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David Holman

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About David Holman

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  • Birthday June 18


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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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    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. The Slater's tank wagon appears to be pretty accurate for 'over the water', while Alphagraphix card kits can get you started for other wagons. At £3 or so, plus £10 for a chassis and another tenner for wheels, they are good value, or do what I do and use the card kit as a drawing/template to build the model from plastic. Bodywork is pennies - chassis and running gear costs the money in this scale! Dare I say, the recent Scalescenes micro layout download, as outlined by Ken in that section would make an ideal project to start off in 7mm scale.
  2. Three more short videos, this time the turf train. The J26 brings the two turf vans, plus an H and a GSWR brake, while the G [Deutz] shunter collects them and takes them down the harbour siding to the distillery.
  3. More than a few exhibition layouts are not presented as well as this.
  4. Might be better looking at the Hattons generic six wheelers?
  5. Fascinating and looking forward to seeing things develop. Signal boxes are always awkward things to build, so taking advantage of what York Model Making now offer is certainly food for thought. Is it still scratchbuilding? Absolutely! What we are starting to see now though is a quiet revolution in embracing modern techniques like laser cutting. Still a lot of skill and planning required though so the challenge is in learning these new techniques. Results speak for themselves! As for the Burma Road, already salivating. Always been drawn to these sorts of railway and interesting to learn a
  6. The turntable is hand cranked, exhibition visitors are never sure whether the squeak is from the mechanism or my arm. I tell kids it is hamster powered. And finally, for now, Sir Henry departs with the mixed train. The incoming one was of course a goods, as the coach was at the rear, behind unfitted wagons.
  7. So, here is Sir Henry and as you've probably noticed, the film is in monochrome, to match the photographs of the day. Everything is scratch built. Sir Henry a near 200 hour labour of love in nickel silver. The coach is plasticard on cut down Slater's bogies and the wagons likewise plastic and micro strip. Next we see Henry running to the turntable
  8. Not quite the 7.20 from Enniskillen, as it would have been very dark by the time it got to Belmullet. However, will try to show Sir Henry with SLNCR bogie brake number nine and a couple of wagons. First though, while I was cleaning Henry's wheels, took the opportunity to show the inside motion in action. It is a kit of castings from Laurie Griffin. Not cheap [nearly £100!], but a joy to put together and certainly fills the space below what is quite a high pitched boiler. Not sure I can add more than one video at a time, or indeed edit them together, hence others to follow.
  9. The whole scene just hangs together really well. May well be that limiting the amount of track means there is a nice balance to things. Less important if your main focus is operation, but essential when trying to compose a 3D picture. Nice too, to see the layout from varying angles, a bit like a sculpture, where you can turn it round, whereas a painting can only be seen from one side. Works for me anyway!
  10. Galteemore is right, think about what you like, but also consider the restrictions. A 6' dia circle means 30" curves. Ok when viewed from the inside. Less so from out. Geometry means storage siding space will be limited. Terminus to fiddle yard is great for operation, though this is mainly shunting and train lengths will be no more than 2 '6 if the Iain Rice rule is applied. Everything is a compromise. Whatever you decide, feel sure we will enjoy the outcome. The current layout shows you have a talent for scenics and presentation, so will look forward to a new project that sees tho
  11. Here you are, though I used lower resolution video, so its a bit grainy. Hazlewood was my first SLNCR loco, made from a North Star kt, still available from Studio Scale Models. The wagons are all scratch built. DSCN3820.avi
  12. Thanks Eoin, exactly the sort of advice I needed. Hand tools it is then!
  13. Interesting. It was the scroll saw, not the table saw I'd been thinking about. Very different beasts, to say the least. The basic Proxxon scroll saw is only about £110, whereas the band saw is three times that. The sort of work I tend to do is lightweight and intermittent, dependant on where the muse takes me(!)
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