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  1. So, what do you all like/dislike about this issue? Comments and feedback, please...
  2. A warm welcome fellow modellers (and armchair modellers!) to the November 2019 issue of BRM, complete with a free copy of Narrow Gauge World 143 for digital readers. Download your edition now from www.pocketmags.com/brm or pick up a copy in stores from October 10. On this episode of BRM TV: Enjoy lengthy express trains on the East Coast Main Line with ‘Croft Spa’. We take a look at train set options for Christmas, plus, interviews and a look behind the scenes from Hornby Hobbies’ model railway exhibition at its Margate headquarters. Inside this action-packed issue: LAYOUTS - Bewdley (OO) West Midlands (1960s) - Everbury (OO) S&D (1975-1985) - Croft Spa (N) East Coast Main Line (1957-1965) PRACTICAL BRM - How to build an O gauge wagon - Inspiration for a ferry on your layout - Make an industrial from Heljan's 1361 0-6-0PT - Billy Bookcase: adapt a backscene and enhance buildings - Fit a close coupling solution to your stock PRODUCTS AND FEATURES - BRM meets: Team Grantham - Review: Hornby 'Peckett' 0-6-0PT - Review: Darstaed Mk. 1 suburbans - Review: Hornby Mk. 2F coaches - Review: Dapol HIA wagon - Review: Bachmann 'Parrot' wagon - Review: Kernow PRA wagon - Guildex 2019 announcements - Tail Lamp: Brian Macdermott from the wishlist poll team All this and more in the November 2019 issue of BRM, with a free copy of Narrow Gauge World 143 for digital readers. Download your edition now from www.pocketmags.com/brm or pick up a copy in stores from October 10.
  3. Hello John, It's probably from the September 2019 episode of BRM TV, available here: https://pocketmags.com/british-railway-modelling-magazine/sept-2019 H
  4. It's all-out British in heat three of the Great Model Railway Challenge as The Railmen of Kent, Cambrian Coasters and Loco Ladies battle it out. Read our summary, here
  5. Yes, I agree - I think I've learnt the lesson with the office camera!
  6. No way was I turning down that opportunity! H
  7. The October 2019 issue of BRM is now on-sale as a digital edition from pocketmags.com/BRM. Inside this packed issue you'll find a host of inspirational modelling articles, with an emphasis on common techniques required when modelling. Digital readers will benefit from an extra 20 pages of image and video content, plus a copy of the September 2019 issue of Engineering in Miniature. Here's a rundown of what's inside... LAYOUTS St Ruth (2FS) Bleat Wharf (OO) Ellasweet Factory (OO) PRACTICAL How to build a plastic wagon kit Techniques for better models Getting into 2mm finescale One-step digital automation The N gauge Billy Bookcase layout PRODUCTS AND FEATURES BRM meets: 2MM Scale Association BRM meets: The Model Centre Spotlight: Hands-on scenic advice Review: Cheltenham Class 52 Review: Bachmann Western Pullman Review: Rivarossi 'Big Boy' New books Tail Lamp: The Model Centre Download your digital copy of BRM today, from pocketmags.com/BRM
  8. Apologies Ian, wrist duly smacked!
  9. Welcome everyone to the September 2019 issue of BRM, the running theme for which is Digital Command Control. From interviews with manufacturers, to professionals who provide DCC services with a sprinkling of helpful practical articles to boot - we hope you'll find solace in this issue to answer your digital questions. On-sale this afternoon at pocketmags.com/BRM or available in stores from August 15. LAYOUTS Yorkshire Pennines (N): This exhibition crowd-pleaser demonstrates computer control excellence, with a surround-viewing experience. Gamston Bank (OO): Following an interesting career touring shows, this layout met a fiery end, though its locomotives live on. Derwent Road (O9): Set in the mid-1980s, this compressed model showcases authentic mid-century architecture. PRACTICAL Modelling Autumn: Creating a seasonal shift from the summer on your model railway has never been easier, as Michael Russell shows. The BRM guide to DCC decoders: Howard Smith provides a quick guide to the most popular DCC decoders. Decoder functionality explored: Ian Mellors takes a closer look at advanced decoder features and their configuration. Hardwire a chip: Phil Parker fits a DCC decoder to a veteran Hornby Class 25. Here's how you can fit DCC to your older models, too. Fit a DCC uncoupler: Howard Smith installs an automatic uncoupler to a Hornby LNER J36. BRM meets Rail Exclusive: Howard Smith visits the UK distributor for Zimo DCC products. Behind the scenes: DCC Supplies’ Worcester store offers a great deal more than your average model shop, as Howard Smith discovers. Q+A with DCC Fitting: We collated your common questions on DCC and put them to the experts. Grandad's train set: Phil Parker creates this miniature train set diorama in a large scale. REVIEW Bachmann ex-ROD 2-8-0 L&NWR Class MM: Andy York takes a closer look at this new tooling. Graham Farish TEAs: These new wagons are put to the test by Andy York. All this and more in the September 2019 issue of BRM, on-sale this afternoon at pocketmags.com/BRM or available in stores from August 15. Happy reading!
