Friday, 20 April 2012
Model Rail – May 2012 (169)
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New Limited Edition Loco
We unveil our next exclusive ready-to-run ‘OO’ gauge locomotive.
Biggest ever news section
Exclusive pictures of Hornby’s Thompson coaches and other leading manufacturer news
Ben Jones and Ben Ando report on another ambitious new range of ‘OO’ and ‘N’ gauge models from Bachmann and Graham Farish.
Dapol’s new ‘A4’ and ready-to-run signals, Hornby’s umber & cream ‘Brighton Belle’ and Bachmann’s new ‘Cities’ are the stars of this month’s selection of new models.
Layout: Castle Works
Paul Rolley had to contend with a two-month deadline and a tight budget when he built this homage to Cardiff’s steel industry.
Feature: By Royal Appointment
Chris Leigh shows that there’s more to Royal Train operation than just a clean locomotive and claret coaches.
Faced with a partially completed layout and a looming exhibition deadline, Phil Haskins had no choice but to teach himself how to make scenery.
Basics: Drill small holes
Drilling into baseboards is one thing, but what about delicate items such as models? George Dent shows you how it’s done.
Test: Neo Wonder
There’s a new budget airbrush on the market and George Dent has put it to the test.
Skills: Make your own trees
Peter Marriott reveals the secrets to making great-looking trees.
Skills: XPO Express
Dave Spencer guides you through the weathering techniques needed to create suitable ex-private owner coal wagons for 1950s/1960s layouts.
Supertest: Grasses & flowers
Peter Marriott shows you what you need to re-create Mother Nature’s vibrancy in model form.
Project: Fulfilling the freight fantasy
Just because a locomotive didn’t exist, it doesn’t mean you have to skimp on the detail.
Project: Improve the Hornby ‘VEP’
David Deadman has come up with a few refinements for Hornby’s ‘4-VEP’.
Project: Introducing Polbrock
Chris Nevard builds a basic baseboard as the foundation for his latest micro marvel.
Project: Improve Dapol’s coach kits
Chris Moorhouse assembles Dapol’s LMS 57ft coaches, and suggests how to improve them.
George Dent finds that there’s still plenty to see at Crewe.
Layout: Holby St George’s
Shaun Gates took inspiration from a well-known television series to create this compact urban layout.
Alan Simmonds explains how he created the superb greenery on his ‘OO’ gauge work-in-progress.
Your modelling questions answered by our experienced expert modellers.
More modelling miscellany with Chris Leigh.
A teasing glimpse of our special issue dedicated to all that’s best about the East Coast Main Line.
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