Tuesday, 5 March 2019

AMRM April 2019 issue is at the printer

The April 2019 issue of AMRM is now at the printer and should start becoming available soon. It should be on sale at hobby shops and newsagents, plus the online version should be available from Zinio, from Thursday 14 March and it should be available everywhere by Monday 18 March.

If your local hobby shop or newsagent does not have a copy, you can purchase a paper copy of the current issue online at: www.australianmodelrailways.com.


The digital version of the April 2019 AMRM is due to be released by Zinio on Thursday 14 March.

Buy digital issue of April 2019 AMRM from Zinio (after release).



The April 2019 cover.




The contents page.


With this issue's feature layout article we revisit the South Australian outline layout built by the late Barry Lloyd. Sadly, Barry passed away last December, so this is the last time we are likely to see this very fine layout.


We have quite a variety of articles in this issue, some very much 'off the beaten track'.

Definitely 'off the beaten track' is the steam era Commonwealth Railways, but that hasn't stopped Dan Carmody following the prototype and adapting a r-t-r NSWGR low-frame 32 class into a model of the pre-war mainstay of the CR, the G class 4-6-0. This article also features a magnificent HO scale drawing of the prototype G class drawn by the very talented Lindsay Bennett.

Passenger carriages feature heavily in this issue, with the second part of Kevin Tiernan's comprehensive and easy to follow series on scratchbuilding a NSW VHO passenger brake van in HO scale. 

Victoria is not neglected either, though the principles are useful for any prototype, with Tony Scott showing how to fit working vestibule connections to passenger carriages. If Tony can do this in N scale, it shouldn't be that hard to reproduce in the larger scales!

Staying in Victoria, though once more, the principles are true for any prototype or scale, Mark Laidlay creates very effective tarpaulins from tea bags.


Ron Cunningham's Branchline Ramblings column returns for this issue with a description of a visit to the editor's Lambing Flat layout, shortly before it was dismantled due to a house move.


NSWGR steam is definitely not neglected in this issue, with Steve Williamson overcoming a tricky problem with an Austrains 36 class and Ray Smith beginning a Gallery series describing his Standard Goods fleet, all converted from r-t-r Eureka 50 class locomotives. 



Leon Oberg also describes two items of NSW rolling stock that have been recycled for use after their rail-borne careers that would make for interesting scenic features.


The Reviews section features two new items from Southern Rail, a ready-to-place stock race and their range of r-t-r Newcastle coalfields non-air hopper wagons.  


The Recent Releases/News section, despite a definite slowdown in the commercial sector,  still runs to five and a half pages of interesting information on new models, both released and due soon.


We also have available an online version of AMRM to compliment our traditional paper version. You can purchase the paper version from newsagents, hobby shops and specialist bookshops (or direct from AMRM if none of the above are convenient), while the online version can be purchased either through us or direct from Zinio International.

Contact AMRM, either by sending us the form below, or via our website, to take out a subscription to the online version (or adjust your current subscription to include the online version) in time for the release of the online version.



Purchase this issue of AMRM in either paper or digital form (after release).
Ring the office on (02) 9311 2036 and have your credit card handy

or



To order the current issue from our website.


Or click here to


online to the paper or digital (or both) versions of AMRM at our website.



You can also purchase a digital issue of AMRM (including back issues) from the Zinio site. 



James McInerney
Editor






Monday, 14 January 2019

AMRM February 2019 issue now available

The February 2019 issue of AMRM should now be available everywhere.

If your subscriber copy hasn't arrived please contact the AMRM office on (02) 9311 2036.

If your local hobby shop or newsagent does not have a copy, you can purchase a paper copy of the current issue online at: www.australianmodelrailways.com.


The digital version of AMRM is available from Zinio.




The February 2019 cover.




The contents page.


This issue's feature layout is a permanent HO scale home layout that reproduces the very popular location of Goulburn on the NSW Main South line.


Our feature article for this issue shows that two common beliefs are completely false! Firstly, scratchbuilding is not dead and secondly, there are younger modellers turning out some very fine models!
This issue sees the first part of Kevin Tiernan's very comprehensive, well illustrated and easy to follow series on scratchbuilding a passenger carriage in HO scale. 


AMRM's graphics designer, John Casey, takes time out from assembling the magazine to write and illustrate a very useful article on creating billboard advertisements for buildings.


Continuing the scratchbuilding theme of this issue is Doug Simpson with an article on how to create attractive buildings from photos, a great 'short cut' to scratchbuilding for those without the time or inclination to build everything in the traditional way.


Ready-to-run modellers haven't been forgotten either. Ian Dunn has written a Prototype File on the NSWGR four-wheel HG goods brake vans, outlining their history and areas of use, to go with the review (also published in this issue) of the recently released Casula Hobbies r-t-r HO scale range of HG brake vans.


