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Edited by Tim Shackleton

MRJ Issue 188
  • Small Suppliers Forum


    Avonside Works - Chassis2 (chassis squared) Pro locomotive chassis construction jig. 3mm Society - LSWR open wagon and GWR Dia. 022/023 12T 5-plank open wagon kits. Colin Craig - 4mm modern image flat-bottom track components including etched baseplates for soldered construction using PCB sleepers.

    Tags: Small Suppliers Forum

  • Second Time Around

    Peter Kazer



    "After completing Sand Hutton, I had not intended to start anything new but an invitation to demonstrate at Warley made me ponder. I realised that with nothing under construction, I would not be able to carry out the request. The choice of what to do took me back to the 1970s when I had produced a model of parts of the Festiniog railway in 4mm to 1ft. I had been reasonably happy with the double Fairlie locomotives but the single had always been a hotchpotch mechanically. I therefore decided to build a model of 'Taliesen' at 1/4 in to 1ft and since it was highly unlikely that it would ever have a layout to run on, it would be in its earliest guise..."

    Scratchbuilt construction of Festiniog railway single Fairlie 0-4-4T 'Taliesen'.

    Tags: Ffestiniog / Festiniog Railway, locomotives, narrow gauge, scratchbuilding

  • Cast Iron, Stone and Glass

    Geoff Taylor



    Using a wide variety of materials, Geoff Taylor freelances a 7mm scale terminus station, 'somewhere in the North Eastern Region'.

    Describes the construction of platforms, station building (scribed Das for stonework and resin castings for window and door surrounds) and canopies (with etched brass canopies).

    Tags: buildings, NER / North Eastern Railway, scratchbuilding

  • Real Atmosphere


    Sentinel 0-4-0 No. 47181 in early BR livery propelling a rake of open wagons, possibly somewhere in the St. Helens area.

    Tags: BR / British Railways / British Rail, industrial, prototype, Real Atmosphere

  • 'Because She's Worth It'

    Chris Pendlenton



    "I had to do a Deltic. Those familiar with the goings on at North Shields will have noted that we flirt with forms of traction other than steam. I have on the operational strength a Drewry shunter of eccentric mechanical specification, a dowdy BR Derby Type 2, a 6-car electric set and the Judith Edge ES1. In truth I like a good model of anything I have known well and respected..."

    Upgrading the Bachmann Deltic to a fully sprung P4 model with working coil springs, using etches by Brian Hanson and a lot of trial and error. Part 1 - the bogies, springing, chassis, gears and drive mechanics.

    Tags: BR / British Railways / British Rail, chassis, compensation / suspension, diesel locomotives, locomotives, RTR / kit conversions, springing

  • [Photos: Buffer stops]


    Three photos showing a row of buffer stops at Finedon, 1965.

    Tags: lineside details, prototype

  • Iron Ore Hoppers - Part 3

    Geoff Kent



    Geoff Kent looks at the designs developed by the LMS.

    Styrene scratchbuild. Includes prototype photos.

    Tags: LMS / London Midland & Scottish Railway, plasticard / styrene, scratchbuilding, wagons

  • Coventry in 7mm

    David Deere-Jones


    7mm/7mm FS

    "As is the case with many modellers, I came to the hobby via 'O' gauge tinplate, then Hornby Dublo, Triang-Rovex, and Wrenn amongst others. The results were more by way of train sets than model railways, although some rudimentary buildings and scenery had been made. Career, marriage and children put a stop to modelling activity, though not interest, until the mid-1970s, when a move to a house with a large garage offered the possibility of building a layout..."

    1930s era layout

    Tags: layouts, LMS / London Midland & Scottish Railway

  • Towards Scale Barbed Wire

    Roger Lycett-Smith



    Roger Lycett-Smith gets weaving with a production process he first tried at infant school.

    Tags: lineside details, techniques