Magazine MRJ Thread

Discussion in 'Resources' started by 28ten, 26 April 2010.

  1. eastsidepilot

    eastsidepilot Western Thunderer

    Must agree with you lads, MRJ is pulling it's socks up of late, I did like the Birmingham signal box of Jim's.
    Why is it that some modern day structures can be completly ignored as you pass them by but see one in model form and "wow look at that". I suppose it's appreciation of the work that has gone into building something and catching the atmosphere of the place.

  2. Wagonman

    Wagonman Western Thunderer

    And written it up for the Newsletter, perchance?

  3. Dog Star

    Dog Star Western Thunderer

    I recall two articles on block instruments.... one was by Rev. Denny in the Railway Modeller and the other by Frank Dyer in the MRJ. A wander around the MRJ on-line index ought to provide the relevant reference. Not sure that I can suggest the decade for the RM article.

    regards, Graham
  4. "Egg, meet chicken. Chicken, meet egg."

    "Neither of you came first: that was the cockerel..."
  5. Pennine MC

    Pennine MC Western Thunderer

    Having seen that one article extensively previewed and discussed elsewhere about a week before I picked up my issue, I was quite relieved it wasnt the only thing in the mag;) The micro-layout Croft Goods is lovely, and an amusing read, particularly where he bought a full size wagon brake lever to use as a pattern for a model:))

    I agree the mag is more often 'hitting that spot' again; to use a well worn phrase, could it be that it's more often featuring 'achievable excellence'? (rather than, dare I say it, 'achievable mediocrity')...
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  6. Simon

    Simon Flying Squad

    Issue 219, a Christmas issue, the distributors cocked up so W.H.Smith & the newstrade don't have it yet. All us direct purchasers do however.

    All explained on the thread in a reasonable and balanced way on RMweb which leads to the following post from "Mr X"

    Regarding buying a copy I usually by mine from the local WHSmiths, but I thought that I would have a look online and maybe order one instead. Well to say I'm shocked is an understatement, I will not say who the retailer was but with p+p the total cost for one magazine was £6.65p !!! Well he can stick that where the sun don't shine , I will wait for it's eventual arrival at WHSmiths.

    Well that will be me then, 25% margin on £3.95 plus a maximum gain on postage of £1.10 (£2.70 less £1.60 if it goes as a large letter) less the cost of packaging 50p means a "profit" of £1.59, and I would have spent my time packaging it and writing a friendly note to the lucky recipient too!

    I don't know why how I do it for the price:rolleyes:

    I'll do as he says and keep them out of direct sunlight.....

    Simon not in da shop
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  7. queensquare

    queensquare Western Thunderer

    Hey ho, you can't please 'em all!!

    I'm surprised you have any left, you only had a couple when I picked mine up a week ago - or are you keeping a secret stash as this copy could become a collectors piece.......chap has to fund his expensive 1/32 habits somehow;)

    Shame there has been this cock up - its a cracking issue.

    Jerry, was in da shop and will be again
  8. Ian G

    Ian G Western Thunderer

    I will have a nose through it but rarely buy it

    Ian G
  9. 28ten

    28ten Guv'nor

    I hope you have saved a copy for me.......
  10. Simon

    Simon Flying Squad

    Worry not, still in stock and more copies on their way from Didcot.

    They will also be in Smiths and all the normal shops from this Saturday .
  11. Neil

    Neil Western Thunderer

    If Mr X lived in the back of beyond he might come to a radically different view of p+p charges in general. My nearest Smiths is in Aberystwyth; Google maps tells me that it'll cost me just over five quid for the journey there and as it's uphill going back I guess it'll be a little more for the return journey. This doesn't take into account parking charges, wear and tear on the motor or my time. I should in all honesty point out that there is a cheaper alternative as the newsagent in Tywyn also stocks MRJ and as it's close it'll only cost £4.58 plus a similarly priced return journey.

    Postal and delivery charges; bargain of the century as far as I'm concerned.
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  12. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad

    I'm with Neil on this one. It's half an hour for me to get anywhere, plus parking, plus hassle of fighting my way through the metrolopis. So an hour and a half all told plus a tenner in expenses....or I can do a some constructive modelling and wait for the postie at a cost in Simon's example of under £3. It's a no-brainer.

  13. 3 LINK

    3 LINK Western Thunderer

    Ah, but " Mr X " does not live in the back of beyond I live about 5 minutes walk from Smiths, on the same subject a few years ago I lived in France for 3 years and during my time there I was subscribing MRJ through Wild Swan. And although costs are now higher, if I remember correctly 8 copies worked out at £36 so £4.50 per mag, and the MRJ was priced at £3.30 at the time.

    Horses for courses comes to mind :rolleyes:

    I like your style :thumbs:

    No offence was intended, just my opinion.


  14. Simon

    Simon Flying Squad

    Wot ho Martyn

    Thanks for your reply:thumbs:

    Enough said, but I will just (very gently) observe that the situation regarding margins etc is more favourable from the publisher's point of view when compared to that of a retailer selling the same products.

    None taken and apologies for earlier grumpyness - bah humbug:oops:

    Best wishes and Merry Christmas


    In da shop again
  15. 3 LINK

    3 LINK Western Thunderer

    Hi Simon,

    I do have sympathy for retailers one of my close friends is a dairy farmer and I know how narrow the margins have become.

    And you have nothing to apologise for, you are the same as most decent people who are just trying to find their way through this very volatile time and put some food on the table :thumbs:.

    Have a great Christmas and hopefully a prosperous New Year.

    All the best,

  16. Dog Star

    Dog Star Western Thunderer

    I can say that there was at least one of the "daylight-sensitive" issue in "da shop" when I visited there this afternoon. Said copy is now in Hampshire though... :thumbs:
  17. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad

    MRJ 220 dropped through my letterbox today - first post for a couple of days.

    Excellent issue, lots of things to get stuck into, and an article on upgrading a 7mm Slater's wagon by a certain 7mmMick :thumbs:

    That's my bed-time reading sorted.

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  18. 7mmMick

    7mmMick Western Thunderer

    I don't have a physical copy yet, but I'm looking forward to reading it cover to cover. I hope my bit doesn't put you to sleep at bedtime Richard LOL

    ATB Mick
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  19. eastsidepilot

    eastsidepilot Western Thunderer

    Looking forward to reading your article Mick:thumbs:
    I'll collect my copy from WMR HQ on Sunday.

    ATB, Col.
  20. Simon

    Simon Flying Squad


    I'm sure it won't. I haven't read it yet but I've looked at the pictures:D and the results you have achieved as presented in the magazine are absolutely first class:thumbs:

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