This saga started back last century when I acquired a fully built Craftsman 1P 0-4-4T (in OO) with the idea that I could turn it into a P4, blue S&D version... That turned out to involve too much work, so I put it away for another day.
A couple of years ago I pulled it out and added some detail, and painted the body - still a 1P that ran on the S&D, but in LMS black with red lining.
I thought about rebuilding the original chassis (silk purse, pigs ear comes to mind) and was about to start a chassis from scratch when that nice Mr. Newitt announced he had a produced P4 sprung chassis for this kit.
Serendipity, and my order went out across the ether... A week or so later a package arrived here in Canada.
This shows the difference 40 years makes (Original Craftsman chassis side - lower), although for this photo I had only folded up the chassis to check clearances in the body. (Filing of the body will be required ) The new chassis has overlays which are attached later in the build.
My initial impressions are very good, the nickel silver etches are excellent, the instructions have a couple of minor errors, but there are photos which help clarify things. http://website.rumneymodels.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/LMS_1P_Chassis_Instructions_-_Craftsman_Version.pdf
I would suggest that you don't start with a finished, painted body like I have, especially if you want to correct the cab interior - There will be more work involved trying not to ruin the paint.
More to come...
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Hi Mark. I too rejoiced when I found out that Justin was going to do a 1P chassis and quickly ordered two of them. I picked them up at the Scale North show. Looking forwards to starting them and looking forward to see how you get on with yours.
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