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Edited by Barry Norman

MRJ Issue 230
  • N-gauge RTR Locos to 2mm Finescale - fast

    Peter Kirmond


    2mm/2mm FS

    Now modelling in 2mm scale, Peter Kirkmond looks at several quick options for building 2mm finescale motive power

    Tags: chassis, locomotives, RTR / kit conversions

  • ...and here's another old toad...

    Paul Tasker



    P4 modeller Paul Tasker builds on of the old wooden outside-framed Goods Brake Vans that the Great Western sold to its neighbour at Craven Arms

    Tags: Bishop's Castle Railway (BCR), brake vans, RTR / kit conversions

  • The Ups and Downs of Semaphore Signals

    Derek Mundy


    With a clear and practical explanation, Derek Mundy calls on his years of experience building signals, to tell us how he chooses to operate them today using the GF Controls setting board

    Tags: electrics / electronics, operation, signals / signalling

  • 8-Way signal operating board

    Derek Mundy


    GF Controls proprietors Geoff Peters and Frank Jones introduce us to a new operating board and setting box, a useful and important development in the control of servo-operated signals

    Tags: electrics / electronics, signals / signalling

  • Dark Satanic Mills

    Karl Crowther


    In MRJ 224 we introduced Karl Crowther's new layout, Hebble Vale Goods. Here he describes the construction of the mill buildings and other structures, and shares the experience he has gained in learnign to use Corel Draw to produce laser-cut sides and windows. He concludes with a detailed and valuable guide to painting new and weathered sandstone

    Tags: buildings, computer-aided design, laser cutting, paints / painting, software, techniques

  • An Introduction to Hemyock

    Chris Lamacraft



    It was in MRJ 31 that Chris Lamacraft described the building of Ashburton; now he returns with an account that considers his thoughts behind the design of his latest layout Hemyock

    Tags: GWR / Great Western Railway, layouts

  • A quick upgrade of a Conflat and Container

    Tim Peacock



    Tim Peacock describes how he refined a Parkside Conflat A (Dia 1/067) IIT container wagon and Cambrian A-type container (C31)

    Tags: BR / British Railways / British Rail, kits, RTR / kit conversions, wagons

  • Educate, Inform, Entertain

    Eddie Bourne


    Eddie Bourne discusses how the Scalefour Society's South London Area Group endeavours to explain its layout St Merryn to exhibition viewers. His advice should prove thought provoking to anyone planning to exhibit their layout

    Tags: exhibitions / events

  • The Etched Kit and the Resin Boiler

    Tony Geary


    Whether to choose a kit with a resin or brass boiler is a question we put to Tony Geary, and here he questions the merits of both approaches

    Tags: kits, locomotives, product reviews

  • Check Your Rods

    Philip Hall


    Whilst RTR engines have a degree of in-built slop, Philip Hall suggests that when converting them to EM or P4, it is wise to check that the coupling rod holes match the wheel centers exactly. This is easy to do, and he shows us how to correct any inaccuracies that may exist

    Tags: locomotives, RTR / kit conversions, techniques

  • 7mm Figure Painting

    Pete Armstrong



    Whether it is a loco crew, a guard, or passengers waiting on the platform, how to paint them with realism is a skilful art. Here Pete Armstrong, using 7mm castings as an example, explains with clarity how to do just that, by showing us how to line, shade and mix colours that will enhance our figures

    Tags: paints / painting, techniques

  • Small Suppliers Forum


    Parliamentary Models announces initial kits for 7mm LNWR models, London & Birmingham carriages, early Henry Henson designed LNWR wagons and Bury 2-2-0, Bury 0-4-0 and McConnell Bloomer locomotives; Lanarkshire Model Supplies announces replacement coupling rods for Bachmann locos etched from nickel silver and new loco buffers

    Tags: Small Suppliers Forum