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Edited by Barry Norman

MRJ Issue 231
  • The Locomotives of Aberbeeg

    Simon Thompson



    Aberbeeg is a demanding layout and Simon Thompson has built his locomotives to work hard. They have to tackle steep gradients, and tight curves, as they perform the duties expected of them on the large Scale 7 exhibition layout. Here he tells us how this has been achieved, and, as he says, 'the real Aberbeeg was a hard place for locomotives to work', and the model is no different

    Tags: diesel locomotives, techniques

  • A Fully Sprung Class 25 for Hebble Vale Goods

    Karl Crowther



    Having been impressed by the smooth performance of RTR locomotives fitted with PenBits sprung bogies, we were keen to know more. Hearing that Karl Crowther was using this kit in the rebuilding of his EM gauge class 25, we asked him to tell us his findings. As a precursor to writing about the alterations he will be making to the body, he has written a detailed and thorough account, explaining how to assemble this kit and fit it to the body

    Tags: chassis, diesel locomotives, techniques

  • A Class 317 EMU in P4

    Jim Smith-Wright



    Striking in its Network South East livery, the class 317 made an impression on a young brummy lad. Partly admired for its ugliness, Jim Smith-Wright was inspired to build one for his developing model of Birmingham New Street which has periodically appeared in the pages of MRJ. He tells the story of its fascinating history, which at one time caused a national strike, and then describes how, using Bratchell Models kits, he built one

    Tags: EMU / Electric Multiple Units, kits, prototype

  • The 2mm Finescale Diesel

    Jerry Clifford


    2mm/2mm FS

    We asked Jerry Clifford to discuss the present growing range of N Gauge RTR diesels, and to tell us how they can be converted to 2mm Finescale. His encouraging account convinces us that the jump into 2mm finescale modelling is both simple and irresistible

    Tags: diesel locomotives, RTR / kit conversions, techniques

  • Burton Bass Canning Line

    Tim Horn



    "I could have cut the entire length by hand, but the laser cutter guarantees straight cuts and perfect right-angles" says Tim Horn, and by moving away from traditional skills of measuring and cutting he has embraced the use of technology that can aid and improve our model making. This striking contemporary building is a welcome topic to see modelled within the pages of MRJ, and reflects an architectural style that is commonly seen beside our railways today

    Tags: buildings, laser cutting, techniques

  • MRJ Portfolio

    Tim Horn


    Photographs and brief description of Tim Horn's road bridge laser cut from MDF

    Tags: MRJ Portfolio

  • 7mm RTR Diesels

    Richard Carr



    Heljan Diesels have been available for a good few years now, with models of classes 20,26, 31, 33, 47, 55, a Hymek, a Western, and by the time you read this the Class 40 could be available. Models of a class 25, 45, 60 and a Warship are promised for the not too distant future. Here Richard Carr briefly reviews some of these models, and tells us how they can be improved, and how they can be adapted for Scale 7

    Tags: diesel locomotives, RTR / kit conversions, RTR / ready-to-run, techniques

  • Small Suppliers Forum


    Prickly Pear Products introduces 4mm scale wagon W-irons which are a cross between compensation and springing; London Road Models have added several former D&S kits to their range - L&Y 10t 4-wheel brake van 'tin tab', L&Y 20t 4-wheel brake van, L&Y 20t 6-wheel brake van, MR 20t 6-wheel brake van, MR ballast brake van, L&Y 21ft CCT (Diag 113) and NSR horsebox (Diag. 6); Kenneth Clark has introduced a range of loco crew in 3.5mm scale

    Tags: Small Suppliers Forum