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HM165 J69 Feature Premium

3D printed ‘J69’

CDC Design’s 3D printed locomotive body for the Great Eastern ‘J69’ 0-6-0T was a temptation too great to resist for TREVOR JONES. He explains how the body can be used with a ready-to-run chassis to add character to a GE fleet.

HM165 Bachmann Class 45 Review Premium

Sealed beam ‘Peaks’ are back!

The overhauled Class 45 ‘Peaks’ have been a missing component from the modern era ‘OO’ gauge catalogues, but Bachmann is setting that right with the arrival of its Regional Exclusive versions of the Class 45/0 with ‘sealed beam’ headlights. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at this new arrival from Bachmann which has been much requested.

HM165 Class 45 Reality Check Feature Premium

The final years of the Class 45s

While many of British Railways’ early diesel classes were failures, the Class 45s were so useful that many were upgraded and refurbished to extend their lives, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains.

HM165 Hornby BR Mk 1 RB Review Premium

Hornby’s Restaurant Buffet

Hornby's growing collection of all-new BR Mk 1 coaching stock has expanded with the arrival of the new Restaurant Buffet (RB) in original and refurbished (RBR) formats. Read our full review from HM165 here together with video and extra images.

HM165 Rails Connect decoders Review Premium

Rails Connect DCC decoders

Rails of Sheffield has recently added a new selection of Digital Command Control (DCC) decoders to its Rails Connect range of electrical accessories.

HM165 Hobbytrax decoder tester Review Premium

HobbyTrax DCC Decoder Tester

Measuring 110mm x 80mm, this useful DCC tool features a PCB base with rubber grommet style supports and a series of linked components including LEDs, resistors and the relevant decoder sockets.

HM165 Revolution Trains Class 92 Review Premium

FIRST REVIEW: Revolution's Class 92

The Class 92 holds a special place in British railway history, as one of these dual voltage electrics hauled the last BR operated service before the start of privatisation in November 1997. Now the class has been immortalised in ‘N’ gauge by Revolution Trains. Could it be the best ready-to-run model for ‘N’ gauge yet? MIKE WILD finds out.

HM165 Flangeway Salmon Review Premium

Flangeway ‘Salmons’

Engineering wagons have always been well-received and this new release from Flangeway delivers a missing link from the departmental fleet – the ‘Salmon’ 62ft rail carrier. MIKE WILD explains their purpose and inspects this new arrival.

HM165 Power Points Review Premium

Legacy Power-Points

New from DCC Concepts’ sister company, Legacy Models, are Legacy PowerPoints. Similar in appearance to the parent company’s original baseboard alignment dowels (HM128), these clever PowerPoint examples incorporate electrical connections.

HM165 Brimal Components Review Premium

Brimal universal connections aid wiring

Brimal Components has added a useful universal wire termination board to its range of electrical components and modelling aids.

HM165 Pacific Models 'Mogul' numbers Review Premium

Pacific Models ‘Mogul’ numbers

Extending its range of customisation sheets for ready-to-run models, Pacific Models has issued a set of replacement 4mm scale cabside and smokebox numberplates for Dapol’s recently introduced ‘OO’ gauge GWR ‘43XX’ 2-6-0s.

HM165 Hobbytrax corner clamps Review Premium

HobbyTrax magnetic corner clamps

HobbyTrax has added magnetic corner clamps to its range of modelling tools. These 3D printed clamps are ideal for building models of all shapes and sizes from a range of materials.

HM165 Deluxe Materials Carbon Fibre Review Premium

Deluxe Materials carbon fibre

Deluxe Materials’ extensive range of adhesives and modelling materials includes these useful packs of carbon fibre mat and carbon fibre tissue.

HM165 Supercast figures Review Premium

Supercast Stephenson

Mike Pett’s 4mm scale Supercast range of white metal accessories is bolstered with a new statue of Victorian railway engineer Robert Stephenson and a standalone church priest figure.

