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Edited by Bob Barlow

MRJ Issue 72
  • Small Suppliers Forum


    Harburn Hobbies / D&F Models / Mackay Models - joint commission for Lima models in Scottish liveries. Machine Mart - Badger mini spray gun & airbrush. MJT - etched frets for LNER coaches. Chowbent Castings - correction re. scale of previous months entry - LNWR coaches only in 4mm. London Road Models - 7mm kit for L&Y class 30 & 31 locos. Wychbury Loco Works - 4mm & 7mm industrial loco kits. Hurst Models - overlays for Lima coaches. HMRS - acquisition of 'Pressfix' & 'Methfix' transfers. Rocar - handbuilt service for coaches. Duncan Models - 7mm kits for horse-drawn vehicles. Shire Lane Crafts - resin cast buildings in 2mm. Masokits - working deckchair in 4mm.

    Tags: Small Suppliers Forum

  • Kenton - A Suffolk Idyll

    John Watson



    John Watson lives, works and is happy in Suffolk. The ramshackle delights of the old Mid Suffolk Light Railway caught his imagination many years ago and have captivated him ever since, to the extent that he has now produced a second award-winning 4mm/P4 layout portraying the line. It's a lovingly-made and visually stunning work of art.

    Tags: layouts, light railways, MSLR / Mid-Suffolk Light Railway

  • It's all in the mind

    Jack Ray



    Jack Ray, 'greybeard' proprietor of 'Crewchester' proffers a few thoughts based on 40 years of running Britain's most famous O scale empire.

    A philosophical look at the pursuit of 'realism' in railway modelling.

    Tags: theory

  • Wagon Loads No.7: Distant Drums

    Martyn Welch


    The search for information on this distinctive load finds Martyn Welch poling across polluted ponds of the past, prattling with Pirelli, engaging with the electricity board (to no avail, like most of us) and rambling round a railway yard. Deadline day came and went somewhere in the middle.

    Cable drums - real and modelled.

    Tags: detailing, wagons

  • Layout Design: Tipton Lane

    Barry Norman


    Small urban shunting layout based on Tipton engine shed and goods yard on the LMS main line between Wolverhamtpon and Birmingham.

    Tags: layout design, LMS / London Midland & Scottish Railway

  • The NER P3 (in P4!)

    Tony Wilson



    Essex an Tony Wilson decided to take on the North East's finest by building a 4mm/P4 NER P3 from Dave Bradwell's state-of-the-art kit. Something fell on it (possibly the fluffy dice in the Capri) and he dropped it (probably dazzled by his medallion), but Tony eventually won. And no, it wasn't the world's first XR3i Turbo P3, but the very picture of North Eastern elegance and restraint.

    NER Wordsel P3 Class 0-6-0.

    Tags: kits, NER / North Eastern Railway, product reviews, steam locomotives

  • Better than Compensation?

    Bob How



    Bob How tries a new leaf-spring system on his 4mm wagons - and accepted wisdom goes out of the window.

    Masokits sprung W-irons

    Tags: chassis, compensation / suspension, product reviews, springing, wagons

  • The Manning Wardle Roll of Honour

    Paul Berntsen



    Photographs and comments of readers work on this project, including some prototype photos.

    Tags: prototype, scratchbuilding, steam locomotives