  10. Hello James, It's not on the radar currently, but rest assured that if that situation changes, readers of RMweb will be made aware. Howard
  11. Here's a look at what's on this episode of BRM TV, free to BRM print and digital subscribers. You'll find plenty of inspiration and practical projects to spark interest in your layout scenery.
  12. And, in this episode of BRM TV, exclusive to BRM print and digital subscribers: Sidmouth with its wonderfully scratch-built scenery. Phil Parker demonstrates the art of making your model grass look more accurate. Howard Smith creates a small diorama using new kits and grass sheets. Watch it now on BRM TV, visit www.world-of-railways.co.uk/brm to subscribe today!
  13. It's mid-summer and there's plenty of model inspiration in the August Scenery Special issue of BRM, on-sale now from pocketmags.com/BRM Inside you'll find... LAYOUTS Sandy Shores (009) Jamie Warne takes us on a whistle-stop tour of his sandy seaside railway, with practical tips. Bierley Sewage Works (O-14) Internal narrow gauge railways were the backbone for many industrial locations. Simon Hargraves’ 014 gauge micro layout is a prime example. Riddings Junction (OO) A change of residence afforded Robert Fickling the opportunity to create this well-observed layout. SCENERY SPECIAL How to make custom card buildings Kevin Phare provides a masterclass in architectural model construction using a renewable material in plentiful supply. How to create an industrial scene Michael Russell explores a seldom-seen range of continental kits to construct customisable brick-built warehouse architecture. How to make a wire fence Obligatory on Britain’s railways for safety and legal reasons, Kevin Phare demonstrates how a variant of this common lineside feature can be added to your model railway. The BRM guide to model grass This scenic staple is provided by many suppliers, but ranges and their availability can vary. Howard Smith’s overview will help you make a more informed choice. BRM meets: Finescale Model World Phil Parker visits the Black Country to meet with Finescale Model World and uncover the history of its scenic creations. Sustainable Modelling The environment is one of this century’s biggest conundrums. Howard Smith looks at solutions for creating model scenery, without adversely impacting on the scenery of our planet. PRACTICAL BRM Billy Bookcase: Build a OO9 gauge layout Phil Parker builds the second layout in this series, in an increasingly popular gauge, perfect for small spaces. From start to finish, read how. PLUS Young modellers at Pendon Pendon Museum’s half-term workshops are encouraging youngsters to become involved with model-making. Howard Smith visited to discover more. Review: Dapol JHA Hopper Due for release later this year to accompany its forthcoming Class 59, Simon Bendall examines the first decorated samples. Review: Hornby SR Bulleid 59ft stock Tony Wright takes a closer look at this new range of Southern Region coaches for modellers of the post-war to late-1960s. Review: Heljan Class 37/4 The latest diesel-electric 'tractor' from the manufacturer is an opportunity for Howard Smith to cast a critical eye. New Books This month's new arrivals on our shelves are diverse, from books on modelling the early railways to a 2019 main line rail guide. Tail Lamp John Lloyd of Green Scene reflects on the evolution of model railway scenery, with insight on ranges old and new. Don't miss your copy, available to download from pocketmags.com/BRM from July 11. Or, pick up a copy in stores from July 18.
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