Class 52 'Western' diesel - first etches
Following the laser scanning of D1015 Western Champion last November, the builder has produced detailed drawings and now the first test etches (above). He has also been testing the assembly of the prominent louvres on the sides and roof slopes of the locomotive and some idea of the quality and intricacy can be seen in this first test:
These assemblies fit precisely behind the openings in the body and roof, allowing glimpses of the equipment inside. When the laser scanning was carried out, it wasn't just the body shape that we wanted to ensure would be correct, but also the interior detail. The 'exploded' view from the laser scanning (below) gives some idea of the parts to be modelled.