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Edited by Barry Norman

MRJ Issue 221
  • Small Suppliers Forum


    Lanarkshire Models releases sprung chasses for Fowler, Ivatt and Stanier tenders in EM/P4; Albion Models releases a 4mm kit for the Stroudley Terrier which can be built in the original A1 or later A1X; Brian Morgan has produced 24 etched Great Western P4/EM underframe kits as well as an etch to lower the roof line on the Cooper Craft W1/W5 cattle wagon kit.

    Tags: Small Suppliers Forum

  • Melcombe Magna

    Mike Baker



    Sitting in the lofty boughs of a chestnut tree, Mike Baker watched the shunting of the daily pick-up goods on the Somerset and Dorset line near Stalbridge when home from school. Here the seeds of inspiration were sown for Melcombe Magna, his 7mm scale layout, that runs in and out of his shed at the bottom of the garden.

    Tags: BR / British Railways / British Rail, layouts

  • Iwata Airbrush and Compressor

    Steve Flint


    As a military modeller, Peter Flint is very conversant with airbrushes, so we let him evaluate the latest offerings from Iwata - the Revolution 'M' series airbrush and the 'neo air for Iwata' miniature compressor.

    Tags: paints / painting, techniques

  • A Backscene for Burford - Part Two

    Martin Goodall


    After drafting his backscene, Martin Goodall now guides us through the painting of the sky, buildings and trees, in the second part of this valuable and helpful article.

    Tags: backscenes, techniques

  • A Porter's Hut for High Wycombe

    Tim Peacock


    With the retaining wall at High Wycombe complete, Tim Peacock decided to use the same laser cutting technology to make his first building. With the help of club mates, he learned how to draw with AutoCAD, and then use the drawings to make his own kit of parts, choosing the Porter's hut as an ideal starting point from which to learn.

    Tags: buildings, laser etching, scratchbuilding, techniques

  • A Wolverhampton Wanderer

    Karl Crowther



    Karl Crowther shows us his approach to building an etch kit, by discussing his ideas, and giving us sound practical advice that will ensure success. He has chosen a Malcolm Mitchell GWR 517 Class in 4mm scale, as his subject.

    Tags: etched brass, GWR / Great Western Railway, steam locomotives, techniques

  • Auto Trailer Upgrade

    Barry Norman



    After reviewing the Lionheart Trains in MRJ 212, Barry Norman now brings us the full account of how he improved his own.

    Tags: auto-coaches / auto-trailers, GWR / Great Western Railway, RTR / kit conversions

  • Digital Modelling

    Vic Burles


    After featuring Vic Burles' 'West Country' in MRJ 213, he now tells us how he achieves such high levels of accuracy in his modelling by using good research, CAS drawing, and CNC machining. This has enabled him to make inside valve gear to the accuracy of a works drawings for a Martin Finney 1854 0-6-0PT kit, by repeat cutting and shaping the many fine parts.

    Tags: computer-aided design, scratchbuilding, steam locomotives, techniques

  • Wheel Derangements - Part Two

    Chris Pendlenton


    Having in Part I sorted the wheel and fitted crankpins, Chris Pendlenton moves on to erecting a complete wheelset ready to be fitted to the frames. Included are some heresies about the wheel center/rod center Bermuda triangle.

    Tags: chassis, techniques, wheels

  • Rapid Prototyping

    Lawrence Boul



    Lawrence Boul describes how he used rapid prototyping techniques to manufacture a plastic pattern for an S scale New Zealand Railways W class locomotive.

    Tags: steam locomotives, techniques

  • Lifecolor Acrylic Paints


    Product review of Lifecolor Acrylic Paints

    Tags: paints / painting