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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

Modelling British Railways Wagonload Formations Review Premium

Modelling British Railways Wagonload Formations

This latest bookazine in the Modelling British Railways series from Key Publishing focuses on diesel and electric era wagonload freight formations. Coverage for this second volume of the modeller’s guide is focused mainly on wagonload freight.

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THOMPSON CHOICES

Locoman Sounds has introduced a set of new sound profiles for the Hornby ‘A2/2’ and ‘A2/3’ 4-6-2s with four different versions to suit the two classes in different eras. MIKE WILD shows how to install the sound profile on a Doehler & Haass sound chip into the BR era ‘Pacifics’.

Farnby 'O' gauge layout Feature Premium

Farnby

Cleveland Model Railway Club looked back to the 1930s on the LNER for its ‘O’ gauge branch line scene. MARTIN SMITH tells the story of this attractive group project. Photography, Mike Bisset.

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Railway Realism: Settle-Carlisle railway

Soaring high into the Pennines in spectacular scenery, the Settle & Carlisle Railway has always held a special place in the hearts of enthusiasts and modellers. However, this railway had a troubled history with threats to its existence from the very start. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains.

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Staff Projects: Track Painting

Hornby Magazine’s ‘OO9’ narrow gauge layout expansion is fast becoming an idyllic scene. RICHARD WATSON shows us how he brought the track to life on the layout.

New Class 24s head Bachmann Summer announcements

Four newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge disc headcode fitted BR Class 24 diesels head the line-up for Bachmann’s quarterly release schedule for Summer 2021.

VIDEO: Model Railway News | 3.5.21

Join Richard Watson for the latest model railway news updates from around the scene including new samples from Hornby, a new production run of the APT-E, Dapol's latest production announcements and more.

More Hornby ‘Terriers’ on the way

Decorated samples of Hornby's next batch of 'OO’ gauge Stroudley ‘Terrier’ 0-6-0Ts have arrived for assessment, ahead of production getting underway soon.

New ‘OO’ Class 31s debut

Hornby's development team have received decorated samples of the next production run of the popular ‘OO’ gauge Class 31 A1A-A1A diesel for checking over.

Super Sentinel samples

Hornby has shared images of its next batch of ‘OO' gauge Sentinel 0-4-0 diesel shunters, following receipt of decorated samples for checking over by the company's development team.

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

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SIMPLE SPEEDSTER SOLUTION

Intended for use with any iteration of NuNu’s 1/24 BMW M6 GT3 racer (built in AMW100 – March 2019), these Decalcas markings cover the Turner Motorsport team’s striking 2019 24 Hours of Daytona entry.

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CENTURY SCHEMES

Modellers with 1/72 F-100D kits in their stash will appreciate this splendid selection of gaudy US Air Force schemes from homeland and West Germany-deployed units, from a time when natural metal airframes with brightly coloured markings were the norm.

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TRADITIONAL SCHEMES

Foxbot’s Warriors of Light release caters for 11 Ukrainian Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot aircraft.

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WESTERN DESERT ARMOUR

Here’s another set of ToRo Model decals for 1/35 Sherman tanks at the Second Battle of El Alamein –a clash that marked the turning point in World War Two’s Western Desert Campaign.

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SPREAD YOUR WINGS

Here’s a decidedly different scheme for those with Monogram or SOVA-M 1/72 long-winged Albatross kits, in the shape of Red Bull Racing’s striking livery, complete with charging animal artwork on the fuselage and the company’s logo on the two-tone vertical stabiliser.

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EMIL ACES

Eduard provides a bumper crop of Bf 109Es flown by high-scoring pilots in this splendid supplement to its impressive 1/48 kits.

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PHINAL PHLOURISH

Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force has never been shy when it comes to special schemes on its aircraft, and arguably some of the most striking have been created to mark the retirement of the F-4EJ – this set from DXM provides markings for 302nd Squadron’s ‘white Phantom’ (similar attire for the unit’s ‘black Phantom’ are available as 91-7130).

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DEUTSCHE AIRFRAME DATA

This set of Luftwaffe stencils for 1/48 Eurofighters is perfect for replacing lost, missing or damaged markings and can offer an alternative to a kit-supplied livery.

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“WITNESS THE FIREPOWER”

Modellers wanting a convincing replica of the second Death Star from Return of the Jedi via Bandia’s splendid kit may find Greenstrawberry’s bespoke decal set useful, as it provides markings for all exterior surfaces.

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FLYING WITH A SMILE

One of Slovakia-based airline Sky Europe’s most striking liveries bore the face of Miss Austria 2006 Tatjiana Batinić on the fuselage, and this is replicated by BOA Decals’ set.

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.

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