HM204 - June 2024

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Broad-Brush Approach

Giving models a realistic appearance doesn’t have to take long. TIM SHACKLETON shows how a ‘big picture’ approach using large brushes can create a lifelike look in minutes.

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Alston in 'N' gauge

This classic branch line terminus is the subject of PETER BROWN’s ‘N’ gauge layout, bringing to life a distinctive location which is now the headquarters of the South Tynedale Railway - and you can see the layout at the 2024 Great Electric Train Show.

Making Tracks house kits available now

New to the Key Model World Shop are exclusive laser-cut modern detached house kits, as seen on Making Tracks: The Final Frontier at Model World LIVE.

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Installing Locoman’s BR ‘5MT’ sound

The powerful sounds of the BR ‘5MT’ 4-6-0 are now available from Locoman Sounds on the ESU decoder family. MIKE WILD upgrades an older Bachmann 8-pin model to show how it can be done.

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Hornby ZBA returns for OO gauge

Hornby’s ‘OO’ gauge ZBA ‘Rudd’ departmental wagon has made a welcome return to the range.

Rusty Rails railway engine blocks for OO gauge

Adding to the repertoire of 4mm scale 3D-printed accessories available from Rusty Rails is this underfloor engine suitable for Class 150, 153, 156 and 158 Diesel Multiple Units.

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Hewisbridge revisited - the Waverley Route in OO

A stalwart of the exhibition scene for three decades, the 57 Study Group’s finescale ‘OO’ gauge layout continues to evolve and attract new admirers, as IAN PORTEOUS reveals.

Hornby all-new OO gauge Stanier Black Five 4-6-0 Review Premium

Hornby’s all-new Stanier ‘Black Five’

The Stanier ‘Black Five’ was one of the biggest locomotive classes of the steam era and Hornby has turned fresh attention to this must-have mixed traffic 4-6-0. MIKE WILD pays close attention to this new arrival.

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Modelling Gresley 'V2' 60800 Green Arrow

Locomotive-specific detailing can still be added to improve the newest ready-to-run models even further. RICHARD HALL shows how you can upgrade Bachmann’s already excellent model of ‘V2’ Green Arrow in its preserved condition.

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Bachmann Collectors Club 08818

A GBRf ‘gronk’ is amongst the latest Bachmann exclusives. MARK CHIVERS checks whether its pulling power matches its looks.