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Rob Pollock
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“End of the Line”

April 19, 2018 · in Armor · · 21 Comments

This is 's 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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21 responses

  1. Very nice Rob. The rustwork looks the part. Well done!

  2. Brilliantly done, Rob...your weathering effects are very convincing. Nice work!

    • Cheers, Craig. Parts of the interior cab are in scarlet red, but for some reason they have a raspberry tinge in the photos. No flash used, so another digital mystery.

  3. A stunning piece of work that clearly took a lot of time. The effects are just fantastic and it looks like a high quality steel model that's been left outdoors for a few months.

    • Thanks, David. As I mentioned, the plaster base has been around for awhile and the idea for the loco too, but I only seem to have got round to it recently.

      In terms of time, it was only a fortnight start to finish.

  4. Rob, marvelous! Awaiting the scrappers torch!

  5. Truly remarkable.

  6. Wow Rob - another incredible project from your hands! You're breadth of interest and skill at each amazes me!

  7. Unique subject and very well done.

    • Thanks, Matt. I like support vehicles of all kinds, even though I don’t take advantage of the very wide range of model subjects on a regular basis. Apart from plastic, there are some phenomenal resin offerings available now.

      • Have you ever run across a resin Auto car heavy truck available in the US? I’ve found one from across the pond but no online ordering. I’d enjoy building one as my grandfather drive one during WWII

        • Try LZ Models, based in Ireland. They, or their (site) affiliate Mirror Models, do a series of US wrecker types that might be of interest. They also carry wide selection of resin upgrades for various military kits (In fact, they have an extensive resin upgrade set for the BR-52.). They ship anywhere, I think.

  8. Beautifully finished, Rob. As a locomotive fancier (among other things), I really enjoyed seeing this. Fantastic work!

  9. Brilliant job, right down to the track work!

  10. Nice work Rob! We don't see many trains round these parts. The weathering looks spot on, great rusting effects.

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