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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

SECR 'D' Class 4-4-0 for 'OO' in production

Rails of Sheffield has confirmed that production of its newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge South Eastern and Chatham Railway (SECR) ‘D’ Class 4-4-0 is underway.

Cavalex expands 'BBA' plans

Cavalex Models has confirmed that it is to produce another batch of its popular 'OO' gauge 'BBA' bogie steel carriers.

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Oake

DARREN BERRY explains how this ‘OO’ gauge Western Region layout set in Somerset not only developed from an initial two-person team, but helped to encourage new modellers too. Photography, Trevor Jones.

VIDEO: Bachmann Class 20/3 sound installation

Bachmann's latest generation Class 20 model features a Plux22 decoder socket and a factory fitted 15mm x 11mm speaker. In this sound installation guide Mike Wild shows how simple it is to install a ZIMO MX645P22 sound decoder with Digitrains ZS20ASL sound file and demonstrates the performance of the factory fitted speaker.

Dapol plans second run of 'OO' gauge '43XX'

Dapol is to undertake a second production run of the Great Western Railway Churchward ‘43XX’ 2-6-0 in ‘OO’ gauge – with an expanded tooling suite to allow further variations of these popular locomotives to be covered.

Dapol 'O' gauge Vanwide/VEA van progress

Dapol has updated progress on its forthcoming 'O' gauge BR 12ton Vanwide and VEA box vans, with confirmed identities for the vehicles due to be produced.

Weathered finish for new 4mm 'TEA'

Cavalex Models has taken delivery of the first weathered decorated samples of its forthcoming 'OO' gauge TEA bogie tank wagons for assessment.

Accurascale's nuclear vision

Accurascale has unveiled further plans for its ‘OO' gauge PFA two-axle container flat wagons, with a series of newly-tooled low-level waste nuclear containers for them to carry.

VIDEO: Weathering a Fowler '7F'

In this video weathering guide Mike Wild sets about giving Fowler '7F' 2-8-0 53808 a realistic weathered finishing using Lifecolor acrylic paints and an Iwata airbrush. Join him in the workshop here to watch the full process unfold.

VIDEO: Heljan GWR railcar for 'O'

Heljan's latest arrival for 'O' gauge is the GWR AEC railcar with 'Razor Edge' body styling. Join Mike Wild in the Hornby Magazine workshop as he demonstrates this new release and its functionality.

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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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HIND AIRFRAME DATA

Sometimes, adding refinement to a model doesn’t involve resin, photo-etched brass or scratch-building – it relies on aircraft stencilling and this comprehensive product from Eduard provides a complete set of such markings for Zvezda’s recent Mi-24V Hind-E in Russian and English.

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JORDANIAN CARRIER

Fans of airline models wanting an unusual subject may find this set from Decales Global of interest, as it provides markings for Aqaba Airlines’ sole Boeing 737-300 airframe, JY-JAB.

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Airfix Model World May 2021

Welcome to Airfix Model World May 2021 featuring full coverage of Airfix's new 1/48 Chipmunk T.10, a new tool 1/24 Bloodhound, Revell's 1/32 F/A-18E Super Hornet, Tamiya's 1/35 AMX-13/90 tank, exclusive model builds, scale modelling news and more. Read the full issue in PDF format here or dip into our reformatted online features for KeyModelWorld at your leisure.

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SEVEN-SHOT QUAD PACK

Primarily used by the US Air Force, the LAU-131 seven-round rocket launcher is the subject of Brengun’s 1/48 resin accessory.

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A MATTER OF CURVES

Designed for use by ship modellers, this simple, yet effective, tool is for bending lengths of wooden strip (such as for deck/hull planking).

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IT’S A DRAG

Here’s a neat upgrade for large-scale models of late Messerschmitt Bf 109 variants in the form of BarracudaCast’s brass and resin tailwheel combination.

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EIGHT-GUN WING

It’s the turn of Eduard’s own Spitfire Mk.IIa tooling to get the firm’s ‘open gun-bay treatment’ and the parts appear identical to those in its earlier Mk.I set (648581).

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AVENGER ASSEMBLED

This simple, yet effective upgrade is designed for Hasegawa’s TBF/TBM Avenger (and recent Hobby 2000 re-boxings) and focuses on the cockpit, with new seats for the pilot and bombardier/radio man – the latter also receives interior framework detail, plus a new equipment rack and radio boxes, all of which will be visible through the type’s capacious canopy.

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REFINED 3-SERIES

While Hobby NuNu’s BMW M3 racer builds into a splendid replica straight from the box, modellers wanting extra refinement should look no further than the firm’s dedicated upgrade.

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MIRAGE RACKS

Intended for Kinetic’s recent Mirage 2000 kits, this set of four fuselage-mounted pylons allows for a full air-to-ground or air-to-air munitions fit.

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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