Railway Modeller November 2017

November 2017 – vol 68 No.805
 
RAILWAY OF THE MONTH
Paston Ridings
This offshoot of the M&GN began as a collection of structure models in 4mm scale, and evolved into an EM gauge layout, as Paul Bason explains.
 
PLAN OF THE MONTH
Hampton Court
Myles Munsey ventures out into the Surrey suburbs to suggest that this riverside terminus, across the Thames from King Henry VIII’s palace, might make a good layout.
 
SCALE DRAWINGS
Spalding M&GN engine shed
Christopher Palmer draws and describes this Midland & Great Northern Joint locomotive facility in the major Lincolnshire hub of the railway.
 
PROJECT OF THE MONTH
Modelling structures the old-fashioned way
Terry Booker reveals his long-standing structure modelling techniques he uses, along with that traditional material – card.
 
FEATURES
 
Chapel-en-le-Frith
This new 4mm scale layout by members of the Leeds MRS made its sceniced debut at the Swindon Railway Festival in September. Barry Oliver takes up the story.
 
Canada Street
A masterclass in urban waterside scenic modelling in 4mm scale by Peter Johnson, capturing the down-at-heel nature of such places perfectly.
 
There's room for even more!
Alan Munday extended his OO gauge layout Steventown with the addition of some extra storage sidings, albeit at the expense of a longer duck-under.
 
Glenellen Castle
David Harrison presents his successor to Lagganmoor, another N gauge layout set north of the Border and in contemporary times.
 
Mileposts – 60 years with Plastikard
Macclesfield MRG founder member Ken Ball recalls his lifetime’s work making structures from this versatile modelling material.
 
Penhalig Quay and Blackrock Sands
In search of a change after a couple of OO gauge exhibition layouts, Bob Farrell decided to try his hand at OO9, with the Welsh Highland as an inspiration.
 
Merton Abbey re-born
Keith Gibson created a 7mm scale representation of the south London railway and industrial scene in which he grew up in the 1950s.
 
RAILWAY MODELLING EXPLORED
British Rail maquette
Ex-railwayman Peter Andrews runs an eclectic collection of OO gauge stock on this layout, as a reminder of the extensive layouts we all dreamed about.
 
Simulating faded paintwork
Gerald Maher shares his easy methods for recreating a sun-bleached locomotive livery, using a Dapol O gauge Class 08 shunter as a test-piece.
 
What is Unifrog?
The new Peco code 75 bullhead points utilise the company’s recently-introduced Unifrog system. To help readers get the best out of this development, Steve Flint & Craig Tiley present an in-depth examination.
 
REGULARS

Talking Points
Topical issues from the world of railway modelling. This month, Peter J Page, editor of the 7mm NGA’s journal Narrow Lines, sees optimism in new technology.
 
Comment
Opinions and observations across the field of railway modelling. This month, Peter Osborne addresses the problem of railway modellers becoming just purchasers.
 
Readers’ Letters
 
Latest Reviews
The items reviewed this month include the Minerva Model Railways GWR 8750 0-6-0PT in 7mm scale; the Bachmann SECR ‘birdcage’ coaches in OO gauge; the new Peco bullhead pointwork for OO gauge; the GWR 1361 Class 0-6-0ST and LSWR ‘gate’ stock in OO, both produced for the Kernow Model Rail Centre; the five types of Hornby 57' Collett bow-ended stock in OO in BR maroon livery; more Master Piece bespoke loco crew figures – four types – for the Hornby air-smoothed Merchant Navy and the Oxford Rail Dean Goods in OO; and much more.
 
Book Reviews
 
News
Including a report from this year’s Gauge O Guild Convention at Telford, looking at some of the new 7mm scale releases and planned projects; and a preview of the forthcoming Warley show to be held at the NEC over the weekend of 25 and 26 November; invitations of support from Revolution Trains for an APT-E in N gauge; exclusive Western Region models from the Kernow Model Rail Centre; the latest addition to the Peco Modellers’ Library is a guide to modelling OO gauge layouts; special events at model railway retailers in Edinburgh and York; the penultimate showing of Crumley & Little Wickhill, the Hull MRS’s OO9 tour de force; an O gauge layout constructed by members of the March & District MRC to assist dementia patients; and more.
 
Societies & Clubs
The hobby's best guide to What's On around the UK and beyond. 
 
 

 

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