I obtained the kit for this last year following the return from Longreach - in fact it was the first parcel of train goodies to be delivered to home. The kit had been advertised in a flyer (I think) in the 2mm Association Magazine - I can't find it now going through the mags. In anycase, being as it was something different and potentially useful for St Alban's (Abbey or Priory or even both) I obtained one. It has sat in the gloat box for some months, fished out from time to time and then put back. At the Brisbane Model Train Show I decided to fish it out again and get the bogies sorted - naturally I had left the couple of pages of instructions Chris had supplied at home!
The bogies were straight forward, following the same method of assembly which I had put together some GWR and LNWR bogies. Construction of the 5 bogies took 5 hours - although I am pretty certain I would have done it quicker had I been at home, even with the attendant distractions of wife, children and football!
On the Monday, I figured I should plug on with the kit - and having found the notes, discovered that, like pretty well all the etched kits, it is simply a matter of taking your time, being methodical and using as little solder and flux as possible. The note suggest photos (which is excellent advice for all kits to be honest) and all I had at the show was my iPhone which isn't the best at a) searching (yes it has Internet access and yes, I tried more than Google!) and b) then displaying what it has found in comparison to a PC, which proved by the second weekend of the build to have been a nuisance! More anon when I work out what I am going to do!
The four body shells - all thirds
Four chassis - no buffers as I don't have any! (Nor do I have any 10BA bolts so not joined either!)
Two of the five bogies - not finished owing to the no bolts issue mentioned above.
All in all, a very satisfying build to date. The kit goes together well and I particularly liked the provision of a piece to solder in at the top of the sides to give extra strength and rigidity. Very much looking forward to getting the remaining bits and pieces and putting it all together. Then there will be the matter of painting (LNER Teak) and transfers - it will be an awful lot of 3s to put on doors!!! Hopefully roofs will have sorted themselves out by then too - I am hoping to have it finished in time for the BRMA(Q) Annual Model Making Competition which is being held in November (I think) and entering it in the Kit or Scratch Built Rolling Stock category.