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&quot;State of Maine&quot;-style HO Charcoal Heater Kit 3d printed A closeup of a charcoal heater mounted beneath a Funaro and Camerlengo HO boxcar.

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A closeup of a charcoal heater mounted beneath a Funaro and Camerlengo HO boxcar.
"State of Maine"-style HO Charcoal Heater Kit 3d printed A closeup of a charcoal heater mounted beneath a Funaro and Camerlengo HO boxcar.
"State of Maine"-style HO Charcoal Heater Kit 3d printed A closeup of a charcoal heater mounted beneath a Funaro and Camerlengo HO boxcar.

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"State of Maine"-style HO Charcoal Heater Kit 3d printed Our charcoal heater added to an old Funaro and Camerlengo HO scale Bangor and Aroostook boxcar.
"State of Maine"-style HO Charcoal Heater Kit 3d printed Our charcoal heater added to an old Funaro and Camerlengo HO scale Bangor and Aroostook boxcar.

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"State of Maine"-style HO Charcoal Heater Kit 3d printed A charcoal heater integrated into a custom-detailed Funaro and Camerlengo HO underbody.  (Except for the heater and regulator, this underbody was detailed with Tichy parts-- it was modeled before K.Kadwell's own brake parts had been developed.)
"State of Maine"-style HO Charcoal Heater Kit 3d printed A charcoal heater integrated into a custom-detailed Funaro and Camerlengo HO underbody.  (Except for the heater and regulator, this underbody was detailed with Tichy parts-- it was modeled before K.Kadwell's own brake parts had been developed.)

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"State of Maine"-style HO Charcoal Heater Kit 3d printed A "d4" charcoal heater with standard (level) asymmetrical bracing, for use on cars with level underbody ribs.  Some shimming may be required based on the car being used, of course.
"State of Maine"-style HO Charcoal Heater Kit 3d printed A "d4" charcoal heater with standard (level) asymmetrical bracing, for use on cars with level underbody ribs.  Some shimming may be required based on the car being used, of course.

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"State of Maine"-style HO Charcoal Heater Kit 3d printed A "d3" charcoal heater fitted beneath an Atlas boxcar.  The "d3" bracing variation allows the heater to fit easily beneath a car with sloping underbody ribs!
"State of Maine"-style HO Charcoal Heater Kit 3d printed A "d3" charcoal heater fitted beneath an Atlas boxcar.  The "d3" bracing variation allows the heater to fit easily beneath a car with sloping underbody ribs!

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"State of Maine"-style HO Charcoal Heater Kit 3d printed Another view of a "d3" charcoal heater showing the snug fit between it and an underframe with diagonally sloping ribs.
"State of Maine"-style HO Charcoal Heater Kit 3d printed Another view of a "d3" charcoal heater showing the snug fit between it and an underframe with diagonally sloping ribs.

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"State of Maine"-style HO Charcoal Heater Kit 3d printed All heaters consist of a hollow main body and a separate back plate, connected by a small sprue.
"State of Maine"-style HO Charcoal Heater Kit 3d printed All heaters consist of a hollow main body and a separate back plate, connected by a small sprue.

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"State of Maine"-style HO Charcoal Heater Kit 3d printed Once removed, the back plate is easily fitted to the main body with the aid of a tab and an inset face.  It can't be assembled wrong!
"State of Maine"-style HO Charcoal Heater Kit 3d printed Once removed, the back plate is easily fitted to the main body with the aid of a tab and an inset face.  It can't be assembled wrong!

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"State of Maine"-style HO Charcoal Heater Kit 3d printed Red-shaded areas represent sprues that must be removed.
"State of Maine"-style HO Charcoal Heater Kit 3d printed Red-shaded areas represent sprues that must be removed.

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"State of Maine"-style HO Charcoal Heater Kit 3d printed A close-up photo of a well-preserved prototype heater box in North Conway, New Hampshire.  It looks almost as realistic as our HO model version.
"State of Maine"-style HO Charcoal Heater Kit 3d printed A close-up photo of a well-preserved prototype heater box in North Conway, New Hampshire.  It looks almost as realistic as our HO model version.

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"State of Maine"-style HO Charcoal Heater Kit 3d printed Another view of a preserved prototype heater box.
"State of Maine"-style HO Charcoal Heater Kit 3d printed Another view of a preserved prototype heater box.

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"State of Maine"-style HO Charcoal Heater Kit 3d printed An overall view of a preserved prototype State of Maine boxcar, and its heater box, in New Hampshire.
"State of Maine"-style HO Charcoal Heater Kit 3d printed An overall view of a preserved prototype State of Maine boxcar, and its heater box, in New Hampshire.

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"State of Maine"-style HO Charcoal Heater Kit 3d printed
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"State of Maine"-style HO Charcoal Heater Kit

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NOTE: This model has three variants regarding optional bracing: "d4" for standard asymetrical bracing, "d00" for no bracing, and "d3" for staggered asymetrical bracing.  Read more under "bracing options" below!

PROTOTYPE HISTORY

This is a Luminator-Mitchell "underslung" charcoal-fired railroad freight car heater. Mounted underneath a standard refrigerated car or insulated boxcar, these heaters helped keep perishable items warm and dry during cold winter months. These heaters were used on a number of railroads including Bangor and Aroostook; New York, New Haven, and Hartford; Canadian National; Canadian Pacific; and perhaps others. These heaters were standard equipment on the first of Bangor and Aroostook Railroad’s famous blue-white-and-red “State of Maine” potato-carrying insulated boxcars (which hit the rails 1950-1951 and saw service for several decades afterwards) and are a must for anyone modeling them!

​THE MODEL

These HO scale models feature impressive details including see-through 3D ventwork, an embosed oven vent door, a vent door adjustment ratchet, properly-positioned bolts and rivits, and more. The details look stunning in physical form-- we here at K. Kadwell have never seen a better portrayal! Measurements were taken from a preserved real-life example at the Conway Scenic Railroad in New Hampshire so we are confident in the heater’s scale accuracy, too.

The heater box is hollow, and the rear wall is a separate piece that locks into proper position using a built-in tab.

BRACING OPTIONS

The diagonal bracing used to mount these heaters in real life varied from car type to car type. We offer one product with built-in asymetrical bracing that perfectly matches the design used on BAR and NH cars. This bracing features accurate rivits and reinforcing plates and is sold under the "d4" product variation-- the default product choice. We also offer an alternate product without cast-on bracing-- sold under the "d00" product variation-- so that you can more easily add your own, such as the symetrical bracing used on Canadian cars. We recomend using fine-grade brass angle irons to fabricate braces of your own, although strip styrene could work as well.

​We also offer a third product with slightly-staggered diagonal bracing, which is sold under the "d3" product variation.  Although not quite prototypical, this bracing variation will fit well under ready-to-run HO cars with sloping underbody ribs, such as Atlas 40' boxcars.  Check the ribs underneath the HO car that you intend to detail to make the best choice, and remember that in some cases, a bit of styrene shimwork may be required for a perfect fit.

​MISC.

You will need to provide your own circulation piping regardless of variation chosen. Just use .11 or .12 wire and wrap it with masking tape to provide the heavy-duty lagged and insulated look of the real pipes. Mounting divots for the wire pipes are provided in the appropriate places on the sides of the box.

Two charcoal heaters are included per product.  A small hobby blade and a file or sanding stick will be required to separate parts from their sprues and to clean up the edges.
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Charcoal Heater 6M W Braces HOx2
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3.23 x 0.92 x 2.07 cm
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