Issue 7 1986 « Previous issue | Next issue »
Edited by Bob Barlow & Gerry Beale
The Midland in the Edwardian Era: Towards More Authentic Modelling
For some years Bob Essery has been working towards what he hopes will be a completely authentic 7mm Midland layout. Here, usintg the Midland as a specific, he discusses the problems and pleasures involved in seeking period accuracy.
A Loaded Carriage Truck in 7mm
Having already expounded on the attraction of Edwardian railways - not to mention the problems of portraying them accurately - Bob Essey joins fellow LMS Society members Nelson Twells and Mike Peascod and gets down to work. Bob built the truck, Nelson the pantechnicon and Mike did the drawing.
Construction of a MR 20 ton Open Carriage Truck (Lot 551) conveying a furniture removal pantechnicon (horse-drawn furniture removal van).
The mill at Pendon. Watlington station building in 4mm by Paul Karau. Jas Millham's Yaxbury Branch in 'S' scale. LNWR 'Jumbo' by Jack Nelson.
No. 1 Shop: Moving on to Etched Brass - The Gibson 'J15'
The inmates of the shop have been getting to grips with another project loco, adopting a slightly different approach on this occasion: rather than two or three of us combining to build one model, we have each gone our own way, and built three models of the same type of loco, starting with the same kit. The machine in question is the evergreen LNER/BR 'J15' 0-6-0 ex-Great Eastern 'Y14'. The man who got the job of building the loco straight from the kit, warts and all, was Allan Sibley, something of an authority on Eastern Region locomotives. His account of the construction of Cambridge area loco 65460 in BR condition takes up most of this No. 1 Shop and, while he is presenting a personal view, the rest of the regulars endorse his findings and comments. We feel that this particular kit, when it appeared, did take the etched loco kit a step or two along the evolutionary road. In spite of one or two drawbacks, it is a good kit - one of the best.
Alan Gibson etched brass kit - built straight from the box.
No. 1 Shop Review: A Well Designed Chassis Kit
Gerry Beale found the appearance on the market of a well designed chassis kit for his favourite GWR locomotive type irresistible. Having built the Churchward Models product, he reports on his findings.
Etched chassis kit for GWR 45xx 2-6-2T.
Landscaping Over the Cracks
As anyone who is even remotely involved with an exhibition layout will know, baseboard joins are a problem on several counts - not least visually. The authentic British landscape rarely offers the possibility of yawning crevasses beneath our model tracks and so, says Denis Moore, the task demands a carefully planned cosmetic approach. He had to tackle 21 joints on the De Havilland (Hatfield) MRS layout and passes on his experiences here.
7mm Scale Johnson 0-4-4T
Bob Essery gives his views on building one of the latest Slater's kits.
Small Suppliers Forum
Trade Grapevine. D&S Models - 4mm etched windows and structural accessories. David Baxter - Pennine stone roofing. Bill Bedford - coach coupling bars. Roy Link - Bagnall Kit K-3 7mm/16.5 gauge etched kit. Cambrian BR departmental wagon decals. Rod Neep - 'Basic' range of etched locomotive and rolling stock kits. RCP Models - 7mm scale kits and bits.
NER Birdcage Brake
Help notes for a new Slater's kit.
From the Modeller's Armchair: Light Relief
Andrew Emery, secretary of the Colonel Stephens Railway Society, gives his simple guide to happiness and the meaning of life.
Extolling the virtues of light railways for the modeller who is short of space and time.