Ge­orge Dent en­hances Hel­jan’s GWR ‘1366’ 0-6-0PT.

Model Rail (UK) - - Masterclas­s -

Hel­jan’s diminu­tive GWR ‘1366’ is a lit­tle gem and its out­side mo­tion and hand­some pro­file gives it bags of char­ac­ter. The model does have a few short­com­ings, how­ever, but this simple up­grade project al­lowed me to ad­dress these cos­metic is­sues.

The in­cor­rect GWR type­face is the most strik­ing flaw but, af­ter search­ing through pro­to­type images from the 1950s,

I dis­cov­ered that No. 1370 still car­ried faint

traces of the GWR liv­ery while work­ing at Wey­mouth Quay.

Duly in­spired, I set about try­ing to recre­ate this as­pect by par­tially re­mov­ing the GWR let­ter­ing, be­fore ap­ply­ing a multi-lay­ered weath­er­ing job. An­other task that I set my­self was to im­prove the look of the out­side mo­tion and con­nect­ing rods, which were ren­dered in an opaque black fin­ish. Var­i­ous shades of metal­lic paints cre­ated a more au­then­tic look, aided further with weath­er­ing tones and grease ef­fect paints. Then I added a few cos­metic touches to create a more con­vinc­ing ap­pear­ance of a worka­day dock shunter.

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