HM167, May 2021

WELCOME TO HM167 | MAY 2021

The May 2021 issue of Hornby Magazine (HM167) is available now. 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.

HM167, May 2021

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Hornby Magazine May 2021

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM167, May 2021. Highlights of this issue include a bumper read featuring 196 pages, the Hornby Magazine New Model Guide featuring 24 pages of brand new models for 2021 and beyond, the latest model reviews, features, inspirational layouts, news and more. Read the full magazine in PDF format here and check out our latest video content in the Video Features section.

VIDEO: Revolution's DRS Class 37/4

Revolution Trains has released its first ready-to-run 'O' gauge model - a limited edition modelling DRS Class 37/4 37405 produced by Heljan. We review this model in the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM167 - and you can watch it in action on our garden railway here.

VIDEO: Hornby's 'A2/3' 4-6-2 for 'OO'

The latest 'Pacific' to arrive from Hornby for review is its follow up to the Thompson 'A2/2' - the 'A2/3'. Join Mike Wild in the Hornby Magazine workshop as we put 60512 Steady Aim through its paces and don't miss our full review of this new release in the latest issue - HM167.

VIDEO: Heljan Class 25/3 for 'OO' gauge

In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine (HM167) we review Heljan's all-new 'OO' gauge model of the Class 25/3. Watch our sample in action here fitted with a ZIMO sound decoder.

VIDEO: Heljan Class 86/0 for 'OO' gauge

The Class 86 has been a stalwart of the West Coast Main Line from its introduction in 1965, with numerous sub classes and modifications through the years. Join Hornby Magazine's Mike Wild in the workshop as he puts a weathered version of 86034 through its paces on our test track.

VIDEO: Hornby Magazine Show | April 2021

Join Richard as he embarks on the second part of his project to expand Hornby Magazine's 'OO9' gauge layout by taking inspiration from the fabulous Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales. Along with the layout build Richard also visits the railway for a full behind the scenes look including driver's eye view footage and more.

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HALIFAX POWELL STREET

Competition between the pre-Grouping railways for access to Lancashire and Yorkshire’s towns and cities was fierce. PETER DURANT shows how he created this fictional station in Halifax which has a strong grounding in reality in ‘OO’ scale. Photography, Peter Durant.

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Britain’s Most Powerful: Gresley's ‘P2’

In the first of a series of special features highlighting the best of British railway engineering, TREVOR JONES turns his attention to the imposing Gresley ‘P2’ 2-8-2s by explaining their importance and showing their potential in model form ahead of Hornby’s new release.

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HEAVY METAL PART TWO

Less is usually more when it comes to creating effective weathering effects in the smaller scales. Having gone for broke with a battle-scarred ‘WD’, TIM SHACKLETON opts for the subtle approach with a further selection of heavy freight locomotives.

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EYE IN THE SKY

A modeller's Model railways are viewed from above in most circumstances, but how much do we really think about how the landscape around the line looks? TIM SHACKLETON takes to the air to discover how railways really interact with their surroundings.

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GRAND CENTRAL Mk 4 REPAINTS

Grand Central’s short-lived plan to introduce Class 90 hauled Mk 4 carriage formations on the West Coast Main Line inspired JOHN PILGRIM to repaint a rake of 1990s era Hornby models. Here he explains his process for this ‘OO’ gauge project.

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MUCH WITHERING

The garden presented the perfect place for STEVE BOON to develop an ‘O’ gauge railway on which he could run his collection of Western Region hydraulics. Here he reveals the story behind the line and how it was built.

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NEW MODEL GUIDE: 'OO' GAUGE

A host of exciting new models is in prospect this year and in the near future and beyond. MARK CHIVERS assesses what’s coming up for modellers in the rapidly expanding ‘OO’ gauge.

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New Model Guide ‘O’ Gauge

Ready-to-run ‘O’ gauge continues to capture new interest. MIKE WILD surveys the scene to discover what is in store for 7mm scale in 2021 and beyond.

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New Model Guide ‘N’ Gauge

Many ‘N’ gauge projects are set to be completed this year. MARK CHIVERS looks at what is in prospect for the ‘N’ gauge modeller.

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New Model Guide ‘OO9’ GAUGE

Interest in narrow gauge railways is on the increase, particularly with the arrival of ready-to-run locomotives and rolling stock from Bachmann, Heljan and Peco. MIKE WILD reviews the current state of play.

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RETURN OF THE 'RAT'

The ‘facelifted’ Class 25 is the subject of Heljan’s latest ‘OO’ gauge ready-to-run model and fills an important gap in the market for a contemporary model. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at this new addition.

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BUFFER-FITTED INTERCITY HST POWER CARS

Hornby's high-fidelity Class 43 High Speed Train (HST) power cars sport conventional bufferbeams for their latest outing in BR InterCity ‘Swallow’ livery.

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GBRf RailRoad Class 20

New in for 'OO' gauge from Hornby in its RailRoad Plus collection with enhanced decoration is this attractive model of Class 20 20905 – and it is also being joined by 20901 in the same livery.

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Steady Aim is rock solid

Hornby’s latest steam locomotive to arrive for review is the follow-up to the Thompson ‘A2/ 2’ 4-6-2 (HM166) – the production ‘A2/3’ class locomotives. MIKE WILD runs the rule over Steady Aim.

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Kernow launches IZA

Kernow Model Rail Centre has plugged another gap in the ‘OO’ gauge wagon range with the arrival of Revolution Trains’ new IZA Cargowaggon twin vans. MARK CHIVERS takes a closer look.

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JSA COIL CARRIERS

The latest ‘OO’ gauge wagon release from Accurascale models the fleet of JSA covered and open steel coil carriers. MIKE WILD assesses how these super-detailed new arrivals measure up.

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Heljan delivers Class 86/0

The Class 86 has been a stalwart of the West Coast Main Line from its introduction in 1965, with numerous sub classes and modifications through the years. MIKE WILD inspects this brandnew version of the AC electric which models the class in original condition.

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LEGACY TRACK COMPONENTS

Legacy Models has added a selection of new 4mm scale track components to its range of accessories.

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SMS Sash Windows

New to the Scale Model Scenery range of model railway kits and accessories are these 4mm scale sash windows. Ideal for adding that finishing touch to kit or scratch-built buildings and other projects.

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Platform Coping

Scale Model Scenery has developed two new 4mm scale packs of platform coping suitable for steam-era layouts.

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BR Mixed Freight Kit

If you are looking to add authentic loads to empty ‘OO’ gauge wagons, then this new pack of detailing parts for the early BR mixed freight era from Geoscenics should fit the bill.

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Lineside Fencing

Geoscenics’ range of kits and accessories is bolstered with this pack of 4mm scale lineside fencing.

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Fordhampton Industrial Chimney

New to the Gaugemaster Fordhampton construction kit range is this Industrial chimney suitable for ‘OO’ gauge use.

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Revolution's DRS Class 37/4

Revolution Trains is best known for its home-grown products in ‘N’ and ‘OO’ gauge, but it is testing the waters in ‘O’ gauge with the commissioning of this limited edition Class 37/4 from Heljan.