Model Railway Journal
Jerry Clifford in the editorial chair, musing on the necessary art of compromise and how easy 2mm finescale really is. Hmmmm... Featured layoutwise is "Navigation Road", Richard Ellis builds a Midland lighter, Mike Corp's "Heybridge Wharf" features, as does an extraordinary Gauge One concourse and a neat 2mm scale scheme. John Birkett Smith shows us how he does his beautiful backscenes, Jerry build some etched 2mm wagons amongst several other "featurettes". Finally there are more of W.S. Norris's letters from 1956, an intriguing glimpse into the finescale railway modelling past.
Paul Karau is in the editorial chair and the headline layout is Richard Butler's rather wonderful "Westcliff on Sea", the Dorset Riviera as it never quite was. Peter Kazer is helping to recreate Towyn Pendre in 1/32 scale, Geoff Kent previews Black Lion Crossing which I enjoyed seeing earlier this year, Iain Rice takes time off Cameo layouts to delve back into his history on the "Cockfield Thunderbolt" while Kier Hardy exhorts us to stop fiddling at the back. Finally the letters feature the thoughts of the late W.S. Norris upon embarking on a significant new layout at the age of 62 - there's hope for me yet!
Well done "strumming" J J Clifford (you had to be there), an excellent editorial, regarding watching and waiting at exhibitions. Bob Jones talks about the traffic on his epic "Fencehouses" layout, miraculously available to all as it travels to various exhibitions up and down the country, while Tim Maddocks describes the construction of his "Roxey" Planet kit. Richard Ellis, he of the shallow roof pitch (p 181, sorry!) creates boxes, barrels and crates, which ought to feature more on our models than they do, and thanks to this article we can now build them. (I especially love the tea crates, I remember those). Tim Watson does something mindblowing with Walschaert's in 2mm scale while the busy Chris Klein shows us his very pleasing "Cwm Bach" in 7mm scale, of course. Finally the man in shorts upgrades an obscure Great Western glass carrying wagon, using an old Ks "Coral" kit as a basis. Small suppliers and a letters page complete the job, which is a good 'un I think. In case you are wondering what I'm on about, the man in shorts is a bit like the man in black, who strumming "JJ" nearly emulated the other night. Actually he's nothing like him - never mind eh?
Paul Karau in the editorial chair, features include a very nice piece on Jol Wlkinson's "London Road", Dave Roome converts the excellent Sutton Class 24 to a class 25, John Sherratt restores an unfinished Alex Jackson locomotive from 1952, Peter Harrison develops a timetable for his branch terminus "Lowleigh", Tom Mallard gilds a Dean lily and Geoff Forster describes the latest developments on his beautiful "Llangunlo" model. Finally our roving reporter T. Pott finds a Castle in Devon, being not quite what you might expect.
Barry Norman is in the editorial chair, an old dog contemplating new tricks perhaps. The lead article is Paul Clarke's "Orford", a beautifully observed pint sized O gauge might have been layout. Full of atmosphere and beautifully photographed "up close", an inspiring model from all points of view I think. Nick Mitchell converts a Bachmann Austerity to 2mm finescale, retaining much of the original and producing a model whose authenticity belies its tiny size, Trevor Pott breaks the habit of a modelling lifetime and introduces a tweaked Bachmann RTR wagon to Churston while Philip Hall P4s an Oxford Rail open. Scenic maestro and all round good egg Gordon Gravett does his "boys from the blackstuff" thing on Arun Quay, John Watson pushes static grass boundaries, Martyn welch paints an unpainted wagon and Lawrence Boule explains how he uses his computer to make models. And there are some letters too.
Gerry Beale is in the editorial chair for what is quite a "Western" flavoured issue. Trevor Pott reflects upon fifty odd years of modelling Churston, from field surveys in the 1960s through to the current state of the hobby, while Robert Dudley Cooke describes the auto workings on his Kinstorre layout, heavily influenced by local workings around Plymouth. In the how to do it department, Mark Humphreys improves smokebox doors using precise high tech methods, Gerry Beale titivates the Hornby Toad while some bloke in Bath uses low tech methods to make the Titfield Toad in Gauge One, in slightly less time than T. Pott took to recreate Churston station. Finally Roger Bird describes his characterful recreation of Annascaul level crossing on the Tralee and Dingle Railway. No letters this issue, so if you have a worthwhile thought then why not send one in, I mean it's no good looking on RMweb for an interesting discussion on MRJ is it?
Barry Norman in the chair, gently sounding off about sound and the main layout article is Jas Millham's latest S scale essay "Abbey Street". Richard Ellis builds a convincing goods office in 7mm scale using MDF and DAS, Karl Crowther builds Parkside's Toad E in P4, Barry Norman makes an English Elm, Laurie Griffin shows how to make smokeboxes in brass, Mike Baker improves the Lionheart Pannier and Laurie Adams makes lots of point rodding in 2mm scale - incredible!
