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Edited by Tim Shackleton

MRJ Issue 184
  • 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.

    Tags: Small Suppliers Forum

  • 45440

    Gerry Beale



    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.

    Tags: LMS / London Midland & Scottish Railway, RTR / kit conversions, steam locomotives

  • Tired Timber and Faded Lettering

    Roger Marsh


    A simplified way of painting ex-private owner wagons in their final days, described by Roger Marsh.

    Tags: lining / lettering, paints / painting, private owner, wagons, weathering

  • MRJ Portfolio



    A pair of static cranes built to 4mm scale by Gordon Gravett, representing the pair that once worked the quayside at Kingswear in Devon.

    Tags: MRJ Portfolio, scratchbuilding

  • Misummer at Midsomer Norton

    Jim Allwood


    2mm/2mm FS

    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.

    Tags: layouts, S&DJR / Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway

  • Double Standards

    Tim Shackleton


    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.

    Tags: BR / British Railways / British Rail, kits, product reviews, scales / gauges, steam locomotives

  • Small Suppliers Plus: 2mm scale trackbuilding takes giant step forward


    2mm/2mm FS

    Easitrac - 2mm finescale track system (flexible plastic track bases) and jig for plain track produced by the 2mm Scale Association.

    Tags: kits, product reviews, tools, track / trackwork / PW / Permanent Way

  • A Classic Commercial

    Maurice Hardacre



    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.

    Tags: kits, product reviews, road vehicles

  • Private Owner Sketchbook

    Bill Hudson


    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.

    Tags: lining / lettering, livery / liveries, private owner, wagons

  • Regulatory Practices

    Bob Essery


    Former footplateman Bob Essery offers some points on prototypical driving technique.

    Prototype considerations for correct train operation, focusing on speed, acceleration and braking etc.

    Tags: operation, prototype

  • [Photos: Pempoul]

    Gordon Gravett



    Two colour photos of Gordon Gravett's 'Pempoul' to be featured in the next issue of MRJ.

    Tags: layouts

  • Wagon Loads in the 1930s

    Mick Moore



    Mick Moore discovers the difference between pipes and tubes.

    LMS tube wagons built from improved Colin Ashby kits.

    Tags: kits, LMS / London Midland & Scottish Railway, wagons

  • [Photo: Weathered LMS twin diesels]



    Photo of a pair of FIA Trains LMS Co-Co diesels (10000 & 10001) weathered by Tim Shackleton

    Tags: diesel locomotives, LMS / London Midland & Scottish Railway, RTR / ready-to-run, weathering