Model Rail

January 2022

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 early afternoon as I type this, in mid-December, and it’s already dark and freezing cold outside, so it’s definitely a good time to hunker down and let our minds turn towards more pleasant things, such as making models. Following the instalment of Skills Station in MR290, in which Chris Nevard shared his techniques for painting and weathering buildings, we had many requests from readers eager to see how he had built the ‘Jolly Farmer’ pub in the first place. This month, on page 50, you can read all about how he transformed the bare bones of a laser-cut kit into something truly special. So good, in fact, we’ve put it on the cover! There’s no doubt that laser-cut and 3D-printed kits and components are changing the way many of us work,…

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model rail essential information

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heljan’s 2022 plans revealed

In early December, the team at Heljan announced a raft of new releases for 2022, including an all-new GWR Parcels railcar in ‘OO’ and fully re-tooled Class 37/0 and ‘Deltic’ in ‘O’. There are also several revamped versions of existing models in both scales and a host of new livery options. ‘OO’ GAUGE HIGHLIGHTS Heljan’s Class 14 is being re-released, with a 21-pin DCC socket and mechanical improvements to the chassis. The ‘Teddy Bear’ will be offered in a mix of BR and industrial liveries, including a pale blue NCB scheme. The ever-popular Class 35 ‘Hymek’ receives a few welcome upgrades, including LED lighting and a 21-pin DCC interface, and will be available in six different liveries (including a weathered pair). Other ‘OO’ diesels to reappear in a variety of livery options…

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modeller’s bookshelf

Here’s a quartet of highly useful books that have kept Model Rail’s editor occupied over the past month. We were very sad to hear of Bob Essery’s passing as this issue was being prepared. His various books on all things Midland/LMS have been a massive help to countless modellers over the years. While creating the LMS ‘2P’ 0-4-4T for this month’s Workbench (page 44), all the essential prototype information was found in Volume Five of Essery & Jenkinson’s comprehensive overview of LMS locomotives, which covers the Post-Grouping ‘Standard’ designs. Book: An Illustrated History of LMS Locomotives, Volume Five. By Bob Essery & David Jenkinson (Silver Link) Availability: Available from second-hand book dealers My interest in Ireland’s railways was reignited last month, while reviewing the Metropolitan-Vickers A Class, from Irish Railway Models. These A4-sized colour…

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noch market stall packs

Noch has released a selection of pre-painted market stall sets featuring figures and various accessories. The range includes a vegetable stall, fish stall, ice cream and hot dog stalls, a coffee stall and a fruit stall. Coffee stalls are a common sight these days, so one could be positioned near a station entrance, along with a flower seller. (PM) Products: Noch Coffee Stall 16230 (£29.00), Flower Stall 16227 (£33.50) Availability: Noch stockists or ELEGANCE – AND DEVIANCE – FROM MODELU Some of the latest figures to emerge from Modelu include some rather elegant 1940s women, as single figures or with children, plus a multi-pack designed to fit within a GWR Autocoach and tank locomotive footplate. On the seedier side of the spectrum is a small range of hoodie-clad young men spraying graffiti, drinking…

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on the workbench

RECHARGEABLE ELECTRIC ERASER Who needs an electric eraser? That’s what I initially thought, but this ergonomic, lightweight device has proven to be rather versatile. Its most logical use is for correcting pencil marks, but I’ve also found it useful when manipulating painted and weathered finishes, especially after spraying acrylic paints onto factory finishes. With light pressure, it’s possible to polish away areas of ‘grime’, to reveal cabside numbers for instance. It’s especially useful for working on less precious surfaces, however, such as backscenes, buildings and scenic accessories, in conjunction with paints and, especially, dry pigments. Recharged via a USB cable, the tool retains power for countless hours’ worth of use and comes supplied with plenty of eraser tips in two different diameters. Not for everyone, but it does have plenty of potential for…