Martin Nield is in the chair for what is a festive edition, which has a bit of an operational theme to it, unsurprisingly(!) Plumpton Green is fully explored and illustrated, with particular reference to operation, while the next major article covers operating Midland Sidings by the estimable Westinghouse club. Forgive me, but on page 296 I was very pleased to see the hut I contributed looking suitably authentic (it is the grotty one with its back to you). Tony Wilkins then describes his fantastic working wagon tippler, Gavin Clark explains how he built his lovely Lancashire and Yorkshire signal box for Kerrinhead and Bob Essery contributes an Ellerton Road update. The very sad passing of John Spencer is recorded, the builder of Ryton Road and a superb "plywood wonder" with an unpronouncable name for Bernie Baker. Finally we have letters, well a letter really, from one Iain Rice who disusses Tony Wright's recent contribution in the context of OO and P4, informative and measured, it makes for interesting reading I think.
Barry Norman is in the editorial chair, pondering prototypes and wondering whether size really matters(!) A belting shot of Gordon Gravett's new "Arun Quay" is on the cover and inside Gordon discusses the construction of this new layout in detail. Other features include Colin Dowling showing how he "ScaleSevens" proprietary wheels, Alan Brackenborough completing his 7mm scale Dean celestories, James Wells still persevering with Heljan "tubby duffs", Peter Johnson shows us how he did the inlaid track on Canada street and new to MRJ Andrew Gibson creates a convincing underline bridge in 2mm scale using modern methods. Plus letters, small suppliers forum, portfolio, diary and a very nicely written piece fron Jim Summers marking the incredibly sad passing of Richard Chown.
Paul Karau in the editorial chair, musing on distractions and the value of a longer term project. Articles are Peter Kazer scratchbuilding 1/32 scale Tallyllyn coaches, Shipley MRS describethe the genesis of their next EM layout project, Stephen williams' siren call to scratchbuilding with his delightful "Victory Snack Bar", T. Pott on new wheels for the midwife, Geoff Kent creating a shoal of Herrings in EM gauge, Alan Whitehouse describes "Hallam Town" in 2mm FS, Paul Karau Morrises a Wolseley, Barry Norman shows us a scratchbuilt tram in 7mm scale and Jim Smith Wright's Brettell Road trails Scaleforum by looking effective in the rain. Something for everybody here I think!
Jerry Clifford in the editorial chair, Homer nodded a bit on the cover but nothing to detract from a vintage issue. The cover picture is of Gordon Gravett's wonderful "Arun Quay", due to appear at the Uckfield show on 21st and 22nd October next. Contents are varied, featuring the bucolic Nettlebridge Valley in P4, a lovely Taff Vale Steam Railmotor, Giles Favell motorising a crane in 7mm scale, two varieties of 2mm coaches, the very talented John Birkett Smith on buildings and townscapes in the smaller scales, scratchbuilding Highland brakes in S and a brief update on the Cameo competition from Iain Rice.
Karl Crowther is in the editorial chair once more, and leads with a thought provoking and uplifting piece on the benefits that visiting exhibitions and involvement in the wider hobby offers us all. The main article is an update on developments on Hywel Thomas's wonderful "Morfa Bank Sidings" featuring a canal and locks running through the centre of the layout - jaw droppingly good modelling. Other features include an examination of the coal drops on Karl's Hebble Vale Goods, the award winning "Mill" layout by Jason Thomas and Chris Rogers (also with well modelled coal drops), a glimpse of Edge Hill and a retrospective on operation at Dewsbury Midland from Bob Essery. Constructional articles are Pete Jary on building a bunch of 7mm scale banana vans and Adam Chapman scratchbuilding a Swindon built Lowmac, an inspiring mixture of fretting out brass, plastikard wrangling and the odd commercial casting - all of which produces a superb result and makes me want to take the piercing saw of its hook and get going. In addition, small suppliers forum, diary, letters and an obituary to mark the sad passing of Chris Crofts back in February, the author of the seminal series on scratchbuilding wagons in MRJs 12-15.
Gerry Beale is in the editorial chair for this issue, which features an extended photographic feature on Martin Finney's "Semley" layout, now that it is all but complete. Other articles include the second part of John Darch's very effective re-working of a Hornby Brittania, improving several recent 4mm wagons, finessing a Mitchell King's rods and a lovely industrial cameo followed by an introduction to the "Cameo Competition".
A spectacularly modern loco on the cover, James Wells's state of the art Petroleum Sector Bachmann Class 37, with a full and illustrated article on how he did it is inside. Edited by Barry Norman, this issue also features Peter Kirkmond on layout lighting with LEDS, Alan Brackenborough scratchbuilding some very nice GWR coaches, a Standard 3 tank in P4 for Sidmouth and Martyn Welch is still weathering his Terrier, presumably not having dropped down dead after using Birchwood Casey in the last issue. (Apologies for the mystified, this is a reference to a comment on RMweb about the perils of Potassium Permanganate) And there are a decent number of letters too, including one showing a lovely scratchbuilt Beattie Well tank.
