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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: Digitrains Class 68 sound demonstration

In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM166, April 2021 - we review Digitrains new sound file for the Class 68 Bo-Bo diesels. Here the full suite of sounds in our sound demonstration featuring the Dapol 'OO' gauge model fitted with a ZIMO MX644C decoder.

VIDEO: Hornby Magazine Show | March 2021

The latest edition of the Hornby Magazine Show is here on KeyModelWorld. Highlights of this months show include the start of a new ‘OO9’ narrow gauge project which takes inspiration from the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales, to add a new scene to Wardle Bay in ‘OO9'. Join Richard, Mark and Mike online for this not to be missed film.

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‘N’ Gauge Heavy Metal Part One

Weathering in the smaller scales hasn’t always received the attention it deserves. TIM SHACKLETON tries different approaches as he weathers a selection of big freight locomotives in 2mm scale.

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Hornby's Thompson ‘A2/2’

Hornby has expanded its range of Eastern Region ‘Pacifics’ with the arrival of the first ever ready-to-run model of the Thompson ‘A2/2’ fleet. MIKE WILD takes a detailed look at both versions of this exciting new addition for ‘OO’ gauge.

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.

HM166: Hatton's Gresley carriages Review Premium

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.

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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.

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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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PHANTOM LASER

Here’s a handy accessory for modellers wanting to build a 1970s/1980s-era laser-designating US Air Force F-4D Phantom, in the shape of a four-part PAVE Tack pod and associated adapter ‘shoe’ for the type’s centreline pylon.

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DISCO-ERA ‘CONNIE’

Having caused a stir in the Season 1 finale of Star Trek: Discovery, the restyled Constitution-class USS Enterprise is now available as a 1/2500 Polar Lights kit, for which Greenstrawberry has produced a photo-etched metal upgrade.

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LEGACY BUG EXHAUSTS

Designed to fit Kinetic’s ‘legacy’ F/A-18 Hornet kits, this neat resin and photo-etched (PE) brass set provides new jet pipes and exhaust nozzles for the jet’s General Electric F404 powerplants and comes with a choice of open or closed configuration.

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VIXEN INTAKES

Creating seamless inner surfaces on intakes can be challenging, especially ones to be finished in white, so this resin set from Alleycat is ideal for those with Airfix’s 1/48 Sea Vixen.

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HATS AND BOXES

While CMK has suggested this accessory set is for its Marder II anti-tank gun, these lovely resin extras would be useful for most German artillery systems.

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TORP-TWIN TRIMMINGS

Accessories Beaufort Mk.IBy: Eduard Scale: 1/72Item...

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TORNADO JAMMER

Eduard’s resin 1/48 Skyshadow pod is ideal for any RAF Tornado GR, replacing kit components with a far superior alternative that’s also good value for money.

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AIRACOBRA BOOTS

Eduards’ own 1/48 P-39 is the intended recipient for these replacement resin wheels; the nose unit is a single-piece drop in for the kit’s styrene alternative and the mainwheels are two-part items, with a separate outer hub, which should ease painting.

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ANTI-SUBMARINE SHOOTER

Squid anti-submarine launchers were a common sight on Royal Navy destroyers from late World War Two to the 1960s, and Black Cat’s new 3D-printed set provides two of these triple-barrelled units.

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ALL IN A CLUSTER

Eduard has recently expanded its range of Brassin accessories to cover a variety of large-scale munitions, and one of its latest additions is this set of six 1/32 Mk.20 Rockeye fittings.

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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

Event Date:

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