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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

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Britain’s Most Powerful: Gresley's ‘P2’

In the first of a series of special features highlighting the best of British railway engineering, TREVOR JONES turns his attention to the imposing Gresley ‘P2’ 2-8-2s by explaining their importance and showing their potential in model form ahead of Hornby’s new release.

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HEAVY METAL PART TWO

Less is usually more when it comes to creating effective weathering effects in the smaller scales. Having gone for broke with a battle-scarred ‘WD’, TIM SHACKLETON opts for the subtle approach with a further selection of heavy freight locomotives.

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EYE IN THE SKY

A modeller's Model railways are viewed from above in most circumstances, but how much do we really think about how the landscape around the line looks? TIM SHACKLETON takes to the air to discover how railways really interact with their surroundings.

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GRAND CENTRAL Mk 4 REPAINTS

Grand Central’s short-lived plan to introduce Class 90 hauled Mk 4 carriage formations on the West Coast Main Line inspired JOHN PILGRIM to repaint a rake of 1990s era Hornby models. Here he explains his process for this ‘OO’ gauge project.

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MUCH WITHERING

The garden presented the perfect place for STEVE BOON to develop an ‘O’ gauge railway on which he could run his collection of Western Region hydraulics. Here he reveals the story behind the line and how it was built.

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NEW MODEL GUIDE: 'OO' GAUGE

A host of exciting new models is in prospect this year and in the near future and beyond. MARK CHIVERS assesses what’s coming up for modellers in the rapidly expanding ‘OO’ gauge.

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New Model Guide ‘O’ Gauge

Ready-to-run ‘O’ gauge continues to capture new interest. MIKE WILD surveys the scene to discover what is in store for 7mm scale in 2021 and beyond.

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New Model Guide ‘N’ Gauge

Many ‘N’ gauge projects are set to be completed this year. MARK CHIVERS looks at what is in prospect for the ‘N’ gauge modeller.

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New Model Guide ‘OO9’ GAUGE

Interest in narrow gauge railways is on the increase, particularly with the arrival of ready-to-run locomotives and rolling stock from Bachmann, Heljan and Peco. MIKE WILD reviews the current state of play.

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RETURN OF THE 'RAT'

The ‘facelifted’ Class 25 is the subject of Heljan’s latest ‘OO’ gauge ready-to-run model and fills an important gap in the market for a contemporary model. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at this new addition.

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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.

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ROTARY PUNCH

A common sight on modern Russian rotary-winged assets, the B8V20 replaced the earlier UB-57-32 and features a characteristic ‘blunt’ front section of rocket tubes; Eduard’s neat resin and photo-etched (PE) brass set provides four such pods, enough for a full helicopter load.

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SHOWING THE WAY

Well known for its excellent resin kits and accessories, Plus Model also produces a raft of printed items, such as this collection of 14 military maps, presented on a single paper sheet.

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TRUCKING TREATS

Designed to embellish the detail on ICM’s 1/72 Zil-131 cargo truck, this small yet busy photo-etched brass fret contains a wealth of extras.

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DROP-IN DIALS

Painting instrument panels can be tricky, so Eduard’s pre-painted resin Löök sets are great for those wanting to add extra refinement as they are straightforward drop-in replacements for the styrene parts and offer lovely detail for minimal effort.

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BLUNT DISPENSER

The US SUU-30 was one of the earliest cluster-munition dispensers, with the H/B variant – as supplied by Eduard in resin and photo-etched brass – being one of the ‘blunt-nosed’ versions.

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DUST AND TUFTS

Part of AMMO-MIG’s diorama accessories series, this preformed 240 x 240mm scenic section replicates a typical surface as seen at airfields in The Steppe grasslands, so would be suitable for locations in Russia, Ukraine, Hungary and Romania in either of the World Wars.

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STUKA UPGRADE

Academy’s Ju 87G-1 kit has been around for almost 20 years, yet there has been relatively little aftermarket material available recently, so Brengun’s photoetched ensemble will prove popular.

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DECK CREW

Here’s a great addition to any 1/350 US Navy aircraft carrier model, in the shape of Black Cat Models’ exquisitely detailed deck crew set, which comprises 59 figures in 11 poses.

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FURY FASCIA

While Airfix’s quarter-scale Hawker Fury may be getting long in the tooth, Yahu’s pre-painted and assembled instrument panel is a quick way of raising the detail level in the cockpit.

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FITTER FIXTURES

Intended for Modelsvit’s late-variant single-seater Su-17 Fitter, this two-fret photo-etched metal set from Eduard provides pre-painted additions for the cockpit – including a replacement instrument panel, side consoles and ejection seat fittings – and plain components for the exterior.

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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