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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

Deco 'Coil A' springs into view

Accurascale has received decorated samples of its newly-tooled 'OO' gauge BR 'Coil A' steel carriers for assessment by the company's development team.

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Heljan upscales Class 17 for 'O'

It may have been one of the least successful 1960s era diesel locomotives, but the Clayton Type 1s continue to be exceptionally popular in model form. MIKE WILD reviews Heljan’s all-new and eagerly awaited Class 17 for ‘O’ gauge.

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Hatton's Gresley coaches debut

2021 looks set to be the year of the carriage for ‘O’ gauge with new collections due to cover LNER and BR designs from three different manufacturers. Hattons Model Railways has set the ball rolling with its trio of Gresley 61ft 6in corridor coaches. MIKE WILD takes a closer look.

HM166 Digitrains Class 68 sound Review Premium

BIG CAT SOUND

Digitrains has launched a new Class 68 Activedrive digital sound project for ZIMO decoders. Developed by John Gay, it offers an impressive audio suite from coupling and buffering up sounds to compressor, warning horns and notable engine transitions.

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TRS Trains water-based smoke generators

TRS Trains is a new name in modelling and is offering a custom digital controlled smoke generator and sound installation as part of its range of services. Interestingly, this isn’t using conventional smoke generators such as the oil-filled Seuthe type – the TRS Trains products make steam with bottled water.

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‘7F’ SOUND

Bachmann’s Fowler ‘7F’ 2-8-0 can be brought to life with digital sound using space in the tender to install a 21-pin decoder, speaker and stay alive pack. MIKE WILD shows you how using components from YouChoos.

VIDEO: Hatton's Gresley carriages for 'O' gauge

In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine we review Hatton's new Gresley 61ft 6in corridor stock for 'O' gauge. In this video feature we join Mike Wild in the workshop to see the sample coaches running on our test track.

New Skips for Display

Display Models has added a new 4mm scale pack of assorted skips to its growing collection of model building kits and detailing accessories.

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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

SCHWALBE SNEAK PEAK!

Here's a sneak preview of Valiant Wings' new Airframe & Miniature guide to the Messerschmitt Me 262 - an updated, expanded and extensively re-written second edition of the firm's first ever publication.

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EYE IN THE SAUDI SKY

What happens when modellers attempt to re-create aircraft that were never actually built? Mike Grant constructs a proposed AEW project from Airfix’s 1/144 de Havilland Comet 4B and S&M Models’ resin conversion set.

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THE RAF’S CUTTING EDGE

Bringing supersonic capability to match Soviet MiG-15s, the Canadair Sabre was an important aircraft for the RAF in the early Cold War period. A 1/48 representation is the latest addition to Airfix’s fleet of early jet fighters, built here by Alan Price.

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SPLENDID SABRE | IN FOCUS

The superlative Canadair Sabre was the RAF’s first swept-wing jet fighter. Malcolm V Lowe relates the story of this important 1950s warplane.

THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO!

In the first of its quarterly product announcements, Bachmann Europe has previewed a new range of classic Thunderbirds model kits to be released under the Adventures in Plastic (AiP) brand.

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VIETNAM WAR DUO

The latest Dogfight Double Gift Set offers a MiG-17F and A-4B plus a two-position stand, nine pots of acrylic paint, two brushes and a tube of Poly Cement.

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EASY-BUILD ARMOUR

It has been a long time since Airfix released any small-scale military kits, and its newly tooled 1/72 Tiger I Ausf. E is an absolute gem.

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PANZER NEMESIS

Academy’s M18 returns in Airfix packaging and new decals, with eight styrene runners and a choice of single-length vinyl or link-and-length styrene tracks.

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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

Event Date:

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

WINGS AND THINGS 2021

WINGS AND THINGS 2021

Event Date:

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

CANCELLED: Modelling Extravaganza

CANCELLED: Modelling Extravaganza

Event Date:

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.

ST IVES MODEL SHOW

ST IVES MODEL SHOW

Event Date:

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

CANCELLED: Midlands Garden Rail Show

CANCELLED: Midlands Garden Rail Show

Event Date:

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

Event Date:

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

Sywell Book and Model Sale

Sywell Book and Model Sale

Event Date:

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

Salisbury Scale Model Show 2021

Salisbury Scale Model Show 2021

Event Date:

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

RAF Kenley Aerojumble

RAF Kenley Aerojumble

Event Date:

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

STOKE MODEL SHOW

STOKE MODEL SHOW

Event Date:

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

Romsey Scale Model Show

Romsey Scale Model Show

Event Date:

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

Chiltern Model Show

Chiltern Model Show

Event Date:

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

There are no upcoming events