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I'm currently making a micro-layout/diarama which is probably not up to the standard of your normal layout features or those of the other magazines but might be of interest to those starting off in the hobby. I have been keeping a diary of work in progress and it demonstrates how the layout is being created.

It's a D&E 4 foot by 18" TMD with a simple track plan which I intend to use to run and display new locos. Thought it might be inspiring for those modellers who can't wait to finish their main projects/full layouts and/or want to practice on something smaller.

How could I let you know about it and what do you need to consider whether it could be included in the mag?

Are the texts for the layout's featured in HM written by the modellers and are they edited or written by someone else?

Thanks in anticipation.
 

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QUOTE (DiesAL @ 22 Jul 2008, 21:26) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I'm currently making a micro-layout/diarama which is probably not up to the standard of your normal layout features or those of the other magazines but might be of interest to those starting off in the hobby. I have been keeping a diary of work in progress and it demonstrates how the layout is being created.

It's a D&E 4 foot by 18" TMD with a simple track plan which I intend to use to run and display new locos. Thought it might be inspiring for those modellers who can't wait to finish their main projects/full layouts and/or want to practice on something smaller.

How could I let you know about it and what do you need to consider whether it could be included in the mag?

Are the texts for the layout's featured in HM written by the modellers and are they edited or written by someone else?

Thanks in anticipation.

Email over a few web sized digital pictures and a rough outine to the editorial address (inside the mag's cover) for appraisal. Text is normally written by the modeller. Try and see, you may be pleasently surprised at the response
 

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I've already done that, quite some time ago now.

Didn't get a response the first time so sent loads of photos and write up a second time.

I got a reply on the 20/05/08 saying that it will be passed to the relevant department for consideration and that due to the number of correspondance received the editor can't reply to them personally.

Not heard anything since, doubt if I will now.

I think the standard has to be very high to be included as an article and obviously my little Thomas & Friends Ngauge layout wasn't up to it.

Shame as I was trying to give other new modellers hope that they don't have to build a first class exhibition layout as their first try.
I still believe that some are put off by seeing these fantastic layouts and thinking I can't do that..so don't!
It was also the whole concept of making an exhibition layout for children to actually play with that made it that bit different.

Hey ho.
 

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Hi guys,

Thanks for your questions. We do get a lot of layouts passed in front of our eyes hear in the HM office and I'm always happy to consider projects of any size, shape or scale. As Chris mentioned, the best way is to send us a selection of images and a brief resume of what the layout is based on etc. With regard to the articles, these are usually written by the owner then edited by myself and HM sub-editor Andrew Roden - like all features which appear in the magazine.

Wiggy - I still have the pictures you sent over on my machine (also received an e-mail from you the other day I think) and it is in the consideration file at present. There may be further opportunities to feature layouts on the Hornby Magazine website in due course too.

Thanks again for your comments.

Mike Wild, Ed.
 
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