Compendium 3 1997 « Previous compendium

Edited by Bob Barlow

MRJ Compendium 3
  • Abergynolwyn Feedback

    Gordon Gravett



    Gordon Gravett describes his stunning 7mm diorama depicting a little slice of life on the Talyllyn Railway, now on permanent display at the TR's museum at Towyn.

    Tags: dioramas, inclines, layouts, narrow gauge, Talyllyn Railway

  • Scratchbuilt LSWR Dropside in 7mm Feedback

    Dave Gosling



    Taking inspiration from the prototype's performance characteristics, Dave Gosling devised, among other things, an invisible, independent springing system for his exquisitely detailed South Western three-planker.

    Diagram 1301, 10 ton, 3-plank dropside wagon.

    Tags: LSWR / London & South Western Railway, scratchbuilding, wagons

  • 'Sunbury' Feedback

    Francis Samish



    Francis Samish builds a tiny 4mm narrow gauge tank based on a Roxey kit.

    Tags: industrial, kits, steam locomotives

  • Hampstead Norris: Four outings and a funeral Feedback

    Mike Clark



    Purchased unfinished, sawn in half, sold, bought back and prettified, the P4 layout Hampstead Norris had a blighted life. It managed four exhibition showings before heading into the skip. It wasn't perfect but, says Mike Clark, it did look nice.

    Tags: GWR / Great Western Railway, layouts

  • Shock Tactics Feedback

    Jas Millham



    No, it's not April 1st. Jas Millham really has built a wobbling shock-absorbing van in S-scale.

    Tags: scratchbuilding, vans

  • Model Railway Drawing by Computer Feedback

    Wim Harthoorn


    Wim Harthoorn looks at the options and demonstrates the possibilities.

    Tags: general modelling, tools

  • The Remarkable Captain Kelly Feedback

    Michael Shaw


    Captain William Francis Peek Kelly was well-bred, wealthy and a friend of some of the most famous names in the development of our hobby. His closest associate was G. P. Keen, one of the leading lights in the Model Railway Club. Yet compared to Keen, whose name is chiselled into the history of the hobby, the secretive Kelly barely made a footnote. Michael Shaw has found out more about an extraordinary man.

    Tags: biography

  • Small Prairie Feedback

    Brian Williams



    Brian Williams choses a Malcolm Mitchell kit of the GWR 45XX as a first exercise in etched kit building.

    Tags: GWR / Great Western Railway, kits, steam locomotives

  • The Lineside Sailing Barge Feedback

    Dave Rowe



    Places at which railways and shipping interconnect have long exerted a fascination for modellers, offering operational opportunities and scenic challenges. Never one to shirk a challenge, Dave Rowe designed the famous 4mm diorama 'Exebridge Quay' knowing that he would have to populate the wet bits with suitable vessels. The result of his labors - as exemplified by the barge described here - was a spectacular adjunct to the railway proper.

    Tags: boats / ships

  • GNR No. 63 Feedback

    Deryck Featherstone



    A pair of cast-off driving wheels launched Deryck Featherstone on a 7mm model of one of Stirling's elegant Great Northern Railway Singles. But first, he had to delve into the strange and intricate geometry devised by Victorian draughtsmen to decorate the engines. It seems they weren't quite so plain and simple as they looked.

    Tags: GNR / Great Northern Railway, scratchbuilding, steam locomotives

  • Pettigrew's Furness Passenger Engines of 1901 Feedback

    Mike Peascod


    Drawn and described by Mike Peascod.

    Tags: Furness Railway, prototype, steam locomotives

  • The Art Deco Legend Feedback

    Tim Shackleton



    Many people were aware that a vast and unique experimental locomotive was roaming the rails, but few had actually seen it. Thus, Gresley's bizarre 4-6-4 - a great Art Deco sausage of a machine - became known as 'Hush-Hush'. When South Eastern Finescale produced a 4mm kit, Tim Shackleton couldn't resist it.

    Tags: kits, LNER / London & North Eastern Railway, steam locomotives

  • LNER Container Flat, 7mm Feedback

    Deryck Featherstone



    Adapting a Gibson RCH underframe kit, by Deryck Featherstone

    Tags: kits, LNER / London & North Eastern Railway, wagons

  • GWR '517' in P4 Feedback

    Stephen Williams



    Stephen Williams builds and improves an Alan Gibson kit.

    Tags: GWR / Great Western Railway, kits, steam locomotives

  • Compendium Crossword Feedback

    Monty Wells


  • Two Engines From One Kit Feedback

    Martin Blackwell



    Martin Blackwell built a 4mm/OO Dean Goods from a Finney kit, successfully squeezing inside valve gear between the frames against the better judgement of the instructions. There were so many leftover parts that he managed to cobble together a second engine.

    Tags: GWR / Great Western Railway, kits, steam locomotives

  • A Van for Ditchling Green Feedback

    Gordon Gravett



    Gordon Gravett needed a delivery van for his 7mm layout.

    Tags: kits, road vehicles

  • A Grand Day Out Feedback

    Tim Shackleton



    In the days before noses were kept pressed to the business grindstone, wafting around the railway system in an inspection saloon - complete with armchairs and kitchen - seemed a good wheeze. Tim Shackleton built a 4mm example to recall the day when managers were managers.

    Tags: coaches, GWR / Great Western Railway, kits