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Edited by Barry Norman

MRJ Issue 239
  • Small Suppliers Forum


    Brassmasters acquisition of Martin Finney's range of 4mm kits upon his retirement. New from Lanarkshire Models: NER cast bufferstops; 18in vacuum cylinders; OLEO 22in diesel loco buffers; coupling rods for - LMS Ivatt and BR Standard 2MT tank and tender locos, Bachmann and SJH WD 2-8-0 and DJH LMS 8F 2-8-0. London Road Models 4mm scale etched kits: GNR/LNER/BR D3 4-4-0; LNWR/LMS/BR 32ft six-wheel Inspection Saloon; 50ft Cowan Sheldon turntable.

    Tags: Small Suppliers Forum

  • The LMS Van

    Mick Moore



    Following his build of LMS steel-bodied vans in MRJ 238, Mick Moore now looks at two more 4mm scale Cambrian kits. The smaller Midland Railway van and the later LMS 12-ton van are wooden bodied, and share a family resemblance. Variations on both these kits have given Mick another four different goods vans.

    D1664 (Cambrian Kit C80), D664 (Cambrian Kit C84)

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

  • A Class 25 for Hebble Vale Goods

    Karl Crowther



    Karl Crowther wanted to build a 4mm scale model that was as close as he could make it to a real class 25. In this account he now turns his attention to the way it looks.

    Tags: diesel locomotives, locomotives, RTR / kit conversions

  • St. Ruth

    Andy Carlson



    "We started out as comparative novices at layout building and had to learn as we went along", says Andy Carlson, who describes how the Midland Area Group of the 2mm Scale Association planned and built their version of Penzance.

    Tags: BR / British Railways / British Rail, layouts

  • The Making of Hemyock

    Chris Lamacraft



    Continuing his story about Hemyock from MRJ 230, Chris Lamacraft now moves on to the construction of his EM gauge layout. Set in the 1930s, this fine model of the Great Western Railway station aims to capture the day-to-day life of a branch line station.

    Tags: GWR / Great Western Railway, layouts

  • Paint, and a small piece of glazing

    Steve Cook



    As Steve Cook shows, you can bring life to an RTR model with just a few pots of paint. Here he takes a Hornby Thompson Brake Third coach and reworks it as a break from some more demanding modelling.

    Tags: coaches, detailing, RTR / ready-to-run

  • Water Tower at 75F

    Ralph Burrows



    Photograph and description of Ralph's scratchbuilt model of Tunbridge Wells West locomotive shed's water tower.

    Tags: scratchbuilding, water towers / cranes / pillars / columns

  • Railex 2015


    Advert for Railex 2015 exhibition at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Aylesbury, featuring photos of the following layouts: Frecclesham (7mm - Newport Model Railway Society), Harton Gill (P4 - Carshalton and Sutton Model Railway Club), Warren Lane (00 - Alan Bevan & Maggie Clark), and Black Country Blues (EM - Staffordshire Railway Modellers).

    Tags: exhibitions / events

  • Three Welsh Wagons

    Paul Tasker



    Paul Tasker looks at three 4mm scale Welsh railway kits from Dragon Models. He found they are not the best on the market and guides us through the improvements,

    Cambrian Railways 13-ton single-verandah goods brake van. Rhymney Railway 6-ton 13ft 5¾in goods brake van. Brecon & Merthyr Railway 2-plank open wagon.

    Tags: B&MR / BMR / Brecon & Merthyr Railway, brake vans, Cambrian Railway, kits, product reviews, Rhymney Railway, wagons

  • Arun Quay - an introduction

    Gordon Gravett



    Eagerly awaited, and not only by us at MRJ, is news of Gordon Gravett's successor to his beautiful Pempoul. Here, with original and thought-provoking clarity, he explains his reasoning that lay behind his design for Arun Quay and a return to Sussex in the 1950s.

    Tags: baseboards, BR / British Railways / British Rail, layouts, SR / Southern Railway

  • [Photo] 1960s advertising hoarding


    Taken at Goring & Streatley station on the GWR main line in the 1960s, the photo shows four 16-sheet poster boards on a hoarding with white-painted vertical slat surrounds - a design possible dating from the late 1950s.

    Tags: lineside details, prototype