Tuesday, 12 July 2016

August 2016 issue of AMRM is at the printer

The August 2016 issue of AMRM is now being printed. Distribution should begin shortly and  and it is scheduled to be available at all the usual outlets by 
Monday 25 July. 
The digital copy of AMRM is due for release by Zinio on Tuesday 19 July: 


The August 2016 cover.



The contents of the June issue


This issue's feature layout is John Harriott's rather spectacular rendition in HO scale of the outer end of the now long closed Tumut-Batlow branch in southern NSW.
It isn't often one gets to see such a large layout that has reached this level of completeness in such a short time.



The feature modelling article in this issue should please those who like modelling modern(ish) diesels as Kyle Bailey takes us through the steps of superdetailing an Austrains 80 class. 


Adapting proprietary models is a bit of a theme this issue with Keiran Haskell showing how he adapted a widely available American kit to represent a typical Australian suburban house.


A small, but important, detail for those who run steam locomotives is the ability to double-head and/or shunt from the front. Peter Jarvis shows how easy it is to add a working Kadee coupler to the front of the recently released Eureka 50 class locomotive.



Warren Miller has provided an article outlining the history of the model railway retail trade in Australia, which should give a little historical background to the ongoing debate regarding hobby shops vs online retailing!



This issue's Gallery looks back too, with a tribute to the late Kevin Hardacre and his major contribution to the hobby in Australia, Protype, from Chris Sim.


This issue's In the Loop with Trevor Hodges talks about the importance of a comfortable and practical modelling desk and Eric MaCallum makes some simple jigs to ease the burden of laying track straight and parallel.  


In the Reviews section we look at the new r-t-r Railmotor Models SCT class diesel locomotive and SDS Victorian GY open wagons, plus limited run urethane kits for an SAR ballast plough and ballast hoppers from Peter Carter and Stewart Gamble, as well as, from San Mateo Line, r-t-p VR upper quadrant signals, all in HO scale. (It is good to see the the really tiny 'cottage' producers are still at it, providing models that would be uneconomic for the large r-t-r producers to provide.) Also reviewed are layout and locomotive wiring 'kits' from North Coast Engineering (NCE) and the latest book from the publishers of Northern Exposures, this time covering the Sydney area and the Main South in the 1960s, Lenses South.

There has been a lot happening in the commercial arena over the last couple of months as well, plus the sad demise of two very prominent members of the model railway fraternity, enough to fill to overflowing our ten page 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.


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


You can also subscribe (and purchase individual online issues - including some back issues) at the Zinio site


If you can't find the paper version of AMRM where you are,
purchase it direct over the net from SCR Publication (after release).



James McInerney
Production Manager







Wednesday, 11 May 2016

The June 2016 issue of AMRM has been released

The June 2016 issue of AMRM is now available everywhere. 
The digital copy of AMRM has been released by Zinio and is now available from their site: Purchase digital version of June 2016 AMRM.

The June 2016 cover.



The contents of the June issue


We haven't covered an exhibition layout for a while, thanks to a lot of really good home layouts coming to our attention lately, but 'public' layouts haven't been forgotten! This issue covers Peter Michalak's rendition in HO scale of Bridgewater, a prototype location on the South Australian main line to Melbourne in the Adelaide hills.Seven pages of photos and description in AMRM is almost as good as seeing it 'in the flesh'!


Adrian Gunzburg continues his two-part article on operating your layout, Australian-style, from the last issue. This section covers the practicalities of setting a layout up for operation.  


This issue features not one, but two layouts. The other is Chris Wilton's HO scale Glenbourne, which shows what the classic 'average' modeller can achieve in a very small space when he sets his mind to it! There are no excuses left now for the armchair modeller to claim they don't have enough space for a layout...


Do you have some old models tucked away in the back of the box that need some work to fix their flaws and bring them up to modern day standards? Andrew George gives us a few 'hints and tips'.


The 'regular' features are there too, including the first of a new series from Beyond the Fence creator, Phil Jeffery, who has taken AMRM's own Detail Hound for a walk through the yard at Yea, Vic, describing some very modelable detail he photographed there many years ago. In the Loop with Trevor Hodges asks if a layout can be too big and Chris Pearce shows how a quick modification of a Fast Tracks turnout building jig made his life a lot easier!  


Gallery looks both forwards and backwards with coverage of some of the models seen at the 2015 Hobsons Bay exhibition in anticipation of the delights that will most likely be on display at the 2016 exhibition, due to take place on the weekend of 2-3 July.



This issue's On the Workbench, AMRM's Production Manager covers the recently released HO scale Eureka Models r-t-r NSWGR 50 class 2-8-0 steam locomotive, starting with the prototype's history, reviews the model as it comes 'out of the box' and then illustrates some changes and additions, as well as weathering it, to make it into a suitable locomotive to shunt Lambing Flat's New Yard.


In the Reviews section we look at the new Austrains HO scale r-t-r NSW 41 class diesel locomotive (the reviewer's main complaint that was no matter how hard he tried, he couldn't get it to burst into flame like the prototype!) and KKG horsebox, SDS Models' JCW/NQJW container flat and two publications, Through the Lens by Graham Cotterall and Jason Ferguson, plus Modratec's 2016 signalling calendar.

Despite this being a 'quiet' time of year for commercial releases, we have still manage to fill six pages with the latest Recent Releases and News.

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.


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


You can also subscribe (and purchase individual online issues - including some back issues) at the Zinio site


If you can't find the paper version of AMRM where you are,
purchase it direct over the net from SCR Publication.



James McInerney
Production Manager







Thursday, 10 March 2016

Back Issue: April 2016

The paper version of the April 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. 

