Correct Heljan’s ‘60’
A few finishing issues spoil Heljan’s otherwise fine trio of Class 60 models. DAVE LOWERY shows you how to put things right, no matter which version you have.
A few finishing issues spoil Heljan’s otherwise fine trio of Class 60 models. Dave Lowery shows you how to put things right.
You can just imagine my delight as a modern image ‘O’ gauge modeller when I first received a Heljan Class 60. Ready to go, straight from the box. Wow, what a stunner! These models really are superb and very welcome. Like most Heljan ‘O’ gauge diesels, they’re painted but not numbered. Three liveries are on offer: EWS maroon and mustard, Loadhaul orange and black (remember this scheme?) and Railfreight ‘Triple Grey’. The latter comes with a selection of decals so you can select the ‘sub sector’ markings you prefer. Sadly, the ‘60’ is let down by some basic paint and finishing issues. Those Heljan-supplied decals have a faint white line around the edges. The EWS lettering and numbers are the wrong height, and the orange flashes on the Loadhaul livery point the wrong way... Still, these are easy things to put right. With a little extra work, you can really put the icing on the cake!
The roof, as seen on this Class 60, was weathered with Railmatch Falcon Grey, Sleeper Grime and a touch of gloss black around the exhaust point. As usual, you really need good reference photographs in order to achieve realistic weathering.