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Edited by Barry Norman

MRJ Issue 205
  • Small Suppliers Forum


    CRAIG WELSH - wagon underframe etches now available from the Scalefour Society. DAVE BRADWELL - 'Boxhead' coach coupling etch, NER Q6 4mm scale kit. MASOKITS - GWR water scoop. LNWR SOCIETY - website updated including modelling guides. CAMBRIDGE CUSTOM TRANSFERS - new transfer sheets.

    Tags: Small Suppliers Forum

  • Totnes, change for the Ashburton Branch

    John Birkett-Smith



    Like John Birkett-Smith, many of us were inspired by seeing 'Chiltern Green' under construction at Central Hall, one Easter. Today, John's imaginative portrayal of Totnes, is the inspiration to those of us that enjoy seeing a railway modelled within its landscape, a concept so suited to 2mm scale.

    Tags: GWR / Great Western Railway, layouts

  • Marking out a hole

    Mick Moore


    Mick Moore describes a more accurate way of marking out a hole on metal.

    Tags: techniques

  • Tennant of the North

    Bill Davis


    Craftsmanship is something to admire, so I hope you will enjoy the beauty of this model built by Bill Davis. He is a skilled builder of engines, who has an eye for the prototype. and it gives me great pleasure to showcase the North Eastern Railway class 1463 I persuaded him to build for me.

    Tags: NER / North Eastern Railway, pre-grouping, scratchbuilding, steam locomotives

  • LMS 12-ton Covered Goods Vans

    Mick Moore



    In 1934 the LMS introduced a new covered goods van. From this prototype several diagram variations were made during the thirties and forties, and these can be modelled from the long established Ratio kit. LMS modeller Mick Moore, whose work has frequently appeared in the pages of MRJ, set about exploring the possibilities. He found that he could build unfitted Diagram 1897, and vacuum-fitted Diagram 1891 from the parts, and if he pitched his period during the mid 1930s, he could model wagons painted before and after the 1936 livery changes when LMS grey was replaced with bauxite on goods wagons.

    Tags: goods / freight, kits, LMS / London Midland & Scottish Railway, vans

  • Converting the Unconverted

    Philip Hall


    4mm/EM, 4mm/P4

    The refinement and accuracy of today's ready-to-run models now complements the aspirations of the finescale modeller. So we have called upon Philip Hall to use his extensive knowledge of converting them to both EM or P4, to tell us the best route to take. With the 0-4-4T being one of the trickiest of locomotives to build, we have chosen the Hornby M7 as the theme to this discussion.

    A Q&A with Philip Hall looking at the process of converting the Hornby M7 for EM or P4.

    Tags: chassis, RTR / kit conversions, RTR / ready-to-run, SR / Southern Railway, steam locomotives

  • A light on DCC short circuits

    Peter Ross


    Peter Ross presents a solution to an annoying problem that will be familiar to those that have chosen to adopt DCC operation.

    Using light bulbs to avoid short-circuits triggering DCC overload protection shutdowns.

    Tags: DCC / Digital Command & Control, electrics / electronics

  • Top-notch LSWR vans

    Gerry Beale



    Gerry Beale builds these new wagon kits.

    Martin Finney LSWR low-roofed vans.

    Tags: kits, LSWR / London & South Western Railway, vans

  • St.Merryn - Towards improved operation

    Eddie Bourne



    With construction of their layout approaching completion, members of the Scalefour Society's South London Area Group determined that the quality of its operation should reflect their standards of modelling. Eddie Bourne describes some of the thinking, and some of the means adopted in pursuit of this aim.

    Tags: BR / British Railways / British Rail, layouts, LSWR / London & South Western Railway, operation, SR / Southern Railway