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  1. Welcome readers and viewers to an issue of BRM – and World of Railways TV for print subscribers and digital edition viewers – brimming with model-making ideas, advice and a great selection of layouts, if we dare say so! Get your copy today from www.pocketmags.com/BRM, or pick up a copy in stores from January 28.


    World Of Railways TV features an interview with Hornby's Simon Kohler about its 2022 range, 'Shenston Road' from this issue in all its glory, plus an in-depth demonstration of the hunt coupling system for locomotives and rolling stock.



    Inside this issue of the magazine, we tour the transition-era layout 'Witham' (OO)...



    ... London's lost tramways with 'Kennington Cross' (OO)...



    ... 'Shenston Road Steelworks' (EM) in the 1970s...



    ...and 'Port Eden' (G scale) a coastal miniature railway.




    Practicals this issue cover building this magnificent hotel in 2mm:1ft scale...



    ...laying track and wiring an accessible layout...



    ...restoring older locomotives with tips for improving motor performance...

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    ...and read how this detailed campsite diorama was created!


    Plus, don't miss our reviews of Bachmann's Class 20/0...

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    ...the latest news including Hornby's 2022 range...

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    Plus, new books, inspirational modelling and much more! Get your copy today from www.pocketmags.com/BRM, or pick up a copy in stores from January 28.

    Happy reading, viewing, and modelling!


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  2. Model builders across the UK and mainland Europe unite to present their diorama creations at a French exhibition in 2022.

    World-of-Railways is partnering with 3D printed sheet manufacturer Redutex to invite entries to French model exhibition Euromodel's 2022 diorama competition.


    Euromodel's 2022 event (postponed from 2021 due to Covid) will provide a spectacle of model cars, railways, dioramas, R/C vehicles, acrobatic planes, helicopters and more.




    The 'Miniature Architects' competition will see participants from across Europe take part to create dioramas inspired by regional architecture. World-of-Railways, BRM and RMweb is seeking UK entries to the competition, awards for which will be presented during the exhibition in Châtellerault, France on September 24/25, 2022.


    The diorama must be able to fit in a private vehicle – exact dimensions aren't specified – and should be constucted in a scale between 1:35 and 1:64 (1:72 and 1:220 scale category also available) with a central theme of a building, whether a house or industrial warehouse. The diorama can be a scenic cameo, and include a railway or military scene, but must represent the style of a chosen region.


    Download the Miniature Architects diorama guidelines here.


    At least four different types of Redutex self-adhesive textured sheets should be used on the building diorama. Buildings or constructions can be complete or a part representation of the real or imaginary prototype, and must conform to the appropriate style of the chosen region.


    The Redutex sheets can be used out of scale, reworked or refinished; they serve to add relief to the model. Redutex self-adhesive texture sheets are available in the UK from DCC Supplies.


    The competing model-maker (or club) may choose the theme, region, country and the environment of their diorama which should be accompanied by one or more photographs illustrating the style of the prototype and region modelled. Dioramas entered must never have been previously shown at an exhibition, or the subject of a magazine article.




    Howard Smith, Multi-media Editor of BRM and World-of-Railways said, "This competition is a fantastic opportunity and will bring together modellers of all interests, from miniature wargaming, to military and railway constuction backgrounds. Teaming up with the French, Dutch and Spanish railway press is sure to create a healthy number of entries, and we're looking for the many talented modellers of the UK to step forward and represent our contingent. We see talented modelling all the time in our model press and modelling forums – now's the time to share this with a new audience."


    World of Railways is adding to the Redutex and press-backed prizes with Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for both scale categories:

    • Gold – One year subscription to WOR Plus
    • Silver – One year subscription to BRM digital
    • Bronze – Printed copy of Smoke and Steam bookazine




    Diorama builders will exhibit their diorama at the show, or have it represented by a show attendee. If unable to attend the show, diorama builders will need to send it by post in advance, the models requiring thought and robust construction. Awards for the best dioramas will be judged by a panel comprising of Euromodel's event organisers, Redutex, and representatives from the Cercle du Zéro, the French 7mm:1ft scale association which will host its 40th anniversary at the show.


    Interested in taking part? Download the Miniature Architects diorama guidelines.


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  3. Just two sleeps to Christmas day – exciting, right? As Debbie, Andy, Phil, and our designer Ruth, wake up to check their Christmas stockings and see what the big man has delivered, we have a new issue of BRM to present you with, and subscriber and digital edition copies get access to World of Railways TV, too.

    So, if you can't find entertainment to suit this festive season, and you'd like something more tailored to your interests, why not download a copy of the February 2022 issue of BRM, on-sale from tomorrow at www.pocketmags.com/BRM. Alternatively, if you like the feel of a printed copy in your hand, why not pick up a copy from stockists from December 31.


    Inside this issue:

    *Includes World of Railways TV

    Layouts: 'Shenston Road' (EM) – memories of the early 1970s BR Western Region railway live on through this exceptional model.



    'Camel Quay' (OO) – useful advice on purchasing a second-hand layout, through experience by this layout owner.



    'Little Burford' (O) – made with great enthusiasm for a client, this was a new scale for its professional layout builder.

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    Practical BRM this month includes a guide to modelling a forest...

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    Weathering Heljan's OO9 gauge 'Lyn' locomotive...



    Ballasting for beginners...



    Adapting a laser-cut kit...

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    How to build a white-metal chaldron wagon...

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    Plus an introduction to the new BRM project layout...

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    Don't miss our selection of inspirational modelling, plus reviews of Dapol's 'Prarie' (OO)...



    Heljan's Class 47 (O)...

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    IRM's Tara Mines wagons (OO)...

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    Plus new books reviewed and much more!

    The February 2022 issue of BRM, on-sale digitally at www.pocketmags.com/BRM, with printed copies available from stockists on December 31.

    As always, we hope you enjoy the read and watch this Christmas, and best wishes from us all at BRM and World of Railways.


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