Well today the new Steve Beattie BRCW Type 2 diesel kit was delivered safely by the postie and what a nice looking kit it is and indeed what a credit to all Steve's hard efforts and burning of midnight oil over Christmas and New Year... winner is what I say ... superb . Now Platform 1 have asked me to review and build the kit which will be the Class 27 variant, so I'm going to do 27005 which is a preserved example and it will be turned out in Rail Blue with Scottie Dog logo. Apologies to any folks here if I bomb the airwaves with this O Gauge build but as the Forum Index page right hand column shows we are giving these kits exclusive promotion... cos we are nice people and just too kind for words. Rightie Ho and on with the intro pics, so first things first, inside the box Steve has carefully cardboard wrapped the cab front etches because the area behind the cab hand rail pockets are quite delicate and mustn't be bent. So in the picture the wrapped cab as found inside the box is on the right and on the left is the cab which I've put the white metal spectacle and roof dome casting too, as you can see the castings are nice and smooth and already we are getting the essence of a MacRat... and I haven't even picked up the soldering iron yet. Now here are the main bodyshell etches all pre rolled to a guideline curvature. Some of the fine detail etches. My kit has snow ploughs included but that's because I don't do hot climates. The inner bogie frame etches. The inner bodyshell skeleton and other bogie detailing etches. Some castings which include a set of 22 inch Oleo buffers by Markits... so that alone represents a value of £17. Finally the resin casts, whitemetal casts and 3D printed items. There is also various lengths of wire and a sheet of clear film to make up the glazing with... I didn't photo these cos I guess we all know what wire looks like and being a tight fist I didn't want to use too much picture space up. So I use 1833 motors from Taff Vale and 20:1 gear ratios supplied from Roxey Mouldings on each bogie to balance the weight on the loco equally. You can add Delrin chains if you wish too and I use power pick up contacts on each wheel, the wheelsets come from Slaters and of course draw hooks and shackles are needed, I get mine from Laurie at MM1 because his are nice chunky looking and just like the real thing plus he is in Scotland. All in all anyone buying one of these kits will be getting very good value for their money, so now to download and print the manual and away we go. Build starts this week... you have been warned.