Synopses & Reviews
Kozo Hiraoka has been a powerful influence upon the model locomotive builders for over fifteen years and has become a recognized authority in the designing and construction of scale model engines. His three series published in Live Steam
magazine on the major geared locomotivesfirst the Shay, then the Heisler and finally the Climaxhave been a continuing inspiration to thousands of Live Steamers, whether they were building to his designs or not. His instructions for fabricating parts and his magnificent drawings and crisp photographs combine to make the construction of the Heisler a far easier and more satisfying task. By reading Kozo's methods, you may discover new and ingenious ways of dealing with you own fabricating and machining problems. Virtually every part in the Heisler may now be produced without the necessity for castings.
Building the Heisler is Kozo's second book, and has been completely re-edited from the original series in Live Steam that ran from October 1979 through September 1982. Many revisions and corrections have been made to text and drawings, and an entire new section has been added for those who wish to scale up their Heislers to 1" or 1½" scale. Now, also, you can even fabricate your own pressure guage; thus, every part of your Heisler can now be "by your own hand." A number of Live Steamers completed their locomotives and sent photographs to be included as a part of this book. There are many in ¾" scale and several others in 1½" scale. Most were faithful to Kozo's original design, but some others incorporated useful modifications into their Heislers.
Kozo has done what all are capable ofhe is essentially self-taught in all aspects of building his Live Steam locomotive models: learning the English language so that he could write about the construction; learning machining, sheetmetal work, silver soldering, painting, and photography; and developing his skill in diametric drawing to convey so clearly the fabricating methods he devised.
This book should convince even the least confident modeler that he or she can tackle the Heisler as a project and take it all the way to a successful conclusion.