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The February 2021 issue of Hornby Magazine (HM164) 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.

Rails shows ‘812’ first samples

The first engineering samples of Rails of Sheffield’s exclusive ‘OO’ gauge ready-to-run model of the Caledonian Railway ‘812’ 0-6-0 were revealed at Model Rail Scotland on February 21-23.

Trio of HST train packs for Gaugemaster Collection

Gaugemaster has commissioned several new ‘N’ gauge models for the Gaugemaster Collection.

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Working in 3mm:1ft scale, PAUL HOPKINS and JOHN WAKEMAN explain how they created this evocative pastiche of Portsmouth’s railways using readily available products wherever possible. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Hornby Stanier ‘Princess Royal'

The first ‘OO’ gauge model of the Stanier ‘Princess Royal’ 4-6-2 was released in 1955 - 65 years on MIKE WILD reviews the brand-new version from Hornby which touched down this February.

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Dapol delivers GWR Parcels Railcar

New in from Dapol is the parcels version of the original series GWR streamlined railcar. MIKE WILD inspects this new arrival for ‘OO’ gauge.

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KS Laser Designs fog hut kit

Laser cut kit specialist KS Laser Designs has added a simple and quick to build kit for a concrete fog hut to its ‘O’ gauge range.

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Steam crane crew for 'OO'

New from Osborn’s Models are these exclusive 'OO' gauge 3D printed crane crew figures.

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Accurascale Rawie buffer stops

ACCURASCALE’S expanding range of models and accessories is boosted with the addition of a series of 4mm scale contemporary buffer stops.

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DCC Concepts Alpha Meter

DCC Concepts has introduced a new power meter for model railways which can operate with DC, DCC and AC power sources. Learn more about this new device here.

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Colour Light Signalling for Model Railways

New from Crowood Press is this volume on modelling colour light signalling by Simon Paley.

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Hornby releases its 21st century Rocket

Stephenson’s characterful and historic 0-2-2 Rocket is an icon of railway and Hornby history. MIKE WILD inspects the manufacturer’s brand-new model of the 1829 built pioneering steam locomotive for ’OO’gauge.

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The latest identity to be bestowed on Hornby’s popular ‘OO’ gauge Class 87 is the National Collection’s 87001 in as preserved dual-name condition.

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Port of London Peckett

The compact lines of the Hornby Peckett ‘W4’ 0-4-0ST are back with this tiny locomotive being decorated in Port of London Authority (PLA) lined blue.

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Oxford adds Mk 1 Escort to 1:76 range

Oxford Diecast's latest Automobile Company product for 1:76 scale is the Mk 1 Ford Escort. Read more here.

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Lifecolor 'bare metal' paint set

Lifecolor has introduced a new set of acrylic paints to allow modellers to capture the effects of bare metal.

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Nuclear flask traffic is one of the railway’s more unusual loads. MARCUS LAMBERT created a stunning terminal in ‘OO’ to showcase the operation in the eras just before and after privatisation. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Evening Star digital sound

The BR ‘9F’ 2-10-0s were one of the most impressive of the Riddles Standard designs and the last was built in March 1960 - 92220 Evening Star. MIKE WILD looks to the Bachmann model and shows how a twin speaker setup can be added together with stay alive and firebox flicker.

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Hornby Magazine’s historical writer EVAN GREEN-HUGHES offers an insight into his railway interests past and present.

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Freightliner’s green machines

Having covered first-generation BR diesels last month, TIM SHACKLETON moves forward in time to point camera and airbrush at Freightliner’s sizeable fleet of EMD Class 66s.