveried paint job to Vic's specification.



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Here are some photos of EVR Shay #11














and EVR Shay 12














and #21









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Stunning ---- what other description fits?



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I agree Herbie.

Those fluted domes..... always knock my socks off, they add so much to the look, I love um!

Those and spoked wheel sets land right in my wheelhouse!



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WOW! Don't know what else to say. These are some fine looking engines.

We probably all strive for that level of quality but I would almost want to set them on a shelf display and just sit and admire.

Notice I said almost. :)

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WOW!!!  :Salute:



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