Model Railway Journal
Edited by Barry Norman, whose editorial theme of trains in the night leads neatly into Jim Smith-Wright's masterful evocation of the night time railway through a stunning collection of images of the latest incarnation of "Brettell Road". James Wells artfully makes the Hornby 08 more mundane in P4, James Aitken applies the latest laser cutting and 3D printing to wagon construction, the late John Watson's friends describe the evolution of his last model, "Cratfield" accompanied by a stunning images of the finished result, Mike Osborne builds a Midland trolley wagon in S7 and Jamie Guest brings up the rear modelling overhead line equipment for his Lancaster Green Ayre layout in 7mm scale. Finally Bob Essery's sad passing is recorded with a well written obituary from his friend David Hunt accompanied by a personal "thank you" from Paul Karau.
David Hunt guest edits this splendid "Midland" edition of the MRJ, in part to celebrate forty years of the Midland Railway Society. Formed by thirteen people who met in a cafe in Derbyshire, it now has over 500 members and as David explains is active in many fields. Bob Essery is the first name that will come to many of us when we think of the Society and "matters Midland", and he was one of he founding thirteen in that Derbyshire cafe. Sadly Bob Essery passed away on the evening of November 23rd, too late to be recorded in this issue, but he would I am quite sure have been very pleased with what David has assembled here. No doubt Bob will be properly recalled in the next issue, apart from everything else he had a large involvement with Paul Karau and many wonderful Wild Swan publications over the years. For myself, I enjoyed a number of telephone conversations with Bob after I acquired Wild Swan and always valued his insight, positive approach and generosity of spirit, he will be remembered and much missed. Going back to the magazine, contents are a great feature on the fabulous new model railway being built in the new "Museum of Making" at Derby, Stephen Lea affectionately describing his building and modifications of the Slater's 4mm scale MR wagons, notable layouts Heckmondwike and Chee Tor are recalled, a Buxton motortrain in 7mm scale from Mike Holland, a superb Midland "Gallery", all topped off by Peter Kazer's magnificent 1/32 scale "James Spooner" and finally Martin Wicks makes it into print improving Dapol vans in 7mm scale. Plus the estimable T. Pott on luggage duties, letters and the totally believable "Caledonian Road Junction" signal box from Bob Juleff.
Edited by Jerry Clifford, with an appropriately but cautiously upbeat look towards the future(!), the main layout feature is a really impressive scenic model of Moretonhampstead in 2mm finescale. This is followed by a virtuoso performance from Howard Bolton on his lever frame, PO wagons and a lovely Kirtley model from the editor, a "Toplight" in 4mm scale by Gerry Beale, a Midland wagon in (glory be) 1/32 scale by Richard Ellis, platform lamps for High Wycombe from Tim Peacock, Classical Jazz part three from Dave Doe and louvered Midland milk van in 7mm scale from Laurie Griffin. Also, sadly, an obituary to the towering figure of Don Rowland who sadly left us recently.
Edited by Barry Norman, who makes some thoughtful and forward thinking comments about the "virtuality" of recent shows and the benefits that this new approach has brought forwards. Rosehearty is the main layout feature, a pleasingly spacious looking 7mm location on the beautiful Moray Firth in earlyish BR days, which is followed up by James Wells tinkering with a Cavalex BBA wagon to great effect, after which Barry gives a nicely scratchbuilt J69 an effective makeover, including bicycle on the front! Lindsay Galloway continues his description of modelling Burntisland's roundouse, David Fishers opens the doors to motivation and a Bachmann BG, James Smith sledgehammers a Southern nut with 3D printing and CAD (sorry), banner repeaters for High Wycombe from Tim Peacock, a lovely extended piece on Paul Rhodes' very wonderful "Old Parrock", one of the very worthy winners of the "Cameo Competition", kit bashing bridge castings from David Wager and a couple of snaps of a breathe on Dapol Sentinel in 7mm scale, plus letters and small suppliers forum too.
