There are watershed moments in any project. One of the biggest is getting the thing built and ready to paint. On Friday, I achieved that with CNR 3737 – my 2-8-2 project.
The extensive re-detailing has taken three years of off-and-on work under the tutelage of my friend Andy Malette. I’ll admit that’s about two years longer than I thought it would take – and my soldering leaves a lot to be desired. But Andy – and others – have looked at it and said “Don’t worry: it’s fine” and right now, I’m happy to take their word for that.
It sure needs a good cleaning. I foresee myself picking up the tab for lunch with Ryan Mendell in exchange for a couple of hours in his workshop, with his grit blaster. With luck, that’ll strip off any oils, flux and other unwanted stuff, and provide a good tooth for the primer.
And as Andy has noted, steam engines combined ash/soot, grease, steam oil, and water vapour to create truly foul gunk in corners and on surfaces. So whose to say that’s not what I’ve added as I’ve bashed my way from a USRA standard Light Mikado to a CNR S-3-a?
Thanks, Andy, for the lessons and the patience!