O gauge/7mm was always a builders scale (until quite recently) and a lifetime of painting for other people taught me never to buy kitbuilt or scratchbuilt locos unless I knew of the builders reputation. I thought it would be safe to buy used brass RTR but we live and learn. This loco is no different with Alraldite where once lay solder plus bodged repairs that only came to light once dismantling took place. Enter a SanCheng Midland Railway 4F 0-6-0 & Tender... On the face of it, the loco looked okay so nothing unusual there! The photo below shows the felt-tip 'blacking' of the wheels has been removed and the tyres cleaned ready for primer. Bits of sandbox and coal rails complete the scene. The superstructure will be stripped tomorrow ready for soldering. New parts will include a Stanier chimney, LMS standard buffers and lost-wax brass vacuum pipes.