Hi David, yes, I had intended doing the threading by hand as die holder is over kill and as you say it would more than likely damage something.
As for your comment about the quality of metal castings, I was having a similar conversation with the gang on the DEMU stand at Bristol on Sunday about the general quality of kits in general for the price that is paid. As you say, not aimed at Easy Build so much but having seen a few JLTRT kits recently and the very poor quality of their kits for the price, it really does confirm that its the skill of the kit builders that makes them in to a quality end product and not the kit itself.
One of the guys was building a JLTRT 37 and as he said, the amount of work he had to do to make the parts fit together is excessive. Using filler to correct basic moulding faults on a Â£400 plus kit is scandalous. Pete Waterman for all his our kits are just like the real thing may like to address these problems.
Perhaps they do replicate the construction problems of the real thing but if I'm going to pay a high price for a kit that is made up of what could be described as sub standard parts, I would like to see a price reduction to match the quality. Airfix make a better kit really than JTLRT.
Rant over, back to the 108 and Easybuild. Nice people, very nice people.