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Heljan Class 45 ZIMO sound installation guide for OO gauge. Feature Premium

Earth moving sound for the Heljan ‘Peak’

MIKE WILD

First released a year ago, Heljan’s new ‘OO’ Class 45 can be upgraded to feature a powerful Earth Mover speaker with digital sound. MIKE WILD explains how.

MIKE WILD
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Reality Check: Terminus Operation

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

Throughout the railway age the terminus has been an important part of the operational scene, and one that has brought with it special requirements, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES describes.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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Converting an American station for a British layout

TIM SHACKLETON

Looking outside the usual sources for a building can reap big rewards. TIM SHACKLETON explains how Grosvenor Square’s imposing terminus building came into being using an American outline kit as the basis.

TIM SHACKLETON
Building Grosvenor Square's platforms. Feature Premium

Grosvenor Square: Building platforms

MIKE WILD

There is a myriad of methods and materials which can be used to make model platforms. Mike Wild explains how with a combination of timber, plastic, card, resin and ballast the extensive platforms for Grosvenor Square were built.

MIKE WILD
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Building a low relief backdrop

MIKE WILD

Creating a backdrop to a railway scene doesn’t have to rely on printed or painted backscenes. Mike Wild explains how the low relief scene at the back of Grosvenor Square developed.

MIKE WILD
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Station detailing at Grosvenor Square

MIKE WILD

There are many ways to bring life to a station scene. Mike Wild offers 10 top tips to make your layout’s signature location stand out from the crowd.

MIKE WILD
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Grosvenor Square: A roof over our heads

TIM SHACKLETON

Hornby Magazine’s roofing contractor TIM SHACKLETON describes the construction of Grosvenor Square’s imposing overall canopy.

TIM SHACKLETON
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Grosvenor Square Phase 1: the completed layout

MIKE WILD

Layout complete, it’s time to learn the ropes for how it will run. Mike Wild discusses how the original version of Grosvenor Square operated and what it ran with on its debut in 2016 at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition.

MIKE WILD
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Making Buildings from Scratch – Part 5

MALCOLM BRIGGS

Taking all of the techniques used in his series so far, MALCOLM BRIGGS applies them to create a power house which, with adaptation, could easily find railway use.

MALCOLM BRIGGS
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GWR ‘15XX’ 0-6-0PTs

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

Pannier tanks were synonymous with the Great Western Railway and their last evolution broke with many cherished traditions. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES charts the history of the distinctive and powerful ‘15XX’ class.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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40145 - the large logo Whistler

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

One of the most recognisable locomotives on the preservation scene is D345, otherwise known as 40145, a machine that gained fame when it was, for a time, painted in BR large logo blue, a livery it never carried in front-line service. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES tells its story.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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Bricks and Mortar

TIM SHACKLETON

Even empty wagons show traces of the work they do and the loads they carry. TIM SHACKLETON shows how to lay the foundations, using paint and powder as the key building blocks.

TIM SHACKLETON
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Building Twelvemill Bridge – Part One

MIKE WILD

The dawn of a new scale was a temptation too big to resist for the Hornby Magazine team. MIKE WILD introduces a brand-new layout build in ‘TT:120’ scale in the first of a four-part series documenting its construction.

MIKE WILD
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MAKING A SCENE: Building a Harbour

DAN EVASON

Railways and harbours complement each other very well. DAN EVASON shows how he built a typical scene in ‘OO’ gauge whose techniques can be used in any scale.

DAN EVASON
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BR’s Class 73 electro-diesel

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

Despite its considerable third-rail electrified system the Southern Region had a needed a unique and special type of locomotive. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks back at the history of the Class 73.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
Sonic Models GCR 'A5' 4-6-2T with ZIMO sound from Digitrains. Feature Premium

Upgrading Sonic Models GCR ‘A5’ 4-6-2T

MIKE WILD

Sonic Models’ GCR ‘A5’ 4-6-2T has been designed for simple sound installation, but with simple upgrades it can be enhanced further. MIKE WILD shows how.

MIKE WILD
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The Great Wakering Crab and Oyster Company

TREVOR JONES

A long-lost railway with operational restrictions provided all the incentive TREVOR JONES needed to create a new branch line train hauled by a 3D printed SER ‘R1’ 0-6-0T. Trevor explains all.

TREVOR JONES
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Private and Industrial Railways

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

Thanks to the recent introduction of several new models of industrial prototypes, interest in non-main line railways has boomed over the last couple of years. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES examines the world of private railways and explains how they can inspire future modelling projects.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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DMU weathering – multiple options

TIM SHACKLETON

Continuing his series on improving models of Diesel Multiple Units, TIM SHACKLETON outlines some innovative methods for weathering first-generation vehicles.

TIM SHACKLETON
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BR's brilliant Class 58 Co-Co heavy freight diesels

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

One of the most recognisable British-built diesel locomotives is the Class 58 - a successful design which never quite achieved its potential, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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Building a ‘OO9’ micro-layout - Part Two

DAN EVASON

Having completed the base layer and laid the track to his new narrow gauge micro-layout, DAN EVASON adds further fine detail and buildings to the ‘OO9’ pizza-style scene.

DAN EVASON
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'OO' gauge Diesel Multiple Unit upgrades

TIM SHACKLETON

Concentrating on some older 4mm scale Diesel Multiple Units, TIM SHACKLETON looks at ways of bringing them up to something like present day standards.

TIM SHACKLETON
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Making Buildings from Scratch – Part 4

MALCOLM BRIGGS

When the shell of a building is finished, you can consider modelling the inside where it will be visible. MALCOLM BRIGGS explains how he creates realistic interiors - and what can be left out.

MALCOLM BRIGGS

NEW SERIES: 1960s Weathering, Part One | Goods Wagons

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON.

Welcome to a brand-new series from Key Model World covering weathering techniques for 1960s era goods wagons, passenger rolling stock and locomotives. In Part One - FREE on Key Model World - we show you how to weather mineral, bolster and tank wagons in this detailed step by step video as we start our journey into the world of weathering.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON.
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Collett GWR ‘Manors’ on the Cambrian

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

Designed as a lightweight equivalent of the ‘Hall’ 4-6-0s, the Great Western’s ‘Manors’ did their best work on the Cambrian lines of mid and north Wales. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains why these versatile locomotives were so successful.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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Building a ‘OO9’ micro layout – Part one

DAN EVASON

With a new influx of models in this narrow gauge scale, DAN EVASON shows how you can create a grand scene the size of a pizza.

DAN EVASON
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BR’s North British 10800

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

Although many people think that BR’s Modernisation Plan was the start of the diesel era, there had been several attempts to introduce alternative traction prior to that, with one of the least successful being 10800, which was, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES relates, ordered before nationalisation.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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How to weather an Accurascale DRS Class 37/4

MIKE WILD

The arrival of the all-new Accurascale Class 37/4s for ‘OO’ gauge prompted MIKE WILD to give DRS-operated 37425 an equally detailed weathered finish. He explains all in this step by step guide.

MIKE WILD
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British Rail ‘PEP’ Electric Multiple Unit story

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

Rarely modelled, but part of the railway scene now for almost 50 years, the British Rail ‘PEP’ family of EMUs is now reaching the end of its service life. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES takes a look at the interesting history of this group of influential but often overlooked trains.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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Building a Permanent Way Depot

DAN EVASON

You’ll often see the ‘orange army’ and their equipment maintaining the railway. DAN EVASON shows how to build a small maintenance depot in ‘OO’ gauge.

DAN EVASON