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Model Rail

July 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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It’s mid-May as I write this and the trees outside the Model Rail office are beautiful and verdant, contrasting wonderfully with a clear, cloudless blue sky. Spring, it seems, is finally here. It’s the perfect time, therefore, to take another look at modelling trees. Making good-looking trees is like any railway modelling task. It will be second nature for some. For others, it will strike fear into the heart. I’ve seen and read countless demonstrations and accounts of how to make trees over the years and I still feel bewildered by the prospect. That’s where Model Rail ’s Skills Station comes in. We’re nearly at the end of our first module – the perennially troublesome topic of airbrushing – and we’ve been really pleased with the response that it’s generated. It’s always difficult…

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Richard Foster Two layouts at the start of the scenic stage – time to pluck up the courage to break out the plaster bandage and scatters! George Dent A sizeable fleet of coal and coke hoppers is sitting on my workbench, awaiting the weathering treatment. Chris Leigh I have three stations to build and one to rebuild before I can return to my Wisbech & Upwell module project. Chris Gadsby I’ve got no layouts at the scenic stage – but plenty of ideas for micro layouts for the magazine! I must find the time… 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. .nows what products are available and how to get the very best from them. Dave Lowery Professional model-maker…

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model rail essential information

Q: Looking for a feature but can’t remember which issue it was in? A: See the online index, provided by U. Model Shops, at www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/ModelRail Q: Want to order one of our exclusive models? A: Go to www.modelrailoffers.co.uk or call 01209 613984. Q: Want to order one of our bookazines or a back issue? A: Go to www.greatmagazines.co.uk or call 01858 438884. Q: Have a problem or query about our digital magazines? A: Visit www.greatmagazines.co.uk/ faq Q: Problem with your subscription? A: Call our Subscriptions Department on 01858 438884 or manage your account online at www.greatmagazines.co.uk/solo…

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the big picture

Model Rail is pleased to announce that the order book is now open for our ‘OO’ gauge ready-to-run WR ‘16XX’ 0-6-0PT, which is being produced for us, once again, by Rapido Trains. Newton Abbot shed’s No. 1608 shows off its handsome lines – post-war Swindon styling applied to rugged Victorian underpinnings – at Totnes station on June 26 1952. W.S. GARTH/RAIL ARCHIVE STEPHENSON ‘16XX’: ORDER YOURS NOW You can now order the Model Rail /Rapido Trains ‘OO’ gauge ‘16XX’ 0-6-0PT. Design work has been completed and we’re now awaiting the first test 3D prints of the CAD files for evaluation before tooling work starts. The model has been designed to high specifications. The five-pole motor and flywheel, when combined with a heavy die-cast chassis, offer superb pulling power, typical of the real Western…

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‘16xxs’: 22 versions to choose from!

The Hawksworth ‘16XX’ 0-6-0PT was a bit like Henry Ford’s Model T – it was only ever available in black! Therefore, we’re offering it in pristine and weathered finishes with both BR ‘cycling lion’ and ‘ferret and dartboard’ emblems, with 16 different numbers and shedcodes. We’re also lucky that preserved No. 1638 has appeared in non-authentic GWR green, while in its early days in preservation at Buckfastleigh it also carried BR unlined green and green with ‘Dart Valley’ lettering. Therefore, to inject a little variety into our model, we’re offering these liveries too. We’re also going to replicate Nos. 1600 and 1607’s NCB careers. No. 1607 was not scrapped until 1969/70. Photographs of this pair in NCB service have proved VERY thin on the ground, so we’ve chosen a green livery inspired…

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heljan unveils ‘peak’

Heljan is to mark next year’s 60th anniversary of the ever-popular Class 45 by launching an all-new ‘OO’ gauge model. As an extra special present, Heljan is to include the Class 45/1 sub-class, never before offered as a ready-to-run model. Heljan will produce the D31-67/ D108-137 batch with a pair of central headcode panels (rather than split headcode boxes) as well as those rebuilt with two sealed beam headlights in the nose. Variations will include open or plated boiler steps and roof hatches, bodyside grilles or plated panels (or a combination of both), original or modernised under-frame tanks with air tanks, optional inner sandboxes and boiler hatch covers. The ’45/1’ sub-class was created in the 1970s when steam-heating equipment on 50 ‘45s’ was replaced with electric train heating for working with new…