Wild Swan Modelling with Plastic Structure Kits by Iain Rice 0906867711
A newly revised and enlarged 2014 edition of this book on the construction, alteration and detailing of plastic structures.
Subtitled 'Getting the Best from the Willsa dn Ratio Ranges' accomplished modeller and layout designer Iain Rice sets out to demonstrate the use and adaptation of kits from the Wills range. He describes effective methods for customising, detailing, painting and finishing models in an easy-to-read format illustrated with sketches and photo sequences.
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Geoff Kent starts a useful guide to building, upgrading and detailing 4mm scale wagons for OO, EM and P4/S4 gauges.

This book covers open wagons, including traffic, mineral and hopper types to many different designs. Geoff demonstrates how to use and modify kits to create accurate models of wagons to slightly different designs or for special purposes. Prototype photographs are used to show how wagons really looked and most interestingly, just how small a 16-ton pile of iron ore really is.
86 pages of useful project ideas and practical demonstrations described and illustrated.

This series is recommended for 4mm scale wagon builders, helping you build a distinctive and unique models from plastic and metal kits, progressing to 'kit bashing' and straightforward scratch building projects to model specific prototypes. The projects and techniques can easily be transferred into other scales, making the series a very useful reference for modellers working in other scales to create realistic wagons.

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The second part of Geoff Kent's useful guide to building, upgrading and detailing 4mm scale wagons for OO, EM and P4/S4 gauges.

This book covers box vans, both general purpose and special traffic vehicles and tank wagons of many different types and designs. Over 160 pages of useful project ideas and practical demonstrations described and illustrated.

This series is recommended for 4mm scale wagon builders, helping you build a distinctive and unique model from a plastic kit, then progressing to kit bashing and straightforward scratch building projects to model specific prototypes.

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We regret that this book has been advised as temporarily out of print.

Barry Norman takes you to the very beginning of the layout building process in this book, written as a guide to the design of a sucessful and satisfying model railway layout. He discusses and explains the factors to be considered at each stage, from ideas and prototype choice to finalizing a track plan and scenic setting.

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Following on from Geoff Kents' series, in this book John Hayes presents a modelling guide to the common coal wagon.

Many thousands of company and private owned wagons have served on Britains railways. Built by hundreds of builders and maintained by hundreds of repair depots their design, although laid down in specification by the RCH was almsot as varied as their liveries! John deals with structural and detail differences, showing how a more accurate model can be constructed of a specific wagon. He then provides an excellent guide to the lettering and weathering of your wagons, using transfers and hand painting to create a realistic replica of a real wagon at work.

This book covers box vans, both general purpose and special traffic vehicles and tank wagons of many different types and designs. Over 160 pages of useful project ideas and practical demonstrations described and illustrated.

This series is recommended for 4mm scale wagon builders, helping you build a distinctive and unique model from a plastic kit, then progressing to kit bashing and straightforward scratch building projects to model specific prototypes.

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The third part of Geoff Kent's useful guide to building, upgrading and detailing 4mm scale wagons for OO, EM and P4/S4 gauges. This book covers flat wagons, including container wagons and containers, plus goods brake vans in over 150 pages. The final chapter covers finishing of your models with painting, loads and realistic weathering.
This series is recommended for 4mm scale wagon builders, helping you build a distinctive and unique model from a plastic kit, then progressing to kit bashing and straightforward scratch building projects to model specific prototypes.
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Oxford Diecast 1/76 Fordson Heavy Pump Unit LMS 76FHP003
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Wild Swan Somerset and Dorset Swansong - Last Days of a Steam Railway
Somerset and Dorset Swansong - Last Days of a Steam Railway by Bob Bunyar and Wild Swan Publishing
This book focuses on the last weeks of normal services over the Somerset and Dorset Railway from Bath to Bournemouth, concluded by the final weekend in early March 1966.

