Building and Finishing a Berkshire Car Shop
O Scale CLRV Kit

By Steven Olsen

Priming, Painting, & Assembly

Refer to prototype CLRV photos for inspiration!

This section will not go into too much detail. Everyone has their own methods and practices for painting models. Here are some of the basic things I did to finish the car.
All parts will need to be primed. I painted all the interior parts and truck sideframes before intalling them. The seats required 3 colors: red, silver and black. I painted the red first, then silver trim ... multiple touch ups back and forth ... red, silver, red, silver - until they looked presentable. This took 3 days!

The floor is painted with a light gray primer, which matched the color of real floor. The seats can be glued to the floor, with the exception of the rear 3 seat block and the operator's control/dash block. These are meant to be glued to the inside body front & back (after the window glazing is in place) and used as a place to secure the floor. There are holes marked in the floor for this, and can be drilled through the front and rear block. I tapped the holes for a 2-56 screw to fasten the floor. Save this for the very last step in the assembly process.

I made wood grain panels as partitions by the step wells by printing out (on heavy photo paper) the photo above and sizing it to fit.

Q-Car Co. power and trailer trucks

Painting the body - primer, white, then the gray at the bottom, then the black and finally the red. I used Tru-Color paint - White, Black, Caboose Red and D&H Gray with a few drops of black to darken it a bit.

I made a template for the front and rear windows. First from a piece of paper, then transfered that to a piece of .010 styrene. The actual window material is .010 clear PVC from Midwest Products. The front pilot was detailed before securing it to the body.

The first car, 4156, was the demonstrator and was assembled quickly for the 2016 Fall Mass Transit Model Meet in October. It has temporary decals, made on my home computer. The kit now comes with professionally made decals.

This is the second car, 4155. In the photo on the left, the end "blocks" (rear seats and control dash) are not glued to the floor. They were just placed there for the photo. Afterward, they were glued into the inside of the body and used to fasten the floor in place with 2-56 screws.

This car shows off the decals that are included with the kit. The decal sheet comes complete with car numbers, 2 sets of destination signs, TTC emblems, and many different signs used in various areas on the car body. With reference to the destination signs, there are 2 sizes included. The smaller signs are for the side, over the front door.

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The TTC CLRV is one of my favorite streetcars, after the PCC cars. It is an iconic piece of Toronto history. Love it or hate it, the CLRV has served its city well, after nearly 40 years! Building one of these kits is truly a labor of love. It took, roughly, one month to complete each car.

I hope you find these pages helpful and inspire you to build one too! You can add as much detail to these kits as you wish. There are many more features I will build into my next one! Please send any comments or questions to me E-Mail

Thanks to Mike Bartel of Imperial Hobby Productions, for creating the patterns from which this kit is made; and Ed Skuchas, of Berkshire Car Shop, for purchasing the patterns and producing the kit. Thanks, also to William Brillinger, of Precision Design Company, for working with me on the artwork and producing the decals for this kit. Special thanks to Quentin Carnicelli of Q-Car Company for getting the trucks to me in time to complete these cars!

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