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Airfix Model World April 2021

Welcome to Airfix Model World April 2021 featuring full coverage of Airfix's new 1/48 Sabre F.4 a new tool 1/32 Junkers EF-126 from Das Werks, NuNu's 1/24 Volvo 240 Turbo, the latest product reviews, exclusive model builds, scale modelling news and more. Read the full issue in PDF format here or dip into our reformatted online features for KeyModelWorld at your leisure.

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Hornby Magazine April 2021

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM166, April 2021 - which celebrates the famous Somerset and Dorset Railway to mark 55 years since its closure by British Railways. Highlights of this issue include in-depth reviews of the new Hornby 'A2/2' for 'OO' gauge alongside the new 'O' gauge Class 17 and AEC railcar from Heljan, featured layouts, step by step guides and more. Read the full magazine in PDF format here and check out our latest video content in the Video Features section.

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Thompson's ‘A2/2s’ and ‘A2/3s’

Although the ‘Pacifics’ of the LNER are generally considered to be some of the best-looking locomotives ever built, there was one batch of locomotives that defied this rule. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES and ANDREW RODEN look into the history of the ‘A2/2s’ and ‘A2/3s’ which, while they looked ungainly, were an intelligent response to wartime pressures.

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EXTRA IMAGES INSIDE: There’s a definite Airfix theme running through this month’s selection of reader-submitted projects, involving examples from the firm’s range of aircraft kits in each of the major scales.

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Bachmann’s Fowler ‘7F’ 2-8-0 can be brought to life with digital sound using space in the tender to install a 21-pin decoder, speaker and stay alive pack. MIKE WILD shows you how using components from YouChoos.

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Bulleid's diesel dinosaurs

Although diesel-electric locomotives are still thought of as ‘modern traction’, pioneering models were in service more than 65 years ago, with some of the first being the Southern Region’s main line trio 10201-10203, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES describes.

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Polish firm IBG Models’ recent 1/700 ships are a splendid way of transitioning from basic styrene kits to the use of photo-etched brass enhancements, as evidenced in its HMS Glowworm - built here by AMW's Stu Fone.

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Hatch End

The West Coast Main Line has always been a source of interest for ANDY STEPHNEY. Hatch End is the result and it models a fascinating six-track section where London Underground units ran side by side with overhead electrics. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Duncan Cooke examines the extra refinement available in Hasegawa’s limited-edition 1/48 Mitsubishi F-2A ‘Detail Up Version’.

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EXTRA IMAGES INSIDE: A delighted Chris Jones gets stuck into Eduard’s hotly anticipated 1/48 Spitfire Mk.I, not once, but twice!