Barry Norman is in the editorial chair, musing on butchers and the historical value of the model railways we create. All of which forms a neat introduction to the main feature of the issue, Tony Wright's heroic portrayal of Little Bytham on the East Coast Mail Line, magnificently photographed and also featuring a track plan for those who like such things. Also Peter Johnson shows how he created his magnificent R&W Paul building on Canada Sreet, Mick Simpson 2mm finescales the smart new Farish 08 and Martyn Welch is weathering again, plus small suppliers, titivating a Tortoise and the letters page.
Edited by Karl Crowther, who provides a suitably thoughtful Festive editorial, this issue Majors on Peter Johnson's quite sublime "Canada Street" - one of the most believable model railways to have ever been created. The photography really shows Peter's creation off to great effect and the good news is that it will be going on to the exhibition circuit - I can't wait to see it in the flesh. Other articles include Peter Kazer on Great Western narrow gauge points, Peter Tatlow on baseboards, getting away from the "flat earth society" approach, Tom Mallard builds an ultimate K3 and Philip Hall breathes on the exquisite LSWR carriages from Hornby. And there are a decent number of letters too.
Iain Rice makes a very welcome appearance in the editorial chair, with an appropriately retrospective piece on the finescale ethos, Scalefour evangelism and and the progress of MRJ over 250 issues. Contents are headed by Iain's description of his own home layout "Cades Green" a splendid confection of bits old and even older, the effective 3mm scale layout "Lakebank" from his Launceston club cronies, Simon De Souza crafting a 57 part chinmey pot worthy of his Laird, Alex Duckworth exploring and modelling WW1 road transport, a well modelled New Zealand mill structure, a welcome glimpse of "Kitehouses" in P4 and various historical models. Plus letters and the small suppliers forum
The ubiquitous Mr Clifford is in the editorial seat for this issue, musing on another punch up on RMweb and the desirability or otherwise of modelling a preservation scheme, all quite surprisingly thought provoking. Dave Nicholson builds a superb timber viaduct in the style of Mr Brunel, T. Pott intrioduces us to the population of his Churston model, 2mm finescale layout in a weekend, kitbashing a 7mm 9F, coach building, some out of this World French urban modelling and the extremely nice Ballyconnell Road in 3mm scale, plus letters etc.
Gerry Beale is in the editorial chair and features on the cover, admiring Robert Dudley Cooke's beautiful Kingstorre layout, which also features in the magazine itself. Andy Avis completes the Metropolitan Junction story, Robin Whittle models a late S&DJR survival in Bristol, Peter Squibb builds a bracket signal, John Darch improves and "Westernises" a Hornby Brittania all in addition to the usual features. This issue also marks the incredibly sad passing of John Hayes, a first class modeller who clearly touched the lives of those who knew him.
Edited by Paul Karau who has also contributed one of his own creations in the shape of his grandparents cottage, this issue is a good mix of articles, Gerry Beale finescales the superb new Hornby Collett coach, Karl Crowther continues with the stonework for Hebble Vale Goods and the next part of the fascinating Metropolitan Junction story unfolds. Andrew Ullyott researches Cheddar, Ralph Burows describes his lovely old Toll House model, Adam Chapman concludes his Shoc High wagon and an article on teak graining using transfers from Chris Baker. All in addition to the usual features and a preview of this year's "Railex". Portfolio features Stephen Phillips breathtaking diorama showing Donald Campbell's ill fated "Bluebird" at Coniston, launched atop old Furness Railway track.
Karl Crowther, in the guest editorial chair for the first time, kicks off a vintage issue with a thoughtful and interesting editorial. The Internet in general and specifically RMWeb are both referenced and the whole issue has a pleasingly contemporary feel to it. The layout features are a great mix of nostalgia and modern approaches to the hobby; "Metropolitan Junction" by the late Doug Williams and "Tollesbury Quay" by Martin Stringer, both fabulous models anyone's standards. "Doing" articles include an unusual scratch built shunter by Hywel Thomas and a choice bit of wagonery from Adam Chapman featuring the "Rumney Models" products from the talented Justin Newitt. Plus the usual features and a magnificent two sided preview of Kier Hardy's "Hornsey Broadway" . A vintage issue I feel, showcasing a great hobby in great shape.....
Barry Norman in the editorial chair, and also contributes a practical and well illustrated "beginners" article on building a compensated chassis. Peter Johnson describes making his jaw droppingly realistic warehouses for Canada Street while Gordon Gravett shows us how he is making the structures for his new "Arun Quay" layout. The main layout feature is Geoff Forster's EM "Llangunllo", a wonderful evocation of a minor railway in rural Mid Wales.
Jerry Clifford is in the chair again, so there's a fair bit of the tiny stuff, but don't let that put you off as this has turned out to be one of the more varied issues in recent times I think. Dave Nicholson's glorious 7mm scale Gupworthy viaduct strides across everything, I've heard quite a lot about this(!) but never seen any pictures and have to say it does look very good. In addition there is an S scale Sentinel, Peter Bossom has further extended one of the most convincing 3mm layouts around, and Gordon Gravett shows us how he scratchbuilt his most exquisitely believable tank wagon in 7mm scale. I love this article, it makes me want to get out the Plastikard and start building my own, and reminds me of the late Deryck Featherstone's 1987 piece on a similar subject (issue 17). Oh, there's also baulk road, St Erth and Jerry's latest distraction for those of you who like your trains tiddly.
