Hello! The March issue of Engineering in Miniature is heading for newsagents, the first with myself at its helm as the new editor. I'm Andrew Charman and some may know me as the editor of EIM's sister magazine Narrow Gauge World. But I'm also a model engineer, albeit a latent one in recent times as I explain in my first editorial.
I also explain in that editorial that my plans for the magazine are fairly straightforward, based on emphasising as much as possible building things - tips and advice for newcomers, more in-depth features to interest the experienced model engineers and constructional series to encourage people to build their own! I'm delighted to say that I've already secured my first such series and this will be announced in the April issue.
So what's in the March issue? Well obviously there's a full report of the London show at Alexandra Palace, which as ever produced a wide variety of models to enjoy whatever one's particular interest. Jan-Eric Nystrom has been hard at work again, building a small boiler and getting involved in the dark art of Tig-welding. We launch a tips for model engineers series from new contributor John Smith, who also has a passion for a very big stationary engine. Another new contributor, Harry Billmore, takes us inside the workshops of the Kirklees Light Railway - the 15-inch gauge line effectively large-scale model engineering. And we laos have a delightful 6in scale Foden steam wagon, built from scratch by Kevin Edwins and written up by Alan Barnes.
It will take me a couple of issues to get my feet firmly under the bench at EIM so please give me just a little time! But meanwhile I want to hear from you - tell me what you want in the pages of the magazine. and if you have a feature to contribute, t hen I definitely want to hear from you! My email is email@example.com