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Hornby Magazine July 2021

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM169, July 2021. Highlights of this issue our first reviews of the Bachmann 4-BEP EMU for 'OO' and Kato 'N' gauge Class 800, Kernow Model Rail Centre's LSWR Road Vans and more plus John White's stunning model of Doncaster is one of three great layouts inside alongside step by step guides, inspirational features and more. Read the full magazine in PDF format here and check out our latest video content in the Video Features section from Thursday June 3.

VIDEO: Hornby Magazine Show | June 2021

SUBSCRIBER EDITION: The Hornby Magazine Show is out now and subscribers can view extra behind the scenes images here unique to KeyModelWorld This month Mike takes on expansion of the 'O' gauge test track with modifications to its structure and trackplan, plus we have a round up of the new arrivals which feature in HM169 and more. Join Mike, Mark and Richard in the workshop today for your exclusive first look at the Hornby Magazine Show for June.

Tractor gains traction

Accurascale has taken delivery of further Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of its forthcoming all-new ‘OO’ gauge BR Class 37 Co-Co diesels for assessment.

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'West Country' Special

Who says installing digital sound is hard? PAUL CHETTER takes on Hornby’s air-smoothed ‘West Country’ and discovers that installation of sound and much more is within the abilities of all modellers. This feature from the Hornby Magazine archive includes a brand new sound demonstration video featuring 34067 Tangmere.

VIDEO: Bachmann 4 BEP EMU for 'OO' gauge

Bachmann's latest EMU for 'OO' gauge is the Class 410 4-BEP. To complement our review in the latest issue of Hornby Magazine (HM169) Mark Chivers talks about the new release in this video feature.

VIDEO: Hornby 'Merchant Navy' sound upgrade

Our latest exclusive sound installation guide for KeyModelWorld feature Digitrains sound file for the Bulleid air-smoothed 'Pacific' - and you can watch it for free this week only during Bulleid week. Join Mike Wild in the workshop to find out how to install sound in this model.

Bachmann plans GBRf Class 69 for 'OO' and 'N'

Bachmann has announced that will be producing models of the Class 69 for 'OO' and 'N' gauge in an exclusive agreement with GB Railfreight (GBRf). The Class 69s are being converted for GBRf by Progress Rail in Stoke-on-Trent using redundant Class 56s.

Grafar Class 319 EMUs reach ‘deco’ stage

Bachmann’s newly-tooled ‘N’ gauge Graham Farish Class 319 four-car Electric Multiple Units (EMUs) have reached the decoration stage of the development process.

VIDEO: Mike and Mark talk Bulleid locomotives

2021 marks the 80th anniversary of the first Bulleid 'Merchant Navy' and 20 years since the launch of Hornby's current 'OO' gauge model of the air-smoothed 'Light Pacific'. Join Mike and Mark in the Hornby Magazine Workshop as they discuss all things Bulleid for our special celebration week.

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Buying guide: Bulleid 'Light Pacifics'

2021 marks the 20th anniversary of Hornby’s super-detailed ‘OO’ gauge model of Bulleid’s air-smoothed ‘Light Pacifics’, which has proved immensely popular over the past two decades. MARK CHIVERS looks back at this and some of the other significant releases across ‘N’, ‘OO’ and ‘O’ scales.

VIDEO: KR Models Consett iron wagons

KR Models has received decorated samples of its all-new model of the Consett 56ton iron ore bogie wagons. Join Mike Wild and Richard Watson in the Hornby Magazine workshop as they take a closer look at these samples on video.

Hornby sales soar to £48.5 million

Hornby has returned to profit in the year ending March 31 2021, reporting sales revenue up 28% on the previous year to £48.5million.

MGR Hoppers Galore

Accurascale has unveiled plans to produce the Merry-Go-Round (MGR) coal hopper family of wagons for ‘OO’.

Updated: Dapol 'O' gauge HBA/HEA hoppers

Dapol has added the 32.5ton HBA hopper to its ‘O’ gauge HEA wagon project plans, first announced back in 2014 and confirmed identities and liveries for the initial batch of releases. 

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Originally built as a through station, COLIN CHISEM decided to give his ‘OO’ gauge home layout a new lease of life by converting it into a rural branch line terminus. Read the full feature here with extra images!

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Hattons showcases Genesis coaches

Hattons has shown the latest pre-production samples for its 'OO' gauge four and six-wheel coaches. Join Hornby Magazine's Richard Watson and Mike Wild as they take a closer look in this exclusive video and photo gallery for Hornby Magazine and Key Model World subscribers.

First EP for TMC’s ‘OO’ gauge ‘G5’

The first Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of The Model Centre’s (TMC) specially-commissioned ‘OO’ gauge London North Eastern Railway (LNER) ‘G5’ 0-4-4T have arrived for evaluation.

‘OO’ 24.5ton mineral wagons due soon

The Model Centre’s (TMC) eagerly-awaited newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge BR 24.5ton mineral wagons are due for release imminently.

VIDEO: The Hornby Magazine Show | June 2021

The latest edition of the Hornby Magazine Show is available for all to watch now. This month we expand the 'O' gauge test track, bring you the latest model railway news, preview June's new releases and more. Plus subscribers can check our exclusive behind the scenes images in our Premium version of the Hornby Magazine Show.

Colour for Oxford ‘Pilchard’

Oxford Rail has received decorated samples of its newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge BR ‘Pilchard’ 20ton bogie ballast wagons for assessment.

KR Models announce Clayton CDB90

KR Models has announced plans to produce a 'OO' gauge ready-to-run model of Clayton's CBD90 hybrid shunting locomotive to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the railway equipment manufacturer.

Cavalex ‘OO’ MGR hoppers progress

Decorated samples of Cavalex Models’ newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge HAA/HFA/CDA hopper wagons have arrived with the company’s development team for inspection.

Hornby Pride models move forward

Development work on Hornby's collection of Pride-liveried ‘OO' gauge models received a boost in May with the arrival of a decorated sample of Class 66 66773 Pride of GB Railfreight (Cat No. R30023) for approval by the development team.

WIN! Hornby’s latest app control trainset

Hornby Magazine and Hornby Hobbies are offering the chance to win Hornby’s brand new iTraveller Train Set which features the manufacturer’s new HM DC app based control system, a Bagnall 0-4-0DM shunter, three wagons and a circuit of track. The closing date for entries is July 25 2021.

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It’s the early 1960s and the transition from steam to diesel traction is in full swing on the East Coast Main Line. JOHN WHITE takes us back to the heyday of Doncaster station with his fabulous home-based ‘OO’ gauge layout.

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Steel yourself

With the recent arrival of the JSA from Accurascale and BBA from Cavalex Models, TIM SHACKLETON adds to his huge fleet of steel-carrying wagons, noting how weathering effects evolve over time.

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The new Heljan Class 25/3 presented an opportunity to add extra functionality to the model as part of a sound installation. MIKE WILD installs a ZIMO chip into the new ‘OO’ gauge model with sound from Digitrains.

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Dawes Road

A switch of scale from amongst the smallest to amongst the largest led RICHARD BOOTHBY to build this atmospheric depot and station scene in ‘O’, set in the grimy 1980s.

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Railway Realism: Doncaster

Doncaster is synonymous with the word railway, having an extensive works and a large station, but had events taken a slightly different turn it might never have been on a main line at all, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES found out.

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Electric buffet

Bachmann's new ‘OO’ gauge 4-BEP Electric Multiple Unit is here, completing another important Southern Electric milestone. MARK CHIVERS casts his eye over this long-awaited new release.