A preview of the Cover and Contents of Model Boats Magazine (MB70-832), February 2020 on sale 17 January.

Following a very pleasant gathering at Ron Dean’s establishment in mid-December, I was left heartened that the magazine, on the surface at least, appears to be doing quite well. One thing I was encouraged by was the amount of people who excitedly showed me pictures of the magazine in digital form, which for subscribers arrives before the hard copy and before the general public get a chance to whip it off the shelves. It was nice to see and I gathered good evidence that many of the subscribers like to have the option of both the old and new methods of viewing the magazine. I was also enthused by the amount of people who wanted to chat about ideas for articles and those who have already committed, returning to come up with other options and scenarios; I left with a reasonably sized box under my arm (HMS Mimi build to be completed before I meet them all again!) and a good feeling that all was well.

However, I’m long enough in the tooth to know never to take things for granted and I am certainly grateful that I’m still at the helm of this great old magazine in 2020 and you’ll be pleased to know (well some of you at least), that I have no intention of giving it up just yet.


All the best


  Martyn Chorlton



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12            ‘Pibber’

Tamiya 1/35 Scale Patrol Boat River (PBR) by Gary Radford


20            Steam Launch

Designing and building a c1900 R/C Live Steam Launch by Peter Fulcher


30            Airbrushing Equipment Guide

A look at some currently available equipment options by Richard Simpson


34            Gallery - Dar Mlodzieży

A glorious Polish training ship, with photography by Fraser Gray


38            The Mighty Zulu (Free Plan)

A classic Scottish fishing boat by Jim Pottinger


44            Simple vacuum forming

By Steve Whitelock


48            Exposition Internationale Modellisme Naval

The Model Boat Association Dover visit Calais by Alan Poole


52            Mobile Marine Models Christmas Market Day 2019

By Richard Simpson


52            Soobrazitelnyy – Russian Corvette

Building the new Russian multi-purpose corvette RFS Soobrazitelnyy by Dave Wooley


62            Windermere Jetty

Visiting the new Windermere Jetty Museum, Bowness by Dave Wooley


64            Test Bench

A round-up of all the latest kits, books and accessories


68            Next Issue

            Preview of articles to come


69            Marketplace

                Looking for a new model or making room for another? This is the place to buy and sell



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