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.

Model Rail (UK) - - Summer 2016 Issue 225 -

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.

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