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Edited by Barry Norman

MRJ Issue 212
  • Small Suppliers Forum


    LONDON ROAD MODELS - Four more 4mm scale kits for 42ft LNWR carriages (D352, D330, D354). SOUTHWARK BRIDGE MODELS - 4mm Dean Churchward brakes and underframe parts for scratchbuilding/enhancing GWR 16ft wagons. SHAWPLAN - more in the Extreme Etchings and laser cut replacement window ranges. ROGER EATON - 4mm scale Slack Adjuster.

    Tags: Small Suppliers Forum

  • More thoughts about Yaxbury

    Jas Millham



    MRJ readers will be familiar with Jas Millham's classic S Scale Great Eastern branch line set in the 1950s. Here he reveals the next chapter of its story, and brings us up to date with recent changes at Yaxbury, and explains the reasoning that has led him to change the station for the third time.

    Tags: GER / Great Eastern Railway, layouts

  • Real Atmosphere


    1930s photograph of Whistable Harbour showing a sailing barge and travelling crane.

    Tags: boats / ships, Real Atmosphere, water / waterways

  • Mission Impossible



    MRJ looks at something new for 2012

    Brief preview of a new tool being developed by Bob Payne, to be marketed under the Alan Gibson label, for drilling out axleboxes of RTR wagons to the exact depth for axles to fit perfectly in top-hat or pin point bearings, enabling freer running.

    Tags: tools

  • The Ultimate Axle Jig

    Peter Ross


    In his quest for the perfect, smooth-running locomotive, Peter Ross has questioned the accuracy of his jig axles. He suggests that to get the ultimate in performance from a compensated chassis, each axle box has to be set up precisely, and to do this the commonly used axle jig has to be made with precision. Here he describes how to do it.

    Tags: tools

  • A North Devon gravel barge

    Gordon Gravett



    Gordon Gravett describes how he built this model of a North Devon gravel barge for a 7mm/ft diorama. To be continued.

    Tags: boats / ships, scratchbuilding, ships / boats / barges

  • 7mm Auto Trailer

    Barry Norman



    In our review of the Lionheart Pannier Tank in MRJ 206, we finished by mentioning the recently released auto-trailer, and here it is.

    RTR GWR auto-coach

    Tags: auto-coaches / auto-trailers, coaches, GWR / Great Western Railway, product reviews, RTR / ready-to-run

  • A Great Western brake van

    Barry Norman



    With just a few simple improvements, Barry Norman has updgraded a kit from the 1980s, and traced its importance to developments in 7mm scale modelling today.

    Improving the 7mm Peco GWR 'Toad' brake van.

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

  • Cleaning up etched parts

    Laurie Griffin


    Professional model maker Laurie Griffin sets about making sure we know the best tools for the job, how to use them, and where to buy them.

    Files, snips and knives.

    Tags: tools

  • A glimpse of two chimneys

    Alan Dewey



    The unusual building at Marlesford, with its pale brickwork and substantial pair of chimney stacks, was chosen as a distinct and deliberate contrast to the red brick of the 1965-style buildings found at East Lodge on Alan Dewey's recently retired exhibition layout. Enthused again, he describes the construction of the station building that will form an eye-catching feature on his newly started 4mm scale layout.

    Tags: buildings, East Suffolk Railway

  • MRJ Portfolio



    Photo of S7 Class D16/3 Claud Hamilton 4-4-0, scratchbuilt by Laurie Griffin and weathered by Martyn Welch.

    Tags: GER / Great Eastern Railway, MRJ Portfolio, steam locomotives

  • Weathering an LNWR wagon

    Steve Cook



    Pregrouping wagons became worn and neglected, and it is in this condition that Steve Cook chose to weather his model of an LNWR Diagram 1 wagon. In an unusually large scale to the eyes of most MRJ readers, it shows that quality finescale modelling is not only the preserve of the smaller scales.

    Tags: LNWR / London & North Western Railway, wagons, weathering

  • Highbury Colliery

    Jerry Clifford


    2mm/2mm FS

    While building his 2mm scale magnum opus, Bath, Queen Square, Jerry Clifford decided to take a break from the great project, and build something smaller. Here he describes his rationale behind that decision, which has led to a fascination with the collieries of North Somerset.

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

  • A quintet of BR brake vans

    Karl Crowther



    Karl Crowther continues his look at Dave Bradwell's brake van chassis and detailing kits, started in issue 211.

    Tags: brake vans, detailing, kits, product reviews