Fancy lining is almost complete.
Happy New Year to one and all! It was back to work with a bang yesterday as I knuckled straight down to finishing off the Jones Goods loco kit. At the close of play today, the lining is all done and sealed with an interim varnish coat (a final layer will follow soon). The shiny metal bits - buffer heads, safety valves, whistle, lubricators and smokebox door handle have all been picked out with metallic paints. The chimney's copper cap also needs adding, but my tin of Humbrol enamel had dried up, so I'll have to pop over to the model shop tomorrow.
So, what's left to do now? Add handrails and them paint silver, finish painting the wheels and apply the final satin varnish coat. Then, the slow process of reassembling the chassis can start, fitting the motor, transmission and power collection system. A period of running-in will follow before the smaller details can be attended to: coal in the tender, glazing in the spectacle plates, fit and detail the firebox backhead, add footplate crew. So it might be a few more weeks until this project is finally signed off.