Having previously created a care-worn 'Hymek' and 'Warship', in typical 1970s condition, my triumvirate of WR hydraulics is now complete with this rendition of Western Consort. Using various distressing, painting and weathering techniques, this is the most neglected looking loco of the three, with faded paint and patches of rust and primer showing through. Since this image was taken, I've also added a few patch repairs to the paintwork, which in turn have started to degrade.
Having spent many hours on this model, I'm really happy with the end result. The Heljan 'Western' has been maligned in terms of it's rendition of the cab roofs, but a decent weathering and detailing job (both inside and out - the cab interiors being highly visible) really brings the loco to life. Considering some of the extreme distressing visited upon this model, the choice of the Heljan version over the newer Dapol product is a sensible one - it was almost half the price and simpler to dismantle!
A good many individual steps have gone into this project and a full, illustrated demo will appear in Model Rail issue 186, along with details on the 'Hymek' and 'Warship' weathering jobs.