Barry Norman in the editorial chair, re-positioned some way to the east of its previous location, and musing on the life enhancing properties of hobby associations, tea, cakes and Betty Stoggs. Articles include a really good model of Sidmouth from Richard Harper, Gordon Gravett demonstrating the creation of a continuous backscene in his usual readable and practical way, Tim Peacock builds twin comps in etched brass and there is an extended piece on the 2mm Association's ingenious turnout kits.
An issue full of Eastern Promise? Iain Rice muses on Bob Barlow's penchant for potato railways, discusssing a plan for a new model that wasn't in the event built, although this article may well change that. Tom Mallard builds a "Castle", Roger Lycett Smith updates us on his Llanfair model, more "Lowleigh" from Peter Harrison, and surprisingly a bit more Gauge One, beautifully executed by Mike Palmer. A good selection of other articles, including several of the constructional variety.
Paul Karau in the editorial chair, cabbages and gravestones from Stephen Williams, Teapot's on his bike, Lowleigh OO, Coldfair, more of Martin's Class 37, a quick warehouse from the editor himself and a preview of the forthcoming Scaleforum.
A moving issue, marking the very sad passing of Bob Barlow, a great figure in our hobby for the whole of my adult life and a key figure in the setting up and development of The Model Railway Journal. Recollections from Iain Rice, Gerry Beale, Barry Norman and Paul Karau paint great pictures of a life well lived, and I'm sure we only know a part of what Bob achieved and enjoyed - farewell Bob. Otherwise a very good issue I think, an exquisite Tralee and Dingle from Roger Bird, (another great in our hobby whose company I am very pleased to share from time to time), Martin McDermott's shockingly modern Class 37, Stephen Williams revisits his seminal model of Faringdon, Peter Kazer's beautiful Talyllyn locomotives and Gerry Beale finishes off his Siphon G. A great magazine for a great hobby, let's share it and enjoy each other's company while we can.
Barry Norman still in the chair for this crowd pleaser, Karl Crowther mixes Hornby and Bachmann over his Penbits bogies to produce a very believable "Rat", Penzance by another name in 2mm scale is stunningly well photographed, the continuing story of Chris Lamacraft's Hemyock in EM is great, Steve Cook mistreats some expensive coaches to good effect, there's a "Railex" preview and a new layout project in 7mm from Gordon Gravett. A great issue.
Barry Norman in the chair for this issue which broadly champions the developments in 7mm modelling over the thirty years since MRJ started. Paul Bambrick describes his masterful backscene work on "Bucks Hill", Tony Geary builds a very convincing "Flying Pig" from the MOK kit (shown finished on "Heyside", another great 7mm scale layout) the most excellent Giles Favell does tall weeds whilst Camrian LMS van variations and a 2mm FS conversion of a Farish J39 by Mick Simpson represent the smaller scales. Personally I find O gauge a bit lacking in the heft department, but you can't knock the detail and quality of modelling seen here. If Gauge One were to see one half of the development that Gauge O has then the results would still be too big, probably.....
Gerry Beale is in the editorial chair and refrains from controversy, discussing instead the pleasures and benefits to be had from the sharing of information amongst friends. Articles include an interesting piece on locomotive finishing by Malcolm Mitchell, Alan Brackenborough on finishing a 7mm scale autotrain and a very convincing 4mm Siphon G from Gerry which includes good prototype reference for these attractive vehicles. All plus articles on baseboard joins from Gordon Gravett, Howard Bolton on complex track formations and Bob How on cunning manual point operation. Other odd pieces and letters too, thankfully (I think) no reply to last issue's "intereseting" critique of Dewsbury.
Suffering catfish Rivetman! After Gauge One on the cover of 235 we are treated to a stunning 5 inch gauge Southern plywood van of utter believability - so much for that "small scale only" tag eh? A cheeky but well observed editorial from Roy Jackson that promulgated a Kafkaesque thread of epic proportions on RMweb does not detract from an excellent issue, Doug Hewson on how he ceates and finishes his 5 inch gauge masterpieces, an update on Geoff Kent's "Black Lion Crossing" and an extended article on the excellent "Black Country Blues" - but one tangible result of the gloriously lunatic RMweb. And at the other end of the scale the letters page has an epistle that can only have been written by someone on hallucinatory substances and with a couple of OS maps firmly pla... ahem!
