Saturday, 17 December 2011

CNS&M 700 to 737: Cincinnati Built Cars

Some more eBay rescues, this time two power cars and one unpowered coach, all unpainted and because of their age all showing signs of brass tarnish.

Below on the left is the first car I cleaned up using a glass fibre burnishing pen compared to the tarnished brass on the right hand side.

Here is a disassembled  coach with bits, where I discovered that all that glistens is not necessarily brass, as the casting for the boxes on the underframe were some softish grey metal that had been painted to look like brass.

The power bogies were a challenge to get apart, because of the screw fitting and space to get at it. I'm afraid I did a bit of a bodge job on these, but as I intend to be re-powering the cars I don't see this as a problem in the long run.

 After cleaning and disassembling the coaches I cleaned up some solder joints, re-soldered some broken solder joints before a quick dip in the ultrasonic cleaner. After that I then sprayed them with red primer.

I then sprayed red all over and then masked the coaches before spraying them green, and re-masked the cars so I could spray the roofs black. The car on the left of the picture is the previously posted 737 series model.

And here they are awaiting fitting of the underframes, which will take a while for me to get round to, as I'm looking at my options for replacing the antiquated motor and gears with something a bit more up to date. Some minor touch-up paint work is still to be done too.

After that all I've got to do is order the transfers to letter these cars.


  1. You're a real inspiration, A.R. Now that I've found this blog, I'm sure I can get up the nerves to paint my brass models. I own several brass CNS&M interurban steel cars in two scales (HO and O), from MTS Imports, Inc. They're gorgeous and I was afraid any project I undertake with the models would ruin them.

    I'm so glad I found this blog.

  2. Thank you so much for those kind words. Really spray cans are your friends, and all paint can be stripped off, so mistakes are never permanent.

    I will be posting further updates on these when the decals arrive, and I've spoken to my friend Bill of Mousa Models who is working on a re-power solution for these cars, which will allow full interiors.

    So welcome to my blog.

  3. Thanks for welcoming me to your blog. I am happy to be here. I'll be looking forward to your updates - I just know they'll be interesting. I am eager to learn, so I'll be paying close attention.

  4. Hi,

    I like your work a lot and I have some Suydam cars in desperate need of a drop of paint. Are you using areosol cans? Any maker/colour reference you can share? I can not order paint from the US since they don´t ship cans(or bottles)to me here in Sweden. Anything would be very welcome, especially something i can buy here. Of course I can get paint, it´s just that I want the right colour....

    Tony Hultman

    1. Hi Tony,

      I'm not sure I can say I'm using the right colour. What I can say is that I try and find a close match to the colour I need using commercial paints that are sold for spraying cars.

      Go here if you don't already have this:

      It shows paint colours for the North Shore Line.

      I am also of the school of thought that no paint remains stable under the duress from the sun, weather and pollutants. So as long as it looks right, it is right.

      I hope that helps?