'Operation Abyss' - MR237

 The layout was built around James’ Airfix Motor Torpedo Boat. A wartime dockside made the perfect setting. CHRIS NEVARD

The layout was built around James’ Airfix Motor Torpedo Boat. A wartime dockside made the perfect setting. CHRIS NEVARD

An old Airfix kit and the setting of two clear goals inspired JAMES STYLES to break the habit of a lifetime and finish this military-themed dockside.

Here at Model Rail, we believe nothing can evoke that childlike sense of nostalgia quite like a model railway. But toy soldiers certainly come close. And there’s no shortage of these - or boats, tanks and War Department rolling stock - on James Styles’ ‘Operation Abyss’, a layout that would surely delight every schoolboy in the country.


Indeed, it’s childhood memories of train sets past that fuel James’ passion today: “We had a large layout in a spare room at home, when I was a child. The memory has stayed with me,” he says. But despite this lifelong love for model making, ‘Operation Abyss’ is James’ first completed layout. “I’ve started many,” he explains, “but this is the only layout I’ve actually ever finished!”

So where did James find the motivation to stick with ‘Operation Abyss’? ...

Find out more in MR237 - OUT JUNE 29

 Right: The Sherman Crab was fitted with a mine flail. James replaced the plastic flails on his Airfix kit (02320) with carefully-cut chain. CHRIS NEVARD

Right: The Sherman Crab was fitted with a mine flail. James replaced the plastic flails on his Airfix kit (02320) with carefully-cut chain. CHRIS NEVARD