Having put in about an hour of work on the cleaning up of the cast for the body (which needed a bit, but only on the underside of the footplate and around the front steps - the boiler was very clean with no need to file or fill).
The Micro Ace chassis which is supplied for this has a light in it so I have painted the whole black (including the tender so there should be no problems when I come to paint it all green - at least the green will have the same undercoat) to stop the light shining where I don't want it. I due course (tonight possibly) I will drill out the front light and after painting fill it with some Micro Glaze or something similar.
Don't worry if you are looking at it and thinking the body is high at the cab end - it is. It does go on straight but this was a quick photo session to show progress to a couple of people and to update the blog.
My parents sent me the photo below - I am the one of the left looking at the photo with my brother. This was 3801's first trip on the Main South to Moss Vale following its return to steam in 1986. We had travelled up from Melbourne on the Inter Capital Daylight (instead of chasing it in a car as we normally did) and then following the return from Moss Vale caught the Melbourne Express (the replacement to the celebrated and much missed "Southern Aurora" sleeping car express) overnight back to Melbourne. I am planning on making my model look like this - possibly without the two little boys in the foreground however!