This issue's feature layout is another fine NSWGR steam-diesel transition era layout; Dick Grace's home layout, Koolah, based on the long closed station at Coolah, north of Mudgee in the mid-west of the state.



The contents of the April issue


Dick Grace's Koolah, another fine NSWGR layout in HO scale, is our feature layout.


You have built your layout, the rolling stock looks good and the scenery provides a fitting backdrop to your trains, but aimlessly running generic trains doesn't appeal for long. Rather than tear it down and start again, why not replicate the traffic movements of the real thing and make it interesting again? Adrian Gunzburg starts a two-part work on operating your layout, based on the operating patterns of the real railways in the steam-diesel transition era. 


Who said scratchbuilding was dead? Peter Sansom has built two NSWGR 19 class locos using traditional techniques that work in any scale, not just the one in which he has built his locos.


Having trouble keeping your track clean? Jonathan Majer adapts a track cleaning method purchased in an American prototype product to fit in a NSW vehicle, not only making keeping his track clean and his models running reliable, but also providing an appropriate vehicle that can be utilised as part of an operational scenario. 


Multi-deck layouts are becoming more popular, but the helix necessary to move between the levels can be difficult be difficult to scenic realistically. David Bartle suggests a method suitable for the local prototype.


We also have the usual 'regular' features, including a Beyond the Fence from Phil Jeffery, describing some very 'modelable' trees and the latest In the Loop from Trevor Hodges, musing on ways of increasing the 'play' value of one's model railway (do I detect a bit of a minor theme for this issue... ;) 


Last, but certainly not least in the articles section of the magazine, this issue's Gallery takes a quick look at some of the models of real-life locations currently on the exhibition circuit. We certainly hope that we will be able to provide a more 'in-depth' look at these layouts in future issues.


Our experiment with the concept of an 'extended review' of a commercially available kit has proven popular with readers, with Kevin Tiernan having submitted this treatise on finishing the Oz Kits steam crane, almost before the ink was dry on the last issue! We have also come up with a name for this new section; On the Workbench (an) In-depth Review, as we expect it will become a regular feature. Submissions suitable for this section are welcomed.


We have also 'freshened up' the look of the Reviews-Recent Releases-News sections of the magazine with a little tweak to the graphics that we think looks better and is easier to read.

In the Reviews section we look at just some of the models that have been released commercially recently. Here you will find information on the SDS Models r-t-r MRC (and variants) refrigerator vans, the Southern Rail version of the WA L class diesel and the Auscision Downer EDI Rail GT46C-ACe locomotives, as well the kit for a NSW 20' milk container from Road & Rail Resin and a new book from Scott Whitaker on a subject dear to the heart of many modellers Railway Hotels of Australia -Volume One: Victoria!  

The Recent Releases and News sections have much of interest for those with wallets they wish to have become a little lighter!

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.


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



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






Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Back Issue: February 2016

The February 2015 issue of AMRM is now available as a back issue from SCR publications. Back issues of the digital version are available from Zinio


The cover, featuring a montage of Tony Scott's N scale home layout, Emu Creek.



The contents of the February issue


After a run of (very fine) NSW layouts, it is time to go south of the border for February's feature layout.
Tony Scott describes his, now-demolished, N scale home layout, recalling the glory years of the 'blue and gold' era of the Victorian Railways.


Continuing the VR theme, Peter Ennis describes another of his VR wagon models.



For those constructing layouts and looking for a solution to the ongoing problem of access, David Bartle has an interesting (and scenically attractive) solution to the problem.


A bit of light entertainment, but with a serious edge, comes from Robert Gorrell, with a riposte to Trevor Hodges' recent In the Loop: Image Problem? What Image Problem?


The numerically largest section of our readership has not been forgotten though, with a few articles exploring various aspects of modelling the NSW railway system.
Ian Dunn has put together a Prototype File on the NSWGR's HBW four-wheel ballast hopper, essential reading for anyone building the Peter Boorman's Workshop kit (also reviewed in this issue) and of interest to anyone else who likes steam-era NSW rolling stock.


We are also trying out a new idea, an 'extended review' of a commercially available kit that goes beyond the areas usually covered by reviews. We have taken a Model 'N More building kit and not only reviewed the kit 'as provided', but have also shown how it can be modified to more closely resemble the prototype and how to achieve this, including painting and weathering.

This is unlikely to be our last 'extended review'!

We also have the usual 'regular' features, including another Beyond the Fence from Maikha Ly, describing some very 'modelable' buildings in Wolseley SA and the latest In the Loop from Trevor Hodges, describing his adventures dabbling in commercial kit building.


And then there is Gallery, taking an unusual departure this issue with a description by Les Fordham of an O scale outdoor layout that existed a very long time ago in Cheltenham (NSW) a northern suburb of Sydney.

The Reviews section covers a plethora of items that will be of interest to many readers, including the r-t-r Auscision NSWGR 43 class, Bendigo Rail Models Victorian P class and Haskell WA L class diesel locomotives. Also reviewed is a VR 30' goods shed kit in HO scale from new producer, Model Train Buildings, the aforementioned HO scale NSWGR HBW four-wheel hopper wagon kit from Peter Boreman's Workshop, new micro speakers for DCC installations from Model Railroad Craftsman and last, but not least, modelling inspiration in the form of two books (An Australian Locomotive Guide-Second Edition by Peter Clark, and The Daylight by Chris Banger) and a DVD, Australian Railway Historical Society Archives Collection Volume 1 The Alex Grunbach Films, produced by Belbin Video.
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Despite it being traditionally a quiet time for announcements and new releases, the Recent Releases and News sections still manage to run to five pages, with a major release announced that will be of great interest to VR modellers. It may pay dividends for those VR enthusiasts to plan on attending the Corio exhibition over the weekend of 23-24 January! 


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.


Or click here to

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



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