Hornby Magazine

Hornby Magazine

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Dapol adds 14ton Anchor Mounted Tanks for 'O'

Dapol has unveiled plans for all-new 'O' gauge 14ton anchor-mounted tank wagons. The central anchor-mounted design was developed in the mid-1940s and featured all-steel supporting saddles.

Heljan 'O' Class 60 rerun

Heljan has announced that a new batch of its 'O' gauge BR Class 60 Co-Co diesels have been approved for production in a selection of BR Sectorisation and privatised era freight colour schemes.

VIDEO: Hornby RailRoad Plus Class 47

Hornby has released the first of its new RailRoad Plus models for 2020 with enhanced decoration. Join us at the Hornby Magazine test track to see GBRf liveried Class 47 47749 City of Truro running on Topley Dale on a railtour to showcase its running qualities.

VIDEO: Hornby's ONE Class 66 for 'OO'

Hornby has released a new batch of 'OO' gauge Class 66s in the latest liveries. Arriving in the Hornby Magazine office for review is the ONE magenta liveried version of the model as 66587 As One We Can. Watch it in action on our test track here at the head of a container train.

VIDEO: Hornby Magazine Show | November 2020

The latest monthly Hornby Magazine Show is here! Join Mike Wild and Richard Watson for this 1hr 20min video feature showcasing the latest progress on Topley Dale's quarry scene, new announcements from Bachmann for Winter, the latest news, new arrivals and more. Watch it here...

'Victory' 0-6-0T for 'OO' from Planet Industrials

Planet Industrials has unveiled plans for its first 'OO' gauge ready-to-run locomotive - a Kerr Stuart 'Victory' 0-6-0T.

First sample of 'O' gauge Presflo arrives

Ellis Clark Trains has received the first Engineering Prototype (EP) sample of its forthcoming 'O' gauge Presflo wagon.

Heljan reveals Class 104 DMU for ‘OO’

Heljan has announced that it is developing a ready-to-run 'OO' gauge model of the popular BR Class 104 Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU).

Accurascale unveils new 'OO' 21ton mineral wagons

Accurascale has revealed plans for two new 'OO' gauge 21ton mineral wagons as part of an expanding 'Powering Britain' range of wagons which already includes the 24.5ton HUO hopper wagon and recently-announced HYA and IIA bogie hoppers.

VIDEO: Building Hatton's laser cut baseboards

In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine (HM162) we review Hatton's new laser cut baseboard kits. In this video Mike Wild demonstrates assembly of one of the boards in the Hornby Magazine Workshop.

Gold-plated Clan Line surfaces

Hornby has shared images of its forthcoming special Centenary year limited edition 'OO' gauge model of Bulleid rebuilt 'Merchant Navy' 35028 Clan Line in BR lined green with late crests (Cat No. R3824), bearing gleaming gold-plated metal parts.

Dapol Class 122 samples for 'O'

Dapol has released images of its brand-new production Class 122 DMUs for 'O' gauge ahead of their expected release in the fourth quarter of this year. See the samples here and watch Dapol's introductory video.

Rails' 'OO' Gas Turbine gains colour

Rails of Sheffield received the first decorated pre-production sample of its forthcoming exclusive 'OO' gauge BR gas turbine locomotive, 18000, in BR green with late crests during October for evaluation.

VIDEO: Locoman Sounds 'Britannia' sound file

Locoman Sounds has produced a brand new sound project for the Doehler & Haass sound decoder portfolio modelling the BR 'Britannia' 4-6-2. In the latest issue we show how to install the 8-pin version of the decoder into Hornby 'OO' gauge model together with working lamps and firebox flicker. Watched the finished model in action on our test track here.

VIDEO: Bachmann's Johnson '1P' 0-4-4T

In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine we feature Bachmann's new 'OO' gauge model of the Johnson '1P' 0-4-4T. In this video Hornby Magazine Editor Mike Wild introduces the model and demonstrates its performance on our test track.

Wickham Trolley in 'O' next for Ellis Clark Trains

Ellis Clark Trains has unveiled plans to produce the Wickham Type 27 Inspection trolley and trailer cars for its next ready-to-run 'O' gauge project.

