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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.

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Display Models' BR Type 19 Signalbox

Most layouts need at least one signalbox – and they can really help set an era and location. RICHARD WATSON builds Display Models’ laser cut kit for the BR Type 19 design.

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A load of rubbish!

Nudear waste has been a staple rail traffic for decades. SIMON BENDALL examines operation under Direct Rail Services following the release of Accurascale’s superb ’OO’ gauge wagons.

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MADE IN CHINA

Hornby’s decision to move production to the far east was considered highly controversial at the time, but the move secured the company’s future, as MARK CHIVERS explains.

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Best layouts of all time

More than 470 layouts have graced the pages of Hornby Magazine since our first issue in March 2007. For this special feature we went back into the archives to pick an outstanding crop of 10.

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BACHMANN'S CLASS 117 DMU

Brand new to the Bachmann ‘OO’ gauge the Pressed Steel Class 117 three-car MARK CHIVERS inspects this which looks to put the vintage firmly in the shade.

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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.

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MUDDY TRACTION

German tracked vehicles on the Eastern Front often became bogged down in mud and slush, so standard-width tracks were fitted with extensions on the outer edge, known as winterketten (winter chains), plus cleats on the track pads for extra traction.

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RHINO BLING

Revell’s 1/72 Nashorn (Rhinoceros) receives a major upgrade with this photo-etched brass fret from Hauler.

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PROTECTED LOGISTICS

This dual-language (German and English) Tankograd reference guide is dedicated to the Mercedes-Benz Zetros, a Geschütztes Transport-Fahrzeug (Protected Transport Vehicle) developed by the Special Truck department of Daimler AG.

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WORLD-DEPLOYED WIDOWMAKERS

Xtradecal’s first collection of 1/48 scale markings for Lockheed F-104 Starfighters includes options for seven operators, providing national insignia, airframe serials and further embellishments (but no stencilling) for airframes operated between 1964-96.

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TACTICAL RENAISSANCE

Many historians cite the Spanish Civil War as being the testing ground for the Luftwaffe’s tactical development in the years preceding World War Two, and Osprey’s latest Air Campaign volume examines the earlier conflict in detail.

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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.

CANCELLED: Heywood Model Railway Group Open Day

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Heywood Model Railway Group's Open Day offers the chance to meet club members and see behind-the-scenes at the group's activities. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Middleton Railway (Leeds) Model Railway Exhibition

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Model Railway Exhibition hosted by the Middleton Railway with the option to enjoy unlimited train rides too. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

North Somerset Model Show

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The North Somerset Model Show will be hosted by North Somerset Modellers Society on July 12, 2020.

CANCELLED: Faversham Military Modelling Group Club Show

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Faversham Military Modelling Group will host its Club Show on July 18, 2020. Please Note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Stibbard (Norfolk) Model Railex

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Hosted by Stibbard Village Hall and Methodist Church. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Railex NE 2020

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Hosted by Blythe and Tyne Model Railway Society. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Gainsborough Model Railway Society Open Day

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Gainsborough Model Railway Society's extensive East Coast O gauge layout showcases the LNER in the heyday of steam. Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Colwyn Model Railway Club Exhibition

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Model railway exhibition hosted by Colwyn Model Railway Club. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: South Coast Model Railway Club Exhibition

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Hosted by South Coast Model Railway Club. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELED: Essex Modeller's Show 2020

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The Essex Modeller's Show will be held by IPMS South East Essex, Hornchurch and Chelmsford, and MAFVA on July 26, 2020. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: IPMS/USA National Convention

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The IPMS USA National Convention will take place on July 29-August 1, 2020. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Redcar Model Rail 2020

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Annual show hosted by Cleveland Model Railway Club. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: IPMS Avon Annual Show 2020

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IPMS Avon will host its Annual Show with Lincombe Barn Wargames Society on August 2, 2020. *Please Note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Bexhill Model Railway Exhibition

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Hosted by Bexhill Model Railway Club, the show boasts a selection of layouts and trade support. *Please note, this exhibition has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Heywood Model Railway Group Open Day

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Visit for a chance to see behind the scenes at Heywood Model Railway Group. Chat with club members and view layout projects. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: East Anglia Garden Railway Show

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Event dedicated to garden railways, featuring ten layouts and trade support. Hosted by Bressingham Steam Museum. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Fifth Model Show

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Boscombe Down Aviation Collection will host its Fifth Model Show on August 9, 2020. *Please Note, this event has been CANCELLED.

POSTPONED: Crich Model Bus, Tram and Railway Exhibition

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Model event hosted by the National Tramway Museum, Crich. *Please note, this event has been POSTPONED until August 21/22 2021.

North West Kit Swap

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The North West Kit Swap will be held by IPMS Lancashire on August 16, 2020.

IX Stupino Scale Models Exhibition

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The IX Stupino Scale Models Exhibition will be hosted by Club of Historical and Technical Scale-Modeling 'Patriot' on August 21-23, 2020.

