Penn Central N5B Cabin Cars Get Paint

Over the weekend, I made a great deal of progress on the three N5B cabin cars I’m building.

Having drilled all the grab iron holes in the bodies, I spent Saturday morning locating, marking, and drilling the holes for the details on the cupolas.
I filled the holes for the roofwalk with bits of styrene rod. The larger holes were rectangular and had to be drilled out to 1/16″ to get a smoother plug. I shaped the top side of the rods to match the contour of the roof.
On Saturday, I washed all of the parts and let them dry overnight. Sunday morning I sprayed a coat of Polly Scale Light Grey Undercoat on all of the parts. By Sunday evening I was spraying Polly Scale Penn Central Green and Vallejo Air Black on the various parts.
I temporarily assembled the carbodies and placed them on the trucks to let the paint cure. Stand by for more progress on these.


    1. That’s the idea Chris. I had a difficult time finding photos of two that were exactly the same, let alone three. So I decided that mine should reflect the ragtag nature of prototype cars.


  1. That Polly Scale PC green looks a little too blue for my taste. I had the same problem on an X72a I painted many moons ago. I imagine there was some fading and variation over time with PC green, but all of yours probably would be in fairly fresh paint. I wonder which brand of paint comes closest?


  2. Hunter,

    A most interesting project, completing a number of cars at the same is a great idea. I look forward to your progress!!



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