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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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Hornby models that were never made

In today’s world it is hard to think of new products being prepared but never released, but during the mid-1970s and early-1980s Hornby had a run of prototypes which didn’t make it to the shops. MIKE WILD looks back to the past through Pat Hammond’s recent Centenary year Hornby Book of Trains to reveal some tantalising models which never made it to the shops.

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BINNS ROAD EAST

Rather than aiming for realism, PETER BRACKENBURY sought to recreate the train set he never had in his childhood by restoring authentic Hornby-Dublo three-rail products. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Growing up with Hornby

To celebrate Hornby's Centenary TIM SHACKLETON looks back at the profound influence the Hornby brand has had at key of his 60-year modelling career.

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Reality Check: LNER ‘N2’ 0-6-2T

Perhaps the most popular model of the early Hornby Dublo period was the LNER’s ‘N2’ 0-6-2T, which launched the Dublo range alongside the Gresley ‘A4’ in 1938. Many variations, some more realistic than others, followed. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks back at the history of this often modelled but unappreciated class.

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’N’ gauge CLASS 17 breaks cover!

The chance of an ‘N’ gauge Class 17 seemed to have passed, but through Bachmann’s new brand EFE Rail and Kernow Model Rail Centre, this once ill-fated model has been revived and brought to completion. MIKE WILD takes a closer look.

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‘J94’ from EFE Rail

EFE Rail is off to a flying start with new ‘OO’ and ‘N’ gauge products arriving in the same month as their announcement. A highlight for ‘OO’ is the revival of the ‘J94’ 0-6-0ST with an upgraded motor and DCC interface. MIKE WILD investigates.

VIDEO: EFE Rail 'J94' 0-6-0ST

EFE Rail has relaunched the Hunslet 'J94' 0-6-0ST for 'OO' gauge as part of the new Bachmann brand. Watch our video of the first release in action here with DCC sound installed.

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VIDEO: EFE Rail 'J94' sound installation

EFE Rail's first 'OO' gauge locomotive is the Hunslet 'J94' 0-6-0ST. In this online exclusive video we show how to install digital sound into the compact tank engine using a ZIMO chip and Rail Exclusive speaker.

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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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AIR-DEFENCE GREYHOUND

DESIGNED AS a regimental- level asset, Russia’s 96K6 Pantsir S-1 (NATO nickname SA-22 Greyhound) is popular with modellers and Zvezda is the latest to release a kit of this air defence system.

COSFORD CANCELLATION

SHROPSHIRE SCALE Modellers Club has announced it will not hold its annual model show in April 2021, due to ongoing uncertainty regarding COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

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TORPEDO TWIN

Airfix takes another dip into the Bristol Aeroplane Company’s history with a newly tooled 1/72 Bristol Beaufort Mk.I, as Stu Fone discovers.

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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: OUTDOOR AEROBOOT AVIATION AND AVIONICS SALE

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Newark Air Museum will host its Outdoor Aeroboot Aviation and Avionics sale on September 26, 2020. *Please Note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Plastic and Steel 2020

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IPMS Belgium will host Plastic and Steel 2020 on October 10-11, 2020. *Please Note, this event has been CANCELLED.

Models on the Hill

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Models on the Hill will be hosted by IPMS Portsmouth and Portsmouth Pals Museum on October 24, 2020.

EURO SCALE MODELLING

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IPMS Nederland will host Euro Scale Modelling on November 21, 2020.

CANCELLED: SCALE SCOTLAND 2020

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Scale Scotland 2020 will take place on September 26, 2020. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Heywood Model Railway Group Open Day

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Chance to go behind-the-scenes at Heywood Model Railway Group. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: C4-Open

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C4-Open will take place on October 24-25, 2020. *Please Note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Portsmouth Model Railway Exhibition

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Annual model railway exhibition hosted by South Hants Model Railway Club. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Scaleforum 2020

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Hosted by the Scalefour Scoirty. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Farnham and District Model Railway Club Exhibition

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Annual model railway exhibition hosted by Farnham and District Model Railway Club. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Modern Image O Gauge Exhibition

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Hosted by Modern Image O Gauge (MIOG). *Please note, this event at Crewe Heritage Centre has been CANCELLED. MIOG is planning to host a 'virtual' exhibition across the same weekend - MIOG 'Live' 2020. Visit their website for more details.

POSTPONED: Warley National Model Railway Exhibition 2020

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The Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham is a calendar highlight for railway modelling. *Please note, the Warley Show has been POSTPONED to 2021.

CANCELLED: ST IVES MODEL SHOW

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IPMS Brampton will host the St Ives Model Show on September 27, 2020. *Please Note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Shildon Model Railway Club Autumn Exhibition

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See models and full-size exhibits side-by-side hosted at Locomotion Museum in the town. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Rail-Ex Taunton 2020

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Annual show hosted by the Somerset Railway Modellers Club. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Sandown Railway Enthusiasts Club Winter Model Show

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Winter exhibition hosted by Sandown Railway Enthusiasts Club. *Please note, this show has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: E-DAY

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E-Day will be hosted by Eduard on September 29, 2020. *Please Note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Christchurch Model Railway Club Exhibition

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Annual model railway exhibition hosted by Christchurch MRC. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Gainsborough Model Railway Society Open Day

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Chance to see the society's extensive collection of O gauge LNER motive power and rolling stock in action. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Wigan Model Railway Exhibition

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Annual show hosted by Wigan Finescale Railway Modellers. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Horsham Model Railway Exhibition

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Annual show hosted by Horsham Model Railway Club. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Spalding Model Railway Exhibition

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Annual model railway show hosted by Spalding Model Railway Club. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Hillingdon Railway Modellers Test Track Open Day

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Hosted by Hillingdon Railway Modellers, you can test run your models and see behind-the-scenes. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Folkestone Model Railway Exhibition

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Annual model railway show hosted by the Folkestone Model Railway Club. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

ANNUAL COMPETITION AND SHOW

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MAFVA London Branch will host its Annual Competition and Show on October 12, 2020.

