Wednesday, 12 July 2017

August 2017 AMRM is now available

The August 2017 issue of AMRM should now be available everywhere.

The digital version of AMRM is available from Zinio.




The Aug 2017 cover.


The contents page.




The 1960s/1970s is still a very popular period to model and our feature layout article this issue describes the New South Wales N Scale Group's exhibition layout based on Cockle Creek, just south of Newcastle on the Short North.


This issue's articles cover constructing models, ranging from entire layouts to small scenic details. 

Many, if not most, layouts feature storage yards of some sort, most of which are conventionally laid out with turnouts to form the storage 'ladders'. Iain Hunter shows an alternative in the form of a large traverser which serves the UK-based HO scale Broadford layout, featured in previous issues of AMRM (Broadford, AMRM Issue 304, February 2014 and Broadford - Part 2, AMRM Issue 306, June 2014).


Building layouts are definitely a more common activity now than it was in the past, but not all layouts fill a double car garage! With many people now forced to live in small spaces, small layouts are definitely becoming more popular. In this article, the first in a new series, Tom Carlos commences his description of  the planning and construction of his minimum-space HO scale layout.


Despite the avalanche of r-t-r models, there are still plenty of people who like to build kits and also modify them into different variations. David Clark backdates an SEM kit into an unusual and eye-catching model for the VR modeller, using techniques that will work with kitbashing projects of any prototype. 


Even the largest layout needs to be detailed (and author Craig Mackie has a very large layout). Craig describes the process of converting inspiration found in an old newspaper into a detail item for his layout.



This issue's Gallery features a mouthwatering array of South Australian and Victorian models that were displayed at a recent Modelling the Railways of South Australia convention. If you want inspiration and tips for your next project, you may just find them it in this article, or you can just admire the magnificent craftsmanship that was on display.



Trevor Hodges uses his regular In the Loop column to highlight what he regards as his eight essential tools for producing excellent models, one of which should make regular consumers of beer very happy!


The Reviews section looks at the IDR HO scale X200 class locomotive, the Light Genie system of remotely controlling lighting effects and Train Hobby's latest Ted Payne Vantage Point volume, covering the railways of Queensland.


With two major exhibitions since the last issue, the twelve pages of News and Recent Releases is chock-full of very desirable models! 



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 (after release) in either paper or digital form
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or


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James McInerney
Editor/Production Manager






Monday, 15 May 2017

Back Issue: June 2017 AMRM.

The June 2017 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 June 2017 cover.


The contents page.



After a few issues of relatively 'modern era' layouts, we are stepping back in time to the glorious age of the tram with John Wallace's La Perouse via Malabar, which recreates, in a surprisingly small space, given the scale, the colourful ambiance of Sydney's eastern suburbs tram network, as it was in the 1950s.




This issue's articles cover the usual wide variety of topics that make modelling Australian railways so interesting. 

A first-time author, Sonya Otway, shows us how to model grass trees, a distinctive item of Australian flora found in many parts of the continent.


Craig Veitch concludes his 'Void to Layout' series by advising that the layout has been dismantled, thanks to yet another house move, and muses on the lessons learnt during its construction.


Another first-time author, John Wrigley, gives us the basics on turntable construction.


Roger Hill, who can build and weather a very fine model, lets us in on a few of his secrets.


The 'old hands' are still producing good stuff as well! Phil Knife, no stranger to the pages of AMRM, tells the story of another interesting WAGR steam locomotive and how to model it in Sn3.5 using a kit that has just returned to the market after a long absence.




This issue's Gallery highlights some historic models from Phil Jeffery's personal collection. 


Trevor Hodges is back with another In the Loop, this time discussing his experiences with social media and model railways.


There are also a number of smaller articles covering subjects as diverse as coaling steam locomotive tenders, hiding the unsightly gap between passenger car diaphragms, modelling a typical accident train and what to do if you have to address DCC locomotives that have letter codes as well as numbers.


The three-page Reviews section highlights Peter Boorman's latest NSW 'Early Days' kit for the BEY bogie flat wagon and Southern Rail's new cement works building, both in HO, plus Eveleigh Press's latest book, the definitive work on the Wolgan Valley Railway, Shale & Shays.


Despite this supposedly being a 'quiet' time of year for commercial releases, the eight pages of News and Recent Releases would suggest that the producers don't agree with that assessment! 



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 direct from the Zinio site:




James McInerney
Editor






Thursday, 9 March 2017

Back Issue: AMRM April 2017

The April 2017 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 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 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
Production Manager






Thursday, 12 January 2017

Back issue: AMRM February 2017

The February 2017 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 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 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
Production Manager