NS&T 8, 15, 19 ready for primer

I’ve finished the soldering on NS&T 8, 15, and 19. I’ll give them a final inspection and then it’s time for primer.

Following the return of my repaired soldering probe and the completion of several piece of work for a client, I spent an enjoyable couple of days in the workshop, finishing off my first three S scale freight motors for the Niagara St. Catharines & Toronto Railway.

Adding the deck-mounted air tanks and their plumbing, plus the handrails, really changed the look of these models – for the better! I like how Number 8 expresses the family appearance while having a number of unique details – including its tube pilot and a different handrail arrangement. But 15 and 19 also have some distinctive details.

15 and 19 have distinctive curved supports for the end handrails. I don’t know why the shop built them that way – I’m just glad they did because it’s such an interesting detail. I soldered up a jig to bend these so they’d be consistent.

I will give these three a final inspection and then hit them with a coat of primer. Meantime, today I ordered decals – S scale CNR passenger car sets from Black Cat Publishing, which should work fine. The paint should be nice and dry by the time they arrive.

I debated whether to paint these in the CNR green scheme. I think it’s great, but the prototype only wore that colour combination at the very end of electrification in 1960. So, I’ve opted for basic black with orange window frames, which will allow me to run these alongside CNR steam.

I’ve also been ordering all the parts I need for the rest of my NS&T freight motor kits, so when these are done I’ll be able to jump right into the next project.

Published by Trevor

Lifelong model railway enthusiast and retired amateur shepherd who trained a border collie to work sheep. Professional writer and editor, with some podcasting and Internet TV presenting work thrown in for good measure.

12 thoughts on “NS&T 8, 15, 19 ready for primer

    1. Thanks Jim. And I will keep sharing: after writing this I gave them the promised cost of primer so there’s more story to tell. Stay tuned!


  1. They really do all look spectacular, Trevor. But I do have a question. Knowing absolutely nothing about brass models, was any clean up required before primer was applied? For my styrene or injected plastic models, many times I have to wash them with soap and water to rid them of finger oils or mold release.

    Looking forward to more updates.

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    1. Hi James. Thanks for the kind words. Yes – brass needs to be cleaned as well. But it’s a little different because brass needs to be cleaned *after each work session* to remove the flux. That process also takes care of finger oils, etc.
      I use soap, water, and an old toothbrush.
      I also find that Tamiya Surface Primer sticks quite aggressively so the occasional finger print isn’t an issue. I imagine modern primers from other manufacturers (Mr. Hobby, AK Interactive) are also champions at prepping a surface for paint.
      (I use Tamiya primer for tabletop gaming figures. I finish those, after painting, with a coat of Alclad flat finish. Those figures get far more handling than model trains and their paint jobs haven’t suffered. I don’t even bother washing the figures before applying primer and I’ve never had an issue.)

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  2. Thanks for the information. That makes sense for the brass.

    I know about gaming figures, too, as I’ve painted my fair share and then some. Most of the ones I paint now are plastic as that is what the board game designers are now using. I do tend to wash them to remove any mold residue and then a coat of Rustoleum primer following after paint by Testors Gloss and then Testors Dullcote.

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