One of my main areas of interest is the Southern in the West Country, and in recent years I've built quite a few SR locos in 4mm scale. My current project is a Maunsell U-Class, based around the old DJH kit, but with the addition of the more recent chassis kit from S.E.Finecast, and a Hornby tender. As this loco is destined to run on Beaminster Road, we needed a West Country based loco. 31610 filled the bill, it having been photographed at Exmouth Junction with a 3500gallon tender. I'll give a quick precis of the work to date, and more detailed description from then on. Firstly, the DJH body kit, and some pretty good castings considering its age. Lowered the boiler slightly as it was too high in relation to the footplate. Some of the DJH etchings The SEF Chassis kit Putting it all together showed some of the compromises in the DJH castings; the cab floor is too high, (should match the tender) the main drop sections of the footplate should be deeper, as everything is 3 inches higher than on the N-Class, leading me to think that the same footplate castings are used in the two kits. The solution was to saw through the drop sections of the footplate, insert a spacer and solder it all together again. Result, a deeper drop and matching footplate levels. The difference can be seen by the gap below the cab sides, these needing to have the front section filed down to seat on the new footplate. More to follow, Cheers, Dave.