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About David Holman

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    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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    Model Railways, bird watching, walking, most sports.

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  1. David Holman

    murrayec's Projects

    And Hatton's are bringing one out soon for a mere £750... Am sure there will be plenty of takers, but Eoin's model shows that the journey can be so much more than the destination! As for livery, it is his customer's choice of course, bit for me, growing up by the East Coast mainline, it would have to be Brunswick green. All it needs now will be a rake of ten Gresley coaches...
  2. David Holman

    GSWR 6w Bk3rd from a SSM kit

    One of these on my list as a 7mm scale model, so lovely to see it done so well in 4mm. Not tried citrus flux before, but certainly looks decent stuff. My Powerflux works a treat, but requires regular cleaning as I go along or everything will be green next day! Stainless steel sink cleaner does the job though.
  3. David Holman

    MGW, WLW and GSR colours

    Am just starting on researching a future project and am interested in the following, please: Woodwork colours on WLW, MGW and GSR buildings WLW carriage livery in 1900 MGW carriage livery in 1900 GSR carriage livery in the 1930s Have Ernie Shepherd's books on the WLW and MGW, which say crimson lake for the former and brown the latter, but anything more detailed would be appreciated and as for GSR, what best describes 'purple lake'? Realise these things are subjective and rather lost in the mists of time, but any help appreciated.
  4. David Holman

    Modelling Stone Wall

    There is a school of thought that says in smaller scales, well printed papers work just as well as scribed or embossed finishes, especially from normal viewing distances of 60-90cms. What does stand out with Metcalf's parts is the corner joint. Easily covered with individually cut pieces of card and folded round the corners.
  5. David Holman

    barrow street

    A stunningly ugly building, beautifully done!
  6. David Holman

    barrow street

    It would be good if they did, but MRJ is notoriously fickle. For a long time, they never went outside Britain, then Pempoul came along and broke the mould, as it were. Since then, there have been a couple of Irish layouts, so who knows? With guest editors these days, depends on Barrow Road catching their attention. I sent an article on Arigna Town once, by post (they don't do email), and included a CD with text and photos. One of the latter made it into the magazine, but otherwise I never received any acknowledgement. By and large, they stick with what (and who) they know, which is not being derogatory, it is just how it is. I have got every issue, including zero, and still enjoy each new copy, even though the content isn't always what I am interested in. It's all about pushing the boundaries and getting back to Barrow Road, that is certainly a criteria you can apply. Let's hope it gets the attention it deserves.
  7. David Holman

    Clogher Valley Project

    Seems like it has been a long time since I posted anything on Fintonagh, but actually only a couple of weeks. However, that time did involve organising the club exhibition, so no wonder it seemed ages. In spare moments, have been working on the fiddle yard. The baseboard had been built at the start, along with the other two, so it has been about track laying, bolts and wiring. Usual flat bottomed code 83 rail, soldered to copper clad sleepers, though the latter more spaced out as it is not a scenic area. Unlike Arigna Town, this is just a turntable [not sliding/rotating], so have had to be careful with the geometry & the two outer tracks are quite tightly curved [about 60cm in places]. Home made bolts, using brass rod, tube and plate cater with alignment & these are just screwed into the MDF turntable. The latter sits on a large steel washer to help make rotation smoother. Electrical connection is also via the bolts, as can be seen from the short wires on the surface. The only other bit of electrickery is a simple SPST switch to isolate the from siding, which just about sums up my wiring ability... First indications are that stock runs ok, but fancy a bit of fine tuning will be needed, once I get the whole layout set up.
  8. David Holman

    barrow street

    Rapidly developing into one of the finest modern image layouts of recent years. Atmosphere like this does not just happen, it needs masses of observation and artist skill to reach such a level.
  9. David Holman

    Chatham 2nd and 3rd June

    Arigna Town gets another outing at my own Club's show next weekend, with Shannon putting in an appearance too. While Arigna is the only Irish layout this year, there is plenty of other good stuff, including Gordon Gravett 'Shannon' new layout 'Arun Quay', plus Melton Mowbray North in N gauge and Haverhill South in 2mm timescale. With American, Continental, narrow gauge, plus Z, 3mm, 4mm and 7mm scales all represented, there should be something for everyone. Extensive trade support too. If you are in Kent next weekend, come and visit. £6 for adults, with accompanied children under 16 free. Ample parking, easy access and quality catering at Victory Academy, Magpie Hall Road, Chatham.
  10. David Holman

    Chatham 2nd and 3rd June

    Arigna Town gets another outing at my own Club's show next weekend, with Shannon putting in an appearance too. While Arigna is the only Irish layout this year, there is plenty of other good stuff, including Gordon Gravett 'Shannon' new layout 'Arun Quay', plus Melton Mowbray North in N gauge and Haverhill South in 2mm timescale. With American, Continental, narrow gauge, plus Z, 3mm, 4mm and 7mm scales all represented, there should be something for everyone. Extensive trade support too. If you are in Kent next weekend, come and visit. £6 for adults, with accompanied children under 16 free. Ample parking, easy access and quality catering at Victory Academy, Magpie Hall Road, Chatham.
  11. David Holman

    Kit building v RTR - Sometimes a false economy?

    DIY has always been an integral part of modelling less popular subjects, though these days, obscure prototypes, light railways and the like are increasingly well served by RTR. In some ways, this is a shame, because it is arguable there is now too much RTR and ready to plant structures, which may ultimately de-skill the hobby, if all you need to do is open a box and plonk a building on the layout. However, for those more interested in operation, clearly there is nothing wrong with that, which is why our hobby is so good for all sorts of interests.
  12. David Holman

    Metcalfe Card Sheets

    There is a school of thought that even in 7mm scale, any surface relief for brickwork is actually negligible, so printed card is all anyone needs. In 4mm, that would be even more appropriate. However, it is also arguable that emphasising certain aspects, such as brick and stonework helps create a better impression. The middle paths are either scribed Das clay (tedious, but very effective in 7mm), or something like the Howard Scenics embossed brickwork that Freestone Models sells. Can be coloured fairly easily with pastels or water colour crayons. Being a thick paper, you can easily get the mortar lines round corners too.
  13. David Holman

    Omagh Goods Yard

    Always good to get a few mock ups in place to help visualise the scene.
  14. David Holman

    Irish Steam in the 1960s...

    ..end of an era, by Conrad Natzio. Another fine Colourpoint book, published last year. Bought mine at the Derby show and very good it is too. Most of all an excellent reference on colours, not just rolling stock, but infrastructure, buildings and scenery, plus useful info in the extended captions. Not sure if it has been mentioned before and if so apologies. Otherwise can only say highly recommend.
  15. David Holman

    Clogher Valley Project

    Just did a Google search, Noel.Magnets4U, I think, who do a next day delivery. A pack of ten was less than a fiver.
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