Produced in a portfolio format to properly present the photographs, many of which have not been published before, the illustrations are accompanied by a description of the the line and events during the final weekend. Featuring the S&Ds mix of LMS, Southern and BR steam ranging from the smallest of tank engines to Bulleids' light pacifics and the mighty 9Fs, the S&D had stiff grades and open countryside, providing a wide choice of settings for the railway photographer.

Even 50 years after closure the unique flavour and atmosphere of the Somerset & Dorset continues to attract enthusiasts, many of whom know the line only from the superb photographic record.
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Wild Swan LMS Lineside Handbook Part One - Anderson & Twells 9781905184316
The LMS Lineside Handbook provides the LMS modeller with an extensively illustrated reference to the stations, buildings, signage and lineside equipment of the LMS railway.

Part one covers stations, crossings, station lamps, nameboards and a vast range of signage is visible in context. Several structures are illustrated with photographs and drawings providing a sample of small station buildings, station canopys with details of brackets and footbridges. These can easily be adapted  by the modeller to suit their own layout while retaining the essential 'house style'.

112 pages, A4 format, softback.
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A comprehensive and detailed guide to the preparation, painting and lining of model locomotives and rolling stock.

Profusely illustrated in colour the methods, tools and 'tricks of the trade' used to recreate the most complex locomotive liveries are fully described. The book is completed with chapters covering coach liveries, which often feature the most intricate lining on complex panelling. The LNER teak livery is demonstrated, with the creation of effective wood grain effect, along with detailing of coach interiors.
Ready-to-run models are not ignored, with many examples being painted into different liveries and corrections to the factory finish.

An ideal guide to the creation and alteration and finishing of your models to be a specific fleet, uniquely completed by your own hand. 154 pages, US Letter size (11in x 8.5in) softback.

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Wild Swan LMS Lineside Handbook Part Two - Anderson & Twells 9781905184637
The LMS Lineside Handbook provides the LMS modeller with an extensively illustrated reference to the lineside signage, and station platform equipment of the LMS railway.

Part two covers a range of lineside and station signs, including cast iron weight limit and trespass signs, followed by a vast selection of platform fixtures, covering timetable and poster boards, platform numbvering and station bench seats. Finally there is a section devoted to platform barrows and trolleys which will be sure to provide enough for the porters of even a large station without duplication!
The book is copiously illustrated with views of LMS stations, many showing much more than just the subject, allowing a period scene to be created. Drawings and diagrams of the major and standard fixtures allow other features to be gauged against them and placed together to create an atmospheric scene.

102 pages, A4 format, softback.
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Locomotive Modelling From Scratch and Etched Kits Part One

Geoff Holt    108 pages    Softback    2012

This book, it seems to me, is both a practical guide to the business of model locomotive construction and also an interesting account of how the hobby has changed and developed since The Second World War. Geoff's own model building "career" started with a chance friendship with a like minded German prisoner of war and has since involved him since with many of the leading names in the hobby. Very well illustrated throughout with colour photography and numerous sketches and line drawings, the book starts with a more or less general introduction to tools, materials and techniques before embarking upon a "signature model", the Great Central's "Immingham" class 4-6-0. Two of these are to be built in 7mm scale, one from scratch and the other from a kit, and this first volume will take us as far as the rolling chassis, with part two due next year taking us to the completion of the job. Well written, informative and a novel approach to its subject, all as well produced as you would expect from Paul Karau and Wild Swan.

