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Model Rail November 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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Autumn really is an overlooked season. It’s easy to see why winter layouts are few and far between. No one wants to be reminded of ice and snow when they relax with their hobby, which is why most layouts depict bright sunny summer days. But when you think about it, autumn has a lot going for it. As I write this, even the small woodland behind the Model Rail office presents a superb modelling challenge. At the time of writing, the trees still have leaves but the green now sports patches of red and orange. The bushes are full of berries offering a riot of colour. The sky is bright blue. Squirrels are busy scrabbling through the brush. Beyond the woods the fields are alive as farmers bring in the harvest, or…

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RICHARD FOSTER ‘Micro layout’ fever has griSSed the office. Richard is keeping this pet subject of his under wraps… for now. GEORGE DENT George has been in the wars this month, thanks to horses and hedges. Hope it won’t prevent him building a ‘micro’. CHRIS LEIGH Chris fancies a return to his old haunts of Slough shed for his new layout. He’s already got the coaling stage kit. CHRIS GADSBY Chris is heading underground for his new ‘micro’. Why all the micro layouts? All will be revealed in the new year. CHRIS NEVARD Our ace snaSSer 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 LOWERY Professional model-maker Dave works on…

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opening the box

The Big Picture It was claimed that the arrival of the Class 66 in 1998 would eradicate traditional British traction. But this aerial view reveals that some rather familiar-looking shapes are still with us some 20 years on. This sort of line-up would have got enthusiasts salivating at the fence in days gone by. Some would have risked the wrath of railway staff by bunking the depot. But, in the 21st century, all we need is a man in a helicopter with a camera to see everything on offer. Outside UK Rail Leasing’s Leicester depot on July 17 2018 are three Class 50s, six ‘37s’, seven Class 56s, two Class 47s, a Class 58 and a Yorkshire Engine Company shunter. All of the ‘Grids’ in this shot have been sold to GBRf –…

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‘j70s’ – the final eight!

he wait is nearly over… An exciting package arrived in the Model Rail office during September, containing the remaining eight decorated samples of our ‘J70’ 0-6-0T. Here’s an exclusive taste of things to come. There are a few minor tweaks for Rapido Trains to carry out before production can start. Please be patient – they’re on their way! As we noted with the first two samples that we received in July, the bell will be painted roof grey because the factory cannot paint the mounting frame separately owing to the delicate nature of the component. We felt it was better for you to choose your favourite ‘brass’ colour if you wanted to paint it, rather than try to match the shade of roof grey. Not yet ordered your ‘J70’? Call 01209 613984 or…

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high-calibre model

Oxford Rail has unveiled decorated samples of its forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge rail-mounted gun. HMG Boche-Buster was one of two 14in railway guns built during the First World War. The 18in Howitzer was subsequently developed, designed to fit the same 15-axle carriage. Boche-Buster was brought out of store prior to the Second World War, fitted with an 18in barrel at Darlington Works and moved to the Elham Valley Railway in Kent to help defend the Channel. It entered service on the EVR in 1940 and remained there until 1943, when it was moved to Salisbury Plain. One barrel survives, but the carriage was scrapped. Oxford Rail is to offer Boche-Buster in a pack with a War Department-liveried ‘Dean Goods’ (OR76BOOM01, RRP £169.95) and as the similar 13½in gun HMG Gladiator (OR76BOOM02, RRP £49.95).…

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laser-cut accessories

Scalemodelscenery has added some interesting new items to its range of innovative scenic accessories. This little Market Cross ELX138-N) joins the range of laser-cut detailing items in ‘N’. New in ‘OO’ are these anti-trespass grids for single and double-track level crossings EAX061) and these large-diameter pre-cast concrete drainpipe wagon loads come complete with wooden plinths EAX053). PRICE: £2.99 ELX138-N); £3.95 EAX061); £4.95 (AX053) AVAILABILITY: Scalemodelscenery TEL: 01530 456952 WEB: www.scalemodelscenery.co.uk…