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Twelve Trees Junction Feature Premium

Resignalling Twelve Trees

Hornby Magazine’s popular exhibition layout is in need of an upgrade to its signalling for future appearances. SIMON PALEY reveals how it could be resignalled with working colour lights to reflect prototype practice from the 1960s.

Train Formations Feature Premium

Transition in the Northern Fells

Amidst the magnificent backdrop of the Lakeland Fells, the West Coast Main Line has seen a great variety of passenger and freight traffic through the years. MARK CHIVERS presents a selection of typical BR steam-era train formations from the area.

Digikeijs lighting Feature Premium

Digikeijs digital lighting

With Hornby’s centenary celebrations in full swing, MARK CHIVERS looks to its growing range of BR Mk 1 carriages as he opts to install fully controllable digital lighting, with impressive results.

Hardy Hudswell Feature Premium

Building your first locomotive kit

Hardy’s Hobbies has created a range of 3D printed locomotive body kits which are ideal for beginners looking to cut their teeth on extra motive power. MIKE WILD goes through the process using a readily available chassis to power this slope-tanked Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T.

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Building a Routemex signal in 'O'

A new range of two, three and four-aspect colour light signal kits has been introduced by Routemex for 'O' gauge. MIKE WILD explores how they are built.

Hornby steam detailing Feature Premium

One step beyond

To continue our celebration of Hornby’s 100th anniversary, TIM SHACKLETON looks to push detail further using quality aftermarket components and simple, easy-to-learn skills. Here he shows what you can do with a Hornby ‘8F’ and ‘Patriot’ to improve these under-rated Hornby ‘OO’ gauge locomotives.

Spring meadow Feature Premium

Spring meadows

Spring meadows small sections of meadow are a great way to cover bare baseboards. For this demonstration, a small corner of meadow is created. ANTHONY REEVES explains how.

Class 33 train formations Feature Premium

60 years of the Class 33s

Ranging far beyond their Southern Region home, the Class 33s were highly versatile machines and 2020 marks six decades since their introduction. MARK CHIVERS looks at their varied duties and shows how to model them in ‘OO’ gauge.

Brush painting Feature Premium

Brush painting basics

You don’t have to possess expensive equipment to get a quality paint finish. MIKE WILD shows how simple brush painting and finishing techniques can be used to paint and detail freight stock in all scales.

Heljan Class 50 with sound Feature Premium

‘Hoover’ sound

The Class 50s had a distinctive and impressive soundtrack which can be replicated in model form with high-quality digital sound files. MIKE WILD picks the Heljan ‘O’ gauge Class 50 to show how this main line diesel can be equipped with realistic sound.