26 results found for 'biography'

  • Bernard Miller - The Man Behind the Maestro

    Jack Ray

    Issue 59 (1992)



    Most of the glory for W.S. Norris's legendary 7mm layout (see MRJ No.43) went to Norris himself, the man who conceived and financed it. Out of the limelight, however, a genius was at work, employed by Norris to build model locomotives to the highest standards. That man was Bernard Miller, an engineer who, says Jack Ray, matched Stan Beeson in every area except public recognition.

    Tags: biography

  • Brassmasters - the growth of a cottage industry

    John Jennison

    Issue 208 (2011)


    John Jennison delves into the Brassmasters archives and lifts the lid on the personalities and background to one of our longest established kit manufacturers.

    Tags: biography, manufacturers

  • Brassmasters - the growth of a cottage industry part 2

    John Jennison

    Issue 228 (2014)


    Way back in MRJ 208, John Jennison recalled the early years of Brassmasters. Here he continues and brings the story up to date.

    Tags: biography, manufacturers

  • Confessions of a Happy Modeller

    Barrie Walls

    Issue 56 (1992)



    Barrie Walls, creator of that all-action 7mm layout ‘Wallsea Main’ describes himself as average, eccentric, a stickler for the rules, but above all, a happy modeller. We asked him for some random thoughts on the matter.

    Article on Barrie Walls’ modelling career and the building of ‘Wallsea main’. Includes pictures of modelled Cravens DMU.

    Tags: biography, DMU / Diesel Multiple Units, layouts

  • Cyril Freezer - an Appreciation

    Bob Essery, Gerry Beale

    Issue 192 (2009)


    Tags: biography, obituaries

  • Editor's Musings: Bucking the Trend

    Gerry Beale

    Issue 200 (2010)


    Gerry Beale talks about his own modelling journey, and how he bucked the trend by moving from 7mm to 4mm scale due to the quality of RTR locomotives available.

    Tags: biography, RTR / ready-to-run, scales / gauges

  • Gerry Mann

    Trevor Pott

    Issue 192 (2009)


    7mm/7mm FS

    Trevor Pott recalls one of the pioneers of 7mm finescale.

    Tags: biography, garden railways

  • Inspirations

    Don Rowland

    Issue 194 (2009)


    Don Rowland recounts some of the events, experiences and people that have inspired him in his modelling since childhood.

    Tags: biography

  • John Ahern

    David Kitchiner

    Issue 75 (1994)


    Tags: biography

  • Kitmaster - The Rise and Fall

    Steve Knight

    Issue 104 (1998)


    For modellers of a certain age, the advent of Kitmaster kits in the late 1950s will be remembered as the opening of a brief but golden era in which relatively cheap, easy-to-make and - most importantly - accurate plastic models of railway subjects could be found at the local toy shop. For those of us desperately trying to move beyond the train set on a pocket-money budget, they were sheer joy. Today, original kitmaster kits are like gold dist and keenly sought by treasure hunters and modelling historians alike. Here, Steve Knight, secretary of the Kitmaster Collectors' Club, tells the fascinating story of this extraordinary and much-loved range.

    Tags: biography, kits