April 6, 2024
by Gavin Hince
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April 2024 issue released

The April 2024 issue is packed full of interest, including:

  • A visit to Don McKenney’s “Mill Valley Lumber Co” On3 layout, featuring his scratchbuild models and towering trees
  • Build a ruined church
  • Michael Schmidt’s new large-scale field railway
  • Plans for North-East Dundas Tramways “AD” guards van
  • …And much more!

March 16, 2023
by Gavin Hince
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Get the April 2023 issue, out now!

Related in time for the 2023 Australian Narrow Gauge Convention at Easter, April’s NGDU features Dan Pickard’s “Kinmont” that will be on display at the convention. This compact On30 layout features brilliant scenery, with trains peeking between the gums and ferns. The format makes for wonderful photos.

The April issue includes our usual range of practical projects too, with tips to rebuild craftsman-style kits; adapt a UK steamer; and build an old-time tank car. We also continue Lee Styger’s tutorial on CAD/CNC baseboards, explore some ‘spar’ tramways; and visit “The Pickle” – an unusual German-themed estate railway in 1:35 scale.

Get your copy today…

December 16, 2022
by Gavin Hince
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January 2023 issue out now!

The January 2023 issue of Narrow Gauge Downunder hits the streets this week.

Features for this edition include:

  • The Puerto Borracho acquires a new On30 Heisler – Gary Beatty shares his trademark humour and artistry, including techniques for modelling galvanised metals
  • We visit an amazing scenic 1:34 NZ timber railway
  • Layout designing, with Murray Scholz’s VR branch line
  • Build an early diesel locomotive
  • History of Australia’s timber spar tram lines. 

There’s lots to explore in the January issue – get yours now.

October 24, 2022
by Gavin Hince
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NGDU digital editions out now!

By popular request, we now offer high-quality digital editions for many of the early editions of NGDU that have been long out-of-print and unavailable.

These are gradually appearing in our online store – just choose the issues you’d like and follow the check-out prompts. You’ll receive a secure download link via email automatically, allowing instant access to our past issues. These are delivered as high-resolution PDF files, which are compatible with all computers and require no software installation.

We’ll continue to add back issues in digital format, so check back soon as the range increases!

June 26, 2022
by Gavin Hince
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Grab your copy of the July 2022 NGDU

July’s issue of NGDU is packed with ideas – from Peter Kendall’s description of “starting with the story” for his freelanced On30 Apple Cove layout; to details from the rear sides of retail shops; to the amazing diversity of amusement railways and inspirations for modelling.

There’s also plenty of modelling projects – building simple machines for structure interiors; a brilliant ‘auto repair shop’ diorama; simple OO9 conversions and Mark Fry’s step-by-step account of building an iconic timber bridge.

Get your copy at our stockists, or order online.

March 18, 2022
by Gavin Hince
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April 2022 NGDU is out now

The April issue of Narrow Gauge Downunder features the Colorado & Southern’s Clear Creek line. This mid-sized On3 line was built by NGDU’s editor Gavin Hince, and aims to capture the iconic narrow gauge line amid the Rockies.

This issue also features some brilliant ‘field railway’ modelling by Dirk Becker in 1:22.5 – the “Gneetzapplebahn” shows what’s possible with large scale in small spaces! Hanns Hirblinger also chimes in with a detailed roundhouse model that depicts a busy repair facility for a field railway.

Plus, David Dunn explores simple-but-effective techniques for model photography; the conclusion of the ‘Great Australian Railway project’; more on CAD and even, a rail truck kit bash. There is plenty to interest in the April issue!

For all the fun in the January issue, just subscribe online or purchase an individual copy at our online store.

December 23, 2021
by Gavin Hince
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Make 2022 your narrow gauge year!

A new year and a whole new slew of narrow gauge fun! Get the January issue of Narrow Gauge Downunder today…

2022 kicks off with a visit to Laurie Green MMR’s On3 layout, which puts readers in the place of railfans during the Rio Grande Southern’s final decade.

Scratchbuilders will find plenty to please, with a large-scale coaling tower; a river boat project and a neat UK carriage conversion project. You’ll also learn a simple method to simulate varnished timber.

Prototype fans aren’t disappointed, with coverage of Australia’s fascinating jetty railways, and more on the architecture of Qld shops. Finally, we’ll visit “Gould”, Daniel Templeton’s amazing 1:48 Victorian Railways diorama.

October 6, 2021
by Gavin Hince
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October issue now available!

The October issue of NGDU goes large – very large! Scott Robertson solved the dilemma of “what to build next?” by adding large-scale scenes above his already-finished On30 layout. Scott’s artistic rendering of gold-rush era scenes is stunning.
We also cater for architecture fans, with a review of iconic Qld shops; continue tinkering with Arduino technology; scratch build some boxcars and bash a tram loco. There’s something for everyone in this huge issue! Subscriber copies are “in the mail” now, and copies are enroute for sale at stockists and newsagents, and online.

June 24, 2021
by Gavin Hince
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July NGDU now available

July NGDU is now available!

In the July 2021 issue, we visit the artist-inspired On30 layout of Bruce Treloar. Bruce’s eye for colour and composition shines, in the intricate structures and waterfront scenes along his layout.

Active builders will enjoy this issue’s articles on building “fine scale” industries using low-cost kits; converting a Peco van to a UK-style guards van; and can follow David Dunn’s footsteps to build a selection of farm buildings. We also cater for modellers interested in cutting-edge methods, such as our ongoing “CAD runes” covering 3-D design and printing; and introducing our new series on Arduino automation. Prototype fans will enjoy the selection of sugar cane loco tenders, and a visit to the ‘Roaring Camp and Big Trees Railroad’.

There’s lots to explore in the July 2021 issue!

April 20, 2021
by Gavin Hince
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New for NGDU: ‘Digital Downloads’

Several readers have asked about the January 2020 issue which featured the HOn3 “Bobcat County”; the rebuilding of the Nighthawk Branch, and many other great articles. We’ve sold-out of the printed copies but now offer a digital download, so you can enjoy all the articles right on your computer.

Available at the introductory price of $7.50, we hope to extend the digital options to all our back issues soon!