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Edited by Bob Barlow

MRJ Issue 104
  • Small Suppliers Forum


    Model Signal Engineering sold to Andrew Hartshome. 3mm Society/Parkside Dundas wagon kits. Powsides 4mm and 7mm NER wagon lettering transfers. Backwoods Miniatures 009 K1 0-4-0+0-4-0 Garratt kit. Graham Avis Details 1:150 trees. Diamond Railway Designs/Railways Unlimited 7mm figures. Millhill Supplies tools and workshop equipment. Brassmasters 4mm etched GWR Hawksworth 4000-gallon tender kit. Phoenix Coach Kits acquired by the Southern Railways Group. Challis Models ready-made baseboards. Howard Scenics new address. Hurst Models Serco Railtest paint colours and transfers and ScotRail paint colours. High Level Kits 4mm LoRider motor bogie for DMUs/EMUs.

    Tags: Small Suppliers Forum

  • Kitmaster - The Rise and Fall

    Steve Knight


    For modellers of a certain age, the advent of Kitmaster kits in the late 1950s will be remembered as the opening of a brief but golden era in which relatively cheap, easy-to-make and - most importantly - accurate plastic models of railway subjects could be found at the local toy shop. For those of us desperately trying to move beyond the train set on a pocket-money budget, they were sheer joy. Today, original kitmaster kits are like gold dist and keenly sought by treasure hunters and modelling historians alike. Here, Steve Knight, secretary of the Kitmaster Collectors' Club, tells the fascinating story of this extraordinary and much-loved range.

    Tags: biography, kits

  • Wagon Suspension Tested - again

    Peter Kirmond


    7mm/7mm FS

    Peter Kirmond repeats his wagon suspension tests for 0-Gauge Finescale, with illuminating results.

    Follow-up to article in issue 101.

    Tags: compensation / suspension, wagons

  • Light Freelance

    Mick Payne


    After years of modelling the LMS and BR, Mick Payne decided to liberate himself by taking the freelance approach. His 4mm EM Stoke & Matlock Light Railway is the result.

    Fictional/freelance light railway set in the Peak District.

    Tags: layouts, light railways

  • Midland Compound in 7mm - Part 2

    David Hunt



    David Hunt concludes his account of the building of his ScaleSeven MR locomotive.

    Tags: MR / Midland Railway, pre-grouping, scratchbuilding, steam locomotives

  • Suburban 'Motor Houses'

    Tim Shackleton



    They were the runt descendants of the grand old coach-houses and once covered suburbia like a rash. Pre-fabricated, free-standing garages - many of which still moulder in gardens and back plots - are not, however, without modelling attractions, as Tim Shackleton explains.

    Tags: buildings, dioramas, scratchbuilding

  • Layout Design: Alston

    Barry Norman


    Small NER branch terminus

    Tags: layout design, NER / North Eastern Railway

  • Workaday Welshpool

    Adrian Gray



    With the paint still wet on his newly-built 7mm Welshpool coach (MRJ No. 103), Adrian Gray takes delivery of a companion model from Dorset Kits - a delightful W&L four-ton open wagon.

    Tags: kits, product reviews, wagons, Welshpool & Llanfair Railway