Heljan Gresley O2 2-8-0 'Tango'

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Re: Heljan Gresley O2 2-8-0 'Tango'

Post by mick b » Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:27 pm

My O2 is now painted, other than the Boiler which is awaiting a B1 Chimney casting to arrive.

Footplate and Loco castings reassembled. Top casting has a 1mm gap at the motor end ,I am not surprised, as only held on at the other end by one screw. For those who have rebuilt theirs, can they confirm, have yours the same gap? I don't want to put the Boiler back onto the Footplate to find it won't fit and then break even more bits off trying to take it off again !!.

thanks for any info.

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Re: Heljan Gresley O2 2-8-0 'Tango'

Post by Woodcock29 » Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:55 am

Sorry Mick I can't remember and obviously I'm loathe to pull mine apart again at this point in time!

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Re: Heljan Gresley O2 2-8-0 'Tango'

Post by mick b » Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:54 am

I quite agree !!!

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Re: Heljan Gresley O2 2-8-0 'Tango'

Post by Atlantic 3279 » Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:59 am

I might get my loco out again over the weekend to replace the expansion links and take the hockey-stick ends off the associated rods. If so, I'll have the boiler off and have a look if there's that sort of gap between the chassis block castings. A point that springs immediately to mind is the matter of those rubber rings around the motor. Have yours gone back fully into their slots Mick, or are they trapped between the motor and the flat parts of the castings, pushing them apart?
Bachmann A2 to A2/3: from my thread in Model Railways page 56 to 83, also

Hornby A3 to A1/1 Great Northern: from page 84, in resin from page 108.


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Re: Heljan Gresley O2 2-8-0 'Tango'

Post by mick b » Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:23 am

Graeme
As far as I can tell they are in the correct position. All part of the "weird" design of this "loco" !! I will try another attempt and see if it makes any difference! I tried a goggle search without success for a photo of a assembled chassis.

Heljan

I had reply yesterday, no spare valve gear. They have sent a phone number for someone who might be able to get bits from damaged Locos , I will wait and see how mine runs once finished, before making a phone call.

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Re: Heljan Gresley O2 2-8-0 'Tango'

Post by S.A.C. Martin » Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:28 pm

I've decided to replace my valve gear altogether, having dismantled it successfully and discovered almost everything has slop and damage. With what, I am investigating a few sources. All let you know how I get on. Bit gutted really, it feels like my "bargain" is fast becoming a white elephant.

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Re: Heljan Gresley O2 2-8-0 'Tango'

Post by Atlantic 3279 » Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:26 pm

A "brave" decision Simon.

Mick: form you own opinion from this. My cab and boiler still fit despite this gap:
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Bachmann A2 to A2/3: from my thread in Model Railways page 56 to 83, also

Hornby A3 to A1/1 Great Northern: from page 84, in resin from page 108.


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Re: Heljan Gresley O2 2-8-0 'Tango'

Post by mick b » Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:33 pm

Graeme

Excellent I filed a bit of debris off the flat side and got it down ever closer than in you photo. If it fits yours then good enough !! Thanks.


I agree re the valve gear, only touch it if you have too!!

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Re: Heljan Gresley O2 2-8-0 'Tango'

Post by mick b » Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:58 pm

Amazing, its up and running !!. it is the worse r.t.r for actual overall quality including design etc etc, I have owned for a number of years. Chimney replace with a Gibson one , repaint numbering and weathered. I'm just glad it's done. Loco Number chosen because Yeadon mentions he saw her at Hull Sheds, near enough to the North east to justify me owning one.

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Re: Heljan Gresley O2 2-8-0 'Tango'

Post by S.A.C. Martin » Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:44 pm

"Brave" - read potentially stupid...

However...I am pleased to say I have managed to fixed mine with some bits out of the spares box, so full on replacement looks unnecessary for now. The valve gear isn't well designed I have to say.

Mick, you've done a great job with yours and I hope to emulate that finish with mine. I decided the sprung plastic buffers look awful though, and have replaced them with better looking (unsprung) white metal ones from Lanarkshire Models.

So far I have managed to replace all of the handrails on the loco. The tender is the next priority. It'll get a spray of grey primer, then black, then weathering.

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Re: Heljan Gresley O2 2-8-0 'Tango'

Post by Sniffer » Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:28 pm

Whatever happened to the early versions with GNR style cab and tender ?
As a period piece it was far more interesting than later variants, looking from a RTR viewpoint.

Just my opinion BTW.
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Re: Heljan Gresley O2 2-8-0 'Tango'

Post by Hatfield Shed » Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:27 am

Still listed. Heljan have in the past taken years between the version of a loco they launched with, and distinct variants.

I felt likewise, the GNR design made the more interesting model for a RTR production, as there is a distinct shortage in the representation of the GNR.

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Re: Heljan Gresley O2 2-8-0 'Tango'

Post by manna » Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:57 pm

G'Day Gents

Here Here :D

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