Issue 15 1987      « Previous issue  |  Next issue »

Edited by Bob Barlow & Gerry Beale

MRJ Issue 15
  • EM Rambles in Essex

    Ken Morgan



    Ken Morgan, EM Gauge Society stalwart and long-serving committee member, dispnese some philosophic nuggets discovered on the finescale road to Coggeshall, an Essex might-have-been.

    Tags: GER / Great Eastern Railway, layouts, scales / gauges, theory

  • Point Construction in EM - Step-by-step

    Roger Johnson



    Moving away from 4mm/00 means building your own pointwork. But, as Roger Johnson explains, it is nothing like the fearsome task it has been cracked up to be. Here, he reduces a rivet-and-ply turnout to ten basic steps.

    Tags: track / trackwork / PW / Permanent Way, turnouts / points / pointwork / crossings

  • No. 1 Shop: Matters Arising

    Iain Rice


    General discussion of issues relating to No. 1 Shop projects, correspondence, etc.

    Tags: No. 1 Shop

  • A Simple EM Chassis

    Louis Baycock



    Starting in finer 4mm scale modelling has never been easier, according to MRJ credo. Here, in the context of this EM Special, we've set out to prove it by assigning a 'first step' job to a genuine EM beginner - the Reverend Louis Baycock (Iain Rice's rector and, until recently, an N-gauger). We gave him a small bag of goodies and a lot of encouragement; this is what he brought back.

    Construction of Perseverance chassis with DS10 motor, Romford gears and Ultrascale wheels for the Dapol 'N2' body.

    Tags: chassis

  • Joining the EM Gauge Society


    Details of how to join and members' benefits.

    Tags: societies

  • The 'Pendon Factor' in 4mm development

    Guy Williams



    Most modellers are aware of Pendon Museum's importance as a huge and imposing example of 4mm modelling at its very best. Fewer, perhaps, fully understand the impact this dreamlike project has had on the hobby as a whole, while others unwittingly misinterpret it. Here the museum's CMS, Guy Williams, traces technical development at Pendon and puts its very real achievements into historical perspective.

    Tags: theory

  • MRJ Portfolio



    A scene from Dave Johnsons's 'Portreath'.

    Tags: MRJ Portfolio

  • Dunwich

    Roy Jackson, Geoff Kent, John Phillips



    Roy Jackson, John Phillips and Geoff Kent introduce their magnificent new layout, the sucessor to 'Hgh Dyke'. This, the background to 'Dunwich', is the layout's first appearance in print - the forerunner of several constructional articles scheduled for MRJ.

    Ex-GER might-have-been.

    Tags: BR / British Railways / British Rail, layouts

  • Twenty-one years in EM

    Barry Norman



    Barry Norman - of 'Petherick' fame - takes a stroll through his finescale modelling career, pointing out some landmarks along the way.

    Tags: biography, scales / gauges

  • An Early Furness Mineral Wagon

    Mike Peascod


    Details and drawing of an 1864 prototype.

    Tags: drawings / plans, pre-grouping, prototype, wagons

  • Cutting through chalk

    Ivan Maxted


    Darenth is the creation of the Maxted family and represents a Kentish branch line during the late 1950s. Whilst a description of this attractive EM layout will appear in the next issue, by way of an introduction we publish here details of the methods used to model the attractive scenic effects including a very distinctive feature of Southern England's topography.

    Modelling chalk cuttings.

    Tags: layouts, scenery

  • Scratchbuilding Model Wagons

    Chris Crofts



    Chris Crofts concludes his series on making 4mm PO wagons with the trickiest bits - solebars and below.

    Part 3 of 3. Continued from issue 14.

    Tags: private owner, scratchbuilding, wagons

  • Moving Tie-bars for compensated stock

    Jim Watt


    Jim Watts demonstrates that compensation and tie-bars are compatible and indicates applications beyond his preferred 2mm scale.

    Tags: compensation / suspension, wagons

  • Inkerman Street

    Bob Barlow



    The MRJ team is building - or perhaps 'organising' would be a better word - a minimum-space exhibition layout in 7mm scale. It's radical in concept, experimental in nature - and it worries us all to death. Editor Bob Barlow tells of the uncomfortable birth-pangs of 'Inkerman Street, LMS' and, in committing it to print, ensures that we finish it.

    1940 LMS (ex-L&Y).

    Tags: layout design, layouts, LMS / London Midland & Scottish Railway, minimum space

  • The Non-Corridor Project

    David Jenkinson


    The prototypes of MRJ's project layout passenger stock described by David Jenkinson.

    1940s LMS non-corridor coaching stock.

    Tags: coaches, LMS / London Midland & Scottish Railway, prototype

  • More Archaeology


    Nostalgia rules! An MRJ resumé of responses to our little foray into another railway modelling backwater in issue No. 12.

  • The Art of Weathering

    Allan Sibley


    Allan Sibley delves into the muck, both prototype and model. In this, the first of a two-part article, he discusses the ravages of the weather (among other things) on full-size steam locomotives.

    Tags: prototype, steam locomotives, weathering

  • Small Suppliers Forum


    Parkside Dundas - 4mm wagon kits. Skytrex-Railscene - 4mm VW Beetle. DJB Engineering - 7mm Midland 'M' class 0-6-0 kit. ERG - buffers. Multicore Solder Ltd - 'Xersia Wick'. Taurgem Models - Colonel Stephens Ford railcar kit. Drafting and Design Systems - CAD services. Como - mini-drill. Four Track Models - class 121/122 4mm single unit kit. KTG Model Products - auto-couplings in 3mm/4mm/7mm.

    Tags: Small Suppliers Forum