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Edward Talbot [Publisher: L&NWR Society] Softback
Andrew Duckworth [Publisher: Crowood Press] Softback
Paul Leavens [Publisher: Book Law] Softback
Nick Deacon [Publisher: Lightmoor] Hardback
Richard Ball and Peter Chatham [Publisher: L&NWR Society] Softback
Jerry Clifford [Publisher: Cygnet Magazines] Magazine
Jerry Clifford in the chair again with a gently mindful editorial which is partially written in the light of recent appearances of our hobby in the media I think. The main layout feature is Andrew Bartlett's wonderful N gauge "Blueball Summit", which I am very pleased to see in the pages of MRJ - a fantastically atmospheric rendition of Blue diesels and the West Country before BR's spree of depressing destruction in the mid 1980s, and just as I remember it all being. John Elliott introduces his new layout following the brilliant "Bradfield", Paul Bannerman builds Gordon Ashton and Gordon Gravett's clever etched chassis and fits it under the lovely Hornby "Peckett", a feature on some of the gems to come from the Cameo competition and Giles Favell discusses theatre and model railways - exhibition layout builders please take note! Simon De Souza scratchbuilds an exquisite Cavan and Leitrim van in 4mm scale, Richard Ellis shows us around his brilliant "Midland in Bristol" and Maurice Hopper extols the virtues of slow modelling. Finally, Iain Rice records the sad passing of the genial genius who was Mike Sharman, who did so much more for the hobby than is generally known, his range of wheels arriving on the scene just in time to make P4 more than just a theoretical dream. Talking to David White of Slaters' at Mike's funeral the other day, he told me that he and Mike more or less started off developing the production of wheels together. After an evening that saw the two of them discussing the problems and possibilities of finescale wheels, morning saw Mike presenting David with a prototype wheel (after two overnight hours in his garage) and the rest, as they say, became history. Mike developed his range of wheels in 4mm scale, subsequently sadly lost, while David pursued the 7mm scale route to create the fantastic range that is available today.
Roy Link [Publisher: RCL Publications] Magazine
Paul Bernsten creates an exquisite NZR 4-6-0 in 1/34 scale, Mark Greenwood discovers a Keef locomotive variant, Stuart Baker details Manning Wardle "Jubilee 1897", new brake vans for the Bridport and Charmouth, archaeology and modelling of Rhossydd slate wagons and "Creech Bottom" a very nice first Narrow Gauge layout. Plus all the usual features, letters, reviews etc, all up to Roy's impeccably high standards. Shame we don't see any idiosyncratic standard gauge stuff in here any more though.
Geoff Haynes [Publisher: Crowood Press] Softback
John Hodge & Stuart Davies [Publisher: Pen and Sword] Hardback
Kevin Robertson [Publisher: Crecy] Softback