I could live with the tender loco gap as it is a 5 minute fix. For personal reasons I run insulated switches so I would have to add tender pick-ups. Not a big job now that I have it down to an art. But to still have the moulded in coal, that is something else. It is a big job to cut out the old "coal", build some sort of hopper and add real coal. Like others I will be waiting for them to be discounted so that I can fit the motor under my old detailed locos. I really want to get "Mayflower" since when I was a kid i used to "cab" her on a fairly frequent basis when she came by with the pick-up daily freight. So I guess that will be a Hornby modified and detailed by, at this time, persons unknown.