As it turns out, the boat was slow because I've only just picked up the red version with wasp stripes, but no worry, it was worth the wait.
My model came from the local shop, Classic Train and Motor bus. Although I didn't expect any problems, I still had the model test run before handing over the money. Had there been an issue, it would have gone back with no fuss, and no tantrums on social media.
Anyway, you'll have read reviews already and know this is a good model, but is it as good as my kit built version?
But, does it fit the little engine shed I built for the Collectors Club magazine?
Not quite. I need to shave about 1.5mm off the top of the door. Not bad considering I was basing my measurements on the etched kit. I'm relieved to say that you can follow the instructions and make a mini shed for your 48DS from a resin building.
Anyway, I am very happy with my model. That's no less than 2 RTR locos bought in a year, something of a record for me. Will there be more ordered from the new range? Yes there will, but I can't tell you what yet...