The editor for this issue is my friend Jerry Clifford, who has pulled together a diverse collecton of contributions including a short piece from some fellow in Bath working in Gauge One. Speaking personally for one moment, this my first "appearance" in Model Railway Journal is giving me a huge amount of pleasure (although I can see things I could have been done better). The largest article is John Greenwood's retrospective look back at his nearly 50 years of modelling culminating in his terrific North Cornwall system, great writing and models and a good bit of nostalgia too, whilst another character making a rare-ish appearance is Brian Harrap with his Quai 87. Plus old hands Laurie Griffin, Gordon Gravett, an aeorofilms piece, and the letters include more common sense from T.Pott and a reference to a joke on the Internet(!) If there is a theme running through this wonderful hotch potch then it is probably the joy of making stuff and I think that Jerry has written a particularly good editorial with this in mind, seasonal, fraternal, wise even - I certainly intend to take his advice over the impending festive season!
Martin Neild is in the editorial chair for this issue, pondering on the pros and cons of real versus imagined locations before introducing us to five main articles, four by modellers who have not previously written articles for MRJ. The lead article is by Gavin Clark (who I am pleased to know through the shop) describing the unusually shaped "Lower Soudley", Jim Rowbottom describes his journey into scratchbuilding through wagons, Jeff George confesses to P4 heresy (you are not alone Martin) and the fourth newcomer Howard Bolton shows how he builds complex track work getting in a typically pithy quote from the late John Harvey Jones which made me chuckle - well done Sir! Established author Bob Essery reprises the career of his layouts themed around Dewsbury and takes us on a detailed pictorial tour of the goods department, which is now installed at the HMRS study centre at Butterley for all to enjoy. A Siphon F, Pendon and Trevor Pott's propeller also make appearances(!)
Paul Karau is in the editorial chair, musing on layout design challenges and their success at moving modellers from the armchair to the bench. The articles feature John Dornom detailing his very credible looking King, Stephen Williams taking us down the lane at Pendon in full colour, part two of the description of the very impressive Alloa layout in P4, A good preview of Scalefourum, advertising hoardings and a very clever and appealing "shunting plank" in 2mm finescale. All this plus Geoff Kent's garage, a 7mm scale West Country in Malachite green and the usual letters and reviews, something for everyone in this issue I think.
Paul Karau is in the editorial chair, musing on how memories can be evoked by smells and how unlikely that modelling will be able to do this, whilst "inside" Alloa features prominently alongside a very real looking trio of Kings in 7mm scale from John Dornom. Trevor Pott gives us the latest report from the platform at Churston and there are a good number of other smaller articles. The last rather oil stained issue is discussed in the letters page, Laurie Griffin's response entertains - I can just see Ozzy Osbourne listening to the "Lark Ascending" whilst eating coq au dansak and perhaps operating Jim Smith-Wright's New Street recreation - just a thought you understand..
Barry Norman introduces us to an issue which has a distinct whiff of fuel oil about it, being more or less completely populated by models pertaining to the diesel age and largely in the "Rail blue" era, reviled by many of us at the time but by now appearing oddly appealing. Simon Thompson introduces us to the locomotives of Aberbeeg, one of the most interesting and challenging layouts currently on the exhibition scene, Karl Crowther gives his Bachmann Class 25 fully sprung bogies using Ian Penberth's ingenious "Penbits" system, Jim Smith Wright is the exception to blue with a neatly crafted 317 EMU in Network South East livery and other articles examine Heljan diesels from a Scaleseven perspective and replicate Bass's canning line using a laser cutter. It is interesting to see a whole MRJ without steam, perhaps reflecting the fact that "modern image" modelling (sorry, I know that description drives lots of you crackers but I can't resist it) has by now moved firmly away from the "acres of Lima" phase.
Barry Norman goes all Lord Reith in the editorial chair for this issue, which otherwise has a pleasingly varied menu covering a broad range of interests and scales. Chris Lamacraft introduces his very atmospheric 4mm scale model of Hemyock, Peter Kirkmond (of "Blea Moor" fame) applies his pragmatic and innovative approach to generating 2mm finescale locomotives quickly, Derek Munday makes a welcome first appearance in MRJ looking at applying servos to signal control, Karl Crowther conducts us around his dark satanic mills and Pete Armstrong shows us how he paints his 7mm scale figures. Plus a few more articles, small suppliers forum and I'm happy to report that the letters page has returned.
Edited by Gerry Beale. With a beautifully photographed feature on Robin Gay's wonderful "Rolvenden" layout and an introduction to Andrew Ullyot's "Clevedon WC&P" layout this issue has something of a light railway feel, although this is balanced by a glimpse at an astonishing 7mm scale diorama of Bristol Old Station, Chris Pendlenton's L1 tank and some main line GWR coach musings. The main constructional article is Robin Whittle's very informative description of building up the new CSP Models kit, which contains a lot of useful prototype reference and a Don Townley scale drawing.
Paul is in the editorial chair, musing on research driven modelling and the pleasures to be gained from immersing yourself in lunatic historical accuracy - speaking for myself I find the water very comfortable. Actual contents: Part three of Geoff Kent's lovely scratch building coaches in Plastikard, the Brassmasters story continues, more Gresley 02 from Tom Mallard, etching artwork, lots of nice filling in article-ettes and just for cheerful Kenton on RMweb there is more on making your own block instruments - ding dong!
