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Resurrecting the dinosaur

In the year that marks Hornby’s centenary, TIM SHACKLETON unlocks the potential of some classic models from the last half-century.

MILITARY TONES

BETTER KNOWN for its auto paints, US-based Model Car World Finishes has recently launched a Military Finishes range, for armour and aircraft.

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Hornby models that were never made

In today’s world it is hard to think of new products being prepared but never released, but during the mid-1970s and early-1980s Hornby had a run of prototypes which didn’t make it to the shops. MIKE WILD looks back to the past through Pat Hammond’s recent Centenary year Hornby Book of Trains to reveal some tantalising models which never made it to the shops.

AIR-DEFENCE GREYHOUND

DESIGNED AS a regimental- level asset, Russia’s 96K6 Pantsir S-1 (NATO nickname SA-22 Greyhound) is popular with modellers and Zvezda is the latest to release a kit of this air defence system.

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BINNS ROAD EAST

Rather than aiming for realism, PETER BRACKENBURY sought to recreate the train set he never had in his childhood by restoring authentic Hornby-Dublo three-rail products. Photography, Mike Wild.

COSFORD CANCELLATION

SHROPSHIRE SCALE Modellers Club has announced it will not hold its annual model show in April 2021, due to ongoing uncertainty regarding COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

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Growing up with Hornby

To celebrate Hornby's Centenary TIM SHACKLETON looks back at the profound influence the Hornby brand has had at key of his 60-year modelling career.

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Reality Check: LNER ‘N2’ 0-6-2T

Perhaps the most popular model of the early Hornby Dublo period was the LNER’s ‘N2’ 0-6-2T, which launched the Dublo range alongside the Gresley ‘A4’ in 1938. Many variations, some more realistic than others, followed. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks back at the history of this often modelled but unappreciated class.

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’N’ gauge CLASS 17 breaks cover!

The chance of an ‘N’ gauge Class 17 seemed to have passed, but through Bachmann’s new brand EFE Rail and Kernow Model Rail Centre, this once ill-fated model has been revived and brought to completion. MIKE WILD takes a closer look.

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‘J94’ from EFE Rail

EFE Rail is off to a flying start with new ‘OO’ and ‘N’ gauge products arriving in the same month as their announcement. A highlight for ‘OO’ is the revival of the ‘J94’ 0-6-0ST with an upgraded motor and DCC interface. MIKE WILD investigates.