HM169, July 2021

WELCOME TO HM169 | JULY 2021

The July 2021 issue of Hornby Magazine (HM169) 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.

HM169, July 2021

VIDEO: KMRC’s LSWR Road Vans

The latest exclusive product to be created by Kernow Model Rail Centre is the LSWR Road Van for ‘OO’ gauge. MARK CHIVERS inspects this new release ahead of delivery in July.

VIDEO: Heljan's updated 'O' gauge Mk 1s

In this latest video from the Hornby Magazine team we showcase Heljan's new 'O' gauge BR Mk 1s with Commonwealth and B4 bogies running on our garden railway behind a Heljan 'O' gauge Class 50. Join Mike Wild in the workshop to find out more and read the full review in HM169.

VIDEO: Heljan Class 25 sound demonstration

The new Heljan Class 25/3 presented an opportunity to add extra functionality to the model as part of a sound installation. MIKE WILD installs a ZIMO chip into the new ‘OO’ gauge model with sound from Digitrains.

Bulleid locomotives quiz

Do you know your 'Merchants' from your 'Battle of Britains' and your 'Q1s' from your 'Qs'? Put your knowledge of Bulleid locomotives and models to the test in our latest model railway quiz.

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'West Country' Special

Who says installing digital sound is hard? PAUL CHETTER takes on Hornby’s air-smoothed ‘West Country’ and discovers that installation of sound and much more is within the abilities of all modellers. This feature from the Hornby Magazine archive includes a brand new sound demonstration video featuring 34067 Tangmere.

VIDEO: Bachmann 4 BEP EMU for 'OO' gauge

Bachmann's latest EMU for 'OO' gauge is the Class 410 4-BEP. To complement our review in the latest issue of Hornby Magazine (HM169) Mark Chivers talks about the new release in this video feature.

VIDEO: Hornby 'Merchant Navy' sound upgrade

Our latest exclusive sound installation guide for KeyModelWorld feature Digitrains sound file for the Bulleid air-smoothed 'Pacific' - and you can watch it for free this week only during Bulleid week. Join Mike Wild in the workshop to find out how to install sound in this model.

VIDEO: Mike and Mark talk Bulleid locomotives

2021 marks the 80th anniversary of the first Bulleid 'Merchant Navy' and 20 years since the launch of Hornby's current 'OO' gauge model of the air-smoothed 'Light Pacific'. Join Mike and Mark in the Hornby Magazine Workshop as they discuss all things Bulleid for our special celebration week.

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Buying guide: Bulleid 'Light Pacifics'

2021 marks the 20th anniversary of Hornby’s super-detailed ‘OO’ gauge model of Bulleid’s air-smoothed ‘Light Pacifics’, which has proved immensely popular over the past two decades. MARK CHIVERS looks back at this and some of the other significant releases across ‘N’, ‘OO’ and ‘O’ scales.

VIDEO: KR Models Consett iron wagons

KR Models has received decorated samples of its all-new model of the Consett 56ton iron ore bogie wagons. Join Mike Wild and Richard Watson in the Hornby Magazine workshop as they take a closer look at these samples on video.

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HURST GREEN

Originally built as a through station, COLIN CHISEM decided to give his ‘OO’ gauge home layout a new lease of life by converting it into a rural branch line terminus. Read the full feature here with extra images!

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Hattons showcases Genesis coaches

Hattons has shown the latest pre-production samples for its 'OO' gauge four and six-wheel coaches. Join Hornby Magazine's Richard Watson and Mike Wild as they take a closer look in this exclusive video and photo gallery for Hornby Magazine and Key Model World subscribers.

VIDEO: The Hornby Magazine Show | June 2021

The latest edition of the Hornby Magazine Show is available for all to watch now. This month we expand the 'O' gauge test track, bring you the latest model railway news, preview June's new releases and more. Plus subscribers can check our exclusive behind the scenes images in our Premium version of the Hornby Magazine Show.

