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Laurie Thorpe  - 4/19/2017 10:43:48 PM

I am in total awe of your skills and cannot find sufficient words of praise for your achievements.I have a model railway which pales into insignificance and I have to bow to a true master.


Robert Langlands  - 3/15/2017 9:16:22 PM

Hello David,Thank you for your email and the fantastic video.I have seen your engines on your website and they are works of art, the video on the other hand shows the true beauty of these engines.They are the finest models I have ever seen.Thankyou for sharing them


Eur Ing John S Allen past President Newcomen Society  - 1/19/2017 1:47:08 PM

It is a privilege to be asked to open this exhibition at Shugborough,for this is is a very unique occasion. We are able to examine six of the finest engineering models extant which relate to this type of engine construction. All have been produced with infinite skill and devotion to accurate detail by Mr David Hulse, and some have won gold medals at National Model Contests. He is indeed a master craftsman and model engineer.


Jim Ranaham  - 1/8/2017 8:30:21 AM

I had a quick word with Irene at the Black Country Museum, about your generous decision re: the engine models. Apart from the historic and research importance of your collection, it is a 'once in a career' opportunity for a curator to be involved with something like this. From the Industrial Heritage community, THANK YOU.And of course, from the Newcomen Society, THANK YOU too.Jim Ranaham


John Reeves  - 1/6/2017 1:00:48 AM

I attended your talk in Birmingham to the Newcomen Society when I saw a flyer for it by chance. It turned out to be the most fascinating presentation that I have been privileged to attend. Anyone who has the opportunity to see your work is recommended to do so and your skills and models are a true tribute to the geniuses who designed and built the originals at the start of the industrial age.


Hans van Oerle  - 12/2/2016 7:22:12 PM

Just discovered your site, I have your two books about the construction of the models already several years and read and re-read them with great pleasure. Nice to know now the "Man behind the Machines"


Gianni Dainotti  - 8/20/2016 11:14:48 PM

Simply faboulus. A great work that signes a passion for steam and machines. These are concepts that I try to teach to my pupils during my courses and always the old story catches their attention.My compliments for this invaluable work that will stay for the next future !


Andrey and Anastasia Ryakhorsky  - 8/16/2016 9:00:30 AM

Fabulous work + exhibition! thank you very much, breathtaking, from Moscow, Russia-with love!


Michael Grace President Newcomen Society Science Museum  - 8/5/2016 7:28:33 PM

Incredible and very valuable models of international importance which have revealed much new knowledge on the history of early steam engines.


Willy Porter Classical Guitarist Milwaukee  - 7/22/2016 9:28:22 PM

What an absolute treasure!!! Thank you for sharing this with us!


Joel Fritsche Director Ride Engineering Division Walt Disney California  - 7/22/2016 8:03:10 PM

A joy of my life to see your things and to get to know you. Thank you David.


Andrew Gillingham  - 7/19/2016 4:17:37 PM

Excellent display, I have come from Northern Victoria Australia Keep up the good work. Just amazing and so special.


Dr Malcolm Dick University of Birmingham  - 7/19/2016 4:10:40 PM

What a fantastic experience! These are so impressive showing conceptual understanding, historical marvels, engineering skills and artistic abilities, thank you David so much for creating them. Malcolm


William Tranter Engineering in Miniature  - 7/19/2016 3:58:22 PM

Fabulous models created by a fabulous engineer


Sir Richard Bailey Chairman and Managing Director Royal Doulton  - 7/19/2016 8:35:47 AM

The very finest-master craftsman-unique examples of a dedicated life's work. I am so proud to have the good fortune to have known and worked with David in an industry we have both loved.


David Hulse  - 7/19/2016 8:20:33 AM

Listed here are a selection on comments written in my guestbook by visitors who have been to my home to see the engines at Stone in Staffordshire. They can all be seen in a room created for display. Visitors are most welcome to come along and view all the engines working as they would have done in the 18th century. Email me first. With Kind Regards David Hulse


Bernard Attwood  - 7/19/2016 8:08:53 AM

An excellent display and one of the most interesting and absorbing visits the group has made. Thank you Stone U3A Industrial Archaeological Group.


Hannah Stokes ITV Central  - 7/19/2016 8:01:25 AM

David, absolutely incredible, thank you so much for time and enthusiasm. All best wishes.


Keith Wilkinson ITV Central Birmingham  - 7/18/2016 9:39:44 PM

The only thing that needs to be said I have seen a work of genius!


Visitors from Lund University Sweden  - 7/18/2016 6:48:26 PM

We are all overwhelmed by the work research and effort. A magnificent display ans a lovely presentation. Thank you so much David


david hulse  - 7/18/2016 4:11:35 PM

Absolutely blown away. Fantastic engines and a beautiful collection. Irene de Boo, curator Industry & transport Black Country Living Museum


Andrew Lovett Director of the Black Country Living Museum  - 7/18/2016 4:06:02 PM

A pleasure and insperation


David Hulse  - 7/18/2016 3:43:56 PM

David thank you so much for having us and letting us film your incredible engines: it has been fascinating to learn all about then over the coarse of making this film. April White IDM MEDIA


Simon Russell IDM MEDIA  - 7/14/2016 12:06:41 PM

This has been absolutely fascinating, and a joy to film!Thank you so much for all of your help and the incredible experience of viewing your wonderful models up close!


david hulse  - 7/13/2016 9:53:39 PM

Many thanks for your friendly welcome last week, and for your presentation of the models. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and It was very interesting to hear the history of the development of atmospheric engines and their important part in the development of the industrial revolution. I certainly came away with the feeling that I had met no ordinary man ! With very best wishes, John Ogbourne President Rotary Club of Eccleshall Mercia


Jerry Hagon  - 3/4/2016 1:03:21 PM

Model-making virtuosity gone mad! An incredible achievement with a pathological attention to detail! These must be among the best models anyone has ever produced.


david hulse  - 12/7/2015 9:47:26 PM

DavidI visited your home and models last September with my wife and learned of your book in work. I am anxious to get one. Let me know when it is available. Joel FritscheWalt Disney Imagineering


Terry Bullard  - 11/20/2015 8:53:59 PM

Outstanding research, attention to detail and craftsmanship. An inspiration to Model Engineers everywhere.....must visit soon and see these lovely engines working.


