Thursday, 9 March 2017

AMRM April 2017 issue is being distributed.

The April 2017 issue of AMRM is now in the process of being distributed and should have appeared in your hobby shop, newsagent or letterbox by now (or very soon).
It is scheduled to be available everywhere by Thursday 16 March 2017. 
The digital version of AMRM has been released by Zinio.




The April 2017 cover.





The contents page.




This issue's feature layout article continues Stuart Dix's description of his HO scale modern-era Victorian layout. This chapter details the major extension that materially changed the look of the layout.



As usual, we endeavour to bring you a wide variety of interesting articles on as many aspects of modelling Australian railways as we can fit in. As always, this issue features something for everyone.

 Do you like those colourful modern trains and would like to model them more authentically? Chris Jones describes a very easy to model series of trains currently moving material on the NSW Main South line.


Building a layout and looking for a believable way of getting the trains 'offstage'? Craig Veitch may be able to help with the latest in his series on building his layout.


'Branchline Ramblings' returns with a follow-up to one of Ron's most memorable past columns, describing how 'out-of' traffic moves on his layout, Werris Creek.



This issue's Gallery highlights the 2016 Launceston model railway exhibition, with Stuart Dix's camera capturing some of the very fine modelling that was on display at this 'apple isle' event. It wasn't all local prototype, either... 


It has taken a while, but the Ixion 32 class locomotive provided for review has finally passed through 'shops' and entered service. As usual, this 'On the Workbench' feature covers the prototype history of the class, describes the r-t-r model 'as purchased' and goes on to describe how to give it that final polish to make it look as authentic as possible. 


The Reviews section may be small, but it features a very comprehensive review of the latest HO scale kit from Peter Boorman's Workshop, the original (1892) NSWGR BD open wagon and a look at Train Hobby's latest book, 30 Years of Country Passenger Trains Victoria 1950s to 1980s.


Then, to finish off, we have eight pages of News and Recent Releases, with, as usual, the odd surprise... 



As most are now aware, 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
Production Manager






Thursday, 12 January 2017

AMRM February 2017 issue now available.

The February 2017 issue of AMRM is being distributed now.
It is scheduled to be available everywhere by Friday 27 January 2017. 
The digital version of AMRM has been released by Zinio.




The February 2017 cover.





Every now and then we make little changes to improve the 'look' and functionality of the magazine. The contents page hasn't changed in design for a very long time, so it was definitely time to do something about that. From this issue the contents page is a double page spread on pgs 4 and 5, with the contents displayed on the left hand side and Comment and magazine editorial information on the right hand page. Below is the new pg.4 of the contents page.



This issue's feature layout article describes Stuart Dix's HO scale modern-era Victorian layout, set in the western area of Victoria. The evolution of this layout over more than ten years makes for a fascinating long and detailed story, so part one is in this issue and part two will follow in the April 2017 issue.



The rest of the contents is as just as interesting and covers as wide a range of prototypes and modelling activities as we can squeeze in!



David Clark shows how to scratchbuild a very necessary Victorian vehicle for those wishing to operate r-t-r VR KQ container wagons in a prototypical manner.



When most people think of 'Operation', they envisage large layouts with multiple stations and multiple operators, but Arthur Hayes shows that even the smallest one-station layout can be made operationally interesting by operating it as if it is part of a larger system.





Those who claim AMRM doesn't run scratchbuilding articles anymore hasn't been paying attention! The second scratchbuilding article in this issue complete's David Foulkes' series of articles on VR timber bridges by showing how to construct one in HO scale.



With yet another scratchbuilding article, Craig Mackie shows how to build another type of fence that can be quickly assembled for even the largest layout.



Prototype info hasn't been forgotten either, with Maikha Ly going 'Beyond the Fence' to highlight some very common commercial building types that are rarely modeled.




David Jameson follows up on the recent debate about whether modelling is 'cool' or not with a description of a very credible attempt at publicising the hobby that appears to be meeting with great approval in its target market.



Have you got a couple of favourite locomotives that don't run? Garry Kahler has a 'lateral' solution, use them as scenery!



Last, but certainly not least, Peter Gleadall celebrates 80 years of the Sydney Model Railway Society with a potted history and a look at the society's two current layouts.


The Reviews section features a look at the second run of the Southern Rail HO scale r-t-r Victorian V/Locity railcars, as well as SEM's latest kit, the VR 'short' steel U vans, plus three books that will be useful to the modeller, Locomotive Enginemen of Tasmania by Nick Anchen, To the Fertile Plains Beyond: The Story of Crossing the Blue Mountains by the late, great CC Singleton and Railway Hotels of Australia - Volume Two: New South Wales by Scott Whitaker.

As this issue was prepared just before Christmas, there isn't a lot of news about, but what there was is still intriguing...