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Wild Swan Authentic Model Railway Operation - Martin Nield AMRO
Wild Swan Publishing - Authentic Model Railway Operation by Martin Nield
When running our model railway layouts it is easy to forget that those train loads of passengers and goods are supposed to be going somewhere and the railway companies had rules, methods and procedures to ensure they got there safely.
"This is a highly readable book which demonstrates and discusses the various ways in which we can make our model railways more realistic from an operational point of view. Although Martin himself is a confirmed Lancashire and Yorkshire modeller, the whole book applies to any British railway operation right up until the end of the "traditional" railway in the Nineteen Eighties. The illustrations are really good, crisp and clear shots of various relevant model railways, nice relevant paperwork and ephemera and proper inspiring "Northern Grit" prototype photographs. I think thet text is perfectly balanced between not baffling a "beginner" whilst still providing much of interest to a more experienced modeller. I hope this book does well, because traditional railway operation is rapidly becoming ancient history, and there has been relatively little published on the subject in recent years."
Author : Martin Nield    60 pages    Softback
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A comprehensive guide to replicating the effects of age, weather, wear and tear on railway rolling stock and buildings. Starting with a discussion of materials and techniques, chapters are included covering the weathering of steam and diesel locomotives, passenger coaches and goods wagons. Practical projects are described in the text with illustrations showing prototype and models being created using the techniques used.

126 pages. Soft cover.

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Wild Swan Creating Cameo Layouts - Iain Rice Cameo
Wild Swan Publishing - Creating Cameo Layouts by Iain Rice
Cameo layouts are designed to depict one small scene providing both a setting for the display of trains and an interesting operational layout. Careful design will result in a satisfying model railway within a surprisingly small footprint.
A definite suggested read for modellers who have a new ready to run O gauge loco!
"A well crafted miniature in a complimentary setting" is the sense in which Cameo is being considered here, or as Iain goes on to say; a layout that does not require a dedicated site, is easy to move and store, doesn't look out of place in a domestic setting and is a breeze to take to exhibitions. Rather more than the arguably overdone "shunting plank" in a new suit of MDF, these small self contained layouts really can offer an objective in their own right, and need not be mere substitutes for something bigger. I think Iain argues his case very convincingly, backing up his concept with a wealth of practical experience and numerous useful techniques and ideas, all properly set into the context of finescale modelling since the mid 1980s. As a reader I really felt I "owned" this book and as am now highly motivated to create my own interpretation of a cameo. I hope this book will make other readers feel the same and maybe even result in some of us creating satisfying model railways which will deliver heavily in the fruits of success and enjoyment. This perhaps instead of pursuing grandiose schemes, which are in reality unlikely to produce many crates of lemons for the amount of effort they may well involve...
Author : Iain Rice    120 pages    Softback    2017
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An excellent reference book for scenery and landscape construction for model railways. Full of ideas and methods, plus the tips and tricks used on many awe-inspiring layouts to create an effective scenic setting.
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Memories Of West Country Railway Journeys 1960-1962 by Peter Barnfield. Wild Swan Publishing

Railway journeys on ex GWR lines in the West Country, recalled from notes made at the time and profusely illustrated with the author's own photographs, taken on the journeys described but also on other dates too. Having said this is all ex GW, the book includes a particularly delightful journey from Evercreech to Burnham on Sea which takes us all the way from page 48 to page 73.
Unlike Peter's earlier "Withered Arm" book covering the former Southern route to Plymouth and with which this volume is physically uniform, this book includes a number of views of diesels and multiple units, which had started to operate over Western lines by the time of these journeys.

Author & photographer Peter Barnfield. 120 pages, softback, 2017

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Memories Of The Withered Arm by Peter Barnfield. Wild Swan Publications

Recollections and beautiful pictures of a lost railway network, the landscape it ran through and the people who used it. This is a new edition of a booklet Peter published 20 years ago, this book including Peter's own photographs from the period. Most of the images presented in this book are photographs that Peter took on the journeys described and relate directly to them, while others are from other visits made to the locations in the same period. It is a huge privilege to have been entrusted with publishing Peter's material, a lot of which hasn't been seen in print before, and it gives me great pleasure to see his wonderful images together in one book. The book also includes a chapter from Peter discussing the background to the story and his approach to photography, including details of the cameras used.

Author & Photographer Peter Barnfield. 96 pages, softback, 2016

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Written by Ian Pope and Paul Karau this two-volume series provides an excellent record of the Great Westerns' Forest of Dean branches.

