Model Rail May 2021

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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March turned out to be a month of highs and lows in the Dent Workshop. The month began with a real sense of achievement: I’d finally got all of my tools and equipment unpacked and organised, having moved into my rented space in awkward circumstances last summer. A busy workload meant prioritising the jobs at hand, so the workspace was a little chaotic. As someone who finds comfort and inspiration from a tidy, less cluttered atmosphere, I felt pleased when everything was finally in its right place. Another highlight was the installation and final assembly of my new Tim Horn baseboards; part of a new layout project and something I’d been looking forward to for the past two years. Plenty of time was then spent finalising a plan for the track…

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model rail essential information

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rapido’s thunderbolt

Rapido Trains UK has revealed that it will be producing a range of models to celebrate the 70th anniversary of The Titfield Thunderbolt in 2023. The film tells the story of a group of villagers determined to save their branch line after British Railways announces its closure. When a rival bus company sabotages the newly acquired train before an official inspection, the villagers resurrect the line’s first locomotive, Thunderbolt, and, against great odds, obtain permission to keep their line open. Rapido will produce five ‘OO’ gauge models as part of the range: ♦ Thunderbolt, aka Liverpool & Manchester Railway 0-4-2 Lion, The Buffet Car, aka Great Eastern Railway Diagram 603 No. 8 ♦ No. W68740, GWR Diagram AA20 ‘Toad’ brake van ♦ ‘Dan’s House’, aka GWR ‘Loriot Y’ No. 41989 with fictitious Victorian coach…

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stop press

‘16XX’ DCC RUNNING ISSUE Model Rail and Rapido Trains are aware of an issue that affects the DCC performance of the ‘OO’ gauge ‘16XX’ 0-6-0PT. An investigation carried out by Rapido’s Canadian team has pinpointed the voltage suppressor as the culprit. This device protects the model’s delicate electrical equipment from voltage spikes and power surges above 27V. However, the circuit board has been fitted with voltage suppressors with a maximum threshold of 18V, which is affecting some DCC systems. If your ‘16XX’ has been affected, Rapido Trains recommends two fixes: If you can identify the suppressor, you can remove it from the circuit board (see below). Most DCC decoders also offer protection from voltage spikes so check that yours offers this. Rapido has arranged for the production of new circuit boards with the correct…

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dapol wagon update

Dapol has shared updated provisional artwork of its upcoming ‘O’ gauge VEA and Vanwide 12t goods vans. The first engineering prototypes were revealed in December 2020 and the design team has since been providing feedback to the factory, ensuring that the models are as accurate as possible when they reach shelves in Q2-Q3 2021. Pre-orders are already available for these models with an RRP of £58.59. Dapol has also shared details of its new ‘O’ gauge HBA and HEA wagons, following the success of the HAA model which was released in 2019. The prototype 32.5t HBA was unveiled at Shildon Works in 1975 and was fitted with manually operating discharge doors. An order for 2,000 wagons was placed to transport other coal traffic and two small changes to the design were…

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second run for ‘mogul’

In more news from Dapol, it has announced a second run of its GWR ‘43XX’ 2-6-0 ‘Mogul’. The first run featured locomotives with numbers ‘63XX’ and ‘73XX’, but the tooling has now been expanded so that Dapol can accurately portray locomotives with numbers 4321 to 5383. Since the first run, Dapol has improved on the design, adjusting the gear ratio to 30:1, improving the slide bars and making adjustments to the firebox glow to better showcase the feature. As with many Dapol models, the ‘Mogul’ will feature a slide-in PCB for tool-free installation of a Next18 DCC decoder. It will also include 12 wheel pick-up, a sugar cube speaker and an audio frequency filter, as well as porthole cab windows and an original front pony spring housing where appropriate. Nine models…