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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.

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: Hornby Magazine Show | February 2021

The latest Hornby Magazine Show is here on KeyModelWorld with Mike, Mark and Richard. In this month's show we complete Topley Dale's Diversion Route, bring you the latest news and profile the ever-popular BR Class 50s.

VIDEO: Locoman Stanier '8F' sound demonstration

In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine (HM165) we install digital sound in the Hornby Stanier '8F' 2-8-0 using Locoman Sounds Doehler & Haass 8-pin chip. Join us on Topley Dale for a full demonstration of the sound decoders features.

VIDEO: Bachmann's 'sealed beam' Class 45

In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine we review Bachmann's new 'sealed beam' Class 45 for 'OO' gauge - and our sample has been custom weathered and renumbered by Grimy Times for a unique finish. Watch the model in action here with sound installed and read the full review in HM165.

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

GOING NUCLEAR

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.

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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LIASON DIALS

Mirage Hobby’s 1/48 replica of the Lublin R-XIII – a Polish army co-operation and liaison aircraft – is the recipient of this delicate enhancement from Yahu Models: a pre-painted and preassembled instrument panel.

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'FIVE-WET' SUPERBUG

Modellers wanting to build an air refuelling-configured (known as ‘five-wet’) Super Hornet will find Brengun’s resin set ideal, as it provides four 480 US gal drop tanks and a centreline Air Refuelling System pod.

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BRICK POWER

Modellers wanting to open panels on Airfix’s recent 1/72 Buccaneer will find CMK’s splendid engine set ideal, as it allows a section of the port engine to be displayed.

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BUCKLE UP!

Here’s a quick and easy upgrade for ICM’s recent CR.42, in the form of pre-painted photo-etched metal seatbelts for the pilot’s seat.

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FRESCO FRIPPERY

Shelf Oddity’s neat upgrade package for the Platz/F-Toys 1/144 MiG-17 dual-combo kit comes as a single photo-etched (PE) brass fret with sufficient parts for both models.

View all from Airfix Model World


 

Dealer Directory

Find your local model railways and scale modelling retailer.

Anoraks Anonymous

Anoraks Anonymous Model Railways

Anoraks Anonymous

We specialise in preowned model railway and die-cast and are based in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Anoraks are always looking to buy good quality model railway and die-cast. British, American, and Continental, in any scale...

Crafty Hobbies

Crafty Hobbies

Crafty Hobbies

Crafty Hobbies has been trading in Barrow town centre for 20 years. We stock a wide range of Model Railway items, plastic kits, dolls house items and crafting materials, to suit all skill levels from beginner through to those with more experience...

Digitrains Ltd

DigiTrains Ltd

Digitrains Ltd

Digitrains Ltd were the first new Company in UK to operate as DCC specialists. We stock a wide range of products and have always offered free advice, and, we believe, the best DCC test drive facility around...

DMG Technical Ltd

DMG Technical Ltd

DMG Technical Ltd

DMG Electech supply quality electrical components for all Gauges of Model Railway trains and accessories as well as spare parts. We also provide services such as silhouette cutting and Kit building...

G Force Models

G Force Models

G Force Models

This online hobby store has been born quite simply from a love of scale modelling, not just for its ability for us to indulge our interests in particular weapons & machines or periods in history, but its calming & relaxing qualities as well as the artistic outlet it provides...

Hatton's Model Railways Ltd

Hattons Model Railways Ltd

Hatton's Model Railways Ltd

Established over 70 years ago, we have the largest stock of UK outline OO, O and N gauge railways. Choose from over 13,000 products on our secure website. We have a group of friendly and knowledgeable staff who are more than happy to help you with any questions you may have...

Jackson's Models & Railways

Janco Toys

Janco Toys

Janco Toys

We are a Model shop and games shop in Worsbrough Bridge near Barnsley in South Yorkshire. We also bring you the wonderful world of Scalextric model car racing. We stock a wide range of model kits from Airfix, Trumpeter, AFV, Tamiya, Revell and Academy plus more in various scales...

LP Rails

LP Rails

LP Rails

Hello, my name is Lee Palmer, and I am a Bachmann Authorised N-Gauge Repairs Specialist and come recommended by B.R. Lines. I have modelled in N Gauge for the past twenty years and have always carried out my own repairs and fitted my own DCC Decoders...

Mac's Model Railroading

Mac's Model Railroading

Mac's Model Railroading

Here at Macs Model Rail Roading, we stock all types of models and accessories to help you set up the model railway of your dreams. We can deliver our products anywhere throughout the UK and Europe, so no matter where you are, you can still get the perfect addition to your layout...

MJR Models

MJR Models and Hobbies

MJR Models

MJR First opened its shop doors at Easter time 2012 – We soon established a firm customer base locally and also through our online sourcing group Model Kits For Less on Facebook. Here we keep our customer base updated on future releases and discount many items through our supply chain...