Edited by the legend that is Iain Rice, the very appealing cover picture features the model Kenton, built by the recently departed John Watson, fondly remembered inside the magazine by Barry Norman. Two Cameo Competition entry layouts are featured, Nick Salzmann's unusual period Lananta Quay in 3mm Society finescale standards, and the irrepressible Mick Simpson's small but exquisitely formed Callaton in 2mm scale, a tiny layout which is full of interest - caravanners take note, as Mick says! Simon De Souza makes a really beautiful and very well observed model of Dromod station building, using a range of techniques in Plastikard that would suit any number of brick structures. Iain reveals a near Pre War HO survivor, a beautiful model of Claude Hamilton, and in "Classical Jazz" with friends John Chambers and Dave Doe the modelling options for creating Stratford's N7 class are explored and expounded. Trevor Pott illustrates how passenger goods traffic is handled at Churston, Roger Bird shares with us his Thomas Green built examples of the Irish narrow gauge while finally Iain extolls the virtues or otherwise of bad track. Plus small suppliers forum and an obituary to John Watson.
Edited by Karl Crowther and with a much brighter looking cover than of late, the lead article is a welcome and well illustrated visit to Hywell Thomas's Morfa Bank Sidings, reviewing recent developments on this most original and convincing evocation of the 1970s embers of South Wales industry. The other layout article is Karl's own "Kentside" lifetime layout project, wonderful shades of Arthur Whitehead and David Jenkinson set around the Lakes, a gloriously ambitious scheme with a lot of work carried out already. Other articles include Howard Bolton's unbelievable lever frame for Leeds City Station, a simple conversion of a Bachmann J72 to EM scale by Pete Hill, Tony White concludes his modelling story, Ian Worthington builds a big chimney for Glaisden and Adam Capman builds a an aluminium prefab in 4mm scale from an interesting kit. Plus letters, small suppliers forum and obituaries to Brian Rogers and Roy Link.
Edited by Paul Karau, happily recounting both his and some of his many friends modelling achievements over the last 10 months or so. Although this might have been the Christmas issue it is unmarked and without festive decoration or baffling quiz, but the contents are as interesting as they come. Professor Tony White conducts us through the first part of his modelling life, touching upon many familiar names and ideas along the way, while no less than two articles are devoted to wonderful Southern Electrics. Stephen Hannington pursues a fairly conventional route (by which I mean no criticism) while John Chick comes at the subject straight from the side of a fairly high wall. Alan Webber produces a densely populated Quad Art in 4mm scale, Geoff Forster reports on an artful move into 7mm scale with his "Bleddfa Road" essay, two postcards from Steve Hall's "Drighlington and Adwalton" and Lindsay Galloway models the roundhouse at Burntisland. An obituary to Paul King, more wagon loads from Trevor Pott, small suppliers forum and a healthy letters page complete the line up.
Edited by Martin Nield, this issue has a very good mix of articles I think. In "my own" scale of 1/32 scale there is an inspiring account of how Peter Kazer built Talyllyn No 4, in O gauge Simon Fountain discusses the locomotives he has built for "Blackberry Lane Shed", John Thompson builds some magnificent NER signals for "Port Solway", the editor reflects on his completed L&YR P4 "Eccleston" layout, Ralph Robertson builds the magnificent Alphs Mill for "Slattocks Junction", while Stephen Williams adds an advertising hoarding to "Faringdon". This article features one of the nicest colour pictures of the steam era railway that I have ever seen, taken on the Severn Valley line at Bridgnorth, just lovely. A decent letters page contains a wonderfully indignant letter from one John Bennet in Towcester which had me re-reading Tim Watson's piece from last month(!), small suppliers forum has a fab picture of auto trailer enhancements, and lastly Dave Rowe marks the sad passing of his wife Shirley with a beautifully written celebration of their life together. Moving, uplifting, funny and absolutely full of interest to anyone who has been in this hobby for more than five minutes, it brought to my mind the letter Dave wrote to Railway Modeller following some slightly fulsome obituaries to the once ubiquitous Cyril Freezer. It was candid, insightful, down to earth and bloody funny but also kind to the memory of a man who had spread a lot of joy amongst us all in one way and another. RIP Shirley, you are much missed by many.
