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BRM September 2018

16 LIFE-LIKE 3D IMAGES - Free Pendon Booklet, exclusive to buyers and subscribers of BRM!

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Digital edition on-sale now, print copies in stores from August 16.

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Here's what's inside this month's digital version:

INCREDIBLE 3D PENDON SUPPLEMENT

 

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Amazing scenes from the nation’s finest model railway – it’s just like being there!

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2 extra videos:

- Guide to using bending bars

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- Kernow Model Rail 10003 unboxing video

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20 extra pictures!
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Full BRM DVD footage included:

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- Marsh Chipping, an N gauge layout set in the Cotswolds at the end of steam
- Build a plastic building kit based on Mortimer station
- Howard Smith troubleshoots common Peco point problems

CUE 3D PENDON REACTION VIDEO MAGIC

 

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INSIDE THE SEPTEMBER 'SKILLS' ISSUE...
HEBBLE VALE GOODS (EM) - Karl Crowther’s layout is a lesson in the skilled manipulation of textured sheet materials and a study in stone-built architecture, with plenty of lessons to learn
RIPLEY (OO) - With several layouts already exhibited, a walk in the Derbyshire countryside supplied the source material for Shaun Robson's next venture.
MARSH CHIPPING (N) - Dave Westwood's layout demonstrates the scenic potential of modelling in N. The Cotswolds countryside at the end of steam makes for good modelling too.
AWNGATE (OO9) - The Wantage Tramway informed Michael Campbell’s diminutive model, hence its anagrammatical moniker. The rest is fiction, but is enjoyable nonetheless.

BUILD A BRASS SHED - Here's the ideal brass started kit for you this weekend...
POINTS IMPROVEMENTS - Unhappy with the appearance of your Peco points? Here's how you can improve them...
REPAINT A CLASS 31 - Michael Russell completes his Hornby model transformation, turning his attention to the paintwork
MAKING HOLES - And all the tools you need to make them!

A BRACE OF V2S - Building kits is rewarding. This pairing of Gresley V2 kits should please fans of brass and resin alike!

WORKBENCH ESSENTIALS - And some tips on their use - every modeller should have these!

FIT PICKUPS - Tired of poor running on RTR or kit-built models? We've the ideal solution...

Trade News Howard Smith rounds up the best of what’s heading to retail right now.
The latest railway books for your collection
New models and the latest new gear
Reviewed: Heljan 47XX and Kernow Bulleid Diesel

PAINTING SKILLS - Airbrush artist Lisa Munro has practical advice for priming, masking, painting and finishing your models

GAUGEMASTER SHOW - The Gaugemaster shop is a Mecca for modellers, with a railway station on its doorstep. Here’s a preview of their bi-annual show

TINGS PREVIEW - A must-attend show for many modellers, here's our pick of the 30+ layouts on display at this year’s international N gauge event
PROTOTYPE INSPIRATION V2s - Nigel Gresley’s imposing 2-6-2s are regarded as among the man’s finest works. Tony Wright looks at their history and operations
Inbox: your letters, thoughts and modelling projects
TAIL LAMP - Anne Martin of Great Eastern Models, extols the benefits of running events for customers, local clubs and manufacturers

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We hope you enjoy it,
Howard

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Looks like I might have beaten the pack.  And it is rather good although some folk might get the wrong message when I mention that Phil Parker has an article about how to build a shed although Tony Wright's subject matter - building a pair of V2s - is much more obvious.   Overall it looks like one of the best issues for a while even if the cover is in 3-D (only for the main picture) and I do actually like the new 3-D Pendon picture supplement.  A nice selection of layout articles and some really good stuff in the 'Practical BRM' line.


 


I won't steal the editorial team's thunder by publishing a list of contents but they (the contents, and no doubt the editorial team) are good - an edition well worth buying if you haven't invested in a subscription but no doubt it will be in a plastic bag because of the Pendon supplement and accompanying 3-D specs.


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Thought I'd got a duff copy when I saw the back cover posted through my letter box!!!!

 

Only went to pendon a few weeks ago, I must go back if it's in 3d now!

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Looks like I might have beaten the pack.  And it is rather good although some folk might get the wrong message when I mention that Phil Parker has an article about how to build a shed although Tony Wright's subject matter - building a pair of V2s - is much more obvious.   Overall it looks like one of the best issues for a while even if the cover is in 3-D (only for the main picture) and I do actually like the new 3-D Pendon picture supplement.  A nice selection of layout articles and some really good stuff in the 'Practical BRM' line.