And there was one big item of news that arrived just a little to late to include in this issue. Casula Hobbies received their first complete, factory-painted samples of their HO scale, r-t-r NSWGR R type carriages. Here is a shot of part of the Tuscan and russet version of Set 108, the Caves Express set.


As most are now aware, 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
Production Manager






Friday, 4 November 2016

Back Issue: AMRM December 2016

The December 2016 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.



The December 2016 cover.






The contents page.


























Plus Reviews and a large post-Liverpool exhibition Recent Releases/news section.



As most are now aware, 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 from the Zinio site:




James McInerney
Production Manager






Monday, 3 October 2016

It's great to see an AMRM article has provided inspiration.


Facebook member and AMRM reader, Steven Caines (www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009915570273), recently posted a Youtube clip that he says was inspired by Jonathan Majer's article Along the Line with a GoPro Digital Camera that was printed in AMRM issue 320 (October 2016). I think Steven has done rather a good job, both of the Youtube clip and the layout it was taken on. See the clip below.




James McInerney
Production Manager

  

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Back Issue: AMRM October 2016

The October 2016 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:



The October 2016 cover.



The contents of the October issue


The October issue's feature layout is traditionally illustrated by John Dennis and this year is no exception. John has provided another collection of superb photos to illustrate the HO scale VR exhibition layout, Fogarty's Gap, supporting the text provided by the layout's builder, Bob Gartside.


Fans of the Victorian Railways should enjoy this issue, as not only is the feature layout a model of Victorian prototype, but we are also starting a major, three-part article on modelling VR timber bridges in this issue.
The first part of David Foulkes three-part series covers the prototype aspects of the longitudinal deck timber bridges, including two pages of superb Lindsay Bennett drawings.

The second part of the article, covering the bridges with transverse decks, is currently scheduled to appear in the December AMRM.


We haven't forgotten the modellers of NSW prototype, particularly those poor, neglected souls who model the 1980s, as Nathan Cox has written a basic 'how-to' on how he has modelled most of the PTC/SRA fleet of Supplementary Interurban Cars, converted from redundant 72'6" wooden cars in the late 1970s/early 1980s to cater for the growing demand for commuter carriages on the services to the west, north, south and Illawarra lines.


Now that more and more modellers are progressing to building layouts, rather than just rolling stock, there are lots of little details that need to be added to a layout for which information is not always easily available. Craig Mackie shows us how to model typical lineside fencing, in this case, supported by drawings of standard NSWGR lineside fences from the AMRM collection.


While many are happy to pull the current crop of excellent r-t-r locomotives out of the box and 'plonk' them on the layout, couple up to a train and drive off, there is still room to modify them, particularly when fitting DCC. Ben O'Malley not only takes us through the steps of fitting DCC to a modern r-t-r locomotive (in this case, a Trainorama 48 class) he also shows how to modify the circuit boards to achieve independent control of the marker lights.


There has been a lot of discussion over the years on how one gets 'new blood' into the hobby. Rather than just talk about it, the Canberra Model Railway Club has done something about it and their efforts are described in this issue by Ron Geeves.


Well, you have built your layout and now you are wondering how it looks from the point of view of a 'scale' person riding on it. Jonathan Majer has utilised a GoPro camera to find out! The article also contains a link to the video on Youtube of the result and you can follow it here: https://youtu.be/tLzha8ceBqY



This issue's In the Loop with Trevor Hodges features a light-hearted look at what can happen when a club exhibits a layout at a country festival and Phil Jeffery takes AMRM's Detail Hound for a walk around Bendigo in 1976, sniffing out some details that would look very good incorporated into a model scene. 

Trevor's In the Loop series is generating some debate and feedback, including Doug O'Loughlin's reply, in the form of an 'Under Construction' article, to Trevor's claim in AMRM Issue 318 (June 2016) that one can have too much space in which to build a layout. Doug thinks not...



Sadly, we have lost a few 'names' from the hobby recently and this issue's Gallery looks back on another lost 'giant' of the hobby, the late Kev Loughhead and his ground-breaking Moping Branch Railway.


In the Reviews section we look at the r-t-r HO scale SAR 'Centenary' cars from Orient Express Reproductions and NSWGR SHG/BHG goods brakevans from SDS. Those that still like to make things themselves may find the review of the HO scale kit for a VR upper quadrant signal released by San Mateo Line to be of interest, while the book, Servo Great Australian Service Stations, will be useful for those wanting to detail a service station scene appropriately and for those looking for something a little 'different', the cardboard cut-out kit for Transport Heritage NSW's 3642 may appeal!

The commercial scene continues to be buoyant with lots of recent releases and news of upcoming models needing to be illustrated/described in the eight or so pages of the Recent Releases and News sections.

As most are now aware, 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 from the Zinio site:




James McInerney
Production Manager