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Edited by Bob Barlow

MRJ Issue 38
  • MRJ Portfolio Special: This is a model railway...



    An idyllic summer's day on Martyn Welch's superb 7mm Southern Region layout, 'Hursley'.

    A2 colour poster supplement.

    Tags: BR / British Railways / British Rail, layouts, MRJ Portfolio

  • Benfieldside, NER

    John Wright



    John Wright's 4mm layout, much sought after on the exhibition circuit, appears at this year's IMREX. Built to EM standards, it is highly regarded not just for its faultless running and superb scenic work, but for its wonderfully authentic North Eastern atmosphere. John is a serious student of all matters NER and has spent much time and effort getting the details of 'Benfieldside' accurate. Here, he explains how he has tried to build geographical and period authenticity into his layout.

    Tags: layouts, NER / North Eastern Railway

  • A Brace of Hudswell Clarkes

    Iain Rice



    Iain RIce builds two six-coupled engines from the same stable and designed to do substantially the same job. Each, however, presented radically different problems, resulting in one - the hare - rolling through the workshop in a week, while the second - the tortoise, naturally - took around six years and 51 weeks longer.

    Mid-Suffolk Light Railway Hidswell Clarke 0-6-0T No. 2 and Easingwold Railway Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T No. 2.

    Tags: drawings / plans, MSLR / Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, scratchbuilding, steam locomotives

  • Inkerman Street - The Groundwork

    Paul Karau



    Paul Karau explains how we set about the visual transformation of our project layout's baseboards.

    Roads, pavements, goods yard surfaces, carpet underfelt grass

    Tags: layouts, scenery

  • Small Suppliers Forum


    Daylight simulation bulb. Ambis kits and components for 4mm/7mm. Ross Mansell miniature LEDs.

    Tags: Small Suppliers Forum

  • Expo 2mm



    Exhibition preview. Includes photos of Keith Armes' 'Chipping Norton' and Colin Gibbard's 'Bridge Street'.

    Tags: exhibitions / events

  • The 2mm Scale Association - What you pay and what you get

    Mick Simpson



    Details on how to join and benefits of society membership. Includes photos of members' work.

    Tags: societies

  • Getting Started in 2mm Finescale

    Mark Fielder


    2mm/2mm FS

    Mark Fielder suggests an easy first step for those considering going finescale.

    Simple finescale conversion of Ibertren's Spanish 'Cuco' 0-4-0T with replacement wheels and detailing.

    Tags: RTR / kit conversions, wheels

  • Sherlock Holmes

    Denys Brownlee


    2mm/2mm FS

    People kept telling us about Denys Brownlee's amazing 2mm Metropolitan electric locomotive, built entirely from scratch, fully lined and driven on all eight wheels. So we donned our deerstalkers and went in search - and were not disappointed. This one is far from elementary, but is a shining example of what can be done in 2mm finescale. As Holmes himself might have done, we persuaded Denys to 'pen a short monograph on the subject'.

    Tags: electric locomotives, scratchbuilding

  • Creating 2mm Trees

    Alan Martin



    Alan Martin, whose 2mm model of Lambourn GWR was seen in MRJ No. 32, explains how he created the beautifully delicate trees on his layout using cast-off soft wire and simple materials.

    Tags: scenery

  • 2mm Goes to War

    Geoff Balfour



    Geoff Balfour builds a spade truck, an unusual and attractive military vehicle.

    Tags: military, scratchbuilding, wagons