I decided it was high time I got back into some serious kit building yesterday, so pulled out this kit and made a start. My normal way of working if it's a tender engine is to build the tender first then the loco, starting with the chassis, tank loco's it's chassis first, but Big Jim advises to part build the body first to be able to check clearances between chassis and body, so body it was first. Jim's instructions are first rate, plenty of pictures (worth a thousand words they say!), and as he includes illustrations showing which part is on which etch, it's easy to find parts. I built up the footplate complete with front and rear buffer beams and soldered a 6ba nut at two points for chassis fixing, then soldered the cab doors (Jim suggests doing this whilst the cab sides are still attached to the etches, which makes it easier) to the cab sides, then folding and soldering the cab floor together. At this point I soldered in the cab opening beadings. Jim provides a choice of either one piece or two which are butt jointed at the top, me being me, I used the one piece option as I found it fairly easy.