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Edited by Bob Barlow & Gerry Beale

MRJ Issue 4
  • Llanastr

    Rodney Hall



    Rodney Hall's layout found its origins several years ago, when, exiled from his native Wales, he found himself in a flat far too small to accommodate the layout which he had been building based on the Brecon and Merthyr Railway station at Rhymney. In order to 'keep his hand in' and to have somewhere to run his stock, he decided to build a particularly compact layout that could be erected and dismantled in a short space of time. Here Rodney describes both the 'why' and the 'wherefore' and some of the techniques employed in the construction of his minimum space layout.

    Minimum space layout

    Tags: B&MR / BMR / Brecon & Merthyr Railway, layouts, minimum space, pre-grouping

  • An Etched Brass G.W.R. Siphon Kit

    Adrian Gray



    The six-wheeled milk vans with slatted sides and heavy outside framing were a distinctive and long-lived component of the Great Western scene. Until recently, apart from a rather unsatisfactory plastic kit, the modeller's only option when wishing to re-create these intersting vehicles was to resort to scratch-building, always a tricky business. D&S Models have recognized the potential of etched brass for modelling of this sort and the result is the kit discussed here by Adrian Gray.

    The model represents a low-roofed, 6-wheeled vehicle constructed according to Diagram 04. The article includes scale drawings and a prototype photo.

    Tags: drawings / plans, etched brass, GWR / Great Western Railway, kits, product reviews, prototype, vans

  • MRJ Portfolio



    7mm Midland Railway Kirtley '700' class 0-6-0 by Bob Essery and a view of the terminus on Ken Longbottom's 7mm layout 'Diggle & Halebarns'.

    Tags: MRJ Portfolio

  • No. 1 Shop: Concluding our project 0-4-4T - Prototype information

    Iain Rice



    No. 1 Shop's second engine - part kit, part scratch-build - rolls off the line and we look back on a fascinating and much dicussed exercise.

    Tags: chassis, kits, No. 1 Shop, pre-grouping, scratchbuilding, SE&CR / SECR / South Eastern & Chatham Railway, steam locomotives

  • No. 1 Shop: Matters Arising

    Iain Rice


    Comments and discussion relating to the thinking behind the No. 1 Shop series of projects.

    Tags: No. 1 Shop

  • No. 1 Shop: Building the Chassis

    Iain Rice



    Scratchbuilding a chassis for the Wills SECR 'H' class 0-4-4T.

    Tags: chassis, compensation / suspension, No. 1 Shop, pre-grouping, scratchbuilding, SE&CR / SECR / South Eastern & Chatham Railway, steam locomotives

  • No. 1 Shop: A body for the 'H'

    Tony Wilson



    The man who drew the short straw in the 'H' class project was Tony Wilson, to whom fell the task of constructing the Wills body kit. As will be apparent, the kit gave few problems. There was, however, room for improvement in one important area.

    Assembling the Wills kit

    Tags: kits, No. 1 Shop, pre-grouping, SE&CR / SECR / South Eastern & Chatham Railway, steam locomotives

  • No. 1 Shop: Beams, springs and the 0-4-4T: The missing link?

    Tim Watson


    2mm/2mm FS

    If a problem is tough in 4mm scale - building an 0-4-4 chassis, for instance - it doesn't get any easier as the scale goes down. As debate over beams and springs continues, Tim Watson, of the Model Railway Club's 2mm group, explains how he built an 0-4-4 using both.

    Tags: chassis, compensation / suspension, No. 1 Shop, pre-grouping, scratchbuilding, steam locomotives

  • No. 1 Shop: More Portescap Conversions

    Andrew Wiles



    Comments on converting Portescap gearboxes.

    Tags: gearboxes, No. 1 Shop, RTR / kit conversions

  • No. 1 Shop Review: White Metal Casting: the table-top breakthrough

    Iain Rice


    Review of the Centricast Mould-Maker and Centrifugal Caster, from Alec Tiranti Ltd.

    Tags: No. 1 Shop, product reviews, tools, whitemetal

  • Spillers Iron Covered Wagons

    Ian Pope


    Some prototype notes on private-owner covered vans owned by Spillers flour mills, Cardiff.

    Tags: pre-grouping, private owner, prototype, vans

  • Small Suppliers Forum


    Train Tronics - working 4mm turntable. Brassmasters - 2mm etched LNWR G1/G2 'Super D' 0-8-0T locomotive kit. Cunningham Woodcrafts - American-style milled stripwood sections. Meridian Models - Ruston & Hornsby etched 4mm narrow-gauge diesel locomotive kit. Garth Allan - 4mm narrow boat kits. John Boyle - 4mm figures. Chris Leigh - detailing components. Adrian Gray - etched 4mm slate wagon kit.

    Tags: Small Suppliers Forum

  • Bricklaying in 4mm scale

    Shirley Rowe



    The first individual bricking system for 4mm scale caused a minor sensation when it was issued two years ago under the Formcraft label. Since then the system has been enlarged and refined, but the Formcraft name has gone, manufacture is in the hands of K. and L. Newman - Len Newman being one of the originating engineers - and marketing is the sole province of Alan Gibson, from whom the product now takes its name. Shirley Rowe has been experimenting since the earliest days, and her review of the Gibson Bricklaying System is, coincidentally, a potted history of its public development.

    Modular system for modelling brick walls for buildings.

    Tags: buildings, components, product reviews