Gordon Gravett is in the chair for this issue, which is characterised by particularly good photography - I especially liked the black and white work on Tucking Mill and the up close colour views inside Nottingham Goods. Jerry Clifford's "Tucking Mill" is the lead layout, Giles Favell shows us laminated glass glazing of diesels, Martin McDermott finishes off his very believable Class 37, David Nicolson builds floating pointwork in 7mm scale, Gordon shows us a great "Blue Peter" approach to producing wagon tarpaulins and Dave Barrett's very nice "Nottingham Goods" is fully described and illustrated by its builder. Don Rowland has provided another festive brain teaser and I should have said at the beginning that Gordon's editorial muses on the pleasures, nay the necessities, of a good deal of armchair modelling at this time of year, or at any time of the year really - Happy Christmas!
A vintage issue! Martin MacDermott's "Inter City" liveried Class 37 graces the cover and appears inside in some depth - a terrific piece of modelling, Eddie Ford describes the structures and rolling stock on his very believable P4 "Blackgill" layout, Martin Goodall forsakes his backscene to tell us about some technicalities of extending our properties to accommodate railways, Don Rowland reports on his radio controlled progress whilst Geoff Kent is still scratch building coaches. Amongst the balancing content there is a glimpse of a rather nice model of Henley On Thames by one P. Karau, a super photograph of John Spencer's quite sublime "plywood wonder" for Bernie Baker's Allt-y-Grabam Road" and more "Fencehouses". Paul Karau's editorial is a perceptive piece of writing that, it seems to me, perfectly captures and describes the huge pleasure that this hobby can deliver over the changing years of one's life - thank you Paul.
With an engaging editorial from Deputy Scalefour Society Chairman Paul Willis, this issue celebrates both Scalefour modelling and the forthcoming Scaleforum, full details of which are included. The layout in this issue is "Blackgill", a stunning piece of work and other features include a diesel improving article with a jaw droppingly good Deltic, building the Scalefour society's lever frame and much else, including Mark Fielder demonstrating the virtues of 2mm finescale. Overall I am left feeling a bit envious from my Gauge One modelling perspective, if only there was a "ScaleOne" group I could join that promoted modelling in my scale and produced parts to help.... On a very sad note, this issue also marks the recent passing of Robin Fielding, a really lovely man who I first met at Warley some years ago and whose company I thoroughly enjoyed at "Camrail" back in July 2012 - rest in peace Robin.
Edited by Barry Norman and featuring a truly stunning 7mm model of Llanberis and lots of other good stuff, including an advert for a small model railway show just around the corner from here.
Paul Karau is in the editorial chair, musing on the passage of time and how it affects our modelling ambitions - I really must get back to building that pointwork for my W(h)enbridge Junction project. Cattle pens, Corris No 4 times two by Peter Kazer, Chris Pendlenton tames Jackson couplings and a beautiful Schull and Skibbereen loco from Roger Bird. Plus Tom Mallard building a trio of P4 Gresley 02s "Real Atmosphere" returns and a retrospective look at a magnificent West Country railway layout.
Roy Jackson is in the editorial chair, articles include an innovative construction of a W1 for Retford, trackwork production for the lovely 2mm scale Fencehouses, a convincing modern image terminus and an extended article on scratchbuilding coaches from Plastikard by Geoff Kent.
Barry Norman discusses the increasing use of technology as applied to model railways in his editorial, with three of the following articles illustrating the point in differing ways. Other features include further upgrading and fiddling with the Lionheart auto coach, a lovely 7mm S&D branch terminus from Mike Baker and Martin Goodall guiding us through the painting stage of his backscene for Burford. Lots of letters, which I like to see, plus Chris Pendlenton doing something fiendishly technical with wheels.
Barry Norman is in the editorial chair of what I think is a really good issue. The cover picture is a stunning picture of Ken De-Groome's Metropolitan Bo-Bo in 7mm scale and the resin casting of the roof of this model forms an interesting "hands on" article. Inside are more delights; weathering with acrylics featuring a German WW1 flying ace and American narrow gauge, building functional block instruments (don't look Mr Vanns!), a high fidelity upgrading of a Slaters 7mm PO wagon, the very excellent Martin Goodall holding forth on a backscene for Burford, improving Bahmann "Peaks" for Bradfield Square and a tantalising "taster" of what looks to be a stunning 7mm model of Llanberis LNWR. Plus letters and some other good stuff - top comic!
A great Christmas issue, the striking cover picture depicts the Prototype Deltic leaving Chris Pendlenton's atmospheric North Shelds layout and inside Paul Karau provides a thoughtful editorial. Articles include putting a P4 chassis under the lovely new Bachmann "Bulldog", scenic work on the breathtaking "Fencehouses", building block instruments and the aforementioned Chris Pendlenton striving for concentric virtuosity in the wheel department.
Paul Karau is in the editorial chair, with a gentle musing on the joys of participation and community and two new Wild Swan modelling books are announced, Geoff Holt's "Locomotive Modelling" and Peter Kazer with his personal "Narrow Gauge Adventure". Content-wise we are introduced to another Seventies masterpiece from Kier Hardy, there is more on Roger Bird's exquisite Schull and Skibbereen, Bradfield Gloucester Square part three, Don Rowland sets out with P4 radio control aged 82 and much more besides.
