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David Holman

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About David Holman

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  • Birthday June 18


  • Biography
    Former primary headteacher.
    Active modeller for 30 years, last 20+ in 0 Gauge [Guild Member]. Several articles in Railway Modeller around layouts Hawkhurst & Cranbrook town [both 0n16.5], and Loose End and Eatonswell [standard gauge], plus one in Model Railway Journal on Wantage well tank.
    Long term interest in Irish Railways, for reasons can't explain, other than their obvious charm. Now working on 36.75mm, 7mm scale model of a Sligo, Leitrim & northern Counties railway proposed branch line


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    SE England


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    Model Railways, bird watching, walking, most sports.


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    Retired primary headteacher and schools advisor

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  1. A grand train on a grand layout!
  2. Lovely bits of detailing, which really lift the model.
  3. Things continue to move slowly on, but the list of stuff to do is getting shorter. Made the tender buffers today, so first up are a few photos of the lathe, with a piece of 6mm brass rod in place. At the risk of sounding like I know what I'm doing [hardly!], here's what I've discovered so far, so feel free to correct if you know better, I won't be offended. The right hand end is called the tailstock. On this mini lathe it amounts to a steel cone, with a pin point tip, which is set in a ball bearing. A wheel/handle at the right hand side moves this up to the piece of metal you are turning
  4. Indeed. Point timbers could be 12 inches wide, whereas plain track usually had nine inch timbers.
  5. Thought he did. Wonder if it is still available? Suspect the main problem will be working out how to fit a mechanism - although at least the sidetanks will help.
  6. Have worked my way through to the tank engines section and the intriguing notes about 0-4-2T Sprite and its Pay Carriage. It appears that for pretty much any layout depicting the period 1873 to 1927 (ok, probably not many!), a model is essential. The combo ran 1.2 million miles on a two week circuit of the whole GSWR system. It was on the road six days a week from 7am to 4.30pm. Remarkable for an engine weighing only 21 tons and with a tractive effort of just over 2000lb. The fact that it appeared in Sligo every other Thursday has inevitably got me thinking about building a model f
  7. Apart from the sharp curves, there looks to be plenty of operation potential here, with up to five sidings to give traffic variety. My exhibition layouts keep me amused with just a loop and two sidings, plus another deemed off scene, so should be lots of fun to be had here. Enjoy!
  8. Good advice! Alternatively, depending very much on the overall plan, consider building a specific section like a branch terminus, then gradually add other sections as you go along. Cyril had some great ideas for track plans, though if your preference is more for freight traffic, look at Iain Rice's diagrams. Cyril preferred passenger traffic on most of his and was happy with tight curves too.
  9. Slow progress on the D16, as is often the case with detailing. Many thanks to those who have provided help with info on the tender, especially Leslie [of the Syndicate] and Mayner. I think I've got the general idea for the front, though it still needs the timber cladding to be added. The overall shape is quite complex, so much faffing about has gone on with various shapes cut from thin brass and nickel silver. Other tender detailing has included the axles boxes and springs. The former came from butchered white metal wagon W irons, while the latter came from the scrapbox. Neither are perf
  10. Very much the Beyer Peacock face. Those rivets just keep on coming, don't they!
  11. All gleaned from the good Mr Gravett. If you've seen Arun Quay, you'd never believe there was a join down the middle, such is the way he's used the car body filler. There's always Iain Rice's jigsaw joins, but they don't lend themselves to crating up for transport.
  12. As it is a slate roof, I'd be tempted to use either strips of photocopier paper, snipped every 4mm, or one of the downloaded printed sheets.
  13. Top quality running! The track looks really good too.
  14. Fantastic! Reeks of atmosphere and feel sure Pat Whitehouse must be lurking somewhere.
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