The second stage of the Western Comet project involved adding the driving area detail and the name plates.
When the Western Comet operated on the Brooklands Miniature Railway, the driver sat in a small area cut out from the locomotive roof. In order to make an N gauge model look less like a 2mm scale locomotive and more like a miniature railway train, I opted to add a 7mm scale driver, some research into miniature scales refers to this as ‘On15’ scale.
An old second hand, unpainted seated driver (by S&D Models) was purchased and given a coat of primer to help the paint hold as the model is made from white metal.
After the primer had dried, I began to paint the figure in various clothing shades of blue.
After the driver was painted, work started on the drivers control area for the locomotive. A box was scratch built from styrene sheet with two folds or lips on the edges that hold the box in place when placed through the locomotive roof cut out. Some very small wing mirrors were added using reflective card, fixed to brass rod which was connected to the inside of the box.
The driver was added to the box and the box was placed into the cut out section of the locomotive roof.
The name plate and works plate was the final part of the project. However after researching the name plate style on the book about the Brooklands Miniature Railway by author Graham Lelliott, I realised that the nameplate was not in the same style and format as regular ‘Western’ nameplates, so a design closer to the original was chosen.