Just arrived in the Dent Workshop is a Hornby 72xx 2-8-2T, having been assessed for the Review pages in Model Rail magazine (see MR 186 - out 8 August). I've been casting my eye over it to see which areas can be improved in terms of detail and ruminating over how to apply a suitable weathering job.
A couple of tasks immediately present themselves: fit a new smokebox door handle, add coal and footplate crew. There's also a distinct bow in the long footplate moulding to correct, with the front section particularly badly affected. The metal chassis block has such a tiny front bracket, only 1/8in wide, upon which the running plate rests and it could do with an extra bolt to stop the plastic flexing upwards, screwed up into the bell-shaped cover beneath the smokebox perhaps.
Whatever I end up doing, this should be good fun and I'm looking forward to seeing the loco in a typical work-stained condition for these powerful freight movers. Look out for my demo in MR issue 187 (out 5 September).