I should have known better than to answer you so quickly. I came home from lunch to find the parts delivered.
So everyone knows, these are the parts in the selection:
AM2282 - Midland 2F Backhead Set
PDG2206 - Buffers Parallel Shank Brass 4 pieces
DG2093 - Couplings Screw pair
DG169 - Brake Standard
AM2321 - Smoke Box Door GW Dean WM 50mm dia.
BE351 - Steam Heat Pipe Set cast brass
BE350 - Vacuum Pipe Set cast brass
All the parts appear very well made. There were no truly unpleasant surprises and a few happy ones:
I expected the backhead set to be nothing but smale details to be added to the plain Emily backhead. Instead it has a complete cast backhead that snuggles up to Emily beautifully plus eight small detail parts to be placed onto or near the backhead. VERY NICE!
The buffers are fully working. They appear massive enough to take on a UP Big Boy head to head and win. Actually they are a very close match for Emily’s non-working buffers. The major difference: they are parallel shank where Emily’s are taper. (My books show photos of Singles with taper, parallel, and bell shanked buffers.) Not only are these fully sprung, they are adjustable by a screw in the rear so the length of extension can be controlled. VERY NICE!
The smoke box door is nicely domed with a long bar hinge on its left. Emily’s face just pulled off by my fingernails, and this door looked like it would fit right in. But it is a silly millimeter or so smaller, so it fell right in. Easily fixable with a thin styrene false front laminated on the smoke box to support the door. (You didn’t really want to swap the face on and off, did you?) UNFORTUNATELY, there are no “clock hands” bolting and locking handles, so substitutes will have to be found or made. BUMMER!
The screw couplers are nice castings, but the turnbuckle screw isn’t operational. Still, they look very nice. I am considering ordering more for some coaches I am building.
The brake standard is a standard brake standard. The heat pipes and vacuum pipes are nice brass castings still on the sprue. Although they are packed separately, they share a single set of instructions that comes with only one of the packages. That is not as bad as it sounds, however, because the instructions don’t instruct. They merely identify the names of the parts in the heat pipe set only. Both of the sets have too many parts so you can configure them as you wish. I think you are supposed to strip the insulation off the pieces of heavy electrical wire to get your hoses.
There are no instructions for anything else, so you will have to rely on your pictures. But nothing else really needs instructions.
All in all, I am more than happy with this collection. My hat is off to tac and Michael Adamson for making it possible.