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Edited by Malcolm Mitchell

MRJ Issue 196
  • Small Suppliers Forum


    BORG RAIL - handbuilt trackwork, sempahore signals and downloadable building papers. CUMBRIAN RAILWAY ASSOCIATION - etched Furness Railway platform seats in 4mm and 7mm. PH DESIGNS - etchings for the contemporary modeller including fold-up steps for class 47, windscreen wiper masks, security fencing and mobile phone antennae, as well as bespoke customer etching service. HURST MODELS - TGL000 tinted glazing material back in stock; plus a range of reintroduced products with updated etches. ZTC CONTROLS purchased by Neil Kinison. HISTORICAL MODEL RAILWAY SOCIETY - new edition of book 'Great Western Way'.

    Tags: Small Suppliers Forum

  • Whatever happened to the Burford Branch?

    Martin Goodall



    Martin Goodall explains that although his 4mm EM gauge terminus is a long way from completion, the pace of work is now gathering momentum.

    GWR branch line terminus based on Ashburton.

    Tags: GWR / Great Western Railway, layouts

  • MRJ Portfolio



    Photo of Paul Clarke's 7mm scale Mid-Suffolk 'Debenham' layout.

    Tags: GER / Great Eastern Railway, layouts, MRJ Portfolio

  • Ball Bearing Axleboxes for 7mm

    Tony Reynalds



    Tony Reynalds describes his first foray into using ball bearing axleboxes in place of standard plain brass axleboxes and assesses their benefits.

    Tags: chassis, compensation / suspension, components, product reviews

  • Editor's musings

    Malcolm Mitchell


    Malcolm Mitchell, guest editor for this issue, reflects on the advances in accuracy and detail of models over the years and how this has largely been the result of the work of a pioneering few.

  • Expanded polystyrene buildings

    Roger Merry


    Roger Merry extols the virtues of expanded polystyrene food packaging as a quick and versatile source of modelling material - and it's cheap.

    Roger explains how he uses polystyrene packaging (and similar purpose-made products like Depron foamboard and Berol 'Press Print') to make buildings.

    Tags: buildings, techniques

  • MRJ Portfolio



    Two b&w photos of George Iliffe Stokes' model buildings.

    Tags: buildings, MRJ Portfolio

  • Airbrushes and the art of reviewing

    Ian Rathbone


    Ian Rathbone reviews three airbrushes, all available from The Airbrush Company Ltd: the Airbrush Company's Premi-Air G35, the Iwata Revolution CR and the Paasche Talon.

    Tags: paints / painting, product reviews, tools

  • MRJ Portfolio



    A view of Ralph Burrows 4mm New Forest layout 'Eridge' showing a model of a brick-built cottage based on a prototype in Lymington.

    Tags: buildings, layouts, MRJ Portfolio

  • A half-sunken barge

    Peter Johnson



    Peter Johnson describes his 4mm scale model of a broad-water barge, an unusual and undeniably eye-catching layout feature.

    Built for his 4mm layout, Canada Road.

    Tags: boats / ships

  • Milton Station

    Geoff Taylor



    A 7mm scale overall roof can work out to be a large project than you might at first think, but, as you can see from the pictures, the result is very impressive. Geoff Taylor explains how he tackled the project.

    Tags: buildings

  • A Better Beetle

    Trevor Pott



    Inspired by the sheer quality of Parkside's 4mm scale kit for a Great Western Diag. W7 Beetle, Trevor Pott pulled out all the stops to achieve a truly outstanding vehicle.

    Tags: detailing, GWR / Great Western Railway, kits, vans