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2920 Saint David

GWR Saint David - 7mm scale [0 gauge] model by David L O Smith

A 7mm scale (O Gauge) model of Saint David, an early member of the Great Western Railway saint class of locomotives, built in 1907 and broken up as the last survivor in October, 1953 (more details of the prototype Saint David).  The model took over 660 hours in eighteen months to build using most of the parts from a Slater's kit but with many scratch built additions and modifications, such as bogie brakes and 'working' valve gear (see the video clip of the inside Stephenson valve gear below).  The locomotive and tender are fully sprung and electrical pickups were added to the tender wheels to improve current collection.  The model took 657 hours to build over 18 months (See breakdown of time taken in the building).

GWR Saint David - model in 7mm scale (O Gauge) by David L O Smith

 

 


See a larger view of 2920 and (below) the representation of the inside Stephenson valve gear and three video clips running on Holiday Haunts , now at Fawley and in the care of The Hon Sir William McAlpine Bt. FRSE.

 

 

GWR Saint David - Nameplate

Crosshead - GWR Saint David

Two rather cruel enlargements of a 7mm scale model.
 
GWR Saint David at William Street, Fawley - The Hon Sir William McAlpine Bt. FRSE.

Carrying express headlamps but on a B-set passing through William Street on the layout of the same name at  Fawley, in the care of The Hon Sir William McAlpine Bt. FRSE.

GWR Saint David on Holiday Haunts, Fawley - The Hon Sir William McAlpine Bt. FRSE.

Now travelling light engine through the enthralling setting of Holiday Haunts - and still carrying that express headcode!

I am frequently asked ho long it take me to build my models and, other than saying "Quite a long time", I never really had answer until I kept a record whilst building Saint David.  I started building on Boxing Day 1988 and finished on Midsummer's Day 1990, so that is about 18 months of elapsed time but the actual time of building was 657 hours.  So I had been correct in saying "Quite a long time".  The following table shows where the time went.

Time Taken (Hours) to Build 2920 Saint David

Locomotive

Tender

    Frames

206

    Frames

54

    Body

175

    Body

108

 

381

 

162

Painting

63 

Final Erection

31 

Lining

20 

Grand Total

657

GWR Saint David - 7mm scale [0 gauge] on garden railway

Saint David running light (but with Class A headcode) on a garden railway in Hertfordshire

My model of Saint David warded a Silver Medal at International Model Engineering Exhibition (London), 1990

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