Model Scenery Supplies

Model Scenery Supplies

Model Scenery Supplies

Welcome to Model Scenery Supplies, We are an online shop supplying hundreds of items you need to build realistic terrains and landscapes. We are constantly adding to our stock and supply highly detailed scale model products and scenery from manufacturers including...

Models and Miniatures of Hereford

Models and Miniatures Hereford

Models and Miniatures of Hereford

Model Railways and Dolls Houses have been our lifetime hobbies, so we decided why not open a business selling items that we enjoy. After visiting a number of shops selling these items, it became very apparent that most are old, small and struggle to display all of their stock so quite often you have to ask for items that you are looking for...

Oxonians Plastic Fantastic

RK Online Store

RK Online Store

RK Online Store

We offer a wide range of electronic products including capacitor discharge units (CDUs), power supply units (PSUs), switch modules, track testers and more. All our PCBs have been professionally designed and are double-sided have plated through holes, solder resists to aid soldering and a silkscreen layer...

Ron Lines Model Railways

Ron Lines Model Railways

Ron Lines Model Railways

We have a great selection of affordable quality New & Used Model Railways to help you get started or expand on what you already have. You might find that one elusive item you seek and you'll certainly be tempted by the wide range of model railway locomotives, rolling stock, track and lineside accessories. We also stock all model railway electrical switches, cabling, connectors, LEDs etc...

Roxey Mouldings

Roxey Mouldings

Roxey Mouldings

Roxey Mouldings have been manufacturing fine-scale model railway kits since 1972. Originally moulded from plastic sheet our kits now feature brass or nickel silver etchings with castings in white metal, brass, or...

Scale Model Scenery Ltd

Scale Model Scenery

Scale Model Scenery Ltd

Scale Model Scenery produce a high-detailed range of award-winning laser-cut and 3D printed building kits and accessories for scale & railway modellers. We cater for a wide range of gauges & scales, but we specialise in OO gauge / 1:76 scale predominantly...

Smart Models

Smart Models

Smart Models

I was a freelance graphic designer and I hadn't been near a model railway for thirty-odd years until my young nephew got interested in them. So after about a year of taking him to exhibitions, I rekindled my own interest and joined a railway club. We sell download and print building kits...

Special Auction Services

SSN Modellbau Shop

SSN Modellbau

SSN Modellbau Shop

The joy of our hobby is promoted by high quality, detailed kits and a comprehensive range of accessories for dioramas and model scenes. That is exactly our goal: We want to offer you extensive, high-quality kits that you can stage with many other accessories according to your wishes...

Sunderland Station Models

The Airbrush Company Ltd

The Airbrush Company Ltd

The Airbrush Company Ltd

The Airbrush Company Ltd is a family-run business with more than 70 years’ experience in airbrushing and selling specialised airbrush equipment in the UK and all over the world. We are UK distributors for top airbrushing brands Iwata and Sparmax and...

The Model Train Centre

The Model Train Centre

The Model Train Centre

The Model Train Centre, with its own bright offices, storerooms, workshop, and large sales area which resembles an early Victorian train station. Having the two clearly defined parts of the business has enabled the staff to specialise far more in the model shop...

Train Stop

Train Stop Model Shop

Train Stop

The shop is run along traditional lines of excellent customer service with a friendly atmosphere while incorporating modern values, such as IT and telephone sales. We have accounts with every major manufacturer including the likes of...

West Hill Wagon Works

West Hill Wagon Works

West Hill Wagon Works

West Hill Wagon Works is a small return of nostalgia to the workings British Rail provided the National Coal Board. Very little workings within the backbone of the once-thriving British Coal Industry are available in model form and can be keen interest to those who worked within MGR...

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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: Wombourne Model Railway Show

CANCELLED: Wombourne Model Railway Show

Event Date:

Model Railway Show hosted by Midarc. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Basingstoke Model Railway Exhibition

CANCELLED: Basingstoke Model Railway Exhibition

Event Date:

Annual event hosted by Basingstoke and North Hants Model Railway Society. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: ELMRO Model Railway Exhibition

CANCELLED: ELMRO Model Railway Exhibition

Event Date:

Annual exhibition hosted by East Lancashire Model Railway (Charitable) Organisation (ELMRO). Event rescheduled from its usual January dates. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Bawdeswell Model Railway Exhibition

CANCELLED: Bawdeswell Model Railway Exhibition

Event Date:

Annual model railway exhibition hosted by 32A model railway club. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Modelling Extravaganza

CANCELLED: Modelling Extravaganza

Event Date:

Annual modelling event hosted by Hoddesdon Model Railway Club. As well as layouts, features also include working fairground models, radio-controlled boats and road vehicles. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Midlands Garden Rail Show

CANCELLED: Midlands Garden Rail Show

Event Date:

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.

STOKE MODEL SHOW

STOKE MODEL SHOW

Event Date:

Stoke Model Club will host its annual show on August 22, 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.

There are no upcoming events