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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

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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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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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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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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FLAK SUPPRESSOR

The third iteration of Airfix’s lovely 1/72 Beaufighter TF.X provides parts for a snub- or thimble-nosed airframe, matching this with markings for Royal Canadian Air Force and Portuguese Naval Aviation machines.

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ROSATELLI’S FALCON

The second in ICM’s CR.42 series has been released and it’s likely to be a firm favourite with modellers, being the original Italian airframe.

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MINI SPY-COPTER

Crew-less aircraft, such as Schiebel’s S-100 camcopter, are gaining in popularity – the type has recently been accepted into UK Coastguard service – so it’s no surprise to see kit representations follow.

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LATE-WAR LAVOCHKIN

This late version of Clear Prop’s newly tooled 1/72 Lavochkin La-5 includes a slightly reworked runner compared with the early iteration (CP72014), though the remaining six frames and photo-etched (PE) brass fret are unchanged.

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NEW ENGINE OPTION

Having first tooled a 1/144 Airbus A321 in 1999, Revell has followed the type’s development with a completely re-tooled A321neo – featuring two New Engine Options (hence the acronym) plus wingtip ‘sharklets’ to improve fuel efficiency.

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STALIN’S ORGAN

This is another great set from ICM, combining its WOT 8-mounted BM-13-16 Katyusha rocket launcher (35591) with a four-man reloading team (also available separately as 35648).

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BIG-SHOT SHERMAN

The Sherman Firefly Vc is Airfix’s first foray into 1/72 armour in many years and is aimed at all modellers, offering a choice of simplified running gear for beginners or separate suspension, road wheels and link-and-length tracks for those with a few builds under their belt.

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GAMING GUNNERY

Although produced and released by Italeri, this 1/56 scale Sturmgeschütz is a collaboration with UK-based wargaming company Warlord Games for use with the latter’s 28mm Bolt Action system.

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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: Bawdeswell Model Railway Exhibition

CANCELLED: Bawdeswell Model Railway Exhibition

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Annual model railway exhibition hosted by 32A model railway club. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

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.

CANCELLED: Modelling Extravaganza

CANCELLED: Modelling Extravaganza

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Annual modelling event hosted by Hoddesdon Model Railway Club. As well as layouts, features also include working fairground models, radio-controlled boats and road vehicles. *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.

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.

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.

STOKE MODEL SHOW

STOKE MODEL SHOW

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

Romsey Scale Model Show

Romsey Scale Model Show

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Romsey Scale Model Show will be hosted by Romsey Modellers on September 12, 2021

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.

STOKE MODEL SHOW

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Stafford, United Kingdom

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

IPMS/USA National Convention 2021

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Las Vegas, United States

The IPMS USA National Convention will take place between August 18-21, 2021.

Corris Railway Society Model Railway Exhibition

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Machynlleth, Powys, United Kingdom

Model railway show hosted by the Corris Railway Society.

Romsey Scale Model Show

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Romsey, United Kingdom

Romsey Scale Model Show will be hosted by Romsey Modellers on September 12, 2021

Chiltern Model Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

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

WINGS AND THINGS 2021

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Spalding, United Kingdom

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

ST IVES MODEL SHOW

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St Ives, United Kingdom

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

ABINGDON IPMS SHOW 2021

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Abingdon, United Kingdom

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