Features

Featuring
Thumbnail

Model Railway Features

Making a Scene Feature Premium

Industrial canal 

Canals moved goods and raw materials in large quantities across the UK even after the railways were built. ANTHONY REEVES shows how to create a canal side scene next to the industry it once served.

Building your Low relief Grain Silo

Hornby Magazine and Scalescenes present a brand new 4mm scale kit for ‘OO’ gauge layouts which models a low relief grain silo. JOHN WIFFEN explains how to build this brick and concrete structure using the free kit print included with this issue.

Prototype HST Feature Premium

Reality Check: The prototype HST

The High Speed Train has proved to be one of the icons of British railway history since its inception almost half a century ago. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES finds out how the concept was developed and looks back at the first of the type.

Isinglass Models 'Quad-Arts' Feature Premium

Building LNER ‘Quad-Arts’

The LNER articulated ‘Quad-Art’ coaches stood out from the crowd – and the arrival of a new 3D printed resin kit from Isinglass Models was too tempting to resist. MIKE WILD knuckles down to build a four-coach set for ‘OO’ gauge with a handful of modifications along the way.

Gresley Quad Arts Feature Premium

Gresley's 'Quad-Art' coaches

Articulated coaches are often provided for the modern railway as a way of saving weight, improving capacity or for cost effectiveness, but the idea is not new and first appeared in the UK almost a century ago. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES takes a look at the famous ‘Quad-Arts’, which were amongst the most successful articulated vehicles ever to have operated in this country.

Topley Dale Quarry Feature Premium

Staff Projects: Quarry Creation

The scenery on Topley Dale’s diversionary route is off the starting blocks as Mike Wild builds an American outline plastic kit as the basis of a new quarry scene.

Feature Premium

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.

Feature Premium

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.

EFE Rail J94 sound installation Feature Premium

VIDEO: EFE Rail 'J94' sound installation

EFE Rail's first 'OO' gauge locomotive is the Hunslet 'J94' 0-6-0ST. In this online exclusive video we show how to install digital sound into the compact tank engine using a ZIMO chip and Rail Exclusive speaker.

Feature Premium

Stanier ’Princess’ upgrades

New to the Hornby collection in its 100th anniversary year is the latest generation model of Stanier’s first ‘Pacific’ design – the ‘Princess Royal’. MIKE WILD breaks out his tools to give 46207 a digital makeover with the addition of sound, ‘stay alive,’ working lamps and a smoke generator too.

Feature Premium

Dublo in the '60s

The Modernisation Plan of the 1950s created huge interest, with many clamouring to model the latest trains. Hornby Dublo was quick off the mark and often produced models even before the prototypes had taken to the rails, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES relates.

Feature Premium

The Clayton Type 1s

In its rush to dispense with steam locomotives, British Railways ordered many new diesels straight from the drawing board. One of the shortest-lived was the Clayton Class 17 – now the subject of a new model from Heljan. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks at the history of this handsome, but unreliable class in this feature from HM24 in 2009.

Feature Premium

The changing face of the Class 59

TIM SHACKLETON sees a much-loved Lima model thriving under the Hornby banner – and shows how to make it even better with simple additions and weathering.

Feature Premium

REALISTIC EMBANKMENTS

Embankments need to be planned at the initial stages of creating a model railway – and foliage on them can really help set a sense of time. ANTHONY REEVES shows how it can be done using teddy bear fur as the basis.

Feature Premium

Scratch Building For Beginners

Are you new a scratchbuilding beginner and looking to create your own models to take your passion to the next level? Check out our page for a great guide.

Feature Premium

Split box Class 37/0s - the early years

One of the most successful diesel locomotives ever to run in Britain is the English Electric Class 37, a design that has now given 60 years of front-line service to our railways. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks back at the inception and early years of this popular machine.

Feature Premium

INSTALLING SOUND IN THE HORNBY ’Q6'

Eight-coupled freight engines were hard working locomotives and Locoman Sounds has set out to recreate that effect with its Doehler & Haass sound file for the Raven ‘Q6’ 0-8-0. MIKE WILD shows how it can be installed in the Hornby model with extra features.

Feature Premium

Hard rock from the Mendips

Some of the longest and heaviest trains on the UK network originate in the Mendip Hills of North Somerset, and provide materials for many of the country’s biggest construction projects. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES takes a look at this traffic, which has grown tremendously over the years.

Feature Premium

Staff Projects: Professional paint job

Hornby Magazine’s Associate Editor RICHARD WATSON took the opportunity to have his ModelU 3D printed figures professionally painted by Claudia Everett.

Feature Premium

British Railways Southern Region

Bulleid ‘Pacifics’ racing third-rail Electric Multiple Units might be many people’s vision of the Southern Railway, but as GRAHAM MUSPRATT explains, from bucolic branch lines to archaic tank engines, there was much more to this famous company.

BR 4-CEP EMU 7153 leads two others in a 12-car formation as they depart Bromley South on the 11.40 Victoria to Ramsgate service on October 14 1959 Feature Premium

Southern Region Formations

BR's Southern Region has operated a huge variety of trains and classes over the decades. Mark Chivers looks at some modellable examples from the 1940s - 1960s.

Staff Projects Topley Dale Feature Premium

Staff Projects: Topley Dale developments

Hornby Magazine's Topley Dale is making progress again with the first steps towards the construction of a new quarry scene. MIKE WILD rounds up the latest additions to the 'OO' gauge test track.

Completed garden railway construction at end of garden resting against fence and surrounded by plants Feature Premium

Staff Projects: Garden Railway Construction | Part One

Learn how Hornby Magazine editor Mike Wild constructed his 'O' gauge garden railway in his garden in our three part guide. Check out part one here.

HM158 weathering with washes Feature Premium

Washes & filters

The ‘S160’ class only spent a couple of years in wartime Britain, but they’ve since acquired a huge enthusiast following. TIM SHACKLETON adopts some militarymodeller weathering techniques to show how he gave one of these iconic locomotives a true ‘austerity’ finish.

Feature Premium

Streams and brooks

Streams and brooks can make wonderful additions to model railways. ANTHONY REEVES explains how to make them as realistic as possible.

Feature Premium

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.

Feature Premium

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.

Class 117 sound installation guide Feature Premium

VIDEO: Bachmann Class 117 sound installation

Following the arrival of Bachmann's new Class 117 DMUs we were keen to test the models abilities with a sound decoder installed. This video guide with MIKE WILD explains how it is done using a ZIMO MX645P22 decoder.

Feature Premium

THE PRESSED STEEL CLASS 117

One of the longest-lived of the first-generation DMUs was the Pressed Steel-built Class 117, intended for the Western Region but later used in many other parts of the country. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES delves into the history of these highly regarded trains.

HM158 SLW Class 24s Feature Premium

VIDEO: SLW Class 24s in detail

In this exclusive KeyModelWorld video, MIKE WILD demonstrates the full suite of sounds on Sutton's Locomotive Works stunning 'OO' gauge Class 24s. Join us now for extra images and video which you can only watch here.