Gordon Gravett is in the editorial chair for this issue, Andrew Ullyott's Wheal Elizabeth headlines the layouts, Robert Dudley Cooke re-lives the glory days of Super Saloons along his sea wall whilst the scenic secrets of "Fencehouses" are revealed by Alan Pearson. Two millimetre scale and "high fidelity" apart, this last is notable for two rare scenic features in any scale, a disused trackbed and burnt out areas of grass - quite sublime . Plus more Bradfield Gloucester Square, floating 7mm track and Laurie Griifin usefully reviewing chassis alignment jigs and aids. Top model railway comic
Edited by Gerry Beale, and thoughtfully themed around what constitutes "finescale modelling" in the current era of superlatively good ready to run models. A good mix of articles including a very atmospheric model railway called "Bradfield Gloucester Square" and an exquisite 6mm to the foot model of the Schull and Skibbereen Railway, amongst much else.
Edited by Martin Nield, the "headine" is a welcome article on Mark Tatlow's very lovely and deservedly popular "Portchullin", a very believable evocation of the Kyle line in BR Blue days. Other highlights were an unusual P4 micro layout from Duncan Wilcox, Jim Smith-Wright's epic New Street Power Box and a pair of articles discussing making block instruments for use on model railways - about as good as it gets in my estimation.
Edited by Roy Jackson, a good selection of articles including an interestingly part built layout by Geoff Kent, more Woodhead in 2mm scale and an unusual 7mm scale follow up to "Weekday Cross" of some years ago. All that and a gentlemanly punch up in the letters page too.
Edited by Barry Norman this issue has a distinct tang of the Atlantic Coast about it. Trerice redux sees Iain Rice back on his best literary form and in the West Country, there is a magnificent 7mm rendition of 34002 Salisbury, Gordon Gravett's barge is drawn up on the beach in North Devon, Barry revisits North Cornwall and Peter Swift improves the Hornby Maunsell coaches. The Lionheart mineral wagons are effectively weathered by Mike Baker and Ralph Burrows takes us back up the line to show us his Arts and Crafts masterpiece in the New Forest. Terrific!
Barry Norman's in the chair, there is more from Jas Millham's Yaxbury - always welcome in my opinion, a breathtaking gravel barge (what else?) from Gordon Gravett, Jerry Clifford's Highbury Colliery in 2mm scale is extremely tastefully re-presented and some young blade called Cook performs weathering wonders on a Gauge 3 wagon.
Paul Karau appears again, introducing Geoff Forster's rather special EM scale "Penhydd", which is a skillfully modelled masterpiece of composition. There is also some excellent 2mm scale cleverness, Redhill Engine shed by Geoff Taylor and Karl Crowther on brake vans bringing up the rear.
Edited by Roy Jackson, this issue features the very atmospheric 7mm layout "Hedingham" built by Alan Turner (that I had never seen or heard of before) Dewsbury mainline also in 7mm scale and Martin Goodall's further splendid pontifications on townscapes and layouts - this time touching on breweries and mills.
Marin Finney's magnificent "Semley" in P4, modelling "Kingswood Junction" a lost Midland box in Bristol and high tech baseboardery are amongst the items offered up by Gerry Beale in this issue.
Edited by none other than Paul Karau, contains a very readable treatise on building placement by Martin Goodall, more iron ore hoppers, a horsebox and the first part of a very good article on building from scratch by Geoff Holt. Also features a very posh advert for Camrail just gone, a perfect souvenir of what was a very good show.
Edited by David Lane, editorial is spot on in my opinion and content about as good as it gets, Whitchurch Road is awesome and very un RTR.
Barry Norman again, Peter Kazer's exquisite"Owd Ratty" in detail, featuring some of the prettiest of Manning Wardle's prodigious output, more St Merryn and a detailed look at Richard Webster's stunning new "Lionheart" models.
Barry Norman is back in the editorial chair, and this issue seems to have been a real crowd pleaser. St Merryn, Totnes in 2mm scale by John Birkett-Smith, an exquisite loco and a couple of wagon articles - bliss.
Edited by Martin Nield and featuring an amazingly ambitious Preston in P4 project and the lovely Ellerton Road in 7mm amongst much else.
Don Rowland assumes the editorial chair and muses upon the Manchester show's final departure from the city centre and the whole question of exhibition venue. Part demolished buildings, a superb P4 Derby Lightweight DMU, an informative article on building S&C work and a very enjoyable retrospective on some past Manchester masters by Mike Peascod are amongst the other contents - wonderful, as ever.
Don Rowland is in the revolving editorial chair for a second time and has produced a classic. Steve Duckworth tells the story of his beautiful 4mm model of S&DJR No 81, Ambergate rises from the ashes, Burntisland's train ferry is magnificent, joy of joys an article on running Castle Rackrent and more. Plus mention of a new bookshop opening in Bath - what more could anyone want?
