In fact, the 4mm scale project jumped the queue for the paintshop. Back in August I had completed an A1 Models etched brass kit for an O-16.5 loco, one of their basic kits designed to fit around a Bachmann 'Underground Ernie' mechanism. I'm not too experienced with brass so this was something of a test piece. The body went together well, but I then decided to build a complete chassis unit in brass that could accommodate either the intended chassis or a Tenshodo 'Spud'. This was really pushing at my brass working skills and I almost gave in, but in the end I persevered and the end result is satisfying. Adding some bits and pieces from Black Dog Mining and a scratchbuilt cab interior has completed the look of the loco.
The reason it hasn't got any further is simply one of colour - I can't decide what the final livery should be, but don't worry, experiments are in progress.... Having built this kit (and it's home brewed add-ons), I feel confident to tackle some O9 brass from Minimum Gauge Models, and you won't have to wait too long to see the first results.
As to what I plan to do with an O-16.5 loco... I haven't quite figured that bit out yet!