 

I won't steal the editorial team's thunder by publishing a list of contents but they (the contents, and no doubt the editorial team) are good - an edition well worth buying if you haven't invested in a subscription but no doubt it will be in a plastic bag because of the Pendon supplement and accompanying 3-D specs.

 

 

What's the review of the Heljan 47xx like Mike as I haven't got my copy yet.

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Subscribe to digital edition. Tried to order 3D glasses but page is unavailable. Ordered glasses for January edition but still waiting for them! read digital edition on iPad and still can’t see videos in full screen. May go back to magazine.

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Just a couple of small points. Howard's pice on the video on cutting parts from sprues didn't include a warning to always cut away from yourself and never hold something in one hand whilst wielding a knife with the other. The other point is that when filing a curve, one should always go the opposite way to the curve as in item 3 on the link:

http://4mechtech.blogspot.com/2013/12/types-of-filing.html 

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Unfortunately not all eyes can see the 3D effect through those glasses and I seem to be one of them. All I see is a blurred blue and red patchy mess so bit of a waste of paper and effort here.

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I can cover my left eye and just look at the pictures, with the glasses on.

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Unfortunately not all eyes can see the 3D effect through those glasses and I seem to be one of them. All I see is a blurred blue and red patchy mess so bit of a waste of paper and effort here.

 

Oddly I found these better to view than the last lot and just held the 3-D specs in front of my reading glasses to get an excellent 3-D image.  Obviously there are numerous variations between people in respect of their eyesight but for whatever reason this supplement has worked far better for me than the previous one and, I need hardly say, it has some top notch pics (even if Pendon misunderstood the Block Regulations in setting the scene for one of them :angel: ).

What's the review of the Heljan 47xx like Mike as I haven't got my copy yet.

 

It struck me as a bit vanilla-ish Rob although it does pick up on some of the decorative shortcomings.  What it doesn't do is pick up on one of my big complaints about the model where, to me at any rate, its 'face' simply doesn't look right although that isn't helped by the weird smokebox numberplate on the BR liveried versions.   No disrespect to the guy who wrote it but I still find BRM reviews (except when done by Tony Wright) sometimes falling into a lesser category than many aspects of the 'Model Rail' reviews (although equally I don't like some aspects of them either!).  However reviewing anything is always a difficult task and there is a fine line between objectivity and subjectivity so it is easy to criticise and of course it all depends who the review comments are aimed at.  Having said all that I really don't want to see. BRM 'taking on' 'Model Rail' when it comes to reviews of r-t-r items (one mag doing that is quite enough in my book) and they do very well in respect of other things they review.

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It's not been mentioned yet, but Howard asked for pics and short write up of Scenic items, it was due in the Aug edition, but after I bought it, found out it was delayed to the September issue, does anyone know if it is this Edition please?

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It's not been mentioned yet, but Howard asked for pics and short write up of Scenic items, it was due in the Aug edition, but after I bought it, found out it was delayed to the September issue, does anyone know if it is this Edition please?

 

Your fame awaits Andy - see page 35 of Inbox!

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Am I the only one that finds that the Marsh Chipping article spoiled by the DMToys logo splashed all over it? (Digital edition).

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I have had a subscription for a few years but with the latest price increase I will be stopping my direct debit as it is getting to be more than I want to pay.

 

This is reinforced by having more 3D photos which trying to use the 3D glasses has given me the same headache as I got last time. The 3D stuff just does not work for me maybe due to my wearing varifocal glasses.

 

Very unhappy as I have enjoyed BRM but feel that all the "extras" add very little for me but are costing more as time passes.

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I have had a subscription for a few years but with the latest price increase I will be stopping my direct debit as it is getting to be more than I want to pay.

 

Very unhappy as I have enjoyed BRM but feel that all the "extras" add very little for me but are costing more as time passes.

 

The chances are that, as a subscriber, you are not paying the cover price per issue. There's been all sorts of offers from discounted prices to ones including 'free' gifts so it's important to look at what subscriber price you are paying and not the cover price. Existing subscribers normally stay on the same package unless they choose a subsequent offer so a price rise doesn't normally impact that.

 

Newsstand sales, for any magazine, are generally not as profitable (due to retailer margins and constrictions they place) as subscribers (or digital customers) so subscriber offers are normally quite enhanced.

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It struck me as a bit vanilla-ish Rob although it does pick up on some of the decorative shortcomings.  What it doesn't do is pick up on one of my big complaints about the model where, to me at any rate, its 'face' simply doesn't look right although that isn't helped by the weird smokebox numberplate on the BR liveried versions.   No disrespect to the guy who wrote it but I still find BRM reviews (except when done by Tony Wright) sometimes falling into a lesser category than many aspects of the 'Model Rail' reviews (although equally I don't like some aspects of them either!).  However reviewing anything is always a difficult task and there is a fine line between objectivity and subjectivity so it is easy to criticise and of course it all depends who the review comments are aimed at.  Having said all that I really don't want to see. BRM 'taking on' 'Model Rail' when it comes to reviews of r-t-r items (one mag doing that is quite enough in my book) and they do very well in respect of other things they review.

