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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

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Southern Electrics Scrapbook Vol. II

This second book in the Southern Electric Scrapbook series from Strathwood is presented in landscape format. It features another fascinating collection of archive images of the Region’s varied slam-door Electric Multiple Units (EMUs) and locomotive hauled trains on third-rail territory – and in some cases, beyond.

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Steam’s Lament – Bulleid’s Light Pacifics

New from Strathwood Publishing is this collection of evocative black and white images of Bulleid’s ‘Battle of Britain’ and ‘West Country’ 4-6-2s through the British Railways era.

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Steaming through the Chilterns and thereabouts

THIS latest book from Goose Publishing features a new selection of photographs captured through the lens of the late H.C. Casserley.

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The GCR – what really happened

THIS recent release from Pen and Sword sets out to address what really happened throughout the Great Central Railway’s (GCR) existence, through its LNER days and into British Railways (BR) custodianship.

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Diesels in East Yorkshire: Four decades of change

The rail network around East Yorkshire has witnessed much change over the years, including improved passenger services and frequencies, as well as changing freight traffic patterns.

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Railways of the South East – Sussex and its surrounds

New from Key Books, this latest picture volume casts the spotlight on the railway network in and around Sussex, with brief forays into Kent and Surrey too.

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The Brush Class 31

One of the most recognisable and longest-lived of the Modernisation Plan diesel locomotives is the Brush Type 2, which later became much better known as the Class 31. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES examines this design, which despite its longevity has not been without its problems.

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‘Peak’ practice

The Bachmann Class 45 is a simple locomotive for a sound installation project, as MIKE WILD shows in this guide using a ZIMO sound decoder.

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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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RUNNING GEAR TONES

All-in-one weathering packs are becoming increasingly common, and this set provides a one-stop shop for modellers wanting to paint and dirty a model’s wheels and/or tracks and includes a step-by-step guide to achieving the best effects.

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PILOT ACCESS

This superbly cast set comprises two accurately detailed Spitfire pilot hatches, complete with a separate crowbar for each, suitable for any airframe from the Mk.V through to the F Mk.24.

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COLT DIALS

Designed to fit the Hobby Boss AN-2 Colt kit, Yahu’s pre-assembled and painted instrument panel is a two-piece affair and is a drop-in replacement for the styrene component.

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BULLION STORE

Modellers wanting to build a small-scale Kelly’s Heroes-style scene just got a helping hand from Hauler with its 1/72 resin and photo-etched brass safe, which comes complete with interior compartments, and gold bullion in the shape of a stack of 12 bars and four individual items – ideal for that ‘opening the door’ moment.

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WOODLAND BASE

Creating a convincing diorama base can be challenging, but Reality in Scale’s pre-formed 20 x 30cm Landscape Mats, such as the Forest Floor, will reduce the work greatly.

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HEINKEL GREENHOUSE

This is one of five Eduard photoetched brass sets designed for ICM’s 1/48 Heinkel He 111 and is focused on the extensively glazed nose section, including components for the pilot and navigator/bomb-aimer positions.

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FIRST VANGUARD

​​​​Modellers wanting to backdate their AZ Model or Sword Vanguard to the first prototype airframe need look no further than this splendid resin conversion set from Arctic Decals, produced in association with Dekno Models.

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HOVERING FOR TWO

In the absence of a dedicated two-seat Harrier II kit, there have been several attempts to produce conversion sets for either Monogram’s or Hasegawa’s single-seater offerings.

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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: Bawdeswell Model Railway Exhibition

CANCELLED: Bawdeswell Model Railway Exhibition

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

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.

CANCELLED: Modelling Extravaganza

CANCELLED: Modelling Extravaganza

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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.

ABINGDON IPMS SHOW 2021

ABINGDON IPMS SHOW 2021

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Abingdon IPMS will host its annual show on October 3, 2021.

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.

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.

STOKE MODEL SHOW

STOKE MODEL SHOW

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Stoke Model Club will host its annual show on August 15, 2021.

Romsey Scale Model Show

Romsey Scale Model Show

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Romsey Scale Model Show will be hosted by Romsey Modellers on September 12, 2021

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.

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