TRANSFORM DOCK TANKS 1: ‘1366’
George Dent enhances Heljan’s GWR ‘1366’ 0-6-0PT.
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.