NS&T 8, 15, 19: ready for decals

The three sisters, painted and back on their trucks.

Over the past few days I’ve finished the paint on my first three freight motors for the Niagara St. Catharines & Toronto Railway. I painted the orange window frames, white railings, and brass bell. I also applied brass to the inside of the headlamps and picked out the windshield wipers in dark silver and grey-black.

I did most of this work with a brush and wet palette – something I’ve been using more of for painting figures for tabletop skirmish games. Everything got two coats.

Next up, I’ll spray the bodies with a gloss coat to protect the paint and provide a good surface for decals. I have some Black Cat Publishing decals for the CNR wafers and numbers, and am waiting on an order of white stripes from Microscale for the frames. While I wait, I can start installing DCC.

These are very close to completion and I’m already preparing for the next NS&T freight motor project. This is an exciting time in the workshop, indeed!

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.

8 thoughts on “NS&T 8, 15, 19: ready for decals

  1. These are full of character, not just of he prototype but in the hand of their creator, yourself. I love them, and like you can’t wait to see them finished. Weathering thoughts?

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    1. Thanks!
      And weathering: um… yes?

      Seriously: yes I’ll weather them. As an all black beast they’ll need weathering to bring out the detail. I’ll give them a dusting of Vallejo grey-black for a start. Beyond that, electrics didn’t weather like steam (or diesel). They were simple, cleaner beasts. So most of the weathering will be environmental: road dirt and rain, for example.


  2. These are just such wonderful things. I love seeing these updates on this models and the enthusiasm that rings through your notes on them. They’re a wonderful subject and represent so much more beyond the brass.


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