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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

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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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S&D '7F' 2-8-0s

Throughout the history of the railways there have been many small classes of locomotive designed for specific tasks but, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES describes, few have gained the popularity of the former Somerset and Dorset '7F' 2-8-0s.

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.

Colour for Accurascale MDO/MDVs

Accurascale has received decorated samples of its new 'OO' gauge 21ton steel mineral open wagons for assessment.

Dapol 'Pacers' for approval

Dapol has received decorated samples of its next batch of 'N' gauge Class 142 'Pacer' two-car Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) for evaluation by the development team.

Further 'OO' Turbot wagons planned

Dapol has confirmed that another batch of its OO' gauge 'Turbot' bogie ballast spoil wagons are due for production soon.

Boom time for 'Rat' fans

Sutton's Locomotive Works (SLW) has revealed that it has been working on an all-new 'OO' gauge BR Class 25 Bo-Bo diesel. The newly-tooled models will reflect the later sub-classes - namely the restyled Class 25/2s and Class 25/3s.

More 'OO' IOAs on the way

Dapol has confirmed that a new batch of its popular 'OO' gauge IOA (Mussel) Network Rail bogie ballast wagons are due later this year.

'Cartic 4' next for Revolutio'N'

Revolution Trains has unveiled plans to produce British Rail's (BR) iconic Cartic 4 as its next 'N' gauge project.

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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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EXCELSIOR UPGRADES

It’s the turn of AMT’s 1994-vintage Excelsior-class USS Enterprise-B to receive an aftermarket refit, courtesy of this comprehensive photo-etched brass and resin set.

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RE-USEABLE COVERINGS

While kabuki-style tape masking is more popular than vinyl, the latter does have advantages when it comes to multiple usage, being far more robust.

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TUBE WITH A FIN

It’s a common misconception that pitot tubes are all just hollow pipes; those fitted to many US aircraft during World War Two (including P-36, P-39, P-40, P-47, A-3, B-239, T-6 and B-25) were fitted with a ‘shark-fin’ probe tip –a detail missed in almost every kit.

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TOMCAT THRUST

Modellers wishing to add further detail to Academy’s recent 1/72 F-14A Tomcat should consider CMK’s range of resin enhancements, which includes this representation of the type’s portside Pratt & Whitney TF-30-P-14 turbofan.

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FANFARE FOR A T-TAIL

Vickers’ VC10 is one of the most easily recognisable airliner types, with its distinctive engine and tail configuration and it has been well served by kit manufacturers compared with other similar types.

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SPITFIRE REVISITED

While the first edition of this Airframe and Miniature guide was well-received by modellers, its expanded version, featuring revised and updated content makes for the perfect introduction to the Spitfire.

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YUGOSLAVIA’S ’109

Although World War Two brought about huge advances in aviation, it also curtailed many promising designs, including the Yugoslavian Rogožarski IK-3, regarded as an equal to the Bf 109E when it entered service in 1940, and the subject of this exhaustive study. 

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THE MUD OFFENSIVE

This lavishly illustrated and well-written volume covers the Soviet conquest of south-eastern Europe between March and October 1944 and is packed with information.

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LAND LEVIATHANS

Pen and Sword’s Tankcraft series’ 25th volume examines the German Tiger I and II heavy tanks, providing modellers with a combination of historical research, colour profiles, a round-up of available modelling products and a gallery of build projects.

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KAISERLICHE CAPITAL SHIPS

Opening a Super Drawings volume has a very familiar feel, as they all follow the same well-organised format of an introduction to the subject – in this case Germany’s Brandenburg-class battleships – covering design, armament and operational history, followed by masses of digital images.

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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