In terms of detail the pre revamp Warship is still a passable model, (you will be able to tell an older model by the lack of head and tail lights) as the paint job and level of detail from Bachmann are very good. The Bachmann class 42 / 43 comes ready to use straight from the box, but seperately fitted parts are also included for the collector to fit should you wish.
Most livery variants are available, ranging from British Rail (BR) green through to BR blue. All liveries are well applied and lettering is crisp and legible.
Haulage capacity from this model is more than adequate, we hauled 10 Bachmann MK1 coaches with the one we borrowed and it still had breath left. Pick up is from all eight wheels, giving good electrical continuity over points etc.
Most of the pre-revamp Bachmann Warship models are not DCC ready, but in 2008 in an attempt to bring the model into the 21st century Bachmann introduced DCC models into the range. Check underneath, or on the box and you will see 'DCC Ready' written, if you don't then it will not be DCC ready. Lack of liaghts is a major flaw for the pre-revamp Bachmann Warship.
In essence the Bachmann class 42 / 43 Warship is a nice looking model, even with its flaws. The new Bachmann Warship is better though. Watch out for models that look very similar but are made by Mainline as these have older chasis and don't pull quite as well. Lima also made a model of the Warship, these are worst of the bunch so buy a Bachmann model if your pocket will allow it. Avoid over priced and over rated Wrenn models. Expect to pay around £30 (2012) for a nice condition second model with its box.
We rate the pre-revamp Bachmann class 42 / 43 Warship when compared with the newer model at 6.5/10