Edited by Jerry Clifford, with an editorial that acknowledges the impact of Coronavirus but also reflects on the happy notion that few of us modellers and enthusiasts will have suffered boredom over the last few strange months, and that some of us might even have finished the odd model. Speaking for myself, I haven't been bored, and my own 1/32 brake van has made some progress - hopefully it will gain wheels and even some paint before the year is out. In the magazine there is a lovely retrospective on Copenhagen Fields, an article on "stay alives", kitchen table scratch building an Irish 4-4-0, the brilliant (EM) "Bottom Works Siding" (one of the superbest Cameo competition winners), a shop from St Erth beautifully modelled in 2mm scale, and bringing up the rear a Class 15 in 2mm scale from Bob Isgar. Plus letters, small suppliers forum and obituaries to Dave Alexander and Adrian Swain, who have both sadly left us.
Edited by Jerry Clifford, pre lock down, but with a very good advert on the rear cover from Sutton's Locomotive Works that is superbly post coronavirus. Maybe, in the hopefully not too distant future, "PC" may take on a whole new meaning - we can live in hope. Back to the trains; Dave Stone's beautiful "Sherston Abbas" headines this issue, Nick Mitchell puts stay alives in a 2mm scale shunter, a properly detailed and thought provoking article, Graham Tierney adapts the ever popular Ration "Iron Mink" to represent some Welsh cousins, a superb 2mm finescale "Castle" conversion by Keith Armes and Steve Martin, keeping things clean on "Copenhagen Fields" by Tim Watson, featuring some truly breathtaking panorama shots of the whole project, drawing your own decals by Andy Carlson and a Sentinel shunter in "S" by John Holden. Plus letters, small suppliers, a tribute to the late Fred Blackman and some nice "portfolio" shots including "Hornsey Broadway" and a North Eastern Railway directors saloon by Barry Norman. A great issue celebrating and showcasing a great hobby - very useful in these strange times for those of us lucky enough to be suitably afflicted!
Barry Norman is in the editorial chair, musing on the changes in attitudes and the "nuts and bolts" of model railway photography over the years. The main layout feature is a very atmospheric rendering of Killybegs on the County Donegal, beautifully created in the unusual scale of 10mm to the foot by Chris Romain. Brian Self creates an authentic Southern yard lamp for St Merryn, Geoff Haynes uses a Brassmasters chassis kit to EM-ify the exquisite Hornby SECR liveried C class, Andy Glover scratchbuilds an award winning model of Stoneswood MIll in 2mm scale, Graham Thompson continues building LSWR non corridor coaches from issue 275, Martyn Welch sets about weathering 7mm tank wagons and finally Lawrence Boul uses digital modelling to produce a beautifuly observed horse and gig, his example being in S scale. Plus letters, small suppliers forum and some exquisite "portfolio" shots of a wagon and a locomotive.
Gerry Beale is in the editorial chair, sensibly suggesting that we embrace new technologies and high quality RTR rather than bemoaning a potential loss of craft skills. The the main layout feature is Dent and Dentdale in 4mm OO(?) by Ian Nuttall. Previously featured in Railway Modeller, "Railway of the Month" in November 2013, this exquisite and atmospheric layout has somehow previously passed me by. A terrific follow up to the late David Jenkinson's "Garsdale Road" and also acknowledging David's wonderful "Rails In The Fells" book, which must rate as the best Geography lesson that has ever been given(!) I'm sure David would forgive me, it is a book that inspired me and which I still go back to and it helped Ian to produce his breathtaking recreation too. Other features include Worseter locomotive shed, Gerry and Jerry building a 54XX in EM, using state of the art products from the trade, Rodney Cooper builds an exquisite GWR Diagram L autotrailer from a David Geen kit, Alan Brakenborough shows us a new halt on his achingly beautiful garden line and the irrepressible Dave Murdoch introduces us to his South Wearing Light Railway. All just about as good as it gets I think, plus a decent letters page and the usual features - wonderful.
