I made a start on the etched chassis for the Slater's simplex. The etch is quite thick material so a little filing needed to remove tabs and cusp. Very pleased with how well the parts fitted. A fair amount of heat was needed to get the solder to flow but the resulting chassis is strong and square.
The horn guides are cleverly made from the etched parts and form a slot which allows the horn block to move vertically. Again the fit the very good just requiring a few strokes with a file to get a smooth vertical movement with no horizontal wobble.
The parts for the brake gear also got attached at this point, the pull rod, complete with turn-buckle is just located in the castings at the moment, the instructions suggest not fitting permanently until the wheels the in place.
Next step involves sprung plunger pickups.... I'm enjoying this.
I'm starting to consider the possibility of putting a sound chip in this. Trying to find a Simplex sound is hard but what do you think to this one?