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Magwatch: Hornby Magazine #69 March 2013


Phil Parker

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EDITORIAL
Has Hornby set a new record for model delivery? The 2-BIL is already here and on time, kick starting the New Year…

 

UPDATE
The latest news from the model railway scene including the ‘Brighton Belle’ for ‘N’ gauge, news on Hornby Magazine’s exhibitions and updates from Hornby.

 

COMPETITION
This month we have three fantastic prizes from Grimy Times and Sankey Scenics with the star prize being a custom weathered Bachmann ‘D11/2’ worth £135!

 

NEW MILLS
This popular WCML echibition layout has been updated in spectacular fashion by Cooper Hire MRC to reflect the brilliantly varied transition years on the ‘Premier Line’.

 

TURBO BANJO
As Chris Jones’ ambitious Corkscrew Lines progresses, he reveals his innovative method of allowing continuous running to sustain interest during construction.

 

BACK TO BASICS
Not all weathering needs to be delicate – Tim Shackleton shows how simple it is to replicate the filthy condition of Southern Region utility vans.

 

PARKER’S GUIDE
Phil Parker takes on the construction of a pair of kits from niche suppliers and discovers that small size is no obstacle to straightforward construction.

 

TEN TOP TIPS FOR... DRIVING TRAINS
Evan Green-Hughes presents his top tips for operating a model railway just like the real thing.

 

CLAYHANGER YARD

With the baseboards complete on Hornby Magazine’s latest project layout, Phil Parker turns his attention to laying track on
this ‘O’ gauge model.

 

KINMUNDY
Inspired by a book on the Great North of Scotland Railway, the East Riding Finescale Group decided to create a fact based ‘might have been’ layout set on a frosty day in North East Scotland in the late 1960s.

 

DIGITAL COMMAND CONTROL
Hornby’s ‘L1’ 2-6-4T is a great candidate for digital sound and, as Paul Chetter discovers, there is more than one way of installing it to great effect.

 

REVIEWS
A packed reviews section is lead by Dapol’s ‘Western’ and Hornby’s 2-BIL for ‘OO’ plus an ‘N’ gauge ‘2884’, Weathers 01, Neo air compressor, Train-tech track tester, Bedord QL lorry kits, Mega-steam smoke oil, Humbrol workstation, Fleetline Construction pack, Black Compound, Trackdesigns poster, Budget cattle, NEM conversion for N.

 

REALITY CHECK
Evan Green-Hughes profiles the Southern Railway 2-BIL EMUs, which enjoyed long careers and transformed rail travel.

 

LOWER BRIGHTWELL

Started as a railway for pure operating pleasure, Richard Prokop has used the possibilities of Digital Command Control to brilliant effect in this large, but one-man operated, exhibition layout.

STAFF PROJECTS
Digital sound in ‘O’ gauge isn’t nearly as complicated as some imagine, thanks to new off-the-shelf models. Paul Chetter shows how it can be fitted in Ixion Model’s Hudswell-Clarke 0-6-0ST.

REALITY CHECK
With the arrival of Dapol’s stunning new ‘OO’ gauge ‘Western’, Evan Green-Hughes recalls the story of these cult locomotives.

SHOW GUIDE
Hornby Magazine’s Guide to forthcoming exhibitions and events.

 

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A very quick glance  and I've found a big red face, tip 7 complains about layouts with conflicting routes setup and tip 8 shows a train slowing for a token exchange - with the signal for the opposite direction at clear "facepalm". Plenty of minor mistakes in the text of this article too.

 

Perhaps more comments when I've read more

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A very quick glance  and I've found a big red face, tip 7 complains about layouts with conflicting routes setup and tip 8 shows a train slowing for a token exchange - with the signal for the opposite direction at clear "facepalm". Plenty of minor mistakes in the text of this article too.

 

Perhaps more comments when I've read more

You might need a lot of ink if you do.  The basic idea of the article is not a bad one, the execution is not as good as it ought to be when tackling this sort of subject - alas.

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Had a quick skim through it in Sainsburys this morning, the review photos of the Dapol Western look superb, and I think the 'head on' shot of the front end is the first published photo I've seen from this angle - it really does capture the look and feel very well from this aspect.

 

The review also mentions that the next instalment of 'Modern Locomotives Illustrated' will cover the Westerns ;-)

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Not so impressed by the sample 'prototypical' passenger train formations contained in the Brtish Rail ('Banger Blue') 1970's supplement.

 

Even taking into account a limit of four coaches there seemed to be little realism and an over reliance on what semed like some 'spare coaches' hanging around the editorial office.

 

Also no 'air cons'! These were introduced from 1971 onwards so should definitely have featured.

 

What do others think?

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