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Welcome to Key Model World your new online destination for everything railway and scale modelling. Join us for the latest content from Key Publishing's modelling titles - Hornby Magazine and Airfix Model World - and discover the creative world of scale modelling.


Join us for the Hornby Magazine Show!

The latest Hornby Magazine Show feature video is available to watch now. Join Richard for the completion of the narrow gauge project.

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

HM165 Peaks 47 Feature Premium

Peaks ‘47

The Peak District in the final year of the LMS is the setting for SAM JONES’ ‘OO’ gauge layout, which faithfully recreates this beautiful area in miniature. Read the full feature here and watch our video tour with owner Sam. Photography, Richard Watson.

HM165 nuclear wagon weathering Feature Premium


Nuclear traffic provides ideal train lengths for layouts of any size.TIM SHACKLETON looks at some simple techniques for weathering these short freight trains of recent years.

HM165 J69 Feature Premium

3D printed ‘J69’

CDC Design’s 3D printed locomotive body for the Great Eastern ‘J69’ 0-6-0T was a temptation too great to resist for TREVOR JONES. He explains how the body can be used with a ready-to-run chassis to add character to a GE fleet.

HM165 Bachmann Class 45 Review Premium

Sealed beam ‘Peaks’ are back!

The overhauled Class 45 ‘Peaks’ have been a missing component from the modern era ‘OO’ gauge catalogues, but Bachmann is setting that right with the arrival of its Regional Exclusive versions of the Class 45/0 with ‘sealed beam’ headlights. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at this new arrival from Bachmann which has been much requested.

HM165 Class 45 Reality Check Feature Premium

The final years of the Class 45s

While many of British Railways’ early diesel classes were failures, the Class 45s were so useful that many were upgraded and refurbished to extend their lives, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains.

HM165 Hornby BR Mk 1 RB Review Premium

Hornby’s Restaurant Buffet

Hornby's growing collection of all-new BR Mk 1 coaching stock has expanded with the arrival of the new Restaurant Buffet (RB) in original and refurbished (RBR) formats. Read our full review from HM165 here together with video and extra images.

HM165 Rails Connect decoders Review Premium

Rails Connect DCC decoders

Rails of Sheffield has recently added a new selection of Digital Command Control (DCC) decoders to its Rails Connect range of electrical accessories.

HM165 Hobbytrax decoder tester Review Premium

HobbyTrax DCC Decoder Tester

Measuring 110mm x 80mm, this useful DCC tool features a PCB base with rubber grommet style supports and a series of linked components including LEDs, resistors and the relevant decoder sockets.

HM165 Revolution Trains Class 92 Review Premium

FIRST REVIEW: Revolution's Class 92

The Class 92 holds a special place in British railway history, as one of these dual voltage electrics hauled the last BR operated service before the start of privatisation in November 1997. Now the class has been immortalised in ‘N’ gauge by Revolution Trains. Could it be the best ready-to-run model for ‘N’ gauge yet? MIKE WILD finds out.

HM165 Flangeway Salmon Review Premium

Flangeway ‘Salmons’

Engineering wagons have always been well-received and this new release from Flangeway delivers a missing link from the departmental fleet – the ‘Salmon’ 62ft rail carrier. MIKE WILD explains their purpose and inspects this new arrival.

View all from Hornby Magazine 


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


Modelling is one of those hobbies where new innovations are seized upon eagerly, and flexible 3D-printed decals are a logical step from the ways 3D-printed parts are created.


Hong Kong firm Gecko Models’ products are now available in the UK via Tiger Hobbies, with the three latest releases featuring British Army-related vehicles and figures.


Airfix's latest release in its Vintage Classics range is truly deserving of the accolade, both in terms of kit heritage and the subject itself: a 1930 Bentley 4.5 Litre Supercharged – which is perhaps better known as the Blower Bentley.


Having delighted modellers with its newly tooled 1/48 Spitfire Mk.Ia, Eduard has now turned its attention to the Rotol propeller-fitted Mk.IIa variant.


Operated by Argentinian, Colombian, Sri Lankan and Uruguayan Air Forces, the FMA IA 58 Pucará (fortress) is the subject of Kinetic’s latest new tooling.


EXTRA IMAGES INSIDE: A traditional starting point for many, aircraft modelling is arguably the most popular form of the hobby – as shown by this month’s selection of reader builds.


Valiant Wings has announced its 17th Airframe Album book is to be dedicated to the Henschel Hs 129 Panzerjäger (armour-hunter) ground-attack aircraft operated by German forces during World War Two.


There have been many books dedicated to US Army Air Force aircraft during World War Two, yet few have focused on the weapons carried by these machines; Canfora Publishing’s latest release seeks to address that shortfall.


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.


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.

View all from Airfix Model World


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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.



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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.



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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

Event Date:

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.



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



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

There are no upcoming events