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Model Rail December 2018

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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(ALAMY) Hurrah! I’m pleased to announce that production of our ‘J70s’ in Rapido’s factory in China has started. As soon as we have confirmed delivery dates, we’ll let you know.A visit to Dapol’s Chirk headquarters during the summer gave me valuable insight into the complexities of making a model (thanks to Neil for being such a gracious host!). It really hammered home the fact that making model trains is a time-consuming and labour-intensive process.Each injection moulding machine can only produce one part at a time. Complex liveries may require just one part to go through the tampo printing process many times. Each freshly moulded wagon body requires lots of tiny adjustments before it can be assembled. Then it needs testing and packing. It’s slow and monotonous work that requires great…

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Richard Foster Railway modelling is on hold while decorating takes place. This does bring the ‘railway room’ closer to completion. George Dent The dip in temperatures has made George’s workshop rather chilly. Time to transfer to his slightly warmer kitchen! Chris Leigh Chris’ modelling output has been prodigious recently. But will his visit to see LCB coaches kick-start another project? Chris Gadsby Chris isn’t known as ‘Mr Organised’ for nothing. He took a week off in October to do his Christmas shopping… 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…

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life’s better with model rail

Here’s why: Starting as a supplement in RAIL magazine, Model Rail went ‘standalone’ in 1997. Every issue, we bring you easy-to-follow modelling projects that you can complete without breaking the bank, inspirational photographs of the best model railways and thorough, unbiased reviews so you can make the most informed choices when spending your money.Don’t forget our own range of models – see p112 and 114. ■…

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from the archives mr188, nov. ‘13

It’s an action-packed issue this month with designing layouts with operation in mind. Paul Lunn offers a couple of layout ideas that don’t need the giant ‘hand from the sky’, as Ben takes a look at pick-up goods trains. Meanwhile, Peter tests a new budget static grass tool. Star review: RealTrack Models Class 144 Masterclass: Pick-up goods trains ■…

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new ‘usas’ in stock!

Our two new ‘USA’ 0-6-0Ts – No. s73 in British Railways black (MR-111) and another run of BR green No. 30064 (MR-104A) – are in stock now! Place your order today to avoid disappointment. RRP is £129.95, but if you’re a Model Rail subscriber you’ll only pay £116.95.Go to www.modelrailoffers.co.uk or call 01209 613984.Don’t forget that we’ve got six other exclusive ‘USAs’ to choose from. See www.modelrailoffers.co.uk for more. ■…

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unexpected kader move will hold up model production

Production of Bachmann and Graham Farish models has been affected by unforeseen changes to parent company Kader’s facilities. Kader has opened a new model railway factory, which would have led to an existing plant in Dongguan being redeveloped. However, Kader has been asked to vacate the Dongguan site sooner than previously expected and has had to accelerate the move of tools and equipment to its new factory. A statement from Bachmann Europe said, “This will, regretfully, lead to a temporary reduction in production capacity while reorganisation of our production facilities takes place. Once the reorganisation is complete we shall be in a stronger position, with increased production capacity. This will allow us to deliver those models that are still outstanding, along with many more that are currently in development.”…