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Class 52 'Western' diesel hydraulic

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We are aiming to make the Masterpiece Models Class 52 'Western' the most accurate model of this handsome diesel-hydraulic ever produced. We are working from a 3D laser scan of a real locomotive to ensure that the complex shapes around the cab ends and body sides are reproduced with an extremely high degree of accuracy. We have also selected a builder in South Korea for this project who has extensive experience of building models of diesel locomotives, with a reputation for fine louvre work in particular.

We are offering models of the entire class, covering the examples built at Swindon and Crewe and incorporating the key modifications made during the life of these charismatic locomotives.

A powerful traction motor will be fitted for superlative performance and working fans will each be powered by a separate motors independently conrolled through DCC allowing one end of the locomotive to be visually 'shut down' to simulate operation on a single Maybach – a not uncommon occurrence. There will be switchable illumination for the cabs and headcodes. while fully-detailed cab interiors will be complemented by opening cab doors, while engine room detail will be visible through the side windows.

One of the most distinctive features of the 'Westerns' were the exposed wheels on the C-C bogies and for the sake of accuracy these will be machined, back and front, to capture the precise profile.

Magnificent Maybach sound will be standard on all the models, but for customers who wish to run their models on a DC layout, they will be DC/DCC switchable.

The full gamut of liveries will be available, including green, maroon and blue with the various yellow ends – or lack of them – that the locomotives carried during their lives. We will also produce small editions (a maximum of 10 of each) of D1000 'Western Enterprise' in desert sand livery (with or without small yellow warning panel), and D1015 'Western Champion' in golden ochre with either standard small yellow warning panels or the prototype panel at one end with bars extending around the cab front. Your choice of livery will determine the details to be fitted to your model, which will be correct for the period.

Name and number plates will be from the outstanding Chris Gordon Watford range. Although you are free to order whichever locomotive you would like, we will make no more than 10 models of any one prototype due to the way Mr Watford produces these superb plates. Once 10 of any particular name/number have been reserved we will ask any further potential buyers to select a different locomotive, so an early reservation is recommended to secure the one you really want!

You can now reserve the 'Western' of your choice using the form on this page for a deposit of £250. Once we receive your reservation we will contact you to confirm the details of the model you want and provide payment information.

At Masterpiece Models we rate the 'Westerns' just as highly as the 'Castles' and 'Kings' that preceeded them and this model will embody the same care and attention to detail that goes into all Masterpieces.

Class 52 'Western' Diesel Hydraulic prices

Model Type   Base price Carriage charge Reservation deposit Second payment Final payment Total payment
Class 52 'Western'   £ £ £ £ £ £
Non EU Overseas Price  ex-VAT 2750 60 250 1430 1070 2810
EU Price inc VAT 3300 60 250 1430 1620 3360
UK Price inc VAT 3300 0 250 1430 1620 3300
Class 52 'Western' Reservation
Use this form to reserve your Class 52 'Western' diesel hydraulic. Once you have submitted this form we will contact you to confirm the details of the model you have requested and arrange payment of the £250 deposit.