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Edited by Bob Barlow

MRJ Issue 55
  • Darenth Goes Upscale

    Ivan Maxted



    Ivan Maxted built the latest incarnation of 'Darenth' in 0 Scale, and found it a rewarding experience.

    Tags: BR / British Railways / British Rail, layouts, light railways

  • Expo EM '92


    Exhibition preview. Includes a photo of B1 61182 on Dunwich.

    Tags: exhibitions / events

  • Small Suppliers Forum


    BC Models 0 Scale whitemetal figures. Gateneal Ltd 7mm etched kits transferred to Redcraft Ltd. Caley Coaches 1992 catalogue. 4mm Etched kit from London Road Models for a LNWR Webb 17" 0-6-0 tender loco. New 4mm releases from Hurst Models: conversion kits for Aifix/Dapol Mk 2d brake to an Anglia DBSO, high speed pantographs, Lima Mk 3 buffet overlays and Mk 4 telephone roof pods. PD Marsh 2mm stack of barrels, 14' 6" flatbed lorry and cyclists. Lost wax 4mm GWR buffers - Nick de Coutais.

    Tags: Small Suppliers Forum

  • Jackson Couplings

    David Booth, John Langan, Norman Whitnall


    Despite the best efforts of many small suppliers, nobody has yet invented a reliable low-visibility coupling to beat the late Alex Jackson's device, which was and remains as brilliant as it is simple, at least in concept. Members of the Manchester Model Railway Society, Alex's old club, retain custodianship of the coupling and are still improving it to this day. Here three of them, John Langan, Norman Whitnall and Dave Booth, give the definitive explanation of how the basic AJ couplings work, how to make them and how to set them up. A second article will deal with modern developments making them simpler still.

    Examination of the AJ coupling.

    Tags: couplings, scratchbuilding

  • GWR Pillar Tank in 4mm

    Nick de Courtais



    Nick de Courtais builds a Mitchell kit.

    An etched brass water tower.

    Tags: etched brass, GWR / Great Western Railway, kits, water towers / cranes / pillars / columns

  • Mineral Wagon Variety. Part 2 - Riveted Designs.

    Peter Totman



    Peter Totman continues his exploration of the 16-ton mineral wagon's complex family history and looks at ways of representing examples in 4mm scale.

    Tags: BR / British Railways / British Rail, detailing, goods / freight, kits, RTR / kit conversions, wagons

  • Millwall Extension Maning Wardles


    Three photographs of the third passenger engine originally purchased by the Millwall Dock Co. Two show the loco running as No.31 under control of the Port of London Authority, the third when running as No. 6 with a Pears Soap advert on the side tank.

    Tags: livery / liveries, locomotives

  • A 4mm Hall

    John Hayes



    In building this beautiful 4mm scale 'Hall' to P4 standards, John Hayes not only reviews Martin Finney's latest kit but offers some useful advice on how he produces such precise and consistently smooth-running chassis from the kits he builds.

    Tags: chassis, compensation / suspension, etched brass, GWR / Great Western Railway, kits, steam locomotives

  • MRJ Portfolio



    Two views of Peter Gentle's Cornish 3mm layout Mullion.

    Tags: MRJ Portfolio

  • DIY Plastic Moulding

    Stewart Hine


    In the second of our series on home production techniques, Stewart Hine explains how you can 'squirt' your own plastic components.

    Tags: No. 1 Shop, scratchbuilding, techniques, tools