Issue 30 1989 « Previous issue | Next issue »
Edited by Bob Barlow & Gerry Beale
Model Railway Operation - Part 1
In response to the huge demand following his article in MRJ No.27, Frank Dyer tackles what he sees as the core issues of scale model railway operation.
Introduction and operating speeds.
Cabs for Modellers
Two photographs of LNER class C7 cab interior.
P4 Goes Underground
So the Underground with its unusual challenges, is one of the hobby's growth areas. But has it ever been modelled to 4mm finescale standards and, if so does it lend itself? We thought we'd find out by asking Allan Sibley to build a ~pirate 1938 driving car in P4. Here's his report on this MRJ 'first'.
Track for the Tube
Ian Huntley discusses the production of LT's characteristic four-rail trackwork for 4mm scale, without which no model of the system would be complete
Metropolitan Railway Beyer Peacock 4-4-0T No.55.
L. T. Modelling Sources
Books, kits, useful addresses, to locate information about modelling the Underground.
Denys Brownlee's 2mm finescale 'Flying Scotsman, and Monty Wells' superbly weathered MR covered goods wagon.
Bill Davis recreates a scene from his childhood in 4mm/EM.
A Manning Wardle 'F' in P4
Aided and abetted by MRJ, Paul Berntsen - another New Zealander - has built a finescale 0-4-0 using drawings and techniques which have appeared in the magazine. Distance, however, still breeds certain individuality and this split-chassis engine is definitely out of the ordinary.
Sprung Coach Bogies in 4mm
Never one to be swayed by 'standard' designs, Chris Pendlenton comes up with a prototype-based bogie which he claims has sensuality among its many advantages.
Monty Wells looks at a much discussed item of electronic hardware.
A Pre-War Lineside Timber Yard
Lineside industries of all description were commonplace and D.T.Powell & Co's timber yard in Birmingham is as interesting an example as any.
A Basic 2mm Point
Keith Armes, whose 'Chipping Norton' layout made such an impact when first featured in MRJ, presses his case that finescale 2mm is both straightforward and attainable by beginners with his step-by-step description of point construction.
A heartwarming tale of success from a newcomer to 2mm finescale, Colin Gibbard. His message is that it is not as hard as it looks and you, too, can be surprised and delighted at your efforts.
Arkinstall's - a modernised mill
Iain Rice describes the construction of a picturesque 4mm watermill, brought into our more Phillistine age by the addition of a couple of architectural carbuncles.
Recap: Craftsman MR 1F 0-6-0T
Iain Rice takes the first of an occasional new look at familiar products.
4mm County Tank
Malcolm Mitchell reviews the M&L Premier kit.
GWR 2221 'County Tank' class 4-4-2T
From the Modeller's Armchair
John Minnis wonders if we are all stuck in a rut of our own making. It may be time, he suggests, to look at the way foreigners do things.
A Narrow Gauge Ruston for 7mm
Francis Samish builds the excellent Wrightlines kit and ends up giving it a scratch-built chassis when the initial quickie fails.
Small Suppliers Forum
Bill Bedford - various etchings. Branchlines - 1/8" ID x 3/16" OD brass tube. Perivale Waggon Works - change of address. Keith Thomas - Metropolitan coach kits in 4mm. Martin Finney - GWR 'Bulldog'. Peco - 'Wonderful wagons'. 7mm Narrow Gauge Association - Cast brass axleboxes. Peter K (London) - GWR footbridge and wagons in etched brass.