Western Comet Part 1

‘Western Comet’ was the name given to a 10.25″ gauge replica Class 52 Western locomotive, built by engineering firm Severn Lamb in 1964. The locomotives home for more than forty years was the Brooklands Miniature Railway on the Sussex coast between Lancing and Worthing. A detailed study about the Brooklands Miniature Railway and its trains by author Graham Lelliott can be found via Amazon.

This project is in effect a miniature railway of a miniature railway, I chose an N gauge model to use as a basis for this project, although not strictly accurate, it’s the best that can be achieved.

I bid for and won an N gauge class 52 Western locomotive on eBay. The difference with this project is that instead of adding detail to make the model look realistic, I would actually be removing detail from the model to make it look realistic for a miniature railway.

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The first part of the project involved separating the locomotive body from the chassis, model battery boxes and glazing.

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The next part of the project was to cut a hole in the roof of the model to replicate the driving cab area which will feature a 7mm scale driver, seat and locomotive controls, dials and gauges.

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The glazing was then painted in the style of the Brooklands Miniature Railway ‘Western Comet’ with white windows and black window frames.

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The battery box and cowlings were painted Matt black as per the prototype model. The locomotive body was then given a coat of grey primer and allowed to dry for a day.

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The locomotive body was then given a few coats of red Tamiya spray paint to represent the livery on the real miniature locomotive. The Brooklands Miniature Railway Western Comet features a white roof, so Tamiya masking tape was fixed to the roof to add this part of the livery.

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In hindsight, I should have applied the livery the opposite way round by giving the entire body a coat of white first, then masked off the roof to apply the red livery last. I also made a mistake during spraying the white paint and got a bit on one cab end.

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This meant I had to mask off the white roof livery with masking tape to give the cab end a new coat of red paint.

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All of the components were then brought back together and fitted. Buffers were painted white and detailed as per the prototype. The next stage of the project, covered in part two, will feature the addition of a driver, the drivers controls and nameplates.

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