Issue 184 2008 « Previous issue | Next issue »
Edited by Tim Shackleton
Small Suppliers Forum
Alan Gibson - 7mm wheel range back in production. Branchlines - new owners. High Level Kits - gearbox speed calculator. Morgan Gilbert - gearbox speed calculator. Lochgorm Kits - 7mm scale Highland Railway Dia 19 (LMS Dia 26) six-wheel five-compartment third coach kit. Studio Scale Models - Irish P4 sprung and 3-point suspension units for freight stock. Geoff Taylor / Sara Heller - professionally painted backscenes made to order. Brassmasters - 00 axle spacing gauges. Cambridge Custom Transfers - specialised decal sets (sheets BL85 & BL86) for 12T tank wagons. Chivers Finelines - 4mm injection-moulded BR dia 1/570 20T dropside ballast wagon kit.
For some time I had been watching, with considerable interest, developments in the 4mm scale RTR field. When I saw what Tim Shackleton had achieved with the Hornby 'Black 5' in MRJ 138, I had to have a go myself (writes Gerry Beale). The result is 'Fifty-four, Forty', the famous Bath 'Black Five' as she appeared in numerous Ivo Peters photographs when working on the Somerset & Dorset line in the 1950s.
Hornby 'Black Five' with Comet bogie, frame overlays and tender chassis, Alan Gibson wheels and Brassmasters detailing kit.
Tired Timber and Faded Lettering
A simplified way of painting ex-private owner wagons in their final days, described by Roger Marsh.
A pair of static cranes built to 4mm scale by Gordon Gravett, representing the pair that once worked the quayside at Kingswear in Devon.
Misummer at Midsomer Norton
This subtle evocation of Mendip tranquility belies the fierce operational intensity of a summer Saturday on the Somerset & Dorset. Jim Allwood takes us on a tour of Alan Smith's 2mm finescale rendition of a classic S&D location.
Alan Smith's accurate scale model of Misomer Norton station on the Somerset & Dorset Railway.
4mm/P4, 7mm/7mm FS
Tim Shackleton builds a pair of BR Standard moguls in different scales - and finds a big variation in approach as well as in quality.
Tim builds a 4mm DJH 77000 and 7mm 78000 BR Standard mogul 2-6-0 and assesses the relative merits of the kits as well as the constructional techniques and level of detailing required in each scale.
Small Suppliers Plus: 2mm scale trackbuilding takes giant step forward
Easitrac - 2mm finescale track system (flexible plastic track bases) and jig for plain track produced by the 2mm Scale Association.
A Classic Commercial
Snub-nosed like a boxer, the petrol-engined Fordson 7V was a distinctive sight on British roads for more than two decades. Maurice Hardacre builds a pair of these V8-powered workhorses in 7mm scale.
Classic Commercials kit.
Private Owner Sketchbook
Bill Hudson looks at some wagons from the Charles Roberts Order Books where no photographs have come to light.
Colour livery illustrations and details for 6 private owner wagons built between 1893 and 1923.
Former footplateman Bob Essery offers some points on prototypical driving technique.
Prototype considerations for correct train operation, focusing on speed, acceleration and braking etc.
Two colour photos of Gordon Gravett's 'Pempoul' to be featured in the next issue of MRJ.
Wagon Loads in the 1930s
Mick Moore discovers the difference between pipes and tubes.
LMS tube wagons built from improved Colin Ashby kits.
[Photo: Weathered LMS twin diesels]
Photo of a pair of FIA Trains LMS Co-Co diesels (10000 & 10001) weathered by Tim Shackleton