For the last couple of years our model of Welsh Pony has been put to one side in a state of semi-completeness.
This is entirely logical in that the locomotive should (hopefully) turn a wheel again for the first time since the 1930's later this year, and once we get to see the completed locomotive we can finish ours to match.
There has been another reason, however, why it's been ignored, and that's because it was born malformed.
Alas, this is a lame pony.
The reason is that one of the wheels on the kit - which I understand has been withdrawn from sale and, somewhat appropriately, is now as rare as rocking horse poo - came with its axle hole drilled off-centre meaning the engine has always with run with a very pronounced lurch.
Fortunately for us, one of my contacts knows the kit producer and has been able to procure a spare set for us.
(Yes, I know they look like Small England wheels, but there is an etched disc which is glued on top to make them look like the Large England's more solid wheels.)
The challenge now for Himself is to see if he can get our little nag galloping along before the FR does.