June 15, 2015
by Gavin Hince
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July edition out now!

Delivered the July edition to Australia Post today! Copies should be delivered over the next week or so, for some reading and modelling on these cold winter-in-Australia evenings.

Our feature layout is John Humphrey’s On30 layout based on Victoria’s Rubicon Tramway. John is a talented modeller, and set out to try new methods and ideas on the layout. The results indicate that he’s succeeded brilliantly!Rails to Rubicon 2    pic_10

April 16, 2015
by Gavin Hince
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April Narrow Gauge happenings…

The 12th Australian Narrow Gauge Convention was held in Bowral over Easter 2015. A great job by the organising committee, volunteers and presenters made for a wonderful weekend. Attendees got to see NGDU’s current feature layout, Geoff Potter’s “Hoyt Clagwell Tractor Co” in person – and comments confirm what a great layout it is. Grab a copy of the April edition to see for yourself…

Hoyt Clagwell

March 8, 2015
by Gavin Hince
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April edition and Narrow Gauge Convention

April’s edition of Narrow Gauge Downunder will be released shortly. This edition includes a nostalgic South African steam trip; large-scale scratch building; a neat On30 articulated engine; and an abandoned sawmill.

Our feature layout this issue is Geoff Potter’s “Hoyt Clagwell Tractor Company”, which can be seen at the Australian Narrow Gauge Convention, in Bowral, NSW, over Easter. NGDU will be attending, so make sure to drop by our stand and have a natter!

Afternoon action on Geoff Potter's "Hoyt Clagwell Tractor Co" in On30

Afternoon action on Geoff Potter’s “Hoyt Clagwell Tractor Co” in On30

December 5, 2014
by Gavin Hince
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January 2015 edition out now

The January edition of NGDU is now available. Regular subscribers will have received copies by mail for some holiday reading. Copies are also available through stockists and hobby stores, and through selected newsagents.

January’s issue features some neat layouts and excellent scratch build articles. There are plenty of holiday project ideas – building an old-time bridge; techniques for brass diesel locos; a neat OO9 kit bash; and two lovely small layouts.

The October 2014 edition is also still available, via our online store.

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November 11, 2014
by Gavin Hince
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Going Minimum Gauge – new book

The 7mm Scale Association (UK) have a new book focussed on modelling railways with minimum gauge. There are numerous examples, both for low cost ‘industrial’ purposes, and even tourist lines simulating full-sized trains. The book includes lots of examples and information, and we’ll run a full review in the January edition.

Going Minimum Gauge

September 19, 2014
by Gavin Hince
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October edition now out

We lodged the October edition for delivery to subscribers this week. There are some great stories – Dan Pickard’s compact “Diggers Bend” shows that great modelling doesn’t require big spaces. David Dunn is at it again, with some neat conversions and the start of a new series featuring projects you can tackle in a week of evenings – perfect for time-poor or motivation-starved modellers.

History buffs will enjoy the continuation of Mark Fry’s series on Australian sawmills – many of the images have never been published and offer a vibrant glimpse of times gone by. And there’s more – you’ll have to grab a copy to see it all…

Issue 55 cover

September 10, 2014
by Gavin Hince
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Articles Index now available…

Save hours of searching through your magazine collection…

Thanks to Louise (our budding webmaster), a database of every in-print article for Narrow Gauge Downunder is now available. On the “Articles Index” page you can search easily for plans and articles.

So if you remember that – sometime before social media was invented – your favourite prototype, subject or author got a mention, use our article index to find which issue it’s in. You can even order on-the-spot using the “Buy Now” button in our “Store“, and we’ll rush a copy your way.

Now get on with some modelling…

September 8, 2014
by Gavin Hince
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Colour your world

imageWe review “PanPastel” artist colours in the October edition. These new products are awesome for subtle weathering effects. They also “set” instantly – perfect for those of us tending towards impatience! Learn more in the October NGDU. image

PanPastel image

September 8, 2014
by admin
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Welcome to our new website!

After much tinkering, we’re pleased to present NGDU’s new website. We hope this provides a location to share information about upcoming editions; and to gather feedback and commentary from NGDU readers and narrow gauge enthusiasts. Please feel free (within the bounds of politeness!) to add comments and to get involved.