There are a lot of parts in this etched brass kit and approx fifty per cent of them relate to the condensing apparatus which sits on the roof of the loco.
Each part has to be removed from its fret by using a cutting disc fitted in a rotary tool. Grooves etched into many of the parts make assembly easier, helping to hold the part in place while solder is being applied. The rivet detail needs to be pressed out on all the relevant parts, I used a Metalsmith rivet press for this purpose.
I used Fry's resin cored solder and Fluxite soldering paste. I have used my variable temperature iron (set on max of 450 degrees C) to construct bodywork in the past but by the time I got to fitting the skirts, I found it a struggle with this kit as there is just so much brass, which dissipates the heat. I halted work until I had obtained an 80 Watt Antex iron on Ebay. This should make the work easier.