Les Tolson  - 10/18/2015 10:47:52 PM

Was pleased to meet you at the Warwick show like the Website very informative. Also some Very nice Models on show.forgot to say shame you cannot make any more bricks you said you had some but not enough for what i wanted.RegardsLes Tolson


Les Tolson  - 10/18/2015 10:44:25 PM

Was pleased to meet you at the Warwick show like the Website very informative. Also some Very nice Models on show.RegardsLes Tolson


Steve Rowe  - 7/21/2015 8:05:27 AM

Hi DavidWhat a fascinating night we had at your home viewing you wonderful and so accurate models. Thank you so much for opening your door to North Staffs Model Engineering society. Your research and presentation is second to none. Best Regards Steve Rowe (1st to arrive.)


Tony Martin  - 6/15/2015 9:09:36 AM

David, I am just updating my1/16th scale Watt 10HP from Plug-Tree operation to slide valve.My references for most of the model, of course from your book on rotative engines. Although I have visited many beam-engine sites I still come back to your book for info. Amazing? No! Long may you keep us informed. Regards Tony.


Chris Bell  - 5/21/2015 9:55:47 AM

Hi David,Wonderfull models! My Grandad,Graham Bell,always speaks highly of your models!


Chris Armstrong  - 11/5/2013 4:47:31 PM

fascinating site. really beautiful engines.


Toby  - 10/29/2013 12:09:16 PM

Having been shown the models in person by David, I agree with Nathan - they are simply superb!


Nathan Hunter Musson  - 9/6/2013 8:06:54 PM

Fantastic work. I am a tool maker and appreciate craftsmanship when I see it. Your work is really really good. It's really nice to see some thing that's different and so god damn good.


Natasha  - 8/30/2013 7:41:57 PM

Very proud of my clever dad!


ant  - 8/30/2013 2:54:41 PM

this is the second test of the day


John Child  - 11/30/2012 6:59:26 PM

Superb work!I am fascinated by non-rotative beam engines (I am currently constructing a 1:24 scale model of a Cornish waterworks pump. I enjoyed reading your book very much.


Chris Miller  - 11/30/2012 6:53:19 PM

Congratulations from Hill House-home built by Francis Thompson


Keith Crabtree  - 11/30/2012 6:50:34 PM

Nice to see someone able to recreate the engines of yesteryear that became the forrunners of the industrial revolution. The models are a miniature masterpiece. Keep up the good work.


Paul Webley  - 11/30/2012 6:45:49 PM

Fascinating work! As a lecturer in Thermodynamics, Ihave long wanted to construct a model Newcomen Engine by way of demonstration to the class. However, given your long and tireless effort in doing this (successfully) I wonder whether I am biting off more than I can chew. I would be grateful for any hints you can give me in this endeavour.


Robert C Podhany  - 11/30/2012 6:37:08 PM

The most fasinating history i've ever seen on engines! The models are truly superb. Thank you so much for sharing your skill and knowledge


Les Gardner  - 11/30/2012 12:52:20 PM

Although I now live in Scotland, as a Potteries lad by birth I found your book "In my lifetime" an absolutely fascinating read.I was able to relate to so many of the places referred to, and it's clear that you have been blessed with a lifetime of curiosity which has evolved into a career and full time hobby.Thank you for the book, it was my priviledge to read it.


Sharon Hamilton  - 11/30/2012 8:07:26 AM

A real credit to your expertise and dedication to detail and accuracy. I am truly amazed at the work and research entailed in the making of each of these engines.Sharon from St Fagans museum


P.J Rourke  - 11/30/2012 8:02:42 AM

I saw some of your models at the Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition a few weeks ago and they are truly amazing. What a wonderful legacy to leave the world of engineering,"just from a hobby" Greatly appreciated


John Selby  - 11/30/2012 7:57:27 AM

David,I am finding your third book Two EngineersFrancis Thompson& Richard Trevithick a fascinating read-thank you.


Anibal Vignolo  - 11/27/2012 3:12:39 PM

Dear David,Thanks a lot for your email and congratulationson your new website, which I find amazing!!I will soon contact you for purchasing.Best wishes,Anibal (Argentina)


Andrew Wood  - 11/24/2012 9:34:33 AM

Many thanks for your excellant talk last Wednesday at the Stoke on Trent Association of Engineers. Very interesting.


Dave Rowlands  - 11/23/2012 8:25:49 AM

David.Your latest book-"In My Lifetime"- was a great read. I very much enjoyed learning about your exploits over the years. Very interesting and informative. What a lifetime!


Toby  - 11/6/2012 11:13:03 AM

Fantastic Site!!!


Jason  - 10/29/2012 12:28:51 PM

I enjoyed talking to you about your latest engine at the model engineering exhibition on Sunday, look forward to see it`s progress. I look forward to reading your book too. Jason


Ant  - 10/15/2012 3:21:53 PM

Loved this site,the information on the different steam engines was staggeringly good!