Issue 46 1991 « Previous issue | Next issue »
Edited by Bob Barlow
Breaking new ground at every turn, the MRC's 2mm team are now making headway with the cityscape on their famous magnum opus. Tim Watson discusses some of the challenges.
West Coast Main Line in North London.
Slow-Bounce Signal Mechanism
Peter Booth describes a compact 'plug-in' mechanism originally devised to give the signals at Pendon Museum a prototypical slow bounce when pulled on and off. Capturing this characteristic behaviour in small-scale models is one of those 'over the top' ideas that has attracted the attention of scores of modellers down the decades. This is one of the neatest methods we've seen; indeed, when MRJ judged the 1989 7mm Narrow Gauge Association competition, we gave it a prize.
Small Suppliers Forum
Hurst Models etched/cast 4mm kit ZZV independent snowplough. MJT Scale Components 4mm scale LNER/Pullman gangways. Talbot of Bath range of needle files that can be bent. Bachman RTR wagons. Branchlines 1833 Mashima motor; compensated chassis for Dapol/Airfix railbus. Studio Scale Models GNR(I) brake van kit now has ready curved brass roof. Gladiator Models 7mm kit Class A1 (LNER B8) Glenalmond 4-6-0. Derek Ascot 7mm detailing parts.
Morning Noon and Night - Layout Lighting
Dave Rowe, who pioneered theatrical staging and lighting effects for his (and wife Shirley's) exhibition models, discusses the results achieved to date and reports on some new and even bolder experiments.
Includes photograph of Shirley Rowe's Spanish diorama.
No.1 Shop: Double Frames
Construction of S&MJR Beyer Peacock 0-6-0 focussing on the double-framed chassis.
No.1 Shop: Improved Crossing Vees
Andrew Lambert outlines his method for producing reliable 4mm point crossing vees, every time.
Of all the layouts that are considered to have made a significant contribution to the development of finescale model railways, the 4mm scale Great Central empire created by Peter Denny is the one most often cited as the layout. Now almost 45 years old - 'historical' is how Peter describes it - Buckingham looks, works and feels like a real railway, reflecting all the loving effort put into it and the pleasure received in return. One of the layout's most rewarding aspects is its timetabled operating plan, honed to perfection (almost!) down the decades. MRJ is delighted to welcome Peter to describe it here.