This issue's Gallery catches us up with some of the changes on Peter Knife's Sn3.5 layout, based on Minnipa on the SAR's Eyre Peninsula, via more excellent photos from John Dennis.


This issue, Trevor Hodges' regular 'In the Loop' column takes an entertaining look at the proposition that one can model in too many scales at once (or can one?) and Phil Jeffery's Beyond the Fence article looks at some once common infrastructure, the PMG's wooden phone boxes and cast iron mailing boxes. This very useful article has already encouraged me to create a 'near enough' Australian phone box from a Peco British kit I had lying about!


The Reviews section features the aforementioned r-t-r Casula Hobbies range of HO scale NSWGR HG goods brakevans (and W&W derivatives) and the latest release from Eveleigh Press, The Steam Tram in Australia & New Zealand, as written by respected historian Bruce Macdonald.


Despite it being the traditionally quiet pre-Christmas period when the Recent Releases/News section was prepared, we still managed to fill five pages with lots of interesting information on new models, both released and due soon.


We also have available an online version of AMRM to compliment our traditional paper version. You can purchase the paper version from newsagents, hobby shops and specialist bookshops (or direct from AMRM if none of the above are convenient), while the online version can be purchased either through us or direct from Zinio International.

Contact AMRM, either by sending us the form below, or via our website, to take out a subscription to the online version (or adjust your current subscription to include the online version) in time for the release of the online version.



Purchase this issue of AMRM in either paper or digital form.
Ring the office on (02) 9311 2036 and have your credit card handy

or



To order the current issue from our website.


Or click here to


online to the paper or digital (or both) versions of AMRM at our website.



You can also purchase a digital issue of AMRM (including back issues) from the Zinio site. 



James McInerney
Editor






Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Back Issue: December 2018 AMRM


The December 2018 issue of AMRM is now available as a back issue direct from SCR Publications (paper copy) or Zinio (digital copy).

You can obtain a paper copy of the current issue online at:

or directly from the AMRM office by phone on (02) 9311 2036, using your Credit Card.

(scroll down from current issue).



The December 2018 cover.




The contents page.


This issue's feature layout is a permanent HO scale home layout that very nicely recreates the look of Sydney's outer suburban region.



Tom Carlos continues his Billabong Marina series with a description of the main industry on the layout.



Ron Geeves returns with another article on the Canberra Model Railway Club's school mentoring efforts, describing a computer-controlled exhibition layout built by the students involved in the program.



In possibly the easiest conversion ever described in AMRM, Peter Ennis shows how to adapt an Orient Express Reproductions SAR M van model to represent the vans hired by the VR between the wars for evaluation purposes.



Craig Mackie describes an easy to complete model of a very common everyday object.


This issue featured another 'On the Workbench' for the 'hardcore' modeller from Cliff Barrett. While ostensibly a description of the construction of a Mechanical Branch Models NSWGR water tank, the author's description of the construction process contains a huge amount of useful information that will be of value to anyone constructing complicated kits or scratchbuilding a model of their own.



Trevor Hodges returns with 'In the Loop', having penned an interesting essay on the advances in the hobby that we have enjoyed over the last 30 years or so. Gallery describes, using models constructed by Ian Denny, the interesting story of an aspect of interstate transport of priority traffic prior to the ISO container revolution that has been all but forgotten.


The Reviews section features the r-t-r Orient Express Reproductions model of the SAR F class steam locomotive and the latest batch of r-t-r HO scale passenger carriages from Casula Hobbies.


As one might expect in the issue prepared after the AMRA (NSW) Liverpool exhibition, the thirteen page Recent Releases/News section is chock full of very tasty new models, both available and 'on the way'.


We also have available an online version of AMRM to compliment our traditional paper version. You can purchase the paper version from newsagents, hobby shops and specialist bookshops (or direct from AMRM if none of the above are convenient), while the online version can be purchased either through us or direct from Zinio International.

Contact AMRM, either by sending us the form below, or via our website, to take out a subscription to the online version (or adjust your current subscription to include the online version) in time for the release of the online version.




Purchase this issue of AMRM as a back issue in either paper or digital form

Ring the office on (02) 9311 2036 and have your credit card handy

or

Order a back issue from our website


You can also purchase a digital back issue direct from the Zinio site:




James McInerney
Editor






Monday, 10 September 2018

Back Issue: October 2018 AMRM


The October 2018 issue of AMRM is now available as a back issue direct from SCR Publications (paper copy) or Zinio (digital copy).

You can obtain a paper copy of the current issue online at:

or directly from the AMRM office by phone on (02) 9311 2036, using your Credit Card.

(scroll down from current issue).



The October 2018 cover.




The contents page.


This issue's feature layout carries on the 'minimum space' theme from last issue, spotlighting Little Chipping, the latest in a series of minimum space Victoria-themed exhibition layouts constructed by the Murden family over the last thirty or so years.


