As part of a broader article on weathering BR blue Western Region diesels, I've been working on a Heljan 'Hymek' to go with the Bachmann 'Warship' mentioned a few weeks back. Under the various layers of dirt, grease and grime, the blue livery has faded in a number of places, adding a much more convincing array of textures and shades to the plastic bodyshell. Indeed, the yellow ends have also been similarly treated and an already impressive model now looks much more realistic.
Next on the list is a blue 'Western', but this time with a much more serious case of distressed paintwork. Look out for the full demo on how these effects were achieved in Model Rail issue 186, out on 8 August.