One aspect of this discussion that seems to have been overlooked is whether there are commercial ties between the model railway press that serve to influence their content in favour of proprietary British outline models. Previous discussions have speculated whether magazine reviews are impartial, given that such reviews sell magazines and an unfavourable (albeit honest) review might stem the supply of future loaned models for review. There would appear to be less of a tie-in with overseas models, whose availability for review is often down to retailers loaning models on a less frequent basis.
To me, taken as a whole, the current range of magazines tend toward greater connection with the major manufacturers/importers and rtr products than in the past. They are unlikely to bite the hands that feed them - and overseas prototype or any scratch built models put less food on their tables than promoting Hornmann and Bachby products.
Except that Hornby and Bachmann are in the H0 market as well. Hornby owns Jouef, Rivarossi, Electrotren and Lima (as well as Armold in N and TT) and Bachmann owns Lilliput.
For a long time Hornby UK seemed reluctant to market its H0 brands in the UK but that seems to be changing. Liliput used to include a fairly wide range, I have a couple of their SNCF 140Cs, though their current catalogue does seem to be all German.
In fairness to MRJ, haven't they given quite good coverage lately to that beautiful French P87 layout, with the street trackage, factory sidings, etc? I would agree that it would be good to see more of that sort of thing, however.
The odd thing does appear and hopefully they are starting to take a rather broader view. I doubt though if the proportion of MRJ's content relating to the modelling of non-British Isles modelling is anything like as high as the proportion of British fine scale modellers (however you define that) working in those areas.
What constitutes "fine scale modelling" may be a bit distorted by the general assumption that you're a fine scale modeller if you depart from 00 (or the equivalent ghastly British compromises in other scales) to say EM without necessarily going to to the Proto scales whereas the distinction is not so obvious when, as in H0 and TT (1:120) the commonly used gauge is already correct for the scale.
Edited by Pacific231G, Today, 13:55 .