My writing career launched back in the 1990s with a couple of articles in this magazine so it's interesting to be invited back as a more permanent member of the team.
My remit will (unsurprisingly) involved quite a lot of model making but hopefully I'll be allowed to dabble in a few other areas too.
In truth, I've been a contributor for a few months - some people have worked out who the new "BRM Staff" member was. Apparently I have a "style" that can be spotted!
Of course, I can't be a "name" in two magazines at once . Well, technically as a freelance I can, but it doesn't seem right to do so. Thus the next "Parker's Guide" in Hornby Magazine will be my last. I've really enjoyed working with Mike for the last 4 1/2 years but it's time to move on. Mind you, he has a few bits and pieces on the books so I'm not quite done yet. I'll still be at The Great Electric Train Show at the weekend too.
In the future you can look out for more Phil stuff both in print and on-line. I'll keep you all up to date with progress. Don't worry, the blog isn't going away. In fact I'm hoping that with a slightly more settled working life, I might get to build a few more models for me!
I should point out of course that this is MY blog and all opinions you find here are mine and not necessarily those of any publication I'm writing for.
Anyway, what do you get in the new-look BRM that have my name on them?
Well, first up we have a new feature called "2 Hour Challenge" where I complete a project in under 120 minutes. The first example is a small coal yard.
Sticking with the coal theme, I'm building a wagon kit, my subject being the Parkside French door mineral wagon. One of the very, very few not available ready to run.