 

I wrote the 47xx review and although I'd stand by the comments made about the numberplates, smokebox stays, front footplate angles etc. I may have noted other things if I hadn't been on a tight deadline (thanks to the courier giving a review sample a proper destruction test after it left the office intact necessitating a replacement). The face of the model, in the flesh, didn't offend but I did make comment about smokebox plates on the BR versions. I feel it's an honest appraisal and the manufacturer felt it was fair too but I appear to have offended three manufacturers in the past year with reviews (all factual points and not subjective).

 

I highlighted part of your paragraph in red as I think it's an important point, a review is intended to speak to a potential customer and to the reader who may not be buying one so that they are, hopefully, better informed. I fully accept you and many other participants in the relevant topic on RMweb are better informed than someone who hasn't read the topic so I accept you may not have gleaned any revelations from the review.

 

Depending on timescales we try to put a review sample in the hands of someone who knows the subject matter well enough so we'd obviously ask Tony if he could do us an East Coast favour and next month's issue will have a very informative review by Muz of the Brighton Atlantic which missed this month's deadline a couple of weeks ago. Sometimes timescales prohibit such an approach and it falls to a staffer to burn the midnight oil, a review will normally take more than a day to photograph (and yes, digital readers get more images), process, formulate notes (historical, technical and model) and write up before it hits the page design stage.

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I counted ten repetitions of the same advert in that one article.

 

I have no objection in principle to a feature being "sponsored", if that sponsorship means that I get something more for my money.

 

An example of this would be if a company paid for the expense of having a member of the BRM team attend an event. Something that might otherwise not be possible within the magazines normal budget.

 

In this case however, the sponsorship added nothing to the magazine and I found it most distracting.

 

Andrew

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I counted ten repetitions of the same advert in that one article.

 

 

I think you've made a valid point there and I've just spoken to Steve about it; at least some variety to the buttons with more information would have been better.

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The problem is the buttons spoil the photos. Are they also present in the print version?

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The problem is the buttons spoil the photos. Are they also present in the print version?

It seems to be a special digital only feature.

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I think you've made a valid point there and I've just spoken to Steve about it; at least some variety to the buttons with more information would have been better.

Hi Andy, and maybe not covering the photos. Enjoyed the mag otherwise. :)

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Looks like I might have beaten the pack.  And it is rather good although some folk might get the wrong message when I mention that Phil Parker has an article about how to build a shed although Tony Wright's subject matter - building a pair of V2s - is much more obvious.   Overall it looks like one of the best issues for a while even if the cover is in 3-D (only for the main picture) and I do actually like the new 3-D Pendon picture supplement.  A nice selection of layout articles and some really good stuff in the 'Practical BRM' line.

Surely Phil Parker's shed will offer very little protection from Tony Wright's V2 rockets........

:sarcastic:

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Looks like I might have beaten the pack.  And it is rather good although some folk might get the wrong message when I mention that Phil Parker has an article about how to build a shed although Tony Wright's subject matter - building a pair of V2s - is much more obvious.   Overall it looks like one of the best issues for a while even if the cover is in 3-D (only for the main picture) and I do actually like the new 3-D Pendon picture supplement.  A nice selection of layout articles and some really good stuff in the 'Practical BRM' line.

 

I won't steal the editorial team's thunder by publishing a list of contents but they (the contents, and no doubt the editorial team) are good - an edition well worth buying if you haven't invested in a subscription but no doubt it will be in a plastic bag because of the Pendon supplement and accompanying 3-D specs.

 

 

I was under the impression that this issue was to be published on 16 August, but McColl's still have the August issue on display, and no sign yet of the September issue.

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I was under the impression that this issue was to be published on 16 August, but McColl's still have the August issue on display, and no sign yet of the September issue.

 

I'm a subscriber so normally (and it doesn't always happen) I will get my copy before the mag appears on the newsstands.  One of the advantages of taking out a subscription (not that being first is anything special but at least it means I normally have by the time the contents are being discussed which can be useful).

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I was under the impression that this issue was to be published on 16 August, but McColl's still have the August issue on display, and no sign yet of the September issue.

 

It should have been August 16 - those were the dates we've been working to. Would you mind letting us know which McColl's store this was, please? Hopefully it'll be in your local very soon.

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