Edited by Paul and Karau Barry Norman, jointly musing on the Cameo and other layout challenges and the consequent starting of projects, or not. The main article features Mike Baker and Martin Finney's "Newton Heath Works", the winner of the Cameo challenge and a superb bit of modelling to boot, complete with working tipper wagons and a novel use for cat lit! Two lovely LSWR non corridor coaches built from Southwark Bridge etches by Graham Thompson, Stephen Williams developing suburbia at Faringdon, some superb signals in "Portfolio", Ty Dwr water column in 7mm scale by Peter Kazer and Gordon Gravett, (a really lovely bit of scenic modelling of a lost feature on the Talyllyn Railway) and Tim Peacock finishes some GWR standard water tanks. Also small suppliers forum, Trever Pott on wagon loads and a decent letters page, which includes a great piece of writing from Peter Hunt of Chuffs fame recalling Mike Sharman and the Tibetian National.... So thank you Peter and farewell Mike, singular characters both.
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, 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.
Barry Norman is in the editorial chair, musing on the tools modellers use, Barry appears to favour a cross between Electronic control and an insecticide with a bad name to run his trains, probably a typo... This issue's layout is "Templefield", a very characterful small layout about which I had previously not heard, featuring a good piece of writing with it too. Then follows Peter Kazer's detailed account of building Corris No. 3 in two different scales. Otherwise known as "Sir Haydn" on the Talyllyn Railway, this was a small Hughes locomotive, similar versions of which were also available in standard gauge flavours, viz "Elephant" in Kent, I digress, but as Peter demonstrates they make very attractive models, especially in the larger scales. Tom Knapp describes the "Paget Chrisian Centre" building on Copenhagen Fields, part two of Karl Crowther's build of the Manning Wardle K kit, searchlight signals on the Eastern from Jas Millham, more work at Farringdon from Stephen Williams, commode handles from Trever Pott, some exquisite models in "Portfolio" and all the usual features besides.
Edited by Karl Crowther this is a classic "active modellers" issue. Karl builds up a Manning Wardle in 4mm scale from an RT models kit while new contributor Robin Ashley builds Meldon Viaduct in 4mm scale. Trevor Hughes discusses scratch building techniques, John Elliott introduces his stupendous follow up to the Bradfield Gloucester Square, "Leeds City Wellington" while Richard Dunning builds a chassis for the Golden Arrow body of the "Southern 08". Kevan Greenhalgh's magnificent OO finescale layout "Thurlstone" is the main feature, highly atmospheric and full of operational interest, the Great Central in 1910 being the subject and theme. Aside from Karl's editorial which encourages us to extend our skills a bit, there is small suppliers forum, T. Pott on wagon loads, a decent selection of letters (including one from Rich Phipp in Bath on representing polished brass) and a very fitting epitaph from Geoff Kent on his close friend, the inimitable Roy Jackson, whose passing is a great loss to the hobby and humanity in general
Jerry Clifford carries the editorial honours, talking about multimedia modelling, and whether it is, or isn't (modelling). The main layout article is an ambitious and stunning depiction of South Pelaw in EM Gauge, a layout I had never heard of until reading this article, with a great accompanying text written by its creators. Giles Favell describes in detail the creation of his radio controlled mechanical horse, Stephen Hannington describes his "quickie" London suburban station "Surrey Arms", really effective and believable, and Jerry himself provides the only 2mm scale input with a description of his Midland Railway signalboxes for his Bath Queen Square project. Aside from letters and the diary, this issue also marks the sad passing of Richard Hollingworth, joint creator of Parkside with Andrew Hastie, amongst much else.
