This is a model of a German steam locomotive suitable for wargaming in 15mm scale. It has been designed to be printable on any standard FDM printer, such as the Ender 3. For rails, it is compatible with TT-scale 12mm gauge track, which is the same dimensions used by Battlefront Games’ railway scenery. It should also be compatible with rolling stock from Kreative Scenery. I am not affiliated with them in any way; their work merely inspired me to create these models, so I’m linking to their page out of appreciation. Derivation from any real-world prototype has been done for ease of printing or durability in handling for tabletop wargaming.
DRG Class 38 Steam Engine
When the DRG first nationalized and consolidated the German regional railways, they categorized the disparate locomotives each had used into several classes, based on performance and intended function. As such, the DRG Class 38 was a grouping of several models of steam engine with similar performance characteristics. The most prevalent, and longest serving of this class, was the former Prussian P8.
Originally designed as an express passenger engine, the strong all-around performance of these 2’C (4-6-0) locomotives meant that they were soon employed in every possible role as a mixed goods engine. More than 3,700 were eventually produced, and served as the multi-purpose backbone of the German railways for decades. Indeed, such was their value, that despite having first entered service trials in 1906, these engines weren’t finally withdrawn until 1974.