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West Hill Wagon Works Lamps

Adding those finishing touches can really make a difference to a model and these new 4mm scale 3D-printed London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) and British Railways (BR) lamps from West Hill Wagon Works (WHWW) will do just that.

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Scale Model Scenery Greenhouse

Scale Model Scenery’s (SMS) range of 4mm scale laser-cut kits and detailing accessories is bolstered with this delightful new greenhouse.

Cavalex adds first-built Class 60

Cavalex Models is to produce first-built Class 60 60001 Steadfast in as-delivered condition with custom tooling developed for its all-new ‘OO’ gauge model.

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Millsbridge in 'N' gauge

Based on a real location, this BR steam era layout recaptures the gritty atmosphere of West Yorkshire. RICHARD STOTT explains how it was built and why it has two different gauges of track with an exclusive full video tour of this stunning layout.

Cavalex reveals Adaptive Magnetic Detail

A new system from Cavalex Models promises to make fitment of buffer beam detail easier.  

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Graham Farish ‘Dance Hall’ Brake Van

New from Bachmann’s Graham Farish range is this South Eastern and Chatham Railway (SECR) ‘Dance Hall’ brake van for ‘N’ gauge.

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Exclusive Rapido Five-Plank Open Wagon

B & H Models of Lincoln has taken delivery of a specially commissioned ‘OO’ gauge RCH private owner wagon by Rapido Trains UK, modelling a five-plank wagon carrying the livery of W. Grocock wagon agents, based in Gainsborough.

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Laser-cut semi-detached house fronts

Building upon previous laser-cut kits from Peco, this new 4mm scale semi-detached house kit provides an easy and simple way to add some highly detailed houses to your layout or diorama.

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Rapido RCH 1907 Private Owner Wagons

These all-new ‘OO’ gauge wagons model prototypes of which many thousands were built. BEN CHURCH puts them to the test.

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Peco Unifrog Y turnout

New to Peco’s code 100 range of ‘OO’ gauge Streamline track is this new Unifrog small radius Y turnout.

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GWR Skaledale Lineside Buildings

Two new 4mm scale Great Western Railway (GWR) lineside buildings have recently been added to the Hornby Skaledale range.

Cavalex Class 56 batch two confirmed

Cavalex Models has confirmed the second run of its popular ‘OO’ gauge Class 56 Co-Co diesel.

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‘TT:120’ Stanier 50ft Full Brake

Hornby’s ‘TT:120’ range continues to go from strength to strength with the first of the LMS coaching stock arriving with the LMS 50ft Stanier Full Brake (BG).

Bachmann reveals all-new Class 08 diesel shunter

Bachmann Europe revealed that it is producing a brand-new model of the Class 08 and 09 0-6-0 diesel shunters for 'OO' gauge at the annual Diesel and Electric Modellers United (DEMU) Showcase event on June 15.

Bachmann new tooling announcement

Bachmann Europe is revealed a brand-new tooling on June 15. Join us for the video launch here and look out for the full news story here.

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REALITY CHECK: Class 25 Variety

The numerous Class 25s have a rather confusing history, as within the 327 examples built there have been numerous sub-classes and individual variations, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains.

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Railway Signalling

Signalling is vital for the safe operation of the railway – and if correctly modelled it can help emphasise the period, region and realism of a model railway, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES describes.

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STAFF PROJECTS - New Layout, New Location

Following a house move, BEN CHURCH starts afresh with a new ‘OO’ gauge layout to cater for his and his grandfather’s interests.

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FIRST REVIEW: Bachmann’s all-new Class 25

The BR Sulzer Class 25 is a must-have locomotive for 1960s-1980s modellers and a new choice is arriving for ‘OO’ gauge with Bachmann. MIKE WILD inspects the all-new ‘Rat’ to assess its qualities.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Accurascale's new Class 60

EXCLUSIVE EARLY ACCESS FOR KEY MODEL WORLD SUBSCRIBERS! Be the first to watch our exclusive interview with Accurascale Project Manager Steve Purves about the new 'OO' gauge Class 60.

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Tulloch Bridge

So well modelled is MARTIN STEWART’s ‘OO’ gauge take on the West Highland Line that some viewers think it’s a real location! Martin explains how this ‘test bed’ layout was built.

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Bachmann’s NG7 range debuts

A new suite of 7mm:1ft narrow gauge models is here. MARK CHIVERS assesses these important initial releases.

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Strathclyde 101 Exclusive

Bachmann’s Collectors Club provides an ideal opportunity to offer something different to its members. For ‘N’ gauge modellers, this includes a three-car Class 101 DMU in Strathclyde PTE colours, as MARK CHIVERS discovers.

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EFE ‘Bloater’ Fish Van Sails In

Announced as part of the Bachmann Summer 2024 announcements (see pages 10-14), EFE Rail’s all-new ‘OO’ gauge Great Western Railway (GWR) ‘Bloater’ fish vans have arrived, filling a gap in GWR ready-to-run freight wagons.

Exmouth Junction signalbox joins Key Model World Shop collection

New to the Key Model World Shop collection from PJM Models is a laser-cut ‘OO’ gauge kit of Exmouth Junction signalbox modelling the distinctive 1959-built flat roof design.

Colour for Coronation coaches  

Hornby has unveiled decorated samples of its forthcoming all-new ‘OO’ gauge LNER Coronation carriages.

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Grand Café

Detailing models can be a satisfying pastime and following a visit to Model World LIVE recently, DAN EVASON opts to create a realistic café interior in OO gauge.

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BR Blue and Grey Mk 3 Trailers

New from Hornby are further examples of its all-new ‘TT:120’ scale BR Mk 3 carriages (HM203), which are now available in BR’s classic blue and grey colour scheme from the Key Model World Shop.

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Heljan’s cutaway ‘O’ gauge ‘tractors’

The ever-popular Type 3s are now available in split headcode form with cutaway buffer beams for 'O' gauge. BEN CHURCH sees if its performance matches its looks.

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Hornby’s Steam Generator ‘P2’

Sound and smoke are now factory fitted with the arrival of Hornby’s steam generator Gresley ‘P2’ 2-8-2 2007 Prince of Wales. MIKE WILD takes this enticing new release for a spin and operation its capability in words, pictures and video.