CNR 3737 :: Soldering done!

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.

CNR 3737 - Nose

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.

CNR 3737

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.

CNR 3737

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!

9 thoughts on “CNR 3737 :: Soldering done!

  1. Trevor, nice work. I admire the craftsmanship that this demonstrates. If you want to “stretch” her legs a bit, you can have all the track time you want on the Minnesota Heartland.

  2. Trevor
    The model has turned out very well.
    Glad to see you completed the construction rather than leaving in a box on the shelf.

  3. I advise scrubbing it with scouring cream (helps to neutralise any remaining acid flux), using an old toothbrush, before grit blasting it.

    But more importantly, this is a wonderful advert for our hobby:
    1) What you want isn’t available in the exact format;
    2) You can modify something to have the correct details;
    3) The techniques required are not difficult to acquire;
    4) Especially if you have a friend who is prepared to invest in the time to share his experience with you.

    Frankly, the last of these is the most of them.

  4. Trevor,

    Three years? Really? Seems like only yesterday.

    Superb job! It really looks terrific!

    I can’t wait to see it painted and running on your layout!


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