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Model Rail October 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

2 min.

Here at Model Rail, we pride ourselves on the thoroughness and unbiased nature of our reviews. We have very strict marking criteria and judge each model on its own merits against as much prototype reference material as we can find. I can assure you that there’s never any hidden agenda or favouritism in our reviews. That said, we’re only human and some models impress as soon as you open the box. You can be as objective as possible, but sometimes a model just feels and looks ‘right’. Often, you can’t even put your finger on what makes it so good – and it means that you can be more forgiving over the odd error. It’s the X factor that turns a good model into a great one. A couple that spring…

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Richard Foster It’s only taken seven months or so but we’ve finally created a home office – complete with a dinosaur lampshade! George Dent George is on the move again. Coincidentally, his new house shares the same altitude as Dent station! Chris Leigh Have had the big shed insulated so ‘The Railway Children’ can go back ouside, hopefully without suffering. Chris Gadsby The first major renovation in my house has taken place this month, and now I’ve got a new shower room! 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…

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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/faq 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…

1 min.
opening the box

The Big Picture Whilst searching for photographs of the real Hunslet ‘Austerity’ Amazon that features in our reviews section, we discovered this stunning shot taken by Gordon Edgar on June 22 1972 and, given this issue’s weathering and painting theme, thought it worth sharing. Amazon, Vulcan Foundry No. 5297/1945, struggles in the pouring rain to haul a rake of United Steel internal user wagons, bound for Workington steel works, from the BR exchange sidings up to Harrington Coal Preparation Plant. Turn to p38 to learn George Dent’s weathering tips, and read Chris Leigh’s review of EFE Rail’s Amazon on p90.…

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CLASS 48 IS GO! We’re pleased to announce that we’ve joined forces with Heljan to bring you another ‘OO’ gauge ready-to- run first: the Class 48 Co-Co. As revealed in MR277, our exclusive model will piggy-back on Heljan’s all-new ‘OO’ gauge Class 47 but with all the detail changes required to offer the five locomotives fitted with Sulzer V12 12LVA24 engines. D1702-D1706 were built in 1965 but the V12 engines proved unreliable in service and all five were rebuilt between 1969 and 1971 with Sulzer 12LDA28C engines to become part of the Class 47 fleet. The only survivor is the Great Central Railway’s D1705. It is hoped that we will be able to offer a sound-fitted option for the ‘48’, using a French ‘68000’ A1A-A1A sound file if it can be anglicised. These…

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on the road

Osborn’s Models has added two modern Scania lorries to its range of 1:148 scale road vehicles. There’s an 8x4 tipper lorry and a four-wheel skip. Prices start from £15.95. Availability: Osborn’s Models Tel: 01237 423453 Web: www.osbornsmodels.com ◆ Oxford Diecast has revealed an extensive collection of new 1:76 road vehicles to suit different eras. ‘Big Four’ layouts will be able to take advantage of the new Aveling & Porter steamroller (the initial release comes with a tar spreader) while the Riley Elf and Austin Healey Sprite Mk 1 will suit 1950s layouts. 1960s modellers will enjoy the Renault 4 and a scooter that will be popular with 1:76 scale mods. Modern image modellers will be able to take advantage of the Ford Transit Mk 7 Custom, while Scania’s new S Series…