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Model Rail September 2020

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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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United Kingdom
13 Issues

in this issue

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model rail brought to you by

Richard Foster I’ve escaped the 21st Century thanks to C.J. Sansom’s wonderful Shardlake books set in Tudor England. George Dent Technology may be helping us all to work remotely, but I’ve been beset with IT problems this month! Chris Leigh I’m building Savernake Low Level station for the third time, but using shortcuts made possible by modern technology. Chris Gadsby Since I’m of the generation which has grown up with technology, I couldn’t imagine life without it! 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 and how to get the very best from them. Dave Lowery Professional modelmaker Dave works on top secret projects for train builders and model manufacturers. Paul A. Lunn Paul is full of…

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Is there a word more divisive than ‘technology’? You see the people who really embrace it as they bristle with phones, tablets, laptops and headphones, their speech littered with talk of ‘4G’ and ‘streaming’; me, I’m firmly in the other camp, vying with Chris Leigh to be the last human on the planet who doesn’t own a mobile phone. A ‘gig’ is watching people play guitars - and don’t get me started on those stupid electronic handbrakes… You can call me a Luddite in almost every respect, except when it comes to model railways. For me, Digital Command Control is a revelation and I’m constantly amazed by the ideas and inventiveness that people and organisations in this hobby show to harness modern technology. DCC has transformed my ‘Gedney’ layout. Having a single…

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model rail essential information

Q: Looking for an old feature but can’t remember which issue it was in? A: Check out the online index, Kindly provided by UK 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 705459 Q: Want to order one of our bookazines? 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/fag Q: Subscription issue not arrived? A: Call our Subscriptions Department on 01858 438884. Get in touch For all other enquiries, you can contact us by e-mail: modelrail@bauermedia.co.uk Postal address Model Rail, Media House, Lynchwood, Peterborough Business Park, Peterborough PE2 6EA Or you can call Jane Skinner on 01733 395155 Model Rail is also on Facebook: www.facebook.com/modelrail…

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the big picture

If all the technology in this issue leaves you feeling breathless, why not take a moment to enjoy the tranquillity of a more peaceful time? This is legendary locomotive builder Martin Finney’s ‘P4’ re-creation of Semley, roughly halfway between Salisbury and Templecombe on the South Western Main Line, as it was in the glory days of the London & South Western Railway. This outstanding piece of modelling, from a time when the internet would have seemed like something out of an H.G. Wells novel, will appear in full in Model Rail later this year.…

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say hello to efe rail

Bachmann Europe has taken the Exclusive First Editions brand in a completely new direction. Since it acquired EFE in 2016, Bachmann has added new models to the famous range of 1:76 scale die-cast buses, but the most radical change, the launch of EFE Rail, was unveiled on August 4. EFE Rail unites models produced by other manufacturers and resurrected DJModels products with one of the most requested products from the old EFE range: a motorised version of EFE’s 1:76 scale London Underground Tube stock. The new 1938 Tube Stock features a coreless motor, PluX22 DCC socket, NEM coupler pockets and interior lighting. DJModels’ long-proposed ‘N’ gauge Class 17 has finally been brought to fruition and it’s joined by the old DJModels Hunslet ‘Austerity’ 0-6-0ST, which has received a new motor and Next18…

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peter’s picks

1 NOCH GRASS FLOCKING TEMPLATES These simple pieces of cardboard with random shaped holes in them are a good way to provide textural and colour variations in larger areas of static grass. They can be used by either painting adhesive on the landscape then loosely holding the template over the wet adhesive and applying static grass fibres through the holes onto the wet glue or by spraying adhesive (such as extra hold hairspray) onto the landscape while the template is positioned on the land. Simply remove the template and apply grass fibres. Product code: 60139 Price: £12.00 Availability: Gaugemaster Tel: 01903 884488 Web: www.gaugemasterretail.com 2 NOCH GRASS GLUE Noch has developed a new glue that’s designed to be used with its static grasses. It can be spread much more thinly than PVA-based glues and has a longer drying…