VIDEO: First look – updated Heljan Class 33

06 May 2020
Heljan's new batch of OO gauge Class 33 locomotives is arriving with retailers. Howard Smith examines the altered tooling for depicting the Class toward the end of their lives.

Alongside a new livery applied to its original Class 33 tooling, depicting the 33025 Sultan in its as-built condition, but painted in BR blue with a grey roof, Heljan has created tooling modifications for modellers of the late BR blue – present day era. Offering eight new liveries covering the most popular – and one obscure, though favourite – liveries of the Class from the 1980s to the present are:

  • 33012 in weathered BR blue (3450)
  • D6515 Lt Jenny Lewis RN in BR green with small yellow panels (3451)
  • 33042 in weathered Railfreight Construction (3453)
  • 33063 in Mainline freight grey (3454)
  • 33021 Eastleigh in post office red (3455)
  • 33030 in EWS maroon and gold (3456)
  • 33029 in West Coast Railway Company maroon (3458)

Models are arriving with Heljan stockists this month and retailer exclusives at a later date. Some of its previous livery releases are still available with some retailers, too, including twin locomotive packs and locomotive and wagon packs – ideal for modelling a complete train during lockdown.

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Read our review of these new models (not available in twin-packs or bundled with wagons unlike previous batches) in the August issue of BRM, on-sale as a digital edition from from July 9, or pick up a print copy from July 16.



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