Edited by Paul Karau, musing on narrow gauge locomotives, this issue also contains Geoff Kent's continuing account of how he created "Black Lion Crossing", Dave Roome describes his latest, a convincing Scottish suburban survival in the 1970s, Trevor Pott contributes an informative piece on wagon loads and their wherefores, which we could all do with paying a bit more attention to I think. Other features cover some intriguing Wartime model buildings, Justin Newitt applying his etches and other magic to 4mm railtanks, a glimpse of Peter Kazer's latest convincing models of Hughes locomotives in two scales and finally some 4mm scale suburban development in rural Oxfordshire. Plus an obituary to ERH Francis, letters and the other usual bits.
Edited by Barry Norman, musing on the success of EM over the last fifty odd years and the exciting news that Peco are producing RTR track for the EM Gauge Society. The main layout feature is Geoff Kent's terrific "Black Lion Crossing", which is now completed as Geoff explains in his accompanying article. Freight only and partial as this layout is, it seems to me to have captured pretty much everything that one could wish for from a model railway, in addition to looking utterly believable. As with many of our projects, it has involved the participation and co-operation of friends in its construction, and the whole thing is a complete delight from beginning to end. In other articles, Tim Peacock describes building a Braithwaite tank for Aylesbury, Alan Whitehead revisits and details the catenary on his glorious 2mm scale Woodhead based model and Richard Ellis details old ground on his Midland in Bristol cameo. Aside from the usual extra features and letters, there is an interesting feature on Peco's involvement in producing the first RTR EM pointwork and finally a superb feature from Philip Harvey on his "Ambleden Station", showing that romance and imagination play at least as important a part in creating a believable railway scene than any amount of accuracy or precision will ever do. Oh, there is an update on the Cameo competition from Iain Rice too, don't forget that you can see the results of the challenge for yourself at "Railex" on May the 25th and 26th this year.
Edited by Gerry Beale, musing on what makes us model what we model and the joys of catholic taste, main layouts featured are both Midland, Robin Whittle's epic P4 rendition of Bristol Barrow Road shed and a wonderful 7mm model railway depicting the Midland 100 years or so ago. Nothing so unusual about that you might think except that it is in the Antipodes and built by a genuine Australian gent. Actually, I think it is a type of model railway which we in the UK have sort of forgotten about as we all apparently strive for ever more accurate renditions of "scale", some of us apparently believing that only models of real places are "proper" models. What utter tosh, sez I, and Graeme Lewis, his wonderful writing and this layout are all real breaths of fresh air, so thank you and well done Graeme. Having upset everyone, the rest of this issue contains more stock by Gerry himself, Mark Humphries finessing a Pannier chimney, Rodney Cooper building a stylish DMU, John Darch doing a large Prairie, a superb bit of the old Talyllyn from Peter Kazer and an obituary to the incredibly talented Stewart Hine. And letters, one being illustrated with a very fine bit of North American modelling by my highly talented friend Dave Easto. As Bill Smarme has so often sung, there is nothing like a Dave...
Barry Norman is in the editorial chair, with an up to the minute and thoughtful muse on Channel Five's "Great Model Railway Challenge" and its relevance to the world of MRJ. He then contributes a complete constructional article on scratchbuilding a convincing J70 tram in 7mm scale from plastikard, complete with the imperfections and "dings" that etched kits can't provide - he also perpetuates the "Goodall Heresy" but in ScaleSeven waters(!) Mick Simpson does a rapid conversion of a Farish "37" to 2FS, Tim Peacock continues with his superb GWR buildings for High Wycombe, the down buildings this time, we take a look at Stuart Holt's out of the ordinary model of Culrain, Martyn Welch weathers some Dapol 7mm scale mineral wagons and finally Geoff Forster shows us his clever scenic fiddleyard.
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!
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 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.
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".
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.
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.....
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!
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..
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!
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 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 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.
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?
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.
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.
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".
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.