CANCELLED: Stephenson Model Railway Group Rainhill Exhibition

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Hosted by the Stephenson Model Railway Group, the show boasts ten layouts, trade support and demonstrations. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Gainsborough Model Railway Society's Open Days

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Chance to see the society's extensive collection of 'O' gauge LNER motive power and rolling stock in action. *Please note, these open days have been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: IRISH NATIONAL MODEL SHOW

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IPMS Ireland will host its National Model Show on October 3-4, 2020. *Please Note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition

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Hosted by Meridienne Exhibitions. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Newhaven and District Model Railway Club Exhibition

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Annual show hosted by Newhaven and District Model Railway Club. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Abingdon IPMS Show 2020

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Abingdon IPMS will host its annual show on October 3, 2020. *Please Note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Didcot Model Railway Exhibition

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Hosted by Abingdon and District Model Railway Club and offers a varied selection of layouts, traders and demonstrations, along with refreshments too. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Wightrail 2020 Model Railway Exhibition

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Hosted by Wight Model Railway Group. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

South Wales MAFVA Annual Show

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CANCELLED: Cardiff Model Railway Show

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Annual show hosted by Cardiff 4mm Club, North Gwent Railway Modellers and Cardiff Model Engineering Society. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Gravesend Model Railway Show

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Model railway show hosted by Gravesend Railway Enthusiasts Society. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Hillingdon Railway Modellers Test Track Open Day

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Hosted by Hillingdon Railway Modellers, you can test run models and see behind-the-scenes. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: The South West Model Show 2020 Autumn Edition

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The Tank Museum will host The South West Model Show - Autumn Edition on October 17-18, 2020. *Please Note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Wycrail 2020 Model Railway Exhibition

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Annual model railway exhibition hosted by High Wycombe and District Model Railway Society. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Fareham Railex 2020

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Hosted by Fareham and District Model Railway Club. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Uckfield Model Railway Exhibition

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Annual model railway show hosted by Uckfield Model Railway Club. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

Exposition Internationale de Maquettes

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Cercle des Amis de la Maquette d'Ostheim (CAMO) will host its Exposition Internationale de Maquettes on November 7-8, 2020.

CANCELLED: Dorking Model Railway Exhibition

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Hosted by Dorking and District Model Railway Society. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Wombourne Autumn Model Railway Exhibition

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Annual autumn model railway show hosted by Midarc. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Pendle Forest Model Railway Society Exhibition

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Annual exhibition hosted by Pendle Forest MRS. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

SOUTH WALES MAFVA SHOW

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South Wales MAFVA will host its annual show on October 3, 2020.

CANCELLED: Warrington Model Railway Club Exhibition

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Annual model railway exhibition hosted by Warrington Model Railway Club. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Heywood Model Railway Group Open Day

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Chance to go behind-the-scenes at Heywood Model Railway Group. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: North Shropshire Model Show

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IPMS Telford (Shropshire Scale Modellers) will host the North Shropshire Model Show on October 4, 2020. *Please Note, this event has been CANCELLED.

Annual Competition and Show

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MAFVA London Branch will host its Annual Show and Competition on October 17, 2020.

CANCELLED: Tolworth Showtrain 2020

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Hosted by Hampton Court Model Railway Society. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Gainsborough Model Railway Society Open Day

Event Date:

Chance to view LNER O gauge motive power and rolling stock in action on the society's extensive layout. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Liphook and District Model Railway Club Exhibition

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Annual show hosted by Liphook and District Model Railway Club. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Tyneside 2020 Model Railway Exhibition

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Annual model railway show hosted by Newcastle and District Model Railway Society. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

Annual Competition and Show

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London, United Kingdom

MAFVA London Branch will host its Annual Show and Competition on October 17, 2020.

CANCELLED: Liphook and District Model Railway Club Exhibition

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Bordon, United Kingdom

Annual show hosted by Liphook and District Model Railway Club. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

Models on the Hill

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Models on the Hill will be hosted by IPMS Portsmouth and Portsmouth Pals Museum on October 24, 2020.

CANCELLED: Rail-Ex Taunton 2020

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Taunton, United Kingdom

Annual show hosted by the Somerset Railway Modellers Club. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: C4-Open

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Malmö, Sweden

C4-Open will take place on October 24-25, 2020. *Please Note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Modern Image O Gauge Exhibition

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Crewe, United Kingdom

Hosted by Modern Image O Gauge (MIOG). *Please note, this event at Crewe Heritage Centre has been CANCELLED. MIOG is planning to host a 'virtual' exhibition across the same weekend - MIOG 'Live' 2020. Visit their website for more details.

Gauge O Guild Virtual Show

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NA, United Kingdom

Free virtual model railway exhibition open to all - members and non-members alike. View layouts, demonstrations, technical committee sessions and more from the comfort of your home.

CANCELLED: Stephenson Model Railway Group Rainhill Exhibition

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Rainhill, United Kingdom

Hosted by the Stephenson Model Railway Group, the show boasts ten layouts, trade support and demonstrations. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Newhaven and District Model Railway Club Exhibition

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Seaford, United Kingdom

Annual show hosted by Newhaven and District Model Railway Club. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Spalding Model Railway Exhibition

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Spalding, United Kingdom

Annual model railway show hosted by Spalding Model Railway Club. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.