I have been working on a Hornby class 08 for a few months, and postin progress in my workbench threads on a couple of other forums (fora?). It started off as a BR green one with wasp stripe ends but is now in weathered BR blue and fitted with a Zimo decoder with Paul Chetter's sound and twin "sugar cube" speakers. It is now numbered D3219, after initially being D3272, as a pre-TOPS example based on the Southern Region. While I am now happy with the weathering and the amount of blue still showing (I over-weathered it initially so had to dry-brush some blue back on), I finally got round to painting the various handrails white. Unfortunately, this has now emphasised any kinks and bends in the handrails, plus showing up a few odd bits of fluff and cat hair that have stuck to the previous paint. When I bought the model, it was missing its footsteps. I have temporarily adapted some Bachmann ones from a chassis I used under a Maunsell shunter with a Golden Arrow Productions resin body. These will be replaced bu some PH Designs etched brass steps in due course. Still, the effect is not too bad, and the cruel close-up allows me to make the final adjustments to produce a convincing model. I do know that one of the front footstep handrails is missing and will replace that with a suitable length of brass wire and a handrail knob. The photos show a before, during, and after sequence of the processes. And, since it got an "honorable mention" in the foregoing description, here's the almost complete Maunsell diesel-electric shunter. This is only awaiting fitting some lifting loops on the bonnet top and tidying up of the hand-painted wasp stripes at the cab end.