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Edited by Bob Barlow

MRJ Issue 43
  • The Treasure house in the Garden - The Remarkable 0 Gauge Empire of W.S. Norris

    Malcolm Cross, Jack Ray, Jim Stevens


    7mm/7mm FS

    For many years W.S. Norris was the first and finest exponent of 7mm finescale. There is no question that he was helped by personal wealth, refined tastes and access to such arcane modelling aids as tigers' whiskers, but the rest was pure genius. Jack Ray remembers this extraordinary man and his models.

    Francisthwaite Junction Joint LNWR/MR. Stroudley LB&SCR.

    Tags: biography, layouts, LB&SCR / LBSCR / London Brighton & South Coast Railway, LNWR / London & North Western Railway, MR / Midland Railway

  • Telegraph & Electric Supply Poles

    Paul Karau



    You see them everywhere; capturing them in model form is fiddly but satisfying, says Paul Karau.

    Includes photos of Paul Karau's model of Watlington.

    Tags: lineside details, telegraph poles / electricity pylons

  • Small Suppliers Forum


    John K. Flack: sheets and sections in metal and plastic. Alan Cliff: booklet 'An Annotated List of British Manufacturers of 0 Gauge Ready to Run Toy & Model Locomotives and/or Rolling Stock 1890-1990'. True-Scale Models: new owners. P.T. Moore (Models): 24th edition catalogue of 'Skinley' 3mm, 4mm & 7mm blueprint drawings. Railway Travel & Correspondence Society (RCTS): Book 'Locomotives of the LNER part 10A'. Ambis Engineering: locking frame kit. Impetus: 7mm Sentinal steam shunter. Richard de Camin: resin cast end moulding to convert Peco GWR V18 7mm van to V12.

    Tags: Small Suppliers Forum

  • Polishing a Gem

    Mick Rawlings



    Mick Rawlings upgrades a white metal kit of a 4mm narrow gauge Baldwin tank into the Ashover Light Railway's 'Peggy', complete with working valve gear.

    Baldwin 10-12-D class 4-6-0

    Tags: Ashover Light Railway, narrow gauge, RTR / kit conversions, steam locomotives, whitemetal

  • Container Traffic

    Roger Marsh


    3mm/3mm FS

    Roger Marsh, whose excellent 3mm finescale stock has been seen in these pages before, turns his attention to the container traffic of the 1940s, '50s and '60s - a surprisingly neglected area of study, considering how much the railway depended on it. The techniques are simple (if fiddly in 3mm scale) and widely applicable, producing stock of great visual interest and character.

    Tags: goods / freight, prototype, scratchbuilding

  • [Photo: 4mm Grocer's Shop]



    4mm model of a Georgian shop front, by Gerry Hall, based on a prototype in Dorking, Surrey, as it would have looked in 1946.

    Tags: buildings

  • GWR Wagon variety

    Martin Goodall



    Martin Goodall continues his look at available kits for 4mm GWR covered goods wagons.

    Diagram V23 and variants (V21, V24, V26, V33, V34). Diagram G31 (MOGO). Using Ratio kits.

    Tags: GWR / Great Western Railway, kits, vans, wagons

  • 2mm Down the Tube

    Stewart Hine



    The working Underground station on the Model Railway Club's remarkable 'Copenhagen Fields' layout is a project Stewart Hine stumbled into - and from which he coudn't escape! Representing a tiny prototype in a tiny scale was tricky enough, but it all had to be installed in the hot and gloomy bowels of the main baseboards - an automatic layout-within-a-layout.

    Tags: electrics / electronics, layouts, underground railways / tube

  • The MRJ Exhibition Report

    Bob Barlow


    A historic turning point for the hobby - or something else? Experiences, views and reactions on a unique event, rounded up by Bob Barlow.

    Tags: exhibitions / events