POSTPONED: Pickering Model Railway Exhibition

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Hosted by Scarborough and District Railway Modellers. Venue is a short walk from North Yorkshire Moors Railway's Pickering station. *Please note, this event has been POSTPONED.

CANCELLED: Heart of the Midlands Model Railway Exhibition

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Hosted by Soar Valley Model Railway Club. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Silverfox DCC Model Railway Club Exhibition

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Annual show hosted by Silverfox DCC Model Railway Club. *Please note that this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Corris Railway Society 25th Annual Exhibition

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Annual event hosted by the Corris Railway Society. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Gainsborough Model Railway Society Open Days

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Gainsborough Model Railway Society's extensive 'O' gauge East Coast layout showcases the LNER in the heyday of steam, featuring dozens of 'O' gauge locomotives, plus accompanying rolling stock. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Liverpool Model Railway Society Exhibition

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Annual show hosted by Liverpool Model Railway Society. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: East Riding of Yorkshire Model Show 2020

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The East Riding of Yorkshire Model Show will be hosted by IPMS Bridlington and Wolds on September 6, 2020. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Bressingham Model Railway Show

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Annual event hosted by Bressingham Steam Museum, with 20 layouts booked to appear, plus trade support. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

Heywood Model Railway Group Open Day

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Go behind-the-scenes at Heywood Model Railway Group. Meet club members and view their latest projects.

CANCELLED: Swindon Railway Festival

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Annual festival of all things GWR, hosted by STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway in Swindon. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

International N Gauge Show

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Annual dedicated N gauge show hosted by Meridienne Exhibitions, featuring 30 layouts, trade support, societies, displays and more.

Cornwall Scale Modellers Show

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Cornwall Scale Modellers and IPMS West Cornwall will host the Cornwall Scale Modellers Show on September 12, 2020.

CANCELLED: Faversham Model Railway Exhibition

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Annual show hosted by Faversham Model Railway Club. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Romiley Methodist Modellers 30th Model Railway Exhibition

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30th anniversary show hosted by Romiley Methodist Modellers. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Railway Enthusiasts Club Model Railway Exhibition

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Annual model railway exhibition hosted by the Railway Enthusiasts Club. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

Chiltern Model Show

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The Chiltern Model Show will be hosted by IPMS Chiltern and Bedfordshire MAFVA on September 13, 2020.

CANCELLED: Culm Valley Model Railway Show

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Annual model railway exhibition hosted by Culm Valley Model Railway Club. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Trent Valley Model Railway Society Exhibition 2020

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Hosted by Trent Valley Model Railway Society, the show will feature 12 layouts together with trade support and a selection of demonstrations. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Redditch Model Railway Exhibition

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47th annual model railway exhibition, hosted by Redditch Model Railway Club. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Wigan Model Railway Exhibition

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Annual show hosted by Wigan Finescale Railway Modellers. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

Great Electric Train Show 2020

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The 2020 Great Electric Train Show takes place at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes on October 10/11 2020.

Didcot Model Railway Exhibition

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Hosted by Abingdon and District Model Railway Club and offers a varied selection of layouts, traders and demonstrations, along with refreshments too.

POSTPONED: Warley National Model Railway Exhibition 2020

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The Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham is a calendar highlight for railway modelling. *Please note, the Warley Show has been POSTPONED to 2021.

POSTPONED: Pickering Model Railway Exhibition

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Pickering, United Kingdom

Hosted by Scarborough and District Railway Modellers. Venue is a short walk from North Yorkshire Moors Railway's Pickering station. *Please note, this event has been POSTPONED.

CANCELLED: Heart of the Midlands Model Railway Exhibition

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Loughborough, United Kingdom

Hosted by Soar Valley Model Railway Club. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Silverfox DCC Model Railway Club Exhibition

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Annual show hosted by Silverfox DCC Model Railway Club. *Please note that this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Corris Railway Society 25th Annual Exhibition

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Machynlleth, United Kingdom

Annual event hosted by the Corris Railway Society. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Gainsborough Model Railway Society Open Days

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Gainsborough, United Kingdom

Gainsborough Model Railway Society's extensive 'O' gauge East Coast layout showcases the LNER in the heyday of steam, featuring dozens of 'O' gauge locomotives, plus accompanying rolling stock. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Liverpool Model Railway Society Exhibition

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Liverpool, United Kingdom

Annual show hosted by Liverpool Model Railway Society. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: East Riding of Yorkshire Model Show 2020

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Driffield, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom

The East Riding of Yorkshire Model Show will be hosted by IPMS Bridlington and Wolds on September 6, 2020. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

CANCELLED: Bressingham Model Railway Show

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Diss, United Kingdom

Annual event hosted by Bressingham Steam Museum, with 20 layouts booked to appear, plus trade support. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.

Heywood Model Railway Group Open Day

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Heywood, United Kingdom

Go behind-the-scenes at Heywood Model Railway Group. Meet club members and view their latest projects.

CANCELLED: Swindon Railway Festival

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Swindon, United Kingdom

Annual festival of all things GWR, hosted by STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway in Swindon. *Please note, this event has been CANCELLED.