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Paul Karau [Publisher: Cygnet Magazines] Magazine
An eye catching "retro" feeling cover announces an edition of the magazine that celebrates its publishing milestone by looking forwards rather than backwards. Personally speaking, seeing the cover gave me a frisson of excitement that echoed how I used to feel when I first got hold of MRJ - back in the days when I worked in a dark suited 1980s sales operation that probably did me no good at all. The MRJ then was an oasis of "inspiring calm" which I completely lost myself in, and all these years later this issue has managed to have the same transcendental effect on me, albeit in very different personal circumstances(!) This issue opens with Geoff Forster's beautiful "Bleddfa Road", a model based in a wonderful and real landscape, that truly demonstrates just how much more less can be.This is followed by "Palmerston" another beautiful 1/32 scale scratch build from Peter Kazer, which is in turn followed by Gordon Gravett's wonderfully Gallic Breton tank. Chris Cox then takes us back to the early Victorian age with No 5 "London" in 4mm scale EM gauge. Chris Pendlenton follows like a blast of cold air with "Winters Day at Little Benton", the beginning of a spectacular and large new layout. Geoff Kent is next, taking the wraps off "Coldham Staithe" with wonderful and varied buildings in Plastikard and a track plan. After Barry Norman has moved a cattle wagon on in time, Stephen Williams reflects upon a life of modelling and introduces us to his new work "Hereford Riverside", which is shaping up to be a branch line terminus like no other. Geoff Cooper approaches things differently with his 7mm scale "Bourne End", Barry Norman finishes off 65442 and Philip Hall bulls up some Bulleid coaches to great effect. Letters and "Portfolio" completes the line up,the final pages appropriately being two beautiful views of the late Bob Barlow's own "Ynys Gwyntog".
Peter Waller [Publisher: Crecy] Magazine