The Welsh Pony project has taken a step back ahead of - I hope - the final canter to completion.
Dissatisfied with the first attempt at lining out - and the residue it left on the surface after removal - Himself has got the paint stripper out and removed the original coat of purple brown gloss and the red oxide primer beneath, taken it back to brass and applied a fresh coat of grey primer.
This is all because we've received a sheet of bespoke lining transfers to try out.
As is our masochistic habit, we've decided to apply the lining from a combination of straights and corners, rather than one-piece prints that are available in larger scales.
That's our choice, and if you keep checking back on this blog you'll find out whether we live to regret it or not....
In the picture at the top you can see how the Mercian kit for the England engines comes apart for painting.
The motor is fixed into the body frame, rather than the chassis, and it's also worth considering that - according to the design - it should be mounted in a transverse position.
Well, good luck with that........