“End of the Line”
This is Trumpeter’s 1/35 Baureihe (Br-) 52 Kriegslocomotive with Steifrahmentender, but for this project I had no interest in the tender, or the sleepers and rails that built-up into a composite display base. The base here is plaster cast, purchased at Euro Militaire (as was) in Folkestone three or four years ago.
Even without the tender, the engine is 420mm in length, and so makes quite an impression as an individual model. The engine is made up of about 500 parts, a considerable proportion of the 700+ parts of the complete kit.
The Deutsche Reichsbahn’s Class 52 was a German steam locomotive built in large numbers during the Second World War. It was the most produced type of the so-called Kriegslokomotiven or Kriegsloks (war locomotives). The Class 52 was a wartime development of the pre-war DRG Class 50, using fewer parts and less expensive materials to speed production.
The project was to present an abandoned engine in a distressed state. I used five different orange/brown/yellow matt oils, artist pigments and two “rust” powders. I added a few pieces of coal on the floor of the cab and along the track, for effect; these are from Jarvis Manufacturing Ltd.
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