HM165 Railways of Oxford Review Premium

Railways of Oxford book review

Oxford's rail scene has undergone significant transformation in recent years with the introduction of a new route to London Marylebone together with new Intercity Express Trains on London Paddington services as well as infrastructure and signal upgrades.

HM165 Book Review Review Premium

Impermanent Ways - Volume 15

Continuing the Impermanent Ways series of books is this latest volume taking a somewhat broader approach to the usual focus on disused lines and stations of yesteryear in specific areas.

HM165 Western book review Review Premium

Western Class Locomotives - A Tribute

This latest picture volume from Key Books offers a lasting tribute to BR’s much-loved Type 4 ‘Western’ C-C diesel-hydraulics.

HM165 Hoppers book review Review Premium

The Hoppers - Limestone Traffic

Limestone traffic from Tunstead Quarry in Derbyshire has long been carried by rail and this latest picture volume from Amberley Publishing charts its history.

HM165 Scotland's Railways Review Premium

Scotland's Railways in the 1980s and 1990s

Amongst the latest releases from Pen and Sword is this look back at Scotland’s Railways during the 1980s and 1990s through the camera lens of Peter J. Green.

HM165 West Country Railways Review Premium

Peter Gray's West Country Railway

New from Crecy Publishing is this splendid volume featuring the outstanding colour photographic collection amassed by the late Peter Gray, which is now in the care of the Great Western Trust at Didcot.

HM165 Stanier 8F sound installation Feature Premium

STANIER SOUNDS

The ‘8F’ 2-8-0 has a purposeful and exhilarating bark which Locoman Sounds has replicated on the Doehler & Haass decoder suite. In this step by step guide, MIKE WILD upgrades Hornby’s Stanier ‘8F’ with sound, stay alive and firebox flicker using a D&H 8-pin chip.

HM165 Thanecroft Junction Feature Premium

Thanecroft Junction

DAVID WHITE set out to capture some of the magic and mystique of Ireland’s railways in 4mm scale. His marvellous home-based layout is the result, and he describes some of the flavour of the Emerald Isle. Photography, Mike Bisset.

HM165 Railway Realism Feature Premium

Nuclear Trains

Spent nuclear material being moved by rail generates much criticism from environmentalists despite its impeccable safety record, but it also generates a substantial income. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES finds out more.

Building Topley Dale Feature Premium

Staff Projects: Locked down with Topley Dale

Like many modellers MIKE WILD has been making the most of extra time at home during the recent lockdown to push forward with the Diversion Route on Topley Dale, but will our mammoth project ever be really finished?

HM165 PDF reader Feature Premium

Hornby Magazine March 2021

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM165, March 2021. Highlights of this issue include the first report on Accurascale's new 'OO' gauge model of the GWR 'Manor' 4-6-0, a first look at Hornby's new Ruston 88DS full reviews of the latest models, five featured layouts, step by step guides and more. Read the full magazine in PDF format here and check out our latest video content in the Video Features section.

All-new Class 20 leads Bachmann Announcements

Bachmann has unveiled its Spring 2021 British Model Railway Announcements with news of an all-new BR Class 20/0 diesel for 'OO' together with tooling revisions for its 'OO' gauge GWR 'Modified Hall' 4-6-0 and a raft of new liveries on existing models across its 'OO' and 'N' gauge ranges.

Hattons shows latest Genesis samples

New engineering samples for the collection of Genesis four and six-wheel carriages have been received by Hattons Model Railways for evaluation.

Cavalex 'OO' MGR EPs arrive

First Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of Cavalex Models' forthcoming 'OO' gauge Merry-Go-Round (MGR) hopper wagons have arrived for assessment by the development team.

Wills' materials range expands

Scenic kit and materials specialist Wills has added the first in a series of new embossed plastic sheet packs with the release of its slate walling (Cat No. SSMP 232).

Decorated Darstaed Thompson EP breaks through

Ellis Clark Trains has received a factory-decorated Engineering Prototype (EP) sample of Darstaed's forthcoming finescale 'O' gauge Thompson carriages, for evaluation.