Well, the much vaunted Finescale Model Railway Review has just dropped on my doorstep. And, on first flick, that's where it may as well stay.
Brash colour throughout, no scratchbuilding at all, all kit bashing, even the 2mm scale pannier.
Oh dear. It seems Mr. Shackleton has had more of an effect on this potentially exciting new periodical than Mr. Barlow, by a country mile. He it was who once told me that "nobody makes anything any more", when he was editor of MRJ, having asked me for articles on roads , rivers and boats and having read and enjoyed those articles. Clearly a confused soul.
Nope! If you haven't shelled out your six and a half quid yet for No.1, I'd say keep your sheckles in your pocket. This new mag. is not worth half that money. There's not much of it. It's not noticeably finescale and there's no real modelmaking evident anywhere, unlike the early MRJs.
A wasted opportunity and a huge disappointment.