Nick Dunhill was formerly a Research Scientist, a Gardener, a Vegetarian Café owner and now builds model
locos for a living. It was a long apprenticeship. Eventually he realised he could make a better living,
building locomotives rather than cooking vegetarian food.
Join Nick for a real time, step by step presentation on how to build a smokebox from scratch using only simple tools.
Nick will show the process from drawing out the parts required, to the correct scale, through to assembly,
and you will see that scratch building isn't as daunting as it may at first seem.
Nick will be happy to discuss any loco building queries you may have no matter how basic or complex the questions might be.
The event is live via Zoom on 26th June 2021 at 20:00 BST.
You must register for this event as places are limited.
The event is FREE to members or £2:00 for non-members.
You can download a guide which describes how to prepare and join the "An Evening with..." events.
Jim McGeown of Connoisseur Models described how O gauge enabled to him to journey from the dole queue to being his own man.
Jim was just a callow youth of 16 when he switched his modelling scale to O gauge.
He also started serving his apprenticeship to become an electrical craftsman. By 1987 Jim found himself disillusioned by the job and unemployed.
During his 'Evening With' interview, Jim recounts some of the key points that enabled him, with the assistance of the 'Enterprise Allowance Scheme',
and his modelling and electrical skills, to create the O gauge etched kit range that has supported him in being his own man for 34 years.
Members are able to view the recording of the event.
Jamie Guest talked about his layout based on Lancaster Green Ayre. He described how he got into O Gauge, the inspiration behind the layout, the research and planning that went into its construction,
how it was exhibited and the logistics involved in moving it to France.
He also described what is happening now and how things have progressed in its new home.
On 26th March 2021 at 20:00 and following on from his coach presentation at our first Virtual Show last year, Robin Taylor presented methods and techniques for coach construction; from light railway
four wheelers in styrene sheet for the beginner, through to bogie stock either kit built, scratch built or any combination of both.
On 26th February 2021 at 20:00 Andy Duncan held an evening in his white metal casting shed as he demonstrated the process to turn an idea for a model into a kit.
Starting in the workshop a brass master is created to make a mould. The mould and casting takes place in the casting shed before returning to the workshop to prepare and package the kit.
Before the evening, guests were asked to watch a video of the process which can be found on YouTube.
On 26th January 2021 at 20:00 Dougie Hey in New Zealand gave an introduction to his layout of Whitby Station and Yard in 7mm scale.
Dougie also talked through his wide range of stock, showed attendees some of his models and answered any questions.
Before the evening, guests were asked to watch a video of his layout Whitby Station and Yard which can be found on YouTube.
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