Volume two covers the branches in the Forest of Dean, starting with the Churchway branch from Bilson on the Cinderford line. Next the Whimsey branch is covered, including the interesting goods yard at Whimsey, later the site of Berry Wiggins depot and the Admiratly use of the Hawthorns tunnel during WW2.

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Wild Swan 7mm Modelling Part Two Building a Layout Gordon Gravett 1874103577
You could almost delete the 7mm part from the title of Gordon Gravetts' second volume, the inspiration, ideas, information and methods can be applied irrespective of your scale and gauge!

A definite emphasis is placed on small size for most of these O gauge model railway ideas. Interesting detail and operation is promoted above the classic mainline railway to create realism and practical operation of large scale trains in the family home.

Highly recommended for modellers seeking to recreate a small but realistic part of the railway network, whatever your modelling scale.

122 pages soft cover.

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Locomotive Modelling From Scratch And Etched Kits Part Two

Geoff Holt    144 pages    Softback    2013

The second part of Geoff Holt's personal approach to locomotive building, getting down to the "nitty gritty" of actual building from the running plate and upwards, through to traction testing and painting, with a final chapter covering the basic use of a lathe. Geoff sadly passed away just after having completed the proofs for this second volume, but this and the earlier volume on his art and craft form a very fine and fitting tribute to the man and the beautiful railway models that he created. As well produced as you would expect from Wild Swan, with more colour than has been usual and all very clearly and informatively laid out.

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A 158-page book covering the construction of 4mm scale locomotive chassis for many different types of locomotive. All parts of the chassis are dicussed and described with major points illustrated with photographs and clear diagrams. Solid chassis designs start the book, then bogie and pony trucks are introduced, including tips of ensuring your model locomotive remains well balanced and able to negotiate changes of curve and grade. Iain then moves on to describe compensation methods before rounding out the book with a description of chassis deatiling, including cylinders and valve gear.

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A locomotive profile of the well-known LMS 3F 0-6-0 tank engines, known to enthusiasts as Jintys.

These locomotives were very versatile. Designed as heavy shunting engines the 3F tank, like the GWRs panniers, were equally capable branch line engines and one group was actually built to replace former North London Railway locomotives, working busy commuter services.

This book provides an useful historical overview of the class, covering and illustrating developments, fittings and detail changes with photographs and extracts from works drawings.

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Wild Swan LMS Locomotive Profiles The Mixed Traffic Class 5's Black 5 LMSP6
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A profile of the Stanier Princess Royal class by David Hunt, Bob Essery and Fred James. Between them these three authors have collated and interpreted thousands of records and documents to bring new light to the design, development, testing and modifications made to this class of pacifics throughout their working careers. A career which, for two of the class, will continue into the future.

Produced in association with the National Railway Museum whose archives contain many of the works drawings and official test documents used to refine the locomotives.

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The Wantage Tramway by Nicholais de Courtais. Wild Swan Publications

A much enlarged edition of the author's 1981 book describing and illustrating the roadside tramway that ran from the Great Western main line at Wantage Road to the town of the same name. Indisputably one the most idiosyncratic and delightful of Britain's diverse collection of light railways and tramways, this new edition contains a wonderful collection of images together with a surprisingly large number of recollections of both using and working on the line, collected over a period of years by the indomitable Chris Turner. Hopefully this will prove irresistible to followers of light railways and quaint English institutions alike!

Author Nicholais de Courtais. 96 pages, softback, published 2017

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An acomplished builder of model locomotives from kits, Iain Rice offers a guide, hints and tips on the buildong of whitemetal locomotive kits. This is a book written for the begineer, providing an illustrated discussion of construction techniques designed to build your confidence to get started on your kit. The tips for success are well illustrated with photgraphs and diagrams, starting with a discussion of low-melt soldering techniques, favoured by many modellers to assemble the basic bodyshell.

Completing your model Iain Rice then moves on to painting and lining techniques, finishing with siple weathering ideas.

62 pages, softbound.

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