Dapol reveals 'O' gauge streamlined railcar

Dapol has announced plans to produce the Great Western Railway (GWR) streamlined railcar for ‘O’ gauge.

HM162 December 2020 Feature Premium

Hornby Magazine December 2020

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM162, December 2020. Highlights of this issue include our first review of the new Bachmann Johnson '1P' 0-4-4T for 'OO' gauge, Mike Powell's stunning Coniston Lake layout, Mike Buick's equally incredible Oak Road plus a host of modelling guides, reviews, railway history features and much more. Read the full magazine in PDF format here and check out our latest video content in the Online Exclusives section.

HM162 Coniston Lake Feature Premium

Welcome

HELLO, AND WELCOME to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine. We are bringing you another feature-packed edition this month containing inspirational layouts, modelling guides, the latest news, model reviews and more. 

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Coniston Lake

Taking a beautiful location and giving it a railway, MIKE POWELL set this Lake District scene in the 1960s, with steam firmly in charge. Photography, Mike Wild.

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The Tri-ang Connection

While Hornby’s rich heritage owes much of its existence to Frank Hornby’s vision from the 1920s, the route to today’s highly detailed ‘OO’ models is not so straightforward, as MARK CHIVERS discovers.

HM162 Rocket Feature Premium

Hornby's best locomotive of all time!

The votes have been counted and we can now reveal the locomotive that you chose as Hornby’s Best Locomotive of All Time in our public vote at KeyModelWorld.com. MIKE WILD has the results.

HM162 Oak Road Feature Premium

OAK ROAD

Sweeping curves and scale length HSTs are amongst the highlights of MIKE BUICK’S inspirational ‘OO’ gauge exhibition layout. Here he tells the full story of its creation and explains how it is supporting the Meningitis Now charity. Photography, Richard Watson.

HM162 Bachmann Johnson 1P Review Premium

Bachmann’s Johnson ‘1P’

The latest arrival for ‘OO’ gauge from Bachmann is the popular Midland Railway ‘1P’ 0-4-4T. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at this sought after new release. Plus we have two videos with this feature - one showcasing the model running on Topley Dale and a second subscriber exclusive explaining the sound fitting process for the model.

HM162 Reality Check Feature Premium

JOHNSON’S ‘1P’ 0-4-4Ts

For more than half a century, the Midland Railway’s primary lightweight passenger design for secondary duties was a very neat and attractive series of 0-4-4T engines designed by Samuel Johnson. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks back at the history of one of the variants of this once numerous class, and finds out why it was so long-lived.

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Graham Farish ‘8F’ 2-8-0s land

The Stanier ‘8F’ has been a long-standing part of the Graham Farish ‘N’ gauge collection, but it is being replaced by a brand-new model to 21st century standards. MARK CHIVERS inspects this enticing new arrival.

HM162 baseboards Review Premium

Hattons launches laser cut baseboards

Hatton's has released the first of its new Precision Baseboards range of products, offering 4ft x 2ft baseboard kits in MDF and plywood as well as legs to support the boards. The boards have been designed to be as near as possible tool-free for assembly.

HM162 Woodland Scenics fencing Review Premium

Woodland Scenics board fencing

We have been excited to see the new range of ready painted fencing products arrive from Woodland Scenics since their announcement at the beginning of 2020. The new range comprises log, board, chain link, picket, privacy and barbed wire designs with our samples covering board fencing in ‘HO’ scale.

HM162 ModelU3D crew packs Review Premium

ModelU locomotive crew packs

Modelu’s range of 3D printed finescale figures has been expanded with a new selection of locomotive crew packs for ‘N’, ‘OO’ and ‘O’. These new packs are available for Western, Southern, Midland and Eastern Region motive power.

HM162 Murphy Models Class 121 Review Premium

Murphy Models Class 121 diesel

IRISH RAILWAY MODELLERS have a new choice of readyto-run motive power with the arrival of Murphy Models’ super-detailed ‘OO’ gauge model of the General Motors built Class 121 Bo-Bo diesels. These single cab locomotives were introduced to Córas Iompair Éireann (CIE) in 1961 and were originally known as the B Class.