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Brush painting basics

You don’t have to possess expensive equipment to get a quality paint finish. MIKE WILD shows how simple brush painting and finishing techniques can be used to paint and detail freight stock in all scales.

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Ambleton Vale

The transition years of the 1960s have been captured delightfully in ‘N’ gauge by RAY TAYLOR and ANNA BASS, who reveal the inspiration for their joint creation. Photography, Mike Wild.

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The Great Western Railway just before nationalisation is the setting for this atmospheric terminus layout in ‘OO’ gauge. GORDON EDGAR describes how he and Peter Wilson created it. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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‘Hoover’ sound

The Class 50s had a distinctive and impressive soundtrack which can be replicated in model form with high-quality digital sound files. MIKE WILD picks the Heljan ‘O’ gauge Class 50 to show how this main line diesel can be equipped with realistic sound.

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All change at Heaton Lodge

The subject of one of this issue’s layouts, Heaton Lodge in the Calder Valley has had numerous alterations over the years, mirroring the changing fortunes of the surrounding area, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES describes.

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Staff Projects: ‘Ere, STOP messin’ about!

With time on his hands and a stash of unfinished kits to complete, a small but significant building has reignited plans for a new layout, as MARK CHIVERS explains.

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With much of the world in lockdown, TREVOR JONES finds time to go back to some forgotten modelling projects to provide some light relief.

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Bring on the brush!

Painting can be one of the most rewarding aspects of a build, with the potential to transform a monotone model into a technicolour delight.

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de Havilland DH.114

The return of Airfix’s 1/72 de Havilland DH.114 Heron Mk.II as a Vintage Classics offering inspired the selection of the British four-engined airliner for this month’s Archive Treasures.

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Summer Storm

Chris Jones ‘scrambles’ for aftermarket accessories to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with the return of Airfix’s superb 1/48 Hurricane Mk.I.