Thursday, 11 November 2010

Model Rail’s Century and a half

IT doesn’t seem that long ago that we were putting together Issue 100 of Model Rail, yet here we are another 50 months on, marking a century and a half of the magazine. Thanks to you, we’re still one of the most popular hobby titles on the market in the UK and we’re striving to keep improving the look and, most importantly, the content of the magazine.

Issue 150 also marks the 77th issue that I’ve contributed to, having started as the Model-maker-in-residence way back in the autumn of 2004 (issue 73 to be exact). Doesn’t time fly?! Mind you, I can still vividly recall my first day in the office (and the perilous drive over Woodhead the night before), being given a card kit of a OO gauge narrow boat to build for the review pages. A day or two later, my skills were given a sterner test with an etched brass carriage kit of a Night Ferry sleeping car.

The Hornby 'Castle' made a dramatic cover for MR150, thanks to Chris Nevard's skill with a camera. The model's not too bad, either! In fact, I was pleasantly surprised how nice it turned out as the large double chimney really jarred when first taken from the box. A bit of weathering has really toned it down. It really was a pleasure to work on. The Precision Labels WR route indicator pack is also impressive and you can see how it was assembled and fitted in the latest issue. The model should be on show on the Model Rail stand at this year's Warley NEC show.

The Class 150/950 conversion was also good fun and the job has created a unique and fascinating model to add to my modern departmental stock.

Is it really 50 issues ago that we were celebrating the 100th Model Rail? You may remember that I created a special model for that issue too - a Split-headcode Peak, No.100 Sherwood Forrester. At the time, this headcode variant was unavailable from Bachmann so I had to make my own 'boxes.

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