Starting this kit, because it is a whitemetal casting means a different approach to the plastic offerings. This particular example was purchased from the Secondhand Sales table. For a start there is much more cleaning up before assembly can commence. The basic components are originally from an aged mould-since updated I believe- and need a fair bit of flash removed and some parts straightened.
However, if the two I have previously made are anything to go on, it will produce a decent model.
Seen here are the main components. The tank bed needs the most work, mostly cleaning up and making sure the ends are square.
The side frames are not straight so a little judicial
straightning will be needed. There is also the issue that one side of the frame is mis-cast. This will probably need building up with some low melt solder. The supporting ends for the tanks will need a little work, mainly shaping the tank supports and making sure the buffer beams are suitable for superglueing to the sideframes so squareness and a clean surface are vital.
When all is done then assembly can commence.