People have been banging on about the lack of industrial locomotives ready-to-run for a long while. As I was building the model, MREmag.com's letters page was full of people requesting one.
As a starter kit, it's a good one. I built the model with superglue. At no point was the soldering iron plugged in. If you can build a plastic kit, you can build this locomotive.
Just as the build was approaching completion, and with a deadline looming, there was very nearly a disaster. I'd given the model a very heavy weathering job. It really was filthy. A finishing touch would have been to clean the handrails a little to show the muck had been brushed off by the crew. A damp brush was flicked on the saddle tank handrail - and I took off a chunk of dirt from the tank side.
What do do? I couldn't re-weather that corner. The only option was to take a deep breath and try to clean the entire model. Damp cotton buds simulated the cleaners cloth. The result was amazing. My model transformed from a filthy dirty beast into a filthy but cared for one. A little re-weathering along the tank top and cab roof completed the task and I think looks pretty good. It's certainly a relief!
Elsewhere, we wrap up the Clayhanger Yard story taking it to the Hartlepool show. Finally, this issue arrives with a booklet of Frequently Asked Questions. 29 pages answering common modelling problems. Guess who took care of the kit building ones? In fact, there is a clue to the next Parker's Guide subject in there...