Asking whether it is better to travel in hope than to arrive, guest editor Steve Hall goes on to introduce his current model railway project the size of which is reminiscent of the late David Jenkinson's "Little Long Drag". Other articles cover signal modelling, Barrow Road part two, a very attractive inspection saloon and much else.
An enlarged anniversary issue edited by Gerry Beale, one of the two original editors of MRJ. Following a brief recollection of the magazine's origins and a well deserved tribute to Paul Karau, Gerry describes his pragmatic return to 4mm scale. Articles are largely constructional, featuring a number of models relating to Gerry's own Maiden Newton project. A vintage issue - even includes a drop of Gauge One...
Edited by Barry Norman, this issue is a celebration of the "Half One" society, otherwise known as S scale. A good mix of inspirational modelling and some "how to do it" articles, Maurice Hopper explores the possibilities of resin casting and Robin Fielding impresses with a very neat fiddle yard idea.
A good solid "Northern" issue, Martin Nield is the editor and his theme is operating, backed up by an article on his ongoing L&Y layout later in the issue. Also features the colourful "Lowburn Park" NER in P4 and a truly breathtaking 2mm model of the "Victoria Viaduct" on the Leamside line, about which I was previously ignorant - what a structure!
Edited by one Martin Welch (who is as delightfully off beam as ever) and featuring a jaw droppingly good representation of the Great Western in South Devon layout of apparently Pendonesque proportion and quality. Peter Denny obituaries plus Debenham finale and and hopper wagons.
Malcolm Mitchell is the guest editor for this issue, which covers a good range of subjects and scales with a majority covering architectural modelling subjects. The work of the past master George Illife Stokes is featured, including the superb colour picture on the cover.
Chris Pendlenton "in the chair" for this issue, its been snowing at North Shields and we are taken to see the busy parcels traffic before Christmas - fantastic. Other articles cover equally ambitious and effective P4 layouts and there is a Christmas quiz.
One of better issues of recent years, Don Rowland is in the chair and articles include "Blea Moor" then due to appear at Warley for a potentially final appearance.
Featuring Roy Jackson as guest editor, building 2mm scale Wath electrics by Alan Whitehouse and including what must rank as one of the best letters ever published, from Dave Rowe recalling the late Cyril Freezer.
Tim Shackleton's last issue as editor, featuring what can only have been a valedictory editorial, when viewed in hindsight. Articles include "Welton Down" and Cyril Freezer's passing is marked.
Featuring portakabins for "Widnes Vine Yard" on the cover, incredibly well modelled but making for one of the the least visually appealing MRJs ever produced in my opinion. Articles inside are varied and interesting however.
Tim Shackleton waxes lyrical about Class 66 movements at Ipswich, "pictures at an exhibition" is pleasantly diverting and significant layouts in both P4 and EM are featured.
Featuring Mike Anson's "Western Road" diesel depot, part two of Chris Pendlenton's Deltic article (covering body mods) and a really believable scratchbuilt "Pannier" in 4mm scale.
More iron ore hoppers, Coventy in 7mm scale and Chris Pendenton's Deltic of impeccable mechanical verissimilitude - rather him than me.
The last issue of 2008 featured "Night-time on Dubbieside" plus the usual mix of other finescale fare.
Good BR Blue issue, Kier Hardy's very informative article on detailing an "03" and a colour pictorial feature on Hywel Thomas's magnificent "Morfa Bank Sidings".
Largely featuring Gordon and Maggie Gravett's stunning "Pempoul", with Alan Whitehose's exquisite "Mini MSW" tucked in at the end. Tim in moderate doom and gloom mode re. exhibitions.
Summertime saw the editor extolling the virtues of editing whilst Gerry Beale S&D-ified the new Hornby Black 5 and Midsomer Norton South was featured in 2mm scale.
Featuring Barry Norman's take on Kier Hardy's "Wibdenshawe" and a return visit to Jas Millham's S scale Yaxbury branch. Tim Shackleton suggests modelling in the dark.
Spring 2008 saw "The Big Freeze" featured, John Dornom's breathtaking 7mm diorama of mother and son waiting for an autotrain in the snow. Also lots of stuff on iron ore hoppers and first glimpses of "Pempoul".
Early 2008 found Tim extolling the virtues of ebay, the 5th part of Don Rowland's freight based layout description and Paul Marchese recalls the work of the recently late Mike Jolly.
From January 2008, main feature is a retrospective on "High Dyke", letters record Guy Williams sad passing.
A particularly interesting issue, containing an article which tells the story of the famous "Kitmaster" construction kits - way ahead of their time, and still selling well in some instances. Also included is the "Stoke & Matlock Railway"a very nice free-lance light railway line in 4mm scale.
A couple of boxes discovered in the warehouse so this classis issue comes back in to stock. Monty Wells is re-arranging Lima Geat Western railcars, a great monograph on Wantage Tramway's Manning Wardle, Iain Rice on pick ups and Chris Pendlenton on suspension, and more.