Furthering the 'minimum space' theme is the latest instalment in Tom Carlos's Billabong Marina series, this time concentrating on adding industries.


Layouts are definitely the theme of this issue, with Trevor Hodges taking time out from penning In the Loop to describe how he built his layout's aluminium-framed baseboards.


The layout has been built and now you want to run it. Brian Peacock discusses an alternative to the classic method of controlling each train manually.


The construction of individual items of rolling stock has not been ignored in this issue, after all, we need something to run on all those layouts! Peter Ennis describes construction of a picturesque, but pretty much forgotten, item of VR rolling stock. 


The r-t-r revolution has made things a lot easier than in the old days when one had to do everything oneself, but that doesn't mean one can't take a good r-t-r locomotive and make it better! This month's On the Workbench details, 'chips' and weathers an Austrains 30 class tank locomotive.


If you want to see some very fine modelling, then the annual Modelling the Railways of South Australia convention is a good place to go! This issue's Gallery features some of the 3'6" narrow gauge models that were displayed at the 2017 convention.


The Reviews section looks at a very significant release from Auscision, the NSW 48/SA 830 class locomotive, r-t-r in HO scale. Also covered are two self-published books from the owner of last issue's feature layout, Phil Overton.


Things are quiet on the commercial scene at the moment (the AMRA (NSW) Liverpool exhibition is coming!), but we still have an interesting four-page Recent Releases/News section to tide us over until the expected Liverpool deluge of new models arrives!


We also have available an online version of AMRM to compliment our traditional paper version. You can purchase the paper version from newsagents, hobby shops and specialist bookshops (or direct from AMRM if none of the above are convenient), while the online version can be purchased either through us or direct from Zinio International.

Contact AMRM, either by sending us the form below, or via our website, to take out a subscription to the online version (or adjust your current subscription to include the online version) in time for the release of the online version.




Purchase this issue of AMRM as a back issue in either paper or digital form

Ring the office on (02) 9311 2036 and have your credit card handy

or

Order a back issue from our website


You can also purchase a digital back issue direct from the Zinio site:




James McInerney
Editor






Friday, 13 July 2018

Back Issue: August 2018 AMRM.

The August 2018 issue of AMRM is now available as a back issue direct from SCR Publications. 

Back issues of the digital version of AMRM are available from Zinio. 

Buy digital back issue of August 2018 AMRM from Zinio (scroll down from current issue).



The August 2018 cover.




The contents page.



This issue's feature layout is Phil Overton's minimum space HO scale exhibition layout 'Philden', which shows that you can have a modern era layout, even if you live in a small unit with a family.


With the deluge of beautifully detailed rolling stock that has hit the market over the last decade or so, it is nice to see that some still scratchbuild! Iain Hunter has modelled an unusual NSW flat wagon using techniques that are applicable to just about any scratchbuilt model.


If you don't feel you are quite up to scratchbuilding yet, try this simple SEM kit conversion from David Clark. You end up with a variation not many others will have and you will have learnt some valuable skills!


Two- (and multi-) deck layouts are becoming more and more popular, seeing as they allow a lot more operation in the same space as a single-deck layout. Graeme Barnes describes how to construct the very necessary helix to take the right-of-way from one deck to the next.

Continuing the layout building theme, Jonathan Majer has raided Bunnings to solve a storage problem he was developing with his multiplying modules!


The layout is going well and you are looking for some inspiration to detail the scenery. Our regular 'Beyond the Fence' feature in this issue has some ideas from Graham Watson for spicing up those blank brick walls . 


Unless you are modelling the 'early days', you will need some motor vehicles on your layout. John Casey has some ideas on sources of suitable cars for the very popular steam-diesel transition era.


This issue's Gallery has a mini-history of the HO scale models that have been available of the iconic NSW 46 class electric locomotive.


Trevor Hodges' In the Loop column discusses a very common problem in our aging demographic, the physical strains brought about by tracklaying!


The Reviews section looks at two recent HO scale modern era wagon releases, one from a well established manufacturer and the other from a 'new kid on the block'.


Thanks to the recent Rosehill (NSW) exhibition, the 14 page Recent Releases/News section is overflowing with tasty new models and the promise of things to come!


We also have available an online version of AMRM to compliment our traditional paper version. You can purchase the paper version from newsagents, hobby shops and specialist bookshops (or direct from AMRM if none of the above are convenient), while the online version can be purchased either through us or direct from Zinio International.

Contact AMRM, either by sending us the form below, or via our website, to take out a subscription to the online version (or adjust your current subscription to include the online version) in time for the release of the online version.




Purchase this issue of AMRM as a back issue in either paper or digital form

Ring the office on (02) 9311 2036 and have your credit card handy

or

Order a back issue from our website


You can also purchase a digital back issue direct from the Zinio site:




James McInerney
Editor