A couple of years ago, I posted on here about the destruction of a Bachmann Class 45 at an exhibition. A lady pushing a wheelchair smashed into the layout and sent the locomotive crashing into a concrete floor. It taught me that I need a guard on the side of the fiddleyard to stop this happening again. I did half heartedly attempt to fix the Class 45, but it was a big job and I felt I could do a better finish on the weathering, as the original Class 45 was an early attempt. I managed to get a new Class 45 from ebay and over the last year or so I have been detailing this.
I took the DCC sound chip (Howes) out of the class 45 and added in a double IPhone speaker from Road and Rails. I also used the original bogies from the older class 45, but otherwise it is the new model. As always, I detailed the body using an airbrush and Railmatch enamel paints. I initially used an overall body wash of paint, applied with a paintbrush, wiping most of it away, before airbrushing in some shades of faded BR blue. After this, the weathering was applied, using sleeper grime, weathered black, frame dirt, roof dirt, brake dust and a splash of white.