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Explore the latest Hornby Magazine articles

Click on the links below to enjoy the latest news, in-depth layout features and much more on Key Model World, all from your favourite monthly model railway magazine.

Latest in Hornby Magazine

UPDATED: More colour for Genesis coaches

Hattons has received further decorated samples of its forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge Genesis four and six-wheel carriages for assessment.

Routemex adds ‘O’ gauge colour light shunting signals

Routemex has added a selection of ground position colour light shunting signal kits to complement its range of ‘O’ gauge signals.

VIDEO: Heljan Class 25/3 for 'OO' gauge

In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine (HM167) we review Heljan's all-new 'OO' gauge model of the Class 25/3. Watch our sample in action here fitted with a ZIMO sound decoder.

Hornby: A Model World

A new television documentary series showcasing Hornby and its team of designers, engineers and model makers is currently in development for screening later this year.

VIDEO: Heljan Class 86/0 for 'OO' gauge

The Class 86 has been a stalwart of the West Coast Main Line from its introduction in 1965, with numerous sub classes and modifications through the years. Join Hornby Magazine's Mike Wild in the workshop as he puts a weathered version of 86034 through its paces on our test track.

VIDEO: Hornby Magazine Show | April 2021

Join Richard as he embarks on the second part of his project to expand Hornby Magazine's 'OO9' gauge layout by taking inspiration from the fabulous Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales. Along with the layout build Richard also visits the railway for a full behind the scenes look including driver's eye view footage and more.

Dec'O' Presflos surface

Ellis Clark Trains (ECT) has received decorated samples of its forthcoming ‘O’ gauge 22ton Presflo cement wagons for assessment.

Rapido Trains UK launches Titfield Thunderbolt range

Rapido Trains UK is to release a range of ‘OO’ gauge models inspired by the classic Ealing comedy, The Titfield Thunderbolt.

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Hornby Magazine May 2021

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM167, May 2021. Highlights of this issue include a bumper read featuring 196 pages, the Hornby Magazine New Model Guide featuring 24 pages of brand new models for 2021 and beyond, the latest model reviews, features, inspirational layouts, news and more. Read the full magazine in PDF format here and check out our latest video content in the Video Features section.

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HALIFAX POWELL STREET

Competition between the pre-Grouping railways for access to Lancashire and Yorkshire’s towns and cities was fierce. PETER DURANT shows how he created this fictional station in Halifax which has a strong grounding in reality in ‘OO’ scale. Photography, Peter Durant.

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Explore the latest from Airfix Model World

The world of plastic kit modelling is diverse covering aircraft, military vehicles, cars and more. Click on the links below to start your journey with detailed content from Airfix Model World.

Latest in Scale Modelling / Planes

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HINOMARU FOR A ZERO

Modellers wanting to paint Hinomaru on Japanese World War Two aircraft instead of using decals will find these pre-cut self-adhesive vinyl masks from DEAD Design a boon.

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DROPPED CHARGES

Aircraft-dropped depth charges were a key weapon against U-boats during World War Two, so CMK’s 1/48 cast representations will be a boon to modellers with maritime aircraft kits.

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V-BOMBER STRAPS AND DIALS

Airfix’s Vulcan has yet to arrive, but accessory firms have been quick to ready themselves, such as this comprehensive package from Kits-World.

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LASER PRECISION

Laser-guided bombs are now de rigueur on many western combat aircraft, yet the provision of this type of ordnance in kits is erratic.

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HAIRY STICKS

While packaged as a set intended specifically for chipping work, AMMO-MIG’s fine brushes are equally suitable for fine weathering or detail painting.

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PATROL BOAT BLING

This is the second upgrade product from Eduard for Revell’s PT-109 kit and concentrates on the craft’s .50 cal machine gun and 20mm Oerlikon armament, with additional fittings for the depth charges, deck and stowage.

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BOOTS FOR BREWERS

Designed to replace the inaccurate bicycle-type twin mainwheels in the Bobcat and Hobby Boss Yak-28 Firebar and Brewer kits, Barracuda’s resin pack also provides alternative outriggers and wheels.

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TRAINING WHEELS

Here’s a quick and easy upgrade for Airfix’s 1/48 Tiger Moth, in the shape of CMK’s all-resin mainwheels and tailskid set. 

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CAMOUFLAGE 'SPOTS'

Replicating the ‘smoke’ camouflage on Italian aircraft models can be challenging, particularly in 1/72 scale, but Orlee’s pre-cut self-adhesive mask set simplifies this task greatly.

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CAT CANNON

Modellers wanting to pose their Academy 1/72 F-14s in a maintenance scene just found their task easier thanks to CMK’s well-designed resin and photo-etched (PE) brass M61 Vulcan cannon bay.

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Show Guide

Welcome to the new online events listing for Hornby Magazine and Airfix Model World. Due to the recent coronavirus pandemic, most modelling events have been cancelled or postponed, so please check with the event organisers that events are running before travelling. Check back for updates as this guide will be updated regularly.

Latest Events

CANCELLED: Midlands Garden Rail Show

CANCELLED: Midlands Garden Rail Show

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Annual Midlands Garden Rail Show at Warwickshire Event Centre - rescheduled from usual March date to May 22/23 2021. *Please note this event has been CANCELLED.

ABINGDON IPMS SHOW 2021

ABINGDON IPMS SHOW 2021

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Abingdon IPMS will host its annual show on October 3, 2021.

Sywell Book and Model Sale

Sywell Book and Model Sale

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Sywell Aviation Museum will host a Book and Model Sale on May 22, 2021.

Salisbury Scale Model Show 2021

Salisbury Scale Model Show 2021

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IPMS Salisbury will host its Scale Model Show on June 5, 2021.

RAF Kenley Aerojumble

RAF Kenley Aerojumble

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The RAF Kenley Aerojumble will take place on June 20, 2021.

Coventry and Warwickshire IPMS Show

Coventry and Warwickshire IPMS Show

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Coventry and Warks IPMS will host its annual show on June 27, 2021.

STOKE MODEL SHOW

STOKE MODEL SHOW

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Stoke Model Club will host its annual show on August 15, 2021.

CANCELLED: Romsey Scale Model Show

CANCELLED: Romsey Scale Model Show

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Romsey Modellers has announced its Romsey Scale Model Show on September 12, 2021 has now been cancelled.

Chiltern Model Show

Chiltern Model Show

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The Chiltern Model Show will be hosted by IPMS Chiltern and Bedfordshire MAFVA on September 12, 2021.

WINGS AND THINGS 2021

WINGS AND THINGS 2021

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Wings and Things 2021 will be held on September 19, 2021 by IPMS Fenland and Spalding.

ST IVES MODEL SHOW

ST IVES MODEL SHOW

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IPMS Brampton will host the St Ives Model Show on September 26, 2021.

There are no upcoming events