German WR360 C12 Locomotive
Trumpeter, 1/35 scale
Reviewed by Andrew Judson
Due to the size and weight of the rail guns, two WR360s were often employed for the task for the extra power and to reduce the chance of mechanical failure.
There were 129 of these locomotives produced between the years of 1926 and 1941. After the war, many were put to use for civilian purposes.
Trumpeter's 1/35 scale WR360 C12 Locomotive comprises 9 sprues in light grey plastic containing 258 parts, a photo etched fret, markings for Deutche Reichbahn 1938, tracks and balast in plastic, detailed instructions, a color A4 sheet of drawings, and the cleverest part, the main body of the Locomotive in one piece - some very tricky plastic injecting here!
Moulding quality is generally very good. There are some ejector pin marks that will need filling, but nothing too dramatic.
A sprue of clear parts is also included. These are thin and free from distortion.
The photo-etched fret contains grills and other details.
Construction should be straightforward due to the well drawn instructions, but care will be required when assembling the running gear due to fairly complex part location. Dry fit first.
Only one painting choice is offered - Field Grey body and Red running gear, though from some research l have heard that the running gear was also painted in the same colors as the body or in a black green. This is only speculation, but if you look at the box art...
Overall this is a very nice kit, and an interesting subject and will look great as a stand alone model or in a diorama.
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