I'm in the process of developing a layout in 7mm based on Mountain Ash in the mid-late 70's, and there are a few essential members of the loco fleet that will lead to kit-builds - pannier 7754 is easily covered by JTLRT, I plan to alter the forthcoming DJM ready-to-run J94 to represent No. 8, Sir John and Sir Gomer are covered by Agenoria and Mercian respectively... but the biggest challenge is the charming but unorthodox-looking Llantarnam Abbey, an 0-6-0T variant of the well-represented Barclay 0-4-0T. http://www.flickr.com/photos/12a_kingmoor_klickr/5783739074/in/set-72157626724121567/lightbox/ I'm contemplating basing a kit-bash on the Tower Models "beginner" kit - the merits of a modest price-tag with a large proportion of the necessary components required, hefty whitemetal tank and boiler (modifications to the smokebox to 'lift' it and the whole boiler/tanks a few inches as-per prototype expected) and that solid brass angle chassis are appealing for alteration. Almost all of the cab will need to be scratchbuilt - which is not a concern as I believe it's a big "compromise" in the kit. I'm comfortable using plastikard in that scenario. The footplate will need an extension added or a whole new fabrication which might pose a slightly greater challenge... we'll see. Missing elements like the segment of coupling rods might get produced in etched brass as one-offs, as I'm thinking of drawing up and having produced some truss joint bracing plates with rivet detail for the series of complex trusses inside the engine shed roof. I could go 'all out' and design/etch a full cab and bunker, but that might be a bit much... Question time - has anyone seen a model of this loco built in 7mm? And - perhaps more helpfully at this junction - does anyone see any particular snares with drilling a 3rd axle hole through that solid brass-channel chassis (I'll be adding cosmetic extensions to the end of the chassis rails)? There's a few in-progress snaps within this detailed build of the kit; http://www.tower-models.com/towermodels/ogauge/towercollection/tc3/Ab/abreview.htm I'd most-likely add simple beam compensation on the fore-and-aft axles just to give a bit of flexibility. It's not going to be a mainline runner but I certainly want to have it run smoothly and surely. Silly - smart - sensible ?? If there's different/better/smarter ways of getting the end result of Llantarnam Abbey, I'd be very happy to hear!