HM170, August 2021


The August 2021 issue of Hornby Magazine (HM170) 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.

HM170, August 2021

VIDEO: Bachmann Class 57 sound demonstration

The Class 57 is an important part of the modern railway scene and one stands out from the crowd – 57307 Lady Penelope in its Cable Thieves-branded DRS livery. MIKE WILD and RICHARD WATSON discuss this Bachmann Collectors Club limited edition after it's sound installation.

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‘Western' buying guide

Sixty years ago, the first of British Rail’s (BR) Type 4 diesel-hydraulic C-C ‘Western’ Class locomotives rolled off the production line at Swindon Works. MARK CHIVERS looks back at some of the models of these distinctive diesel-hydraulics through the years in ‘N’, ‘OO’ and ‘O’ gauge.

VIDEO: Bachmann’s all-new Sulzer Type 2

The Derby Sulzer Type 2 Bo-Bo diesels are proving to be popular subjects with another brand-new entrant to the market from Bachmann. Join MIKE WILD and Richard Watson for a closer look in this video.

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Staff Projects: Outdoor station


A station scene has been a longstanding plan for MIKE WILD’S garden railway and the arrival of Tower Models’ new resin platform sections provided the perfect excuse to start work.

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Thunderbirds are go!

The Class 57 is an important part of the modern railway scene and one stands out from the crowd – 57307 Lady Penelope in its Cable Thieves-branded DRS livery. MIKE WILD picks up a Bachmann Collectors Club limited edition of the unique locomotive for this sound installation guide.

VIDEO: Teak finish for Hattons Gresleys


The latest arrivals for ‘O’ gauge are the teak liveried version of Hattons’ Gresley corridor coaches. MIKE WILD and RICHARD WATSON take a closer look.


VIDEO: TMC 24.5ton mineral wagons


In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine (HM170) we review TMC's latest exclusive ready-to-run 'OO' gauge model - the BR 24.5ton mineral wagon. In this video feature Mark and Mike meet in the workshop to discuss this new arrival.

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Coal yards were vital parts of many towns and villages. DAN EVASON concludes his three-part build by setting the scene.

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East Midlands repaints


The latest purple and white colour scheme to be applied to East Midlands Railway rolling stock caught the eye of JOHN PILGRIM, who set about repainting a Lima Class 156 and Hornby HST power car in this bang up-to-date livery. He explains all in this step by step guide.

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Lightweight baseboards

MALCOLM BRIGGS refines a way of building baseboards and shows how anyone with basic tools can produce cheap, light and rigid baseboards for their model railway.

VIDEO: Hornby Magazine Show - Garden Railway Special

The latest edition of the Hornby Magazine Show is available for all to watch now. This month we have a Garden Railway Special to launch Garden Railway Week on KeyModelWorld. Plus subscribers can check our exclusive behind the scenes images in our Premium version of the Hornby Magazine Show.

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The lure of main line diesels in ‘O’ gauge drew CHRIS SPRING to build a combined indoor and outdoor layout. Here he reveals the story behind its construction and explains how it works. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Great Wakering Garden Railway: The first 40 years

It's more than 40 years since Hornby Magazine’s photographer Trevor Jones made the first steps towards construction of his inspirational ‘OO’ gauge garden railway. Trevor brings the story of this ever-developing scale 23/4mile long model railway up to date. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Kit-building has been enjoying a renaissance over the past year. TIM SHACKLETON shows how you can avoid falling at the finish line using car-paint aerosols.

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North Wales narrow gauge railways and the Bachmann ready-to-run Baldwin 4-6-0T were all the inspiration STEVE JONES needed to build his first ‘OO9’ layout. Tal-y-bont is the result.

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Railway Realism: 70 Years of the Talyllyn

Heritage railways are now an everyday part of life – but 70 years ago when volunteers took over the isolated Talyllyn Railway in Wales the idea of amateurs running trains was considered not only controversial but also completely crackpot, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES describes.

Hornby Magazine Show | July 2021

SUBSCRIBER EDITION: The latest edition Hornby Magazine Show is out now and subscribers can watch it here first and view extra behind the scenes images here unique to KeyModelWorld. This month is a garden railway special with Mike, Mark and Richard touring the country to find the best in garden railways. Join us for your exclusive first look at the Hornby Magazine Show for July featuring layouts in 'OO', 'O' and 5in gauge outdoors.

VIDEO: Locomotion Wainwright 'D' 4-4-0

The latest arrival for the National Collection in Miniature series from Locomotion Models is the stunning Wainwright 'D' 4-4-0. Join Mike and Richard in the Workshop as they discuss this new arrival and don't miss our full review either in HM170 or here at KeyModelWorld.

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Little Burford

Inspired by the Severn Valley Railway’s picturesque country station, MIKE HICKLING commissioned DAN EVASON to build this slice of the 1930s rural Midlands in ‘O’ gauge, to tremendous effect, as Dan relates.

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Delightful ‘D’

The National Collection in Miniature is expanding with the arrival of one of the most sought-after items in the Railway Museum – Wainwright ‘D’ class 4-4-0 737. MIKE WILD falls for the charms of the latest Locomotion Models ‘OO’ gauge locomotive in this review which features video and extra images.

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Reality Check: SECR Wainwright ‘D’

At the turn of the 20th century, the 4-4-0 was the most popular wheel arrangement for passenger work, so it was natural that when the South Eastern & Chatham Railway was looking to upgrade its fleet it opted for some, with the resulting ‘D’ class amongst the most handsome locomotives of the period, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES describes.

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Nuclear KUAs

The 16-wheel KUA nuclear flask wagon may be a fleet of two, but Accurascale saw its potential for a stand out ‘OO’ gauge ready-to-run wagon. MARK CHIVERS reviews this new arrival.

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Teak finish for Hattons Gresleys

The latest arrivals for ‘O’ gauge are the teak liveried version of Hattons’ Gresley corridor coaches. MIKE WILD inspects their finish.

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Bachmann’s all-new Sulzer Type 2

The Derby Sulzer Type 2 Bo-Bo diesels are proving to be popular subjects with another brand-new entrant to the market from Bachmann. MIKE WILD runs the rule over the latest model of the original condition Class 24.

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TMC 24.5ton mineral wagons

Freight train operators have a new choice of coal wagon with the arrival of TMC’s exclusive models of the BR 24.5ton mineral wagons. MARK CHIVERS reviews these new arrivals for ‘OO’.

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New Oxford Diecast SUV

New from Oxford Diecast is this 1:76 scale Jaguar E-Pace Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), and first off the 1:76 scale production line is VN67 CWK, offered in an eye-catching metallic blue paint finish.

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Laser cut art-deco wrought iron railings

If you are looking to add a little art-deco chic to a street scene or building, then these 4mm scale laser-cut wrought iron railings from Scale Model Scenery might just do the trick.

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Jetties float in...

New to the Scale Model Scenery range of 4mm scale laser-cut accessories and kits are these small wooden jetties.Perfect for a river, canal or small harbour scene, the pack contains four 60mm x 10mm lengths of wooden decking

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Axle box bearing cutter

H&A Models has added an exclusive new ‘OO’ gauge axle box bearing cutting tool to its extensive range of kits and modelling accessories.

HM170 Modelu3D Edwardian passenger Review Premium

Edwardian Passengers

Recently added to the Modelu range of 3D-printed model figures are these 1:76 scale (‘OO’) Edwardian seated passengers. Our review sample included five figures in appropriate Edwardian attire.