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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BACHMANN REVEALS FFESTINIOG DOUBLE FAIRLIE
WIN! A HORNBY ‘MERCHANT NAVY’
CALENDAR PICKS FOR 2022
BRUTES AND ACCESS PLATFORMS
ON THE WORKBENCH • George Dent looks at the new products to land on his workbench this month
EXHIBITION DIARY – DECEMBER 2021-APRIL 2022
…and finally • Unusual scenes captured by the lens of Chris Nevard…
Staff Show & Tell
Show & Tell • The place to share your projects with the Model Rail community.
According to Chris... • …Chris is making a ‘to do’ list but it’s likely to be a long one.
A hamlet in the middle • Built as a scenic section to go with his other Isle of Wight layouts, Mark Pretious acquired ‘Merstone’ as a nearly-bare baseboard and reaped the benefits of keeping it small.
MOVING ON from the train set • Our master of composition Paul A Lunn describes a few layout dilemmas he helped to solve.
Workbench • 18 pages of projects, advice and top tips that show you how
HOW TO BUILD AN ORNATE STATION ROOF • Building etched brass kits has long been regarded as a ‘dark art’, but Dave Langton shows you how he went about this impressive model of Bath Green Park.
INSPIRATION STATION: BATH GREEN PARK • Richard Foster outlines the history of Bath’s erstwhile terminus, which was the inspiration for Dave Langton’s model project.
HOW TO CREATE PERFECT WATER • Peter Marriott looks for ways to produce water features free of air bubbles.
HOW TO BUILD A SCENE IN A JAR • You’ve heard of building ships in glass bottles, now Graham Goodchild does it with a railway diorama.
HOW TO BUILD A PHOTO DIORAMA • Want to enjoy your model locomotives, but don’t have time or space to build a layout at home? Fear not, as Peter Marriott offers the perfect solution.
Know your stuff • This is where our team of experienced modellers answer YOUR questions. Email your queries about railways - real or model - to firstname.lastname@example.org
KNOW YOUR… LIVERIES • Paul Chancellor examines the post-1960s evolution of the ever-popular Metro-Cammell Class 101 DMUs.
Notes from the Workshop DAVE LOWERY’S TOP TIPS
Small details, big ambitions • After half a century of club membership, Dave Smith was elbowed into building his first home layout to satisfy his need for noise.
Reviews • In-depth and unbiased reviews of the latest products
Locomotion/Rails LNWR ‘Precedent’
Rails of Sheffield GWR Gas turbine No. 18000
OO Works Adams LSWR ‘Jubilee’
Bachmann Ffestiniog Railway double Fairlie
Irish Railway Models Metro-Vick A Class
A shelf made for shunting • We visit Paul Marshall-Potter and see the latest in his series of shelf-based layouts
Present your case • If there’s a locomotive that you think needs to be offered ready-to-run, here’s the place to voice your opinion…
Behind the Backscene • After travelling the world with a Formula 1 team, Paula Thompson is now seeking to...