Category Archives: review

Mazak Rot, A matter of Time..

Mazak Rot has unfortunately blighted some models in the hobby, across many manufacturers and for a while. It frequently manifests itself after a period of time often years, and that’s the problem you don’t know if you’re going to end … Continue reading

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Requiem For Steam

A year or so back I took a look at Essential Witness and Transition by Jim Shaughnessy and Colin Gifford respectively. This week our ever genial postie tapped on the door and left this gem, Requiem For Steam. If you’ve … Continue reading

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Unconsidered Trifles

It’s an unconventional title for an unconventional book. Written and illustrated by Geoff Kent, (builder of the above scene), it takes a look at the everyday scene, with emphasis on capturing architecture, and signage and infrastructure that is gradually becoming … Continue reading

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Motivation Monday MDV’s

A few weeks back Accurascale announced the British Rail MDV mineral wagon in OO 4mm scale, naturally about three weeks after I’d bought a batch of Five 79 MDV kits. Often this can be a deterrent to finish or even … Continue reading

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Bachmann 94xx Pannier Review 35-025

If ever you wanted to know how to capture the functional, brooding mass of the last pannier, this is it. Bachmanns 94XX. The first thing that struck me on opening the box, (no video, sorry about that), is it just … Continue reading

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Warley Virtual 2020

This weekend would normally be the annual Warley National exhibition, COVID-19 obviously has taken its toll this year and well into 21 of the exhibition scene. However, this year Warley will be running a two day show on line, see … Continue reading

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Transformation Tuesday, Genesis

It’s not often the hobby gets a bit of a kick up the arse with a new release, and throws a little bit of controversy in for good measure, but Hattons are showing the potential to do just that, with … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday Hattons Genesis

Hattons Genesis

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Hornby 61XX R3723 Review

Hornby Prairie R3723 R3723x R3719 R3719x R3721 R3721x R3725 R3725x In through the man cave doors this week from Hornby is their latest release of a GWR 61xx design. The original Hornby 61XX model was the 1970’s Airfix model, well … Continue reading

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Hornby Prairie R3723/R3723x

The first of the Hornby Large Prairies has arrived at the man cave. Firstly an apology, I’ve taken it out of its box and run it already. Sorry about that, but if you want to watch someone literally opening a … Continue reading

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