HM164, February 2021

WELCOME TO HM164 | FEBRUARY 2021

The February 2021 issue of Hornby Magazine (HM164) is here and marks the launch of Hornby's 2021 catalogue. You can read the full issue in page-turning PDF format or as individual features re-edited to suit the digital world. Indulge in the latest layout features and exclusive online videos, browse new releases in the News and Reviews, discover the secrets of railway modelling through our step by step guides and much more.

HM164, February 2021

VIDEO: Hornby's GBRf Class 50s for 'OO'

Hornby's eagerly awaited GBRf liveried models of Class 50s 50049 Defiance and 50007 Hercules/50014 Warspite arrived at the end of 2020. Here we showcase the pair in action on the Hornby Magazine test track on video.

VIDEO: HORNBY SIX-WHEEL COACH DEBUTS

Hornby is jumping into 2021 with immediate delivery of its new collection of four and six-wheel carriages for ‘OO’ gauge, with a first sample arriving in the Hornby Magazine office just in time to make it into the review pages.

VIDEO: Bachmann's Class 20/3 for 'OO'

Bachmann's all-new model of the refurbished Class 20/3s for 'OO' gauge headlines the review section in the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM164, February 2021. Watch the model in action here on our test track with Hornby Magazine's Mike Wild.

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Hornby Magazine February 2021

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM164, February 2021 - which marks the launch of Hornby's 2021 range! Read our full eight-page preview to all the new 'OO' gauge locomotives, rolling stock and accessories which are coming from Hornby in 2021. Plus we review Bachmann's all-new model of the Class 20/3 for 'OO', tour three stunning layouts, show how to install the Faller Car System, bring you the latest model railway news, reviews and more. Read the full magazine in PDF format here and check out our latest video content in the Online Exclusives section.

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Welcome to the February 2021 issue

JANUARY BRINGS one of the most anticipated model railway catalogue releases of the year, as it marks the reveal of Hornby’s new range for 2021. The announcement has become something of a ritual for the Hornby Magazine team as we work round the clock excitedly to prepare our content for this issue in the run up to Christmas, working in secrecy to ensure the information is kept firmly under wraps until the official announcement.

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Penmouth & Curzon Street

Unable to decide on one location, MARK WILSON set out to create an ‘OO’ gauge layout covering London, Birmingham and the South West – to grand effect. Photography, Mike Wild.

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MOVING VEHICLES

The Faller Car System is a brilliant way of introducing moving road vehicles alongside a railway, and it’s much simpler to add than you might think. MIKE WILD opens up the Gaugemaster starter set to add a circuit to the Hornby Magazine test track.

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A ‘baseball cap’ for a ‘Royal Scot’

Sometimes, you want a model which is utterly unique, and as with many classes, the ‘Royal Scots’ had their fair share of modifications. TREVOR JONES shows how he converted a Bachmann model with unusual smoke deflectors.

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DIESEL PROTOTYPES

As British Railways started replacing steam, a new breed of prototype locomotives started to appear on passenger and freight workings in the 1950s and 1960s. MARK CHIVERS presents a selection of train formations utilising the new breed from this experimental period in BR’s history.

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REPAINTS... FACT & FANTASY

TIM SHACKLETON brings a little colour into our lives by imagining what a DB Cargo Class 68 might look like.

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Fence Houses

Drawing on the heavy industry of North Eastern England, IAN FORSYTH created this atmospheric colliery layout in ‘OO’ which showcases a long disappeared railway scene. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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TYPE 1 REVISION

The Class 20 has been a long-standing part of the Bachmann ‘OO’ gauge range, but only now has the missing piece of the ‘Chopper’ jigsaw been completed – the Class 20/3. MIKE WILD takes a detailed look at this revised Class 20 which models the rebuilds completed fo r DRS in the 1990s and early 2000s.

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Direct Rail Services Class 20/3

Throughout railway history there have been many instances of obsolete equipment being repurposed for a second life, with few being as successful as the rebuilding of a small fleet of almost 40-year-old locomotives to become the Class 20/3s, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains.

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GBRf livery for Hornby Class 50s

The Class 50s have always been popular, but the repainting of 50007 and 50049 into GB Railfreight blue and orange in 2019 has catapulted the class to a new level of enthusiast attention.

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ARC livery for Accurascale tipplers

The highly anticipated ARC liveried version of the all-new Accurascale PTA/JTA/JUA family of bogie tippler wagons has now arrived, completing the first batch of releases.

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HORNBY SIX-WHEEL COACH DEBUTS

is jumping into 2021 with immediate delivery of its new collection of four and six-wheel carriages for ‘OO’ gauge, with a first sample arriving in the Hornby Magazine office just in time to make it into the review pages.

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Legacy detector

DCC Concepts has launched the first in a series of new products under the Legacy Models banner. This intelligent little device is a detector which is simple to install on layouts.

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Natural Scenics pre-cut cork

Natural Scenics has introduced a new collection of pre-cut cork track underlay sections to suit Hornby and Peco set-track systems.

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Gaugemaster brewery is ‘ale and hearty’

Gaugemaster has added a collection of brewery buildings to its range of ‘N’ gauge Kestrel kits with a four-storey main building, boiler house and stores.

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Busch pandemic action sets

German manufacturer Busch has adopted a slightly tongue-incheek approach for a selection of topical ‘HO’ scale shopper action sets.

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Scale Model Scenery industrial ladders

New from Scale Model Scenery is this pack of 4mm scale laser-cut industrial ladders.

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Gaugemaster spray can trigger grip

New to the Gaugemaster collection of modelling tools is this spray can trigger grip which is designed to assist with the use of aerosol paint cans.

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New identities for ‘Large Prairies’

Pacific Models has added a new customising sheet for Hornby’s recently introduced ‘OO’ gauge Great Western Railway ‘Large Prairie’ 2-6-2Ts.

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Southern Railway ‘Lord Nelson’ Class 4-6-0s

THIS latest volume from Pen and Sword charts the history of the Southern Railway’s (SR) ‘Lord Nelson’ 4-6-0s, from introduction in 1926 to their withdrawal during 1961/1962.

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The Scottish Region in the 1970s and 1980s

AS the title suggests, this latest picture volume from Andy Gibbs focuses on British Rail’s Scottish Region traction in the 1970s and 1980s

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The Blue Pullman Story

New from Crecy Publishing is this fully revised history of the eye catching Metropolitan Cammell Midland Pullman/Western Pullman Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMUs).

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BR: From Green to Blue

This new pictorial album from Key Books offers a fascinating insight into the transition from BR green to the new BR blue corporate scheme and aims to include the major changes along the way such as small yellow warning panels, full yellow ends and more

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Cornish Railways: St Austell to Penzance

New from Key Books is this second volume from Craig Munday highlighting the Cornish Main Line between St Austell and Penzance.

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Modelling BR Engineers’ Wagons

This latest 132-page modeller’s guide from Key Publishing explores the fascinating subject of British Rail’s motley collection of engineers’ wagons.

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‘MOGUL’ MAGIC

Dapol’s new ‘OO’ gauge GWR ‘Mogul’ has been designed with simplicity in mind when it comes to digital sound upgrades. MIKE WILD explores its potential by installing twin speakers and a few details to make this already stunning locomotive even better.