Tuesday, 8 May 2018

The June 2018 issue of AMRM is now available

The June 2018 issue of AMRM is now available at most locations. It is scheduled to be available Australia-wide by Monday 21 May 2018. 

The digital version of AMRM has been released by Zinio.




The June 2018 cover.




The contents page.






This issue's feature layout is the Epping Model Railway Club's HO scale exhibition layout based on the Bethungra Spiral on the NSW Main South, located about half-way between Cootamundra and Junee. This layout will be on display at the club's exhibition at Rosehill Racecourse (NSW) over the June long weekend.



This is definitely a 'modeller's' issue, with a considerable number of pages devoted to 'how-to' articles, such as this excellent guide to scratchbuilding buildings from well-known South Australian modeller, Gavin Thrum. If you have always wanted to scratchbuild, but haven't been brave enough to try, read this article! Even seasoned scratchbuilders can learn a thing or two from Gavin's easy to follow text.


Commercial photographic backdrops are becoming widespread (I use them myself), but if you want something that is a bit different, have a look at this article by Doug Simpson. His backdrop is 3D!


One of the really good things about the current scene, dominated as it is by r-t-r locomotives and rolling stock, is the number of layouts being built. Tom Carlos returns with an update on progress on his 'minimum space' layout.


Tying into the 'construction' theme is this article from Robert Kosmider on how to wire up 'stall' point motors so they can be operated from more than one location.



It is always instructive to 'look back' on how things used to be done. The good techniques are timeless, even if the materials, and even the scale, has changed, as Michael Gourlay shows here.



The old techniques can still be useful, but that hasn't stopped Brian Peacock experimenting with using a computer simulation to help design his layout. The photos comparing screenshots of the simulation with Brian's under-construction layout are most impressive!



Prototype information is always useful, so Graham Ahearn has provided some interesting images to follow up Dan Carmody's review of the SDS SAR SOC/SO ore wagons in the April 2018 issue that will be particularly useful for those who want to justify operating these fine models on a NSW-based layout!



Also a follow up to an item in a previous issue, Scott Ramsay has found some photos of the Victorian 'Arts Train' mentioned in his letter in the Mailbag section of the April issue.




This issue's Gallery highlights the well-observed scenes on another of Peter Lewis's HO scale exhibitions layouts celebrating the architecture of his home town, Newcastle.


Trevor Hodges' In the Loop column discusses the concept of 'courage' as applied to railway modelling and has a few interesting things to say about those who are often known in the hobby as 'gunnas'! 


The Reviews section has only one review this issue, but it is a major one, looking at the NSWGR 30 class steam locomotive from Austrains.


The relatively brief four pages of Recent Releases/News section reflects the current 'lull' in commercial activity from the 'majors', but there are still some very interesting items being produced by the 'cottage' producers! 


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.



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James McInerney
Editor






Monday, 5 March 2018

Back Issue: June 2018 AMRM

The April 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.




The April 2018 cover.




The contents page.



This issue's feature layout is yet another now demolished layout, Brendan Jansen's HO scale home layout, Casino, based on the NSW North Coast line and set in the 1970s. The layout featured Casino station itself, along with Paterson and Martins Creek, as well as the Border Loop Spiral! This iteration of the line is now defunct, but Brendan is well into building a bigger, better version in his new home, which we hope to feature in a future issue.



This issue's focus is modern-era export containers and Chris Jones has written a fascinating article covering all aspects of the containers used in export traffic in Australia, including descriptions of the individual container types, their colour schemes, what traffic they convey and what sort of trains one is likely to find them on. This article is so well written and comprehensive that it even piqued my interest , and I am very much a confirmed steam-era modeller! 


An aspect of the 'hands on' side of practical modelling is covered by Kevin Bradney's description of his animated and lit model of a typical drive-in, a once common lineside sight that it rapidly disappearing.


This issue's Gallery covers a prototype about which we rarely hear about, the Queensland Railways. Glenn Wright has described a few of his Sn3½ models of QR diesel locomotives.



This issue, Trevor Hodges' In the Loop column light-heartedly discusses the search for a suitable collective noun to describe us; his fellow model railway enthusiasts! In other articles, Graham Ahern follows up on last issues Gallery with some 1964 photos of the VR 'Weedex' train and Leon Oberg shows a possible use for that spare Southern Aurora carriage

Leading into the Reviews section is this latest in our On the Workbench series, this time covering the N scale SAR 55 class Brill railcar produced by Peter Boorman's Workshop.

The Reviews section begins with a look at the first r-t-r steam locomotive from Southern Rail, the HO scale SMR 10 class 2-8-2T and also covers the r-t-r HO scale NSWGR 36' 'fishbelly' MLV from Auscision and the SAR SOC/SO ore cars from SDS. Another DCC 'gizmo' from MCE and four book reviews fill the rest of the six and half pages of the Reviews section.

The Recent Releases/News section then fills another seven pages with lots of 'goodies' to help reduce your bank balance and keep the economy functioning! 


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


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James McInerney
Editor






Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Back Issue: February 2018 AMRM

The February 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




The February 2018 cover.




The contents page.



This issue's feature layout is Daniel Thomson's small, but perfectly formed, HO scale exhibition layout, Wumbat. This layout shows what can be achieved in a small space, particularly when one thinks beyond the usual paradigm of a complete station forming the publically viewable section of the layout. 


Michael Gourlay's series on building a typical transom-topped NSWGR timber trestle bridge continues with Part C that covers some of the variations of NSWGR timber trestles and the completion of the scene with the finishing of the scenery.


Trevor Hodges' regular In the Loop column discusses the use of timber in layout construction.

Layout design is a bit of theme in this issue, starting with this contribution from Brian Peacock on using CAD programs to assist with planning and constructing the layout.


Rodney Barrington continues the theme of layout design with this 'prototype worth modelling' article that includes two of his excellent track plans, based on the prototype described.


Peter Ennis returns with another of his very useful and justifiably popular articles on modelling another unusual class of VR rolling stock.


Adding structure lighting is another theme in this issue, firstly with this contribution from Warren Miller on how to light an engine shed.


Complementing Warren's article is this submission from first-time author, Jessica Brisbane, describing the construction of individual light fittings.


This issue's Gallery is also 'themed' with the photos and description of Don McGilvery's under construction VR 'Weedex' train teamed with prototype photos from John Dennis.


The Reviews section covers a wide range of products, with an emphasis on books, featuring the latest Byways of Steam, No.32, which follows on from No.31's coverage of Lithgow and its locomotive depot with descriptions of the surrounding, associated, locomotive depots, a history of the I (Z26) class 2-6-2T locomotives and RK Brown's experiences centered on Goulburn. Also covered are Train Hobby's Closed Stations - Lost Locations Victoria - Part 2, the next volume in Roy Howarth and Glenn Ryan's series on NSW Sydney suburban EMU stock, Single Deckers From Newcastle – The Cars Built At Walsh Island Dockyard – Volume 2 – The Power Cars C 3251 – 3300, Nick Anchen's brilliant Iron Roads in the Outback and David Crosby's Electronics for Railway Modellers. The electronics theme continues with a look a two recently released NCE DCC decoders and the NCE 'Snubber'. Last, but by no means least, is a major, multi-page review of the r-t-r HO scale NSWGR R car carriage set SUB 108 produced by Casula Hobbies. 



On the news front, things are usually fairly quiet just before Christmas when the News section is compiled, but that hasn't stopped us filling four pages with Recent Releases and News, some of which is most intriguing...

Last of all, if you have a yen to do something to help AMRM and you have drafting skills, have a look at the item on page 57...


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