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Doncaster

It’s the early 1960s and the transition from steam to diesel traction is in full swing on the East Coast Main Line. JOHN WHITE takes us back to the heyday of Doncaster station with his fabulous home-based ‘OO’ gauge layout.

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Steel yourself

With the recent arrival of the JSA from Accurascale and BBA from Cavalex Models, TIM SHACKLETON adds to his huge fleet of steel-carrying wagons, noting how weathering effects evolve over time.

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SULZER SOUNDS

The new Heljan Class 25/3 presented an opportunity to add extra functionality to the model as part of a sound installation. MIKE WILD installs a ZIMO chip into the new ‘OO’ gauge model with sound from Digitrains.

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Dawes Road

A switch of scale from amongst the smallest to amongst the largest led RICHARD BOOTHBY to build this atmospheric depot and station scene in ‘O’, set in the grimy 1980s.

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Railway Realism: Doncaster

Doncaster is synonymous with the word railway, having an extensive works and a large station, but had events taken a slightly different turn it might never have been on a main line at all, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES found out.

HM169 Bachmann 4-BEP EMU Review Premium

Electric buffet

Bachmann's new ‘OO’ gauge 4-BEP Electric Multiple Unit is here, completing another important Southern Electric milestone. MARK CHIVERS casts his eye over this long-awaited new release.

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Reality Check: The 4-BEP EMU

During the 1950s and 1960s the Southern Region massively extended its electrified network, and in doing so introduced a number of new classes of Electric Multiple Unit, with one of the least numerous of these being the 4-BEP which was designed to provide catering on services on the South Coast lines. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks into the history of this small but unusual class.

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Hornby renews the GBL

Hornby has replaced its ageing Tri-ang heritage model of the Southern Railway Gangwayed Bogie Luggage van with a brand-new tooling. GRAHAM MUSPRATT inspects this 2021 product range item.

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Wartime black for Hornby ‘MN’

Arriving hot on the heels of BR lined blue ‘Merchant Navy’ 35024 East Asiatic Company (HM168) is 21C7 Aberdeen Commonwealth in the altogether more austere SR wartime black. It was announced as part of the Hornby 2019 range announcement.

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New Peckett 'B2s' arrive

The charming Peckett ‘B2’ 0-6-0ST is back from Hornby with a pair of new livery choices arriving in the shops during May. One of those is Port of Bristol Authority lined green 1264 Henry (Cat No. R3871).

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Bogie upgrades for Heljan Mk 1s

Heljan has issued a new batch of 7mm scale Mk 1 carriages with two new designs of bogie. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at the First Corridor and Gangway Brake models.

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Kato's Class 800 debut

Japanese manufacturer Kato isn’t a well known brand in British model railway circles with just one rolling stock product to its name for UK layouts. However, it has a new high-profile release for ‘N’ gauge: the Hitachi Class 800. MIKE WILD takes stock of this exciting new addition.

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Revolution Trains Cemflo wagons

Revolution Trains’ latest arrival for ‘N’ gauge models the Cemflo cement wagon. MIKE WILD checks over this attractive new release.

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Kernow's LSWR Road Vans

The latest exclusive product to be created by Kernow Model Rail Centre is the LSWR Road Van for ‘OO’ gauge. MARK CHIVERS inspects this new release ahead of delivery in July.

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Hornby Maglight lighting system

Following the release of its illuminated four and six-wheel carriages (HM164), Hornby has now released its bespoke magnetic LED lighting system as a standalone unit.

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Natural Scenics track underlay

Natural Scenics has added a new range of foam track underlay pieces to its range of ‘OO’ gauge materials and accessories. Manufactured from grey cellular foam, each part is pre-cut to match the geometry of the equivalent Hornby ‘OO’ gauge track piece.

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Flat-pack Wickham

New from N Brass Locomotives is this ‘N’ gauge Wickham Type 27 permanent way trolley kit. Supplied as an etched metal fret, the pack contains all the main components to complete a detailed non-working 2mm scale example of these diminutive vehicles.