HM172, October 2021


The October 2021 issue of Hornby Magazine (HM172) 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.

HM172, October 2021

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REVIEWED: Heljan's refurbished Class 31 for 'O'

The Brush built Class 31s are popular and long-lived locomotives which have carried a huge number of colour schemes. MIKE WILD inspects the all-new model of the A1A-A1A design in refurbished form for 7mm scale from Heljan.

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Staff Projects: Retro modern

The modern railway scene has caught MIKE WILD’S eye of late for its colour and variety. One of his latest projects is a quick reworking of a Bachmann Class 37/0 as Colas Rail operated 37025 in BR ‘large logo’ blue.

VIDEO: IRM delivers Met-Vic A Class

Join Mike Wild and Richard Watson in the workshop as they take a detailed look at this new addition for the Irish scene which sets the benchmark for what to expect from Accurascale’s first British outline diesels.

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IRM delivers Met-Vic A Class

Accurascale’s sister company Irish Railway Models has released its first ready-to-run powered model – the Metropolitan Vickers A Class Co -Co diesel electric. MIKE WILD takes a detailed look at this new addition for the Irish scene which sets the benchmark for what to expect from Accurascale’s first British outline diesels.

Making Tracks last hurrah for Chester Cathedral

In this subscriber special video we bring you a video feature from the final day of Pete Waterman's Chester Cathedral layout Making Tracks. Including some of Mike Wild and Mark Chivers very own BR Blue stock.

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This magnificent and feature packed ‘OO’ gauge layout is the work of STEPHEN RICHARDS over the last four decades. We take a full tour of this complex loft layout.

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Back to ‘Schools’

Digital sound installations don’t have to be complex or mind boggling, as MIKE WILD shows by turning his attention to a Hornby ‘Schools’ 4-4-0 with a new sound profile from Locoman Sounds.

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On Great Eastern Lines - Passenger

TIM SHACKLETON looks at some of the many and varied passenger classes that worked in East Anglia in steam days, from tiny ‘Buckjumpers’ to the mighty ‘Britannias’.

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ANDY GLOVER uses styrene sheet and strip to model an impressive canal side structure for his ‘N’ gauge layout with methods which can be used for 2mm or 4mm scales.

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Northern Rail ‘150’

The Class 150/2 two-car DMU is back in stock with Bachmann retailers with the arrival of two new livery variations –a GWR green set finished as 150216 and Northern liveried unit 150220 as illustrated by our sample model.

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Hornby’s original ‘Merchant Navy’ is a super model but it doesn’t cover all variations to the fleet. GRAHAM MUSPRATT adapts one of the first to enter traffic into its immediately pre-British Railways condition.

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BUYING GUIDE: The InterCity 125s

Mark Chivers is back with his latest look at the options for 'N' 'OO' and 'O' gauge modelling. Find out all his great information here.

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The gritty North East is the setting for IAN FORSYTH’S ‘OO’ gauge depot scene which started out as an ‘L’ shape design, but has since been converted to a straight layout. Ian reveals the full story behind Holly Bank Grove MPD. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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For many people the pinnacle of railway achievement was Mallard’s 126mph dash down Stoke Bank in July 1938, but since then this high-speed record has been broken many times with most of the subsequent attempts being much less well known, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES found out.

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In the beginning this outstanding ‘N’ gauge exhibition layout was known as Acton Mainline, but following more than 100 show appearances it was retired. GEOFF BUTTLER is now the owner of the renamed and restocked marvel of the 1990s. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Hunslet hydraulic

FIRST REVIEW: To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the N Gauge Society it has produced the first pure industrial ready-to-run locomotive for ‘N’ gauge – the Hunslet 0-6-0 diesel hydraulic. MIKE WILD inspects this enticing new release for 2mm scale.

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Ecofrets debut for ‘N’

The latest arrivals from Revolution Trains for ‘N’ gauge are these super detailed models of the FWA Ecofret twin and triple set container flats.

‘OO’ Defender

New to the Oxford Diecast 1:76 scale vehicle collection and suitable for ‘OO’ gauge layouts is the new Land Rover Defender in short wheelbase format. This reimagining of the classic Defender took to the roads in 2020 and is becoming a popular choice for on road and off road use.

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Brassed off

Modelu continues to expand its fantastic collection of 3D printed figures with ever more interesting and characterful creations. Amongst the latest releases is this brilliant set of brass band figures which are available from ‘N’ to ‘G’ scale.

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BR’s first Sulzer Type 2

British Railways’ Class 24 diesel was, as intended, a very able all-round locomotive, but design flaws and changing traffic patterns meant a relatively short life with the last of them being withdrawn more than 40 years ago, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES relates.

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Busch farmyard scene

A recent addition to the Busch action set series of detailing accessories is this calf-feeding pack comprising a pre-painted ‘HO’ scale calf and farm worker. The set has been designed so the calf appears to be drinking from the milk feed bottle.

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Dockside Walling

Gaugemaster’s ever-expanding Fordhampton collection of ‘OO’ gauge plastic building and structure kits is bolstered with the inclusion of this dockside walling.

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Cosmetic Fishplates

Scale Model Scenery has added a pack of cosmetic fishplates to its range of 4mm scale laser-cut detailing accessories.

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Humbrol Weathering Powders

Humbrol’s popular range of adhesives, paints, washes and brushes has been further bolstered with a new selection of useful weathering pigments.

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Old Wooden Sleepers

If you are looking to complete a recently repaired lineside or permanent way depot scene, these ‘HO’ scale old wooden sleepers from Model Scene will prove useful.

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Modern Billboards

Recently added to the Scale Model Scenery range of 4mm scale lasercut kits and detailing accessories is this pack of modern-era billboards.

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Model Scene Grass Tufts

Model Scene’s extensive range of scenic products includes a selection of different static grass textures including these useful ‘HO’ scale small grass tufts.

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Hornby Magazine October 2021

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM172, October 2021. Highlights of this issue include three stunning layouts in 'OO' and 'N' gauge, the latest model reviews, the chance to win the ultimate Great Electric Train Show experience, practical modelling guides, the launch of the 2021 Hornby Magazine Model Railway Awards voting and more. Read the full magazine in PDF format here and check out our latest video content in the Video Features section from Thursday September 2.

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New BR Mk 2b carriages for ‘OO’

Accurascale and Irish Railway Models have unveiled plans to produce all-new British Rail (BR) Mk 2b carriages for ‘OO’ gauge, with examples in BR and Northern Ireland Railways (NIR) colour schemes. Watch our video launch and read the full story here.

Dapol shows first HEA samples

Dapol has received engineering samples of its eagerly awaited HEA and HBA hoppers for 'O' gauge. The wagons are currently being reviewed by the development team.