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August 2019

Model Rail magazine is the UK's biggest-selling magazine dedicated to railway modelling. Every issue is packed with the country’s finest home and club layouts, stunning photography, unbiased and in-depth product reviews, expert tips, layout plans and step-by-step articles that really show you how. In our unique ‘Workbench’ section, we tackle a wide range of modeling skills and projects. Our expert writers and model-makers will help you to get the most from your hobby and build the layout of your dreams. Model Rail is published 13 times a year, every four weeks.

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Another month and there’s more exclusive tooling news: we’ve joined forces with Heljan to develop our first ‘OO’ gauge diesel-outline model. We’ve deliberately chosen the Class 11 0-6-0DE because, even though it’s a diesel, it’s perfect for steam-era layouts from the 1930s onwards. No other British diesel locomotive can legitimately carry a pre-war ‘Big Four’ livery on one hand and BR blue on the other. Factor in wartime and industrial liveries and there’s just so much to go at. We’re really excited about working with Heljan on this project. Heljan’s most recent ‘OO’ gauge diesel shunters, the Class 05 and 07, are, in my opinion, simply stunning and the Class 11 should match (dare I say exceed?!) these high standards. Chris Leigh often reminds us that when Model Rail was still on the…

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Richard Foster I was tempted to use the heavy rain as an excuse to work on the layout… but I got distracted by an Airfix P-51 Mustang! George Dent The smell of wet cat has permeated the Dent Workshop recently, as little Percy takes refuge from the relentless rain. Chris Leigh I have ‘O’ gauge and nowhere to run it. I had been thinking of starting a garden railway before monsoon season began. Chris Gadsby This weather is perfect for working through the long list of model alterations I’ve been meaning to do for a year. Chris Nevard Our ace snapper is building a name for himself on the folk music circuit. Is there no end to his talents? Peter Marriott Peter is our jet-setting scenic guru. Knows what products are available and how to get the very best from them. Dave…

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model rail essential information

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the big picture

The layout on this month’s cover is a commercial build from Chris Nevard. ‘Hotchpot Road C Little Smoke Junction’ was built for one of Chris’ clients who wanted a 6ft 2in by 9in layout that could be dismantled and packed away in three 27-litre storage crates. Model Rail launches Class 11 Model Rail has joined forces with Heljan to bring you the LMS 350hp diesel shunter, later to become the BR Class 11. You could be forgiven for mistaking this machine for BR’s superlative ‘08’. But this is where the ‘Gronk’ story starts. The differences were small – wheel diameter and cab – but what we have here is the final evolution of the LMS’ pre-war diesel shunter development. The War Department ordered the first 20 (but only took delivery of 14), the LMS…

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model rail /heljan class 11 0-6-0de

SOUTHERN CLASS 12 ON OFFER TOO! Why stop with just one model? We’ve decided to go the whole hog and offer the Southern Region Class 12 too! 15211-15236 emerged from Ashford between 1949-1952 and were virtually identical to the LMS design. We will include key differences – Bulleid ‘Boxpok’ wheels and the extra lamp iron/marker lights – but please be aware that limitations to the tooling may mean that it’s not possible to include some smaller detail differences (also applicable to the Western Region machines). Again, each livery is limited to 300 pieces and all five should be due Q1 2023. WANT TO RECEIVE UPDATES ABOUT MR EXCLUSIVES? If you want to be kept up to date on the latest developments with all our exclusive models, sign up to our newsletter: go to www.model-rail.…

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joint warflat

Peterborough retailer Trains4U has joined forces with Cavalex Models to produce a ‘OO’ gauge ready-to-run KFA ‘Warflat’. The Trains4U/Cavalex model depicts the 65 ‘Warflats’ built for the Ministry of Defence by BR’s Shildon Works between 1976 and 1981. They’re not to be confused with Bachmann Branchline’s forthcoming model of the ‘Warflats’ built during the Second World War. Two versions will be offered: the original dual-braked PFA in olive green and the air-braked KFA, also in olive green but with yellow jacks and bufferbeams. Other features include a close-coupling mechanism, NEM coupler pockets, sprung buffers and easy conversion to ‘P4’ and ‘EM’. Price: £35.00 Availability: Trains4U, 27 St David’s Square, Fengate, Peterborough PE1 5QA Tel: 01733 895989 Web: www.trains4u.com Cavalex catch-up Cavalex Models has published a status update for each of its new projects: ◆ PGA hopper wagon (‘OO’):…