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Dave Holt

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    Blues music, cricket, steam, narrow gauge railways (Wales & France), modified Bulleid pacifics, cotton mills, real ale.........

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  1. John. Coming along very nicely. The addition of the buildings and canopies will make a tremendous difference to the look and feel of the station area. They'll also make judging the precise stopping point over the uncoupling magnets rather interesting. Dave.
  2. Lovely load of ground scatter to model. What do you think the two round topped post were - some sort of fire iron rest? Interesting that there appears to be a fire iron resting against the ladder on a lighting column? Have fun. Dave.
  3. Not very realistic - you've got the loco number wrong! Kidding - it looks very good. The ladders must have been quite a job without etched stiles(?). Dave.
  4. Robin, Another nice bit of detail to help add to the atmosphere. In the first photo, there appears to be rather less debris on the roof, so I wouldn't over-do it. Like the rickety old table on the running line side and the very basic fence between the shed area and said running lines. Dave.
  5. David, That's running very smoothly indeed, especially without any running in. I wish all my chassis were that good! Just take your time and use paper washers with a spot of oil or, perhaps, blacken the pivoting component, when assembling the valve gear joints, to help avoid soldering them solid. I haven't tried the blackening method, but think it might be the best solution and will try with my next set of valve gear. Dave.
  6. I take it that the whole roof will be removable for access - just in case....? Not that we P4 modellers ever have a derailment, of course. Dave.
  7. Yes, Jeff, I'd forgotten Steve's work. Absolutely superb, as you say. Dave.
  8. Bob. Nearly all my kit-built locos have Portescap motor/gearboxes, usually the 1616 type. I always start them running on DC to get the running smoothly as DCC can hide minor mechanical problems. I've only used them with non-feedback controllers on the Pentroller and, currently, a PICtroller. I have been lead to understand they don't like older DC feedback controllers. Once satisfied, mechanically, all my completed locos are then DCC fitted. Modern chips run feedback at such a high frequency that even coreless motors can't chatter. With the very low current consumption, I normally use chips intended for Z gauge and have settled on Digitrax DZ126 model. I have also successfully used chips by Lenz and another I can't remember. I settled on the Digitrax simply because they are very small and fully encapsulated, making them easy to install. All that said, many of my Portescap units are extremely noisy, sounding like a cement mixer and clearly audible in use, even in a large room. Again, I'm told this is because the tooling for the nylon gears wore, causing poor meshing and mechanical generated noise. I don't fit sound, so this only an irritant to me, not a major problem. Hope that helps. Dave.
  9. Robin. Sadly, Delph/Holt has never progressed to the scenic stage, so I haven't got any practical advice. I covered the whole of the goods yard, other than the cobbled areas, with so called "ash" ballast as a first pass. Wasn't too bad, even if it was a bit uniform, but, the stuff I used has faded to a pale beige colour and now looks nothing like ash. The best ground cover in a loco shed area I can recall was on the P4 layout Blackgill(?), set in the Consett area. They've posted some stuff on here in the past and I'm fairly sure articles have appeared in S4News and/or MRJ, which might give some ideas for suitable methods. I wonder what John has done on Worceter? Dave.
  10. The huts look very good in situ, Robin. Rather like John, the photos caused me the think about ballasting and general ground cover in a shed area. Have you any ideas of how to represent these aspects? Dave.
  11. Looking very smart and I'm glad to hear of your positive progress. You won't regret buying the Dave Bradwell chassis kit, which also contains some rather nice brass casting for boiler fittings and alternate smokebox doors. Get researching your prototype! Dave.
  12. A very neat looking model, there, Robin. All adding to the atmosphere of the place. The prototype photo shows a much less pristine appearance. Are you planning to suitably distress your model in due course? Dave.
  13. Don't forget that DoG (and other BR Standard pacifics) had narrow frames - only 3'-4.75" outside. This was because the frame plates were centred on the driving wheel axleboxes. Most UK steam locos had frame about 4'-1.5" inside, to allow for the narrow firebox. Dave.
  14. Peter, It's great to see more of your work on here. All looking very nice, indeed. The station building in particular is absolutely marvelous, especially in situ. I did wonder about the strange arched opening in the centre section, but now see it's to accommodate the foot bridge. Look forward to seeing more. Dave.
  15. Very neat arrangement and no risk of shorting. Don't forget to trim the bottom of the etched W irons. Dave.
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