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Cavalex Models OO gauge Class 56 model review. Review Premium

FIRST REVIEW: Cavalex Models Class 56 for OO gauge

MIKE WILD

Cavalex Models’ debut powered model arrived at the end of January. MIKE WILD takes an exclusive look at the first production versions of this highly-anticipated ‘OO’ gauge locomotive.

MIKE WILD

Accurascale reveals ‘O’ gauge 88DS decorated samples

BEN CHURCH

Accurascale has received decorated samples of its forthcoming Ruston and Hornsby 88DS locomotives for ‘O’ gauge.

BEN CHURCH
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Building a GNR tunnel portal

MIKE WILD

In the fourth and final feature following construction of our new ‘TT:120’ scale layout Twelvemill Bridge, MIKE WILD explains the techniques used to build our exclusive GNR tunnel portal kits.

MIKE WILD

Sydenham station joins exclusive laser-cut collection

Mike Wild.

The laser-cut kit for Sydenham station featured in Pete Waterman’s Little Trains and Big Names with Status Quo lead singer Francis Rossi is the next kit to enter the Key Publishing laser-cut collection from PJM Models.

Mike Wild.

Model Rail Scotland 2024 Preview

MARK CHIVERS

Scotland’s premier model railway exhibition returns to the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow this February. MARK CHIVERS casts a glance at some of the highlights of this year’s show.

MARK CHIVERS

Rapido adds Bluebell Railway 'O1' to line-up.

BEN CHURCH

Preserved South Eastern & Chatham Railway (SECR) ‘O1’ 0-6-0 65 is to be modelled in a fictional Bluebell Railway livery by Rapido Trains in ‘OO’ gauge.

BEN CHURCH
Locoman Sounds GWR Manor sound demonstration video. Feature Premium

Speaker upgrade for the Accurascale ‘Manor’

MIKE WILD

Accurascale’s GWR ‘Manor’ 4-6-0 is a superb model, but it left room for improvement in the speaker setup. MIKE WILD shows how he fitted Locoman Sounds’ latest profile for these two-cylinder locomotives together with a speaker upgrade.

MIKE WILD
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Beattie Well Tank Crew

MARK CHIVERS

MODELU has further expanded its range of engine crew designed for specific classes with this new pack for the diminutive LSWR ’0298’2-4-0WT in ‘OO’ gauge.

MARK CHIVERS

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Latest model railway videos

Hornby TT:120 scale Gresley A4 4468 Mallard with TXS sound Review Premium

Mallard arrives with sound for ‘TT:120’

MIKE WILD

The most famous Gresley ‘A4’ 4-6-2 is now available in ‘TT:120’ scale with factory fitted sound following the arrival of world speed record holder 4468 Mallard in LNER garter blue with valances.

MIKE WILD
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Halifax and the Calder Valley in the LMS era

PHILIP WADDINGTON

PHILIP WADDINGTON drew inspiration from West Yorkshire to recreate a pre-Grouping slice of nostalgia in ‘OO’ gauge, focused on the famous Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway.

PHILIP WADDINGTON
Heljan Class 45 ZIMO sound installation guide for OO gauge. Feature Premium

Earth moving sound for the Heljan ‘Peak’

MIKE WILD

First released a year ago, Heljan’s new ‘OO’ Class 45 can be upgraded to feature a powerful Earth Mover speaker with digital sound. MIKE WILD explains how.

MIKE WILD

VIDEO: Building a TT:120 Model Railway Part Four | Detailing

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

In the fourth and final part of our brand-new Building a TT:120 Model Railway we focus on adding detail to the layout including figures, fencing, bushes, track weathering and more. Part four is available exclusively to Key Model World Subscribers. Watch the trailer below and sign up to watch the full series.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON
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New Dalby - Research Division

ANDREW PORTER

Network Rail’s Leicestershire-based test track inspired ANDREW PORTER to capture the spirit of innovation in his fabulous ‘N’ gauge layout. Watch our video trailer below and sign up or sign in to watch the full layout tour video.

ANDREW PORTER

VIDEO: Building a TT:120 Model Railway Part Three | Ground cover

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

Exclusive to Key Model World Premium Subscribers, the third-part of our new series following construction of our new 'TT:120' scale layout Twelvemill Bridge is a detailed look at ground cover. Join the team to find out how they transform the bare landscape.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

Building a TT:120 Model Railway Part Two | Landscaping

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

Part Two of our new Building a 'TT:120' Model Railway is out now. In this episode we focus on ballasting the track and building the landscape to prepare the layout for its scenic ground cover in Part Three. Watch it today for FREE when you sign up for a free Member account.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

NEW SERIES: Building a TT:120 Model Railway | PART ONE

MIKE WILD

Part one of our brand-new modelling series is available now! In this new series we tackle construction of a 'TT:120' scale model railway using the latest products for this new scale in the British modelling market, starting with construction of the baseboards, platforms and laying the track.

MIKE WILD

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Latest model railway reviews

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HRA Bogie Hopper Wagons

BEN CHURCH

Bachmann’s recently announced HRA bogie aggregate hopper wagons have arrived, with newly-tooled models in ‘OO’ and ‘N’ gauge debuting together.

BEN CHURCH
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Hornby ‘Big Four‘ Collection: LNER ‘A1’ 4478 Hermit

BEN CHURCH

Hornby’s ‘Big Four’ Collection commemorates 100 years of these famous railways, with Gresley ‘A1’ 4478 Hermit flying the flag for the London North Eastern Railway (LNER).

BEN CHURCH
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Outstanding ‘OO’ OAA opens from Rapido Trains

BEN CHURCH

Rapido Trains UK’s all-new ‘OO’ gauge BR OAA open wagons touched down in the Hornby Magazine office in early December.

BEN CHURCH
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Heljan’s ‘OO’ gauge Class 57 returns

MARK CHIVERS

Heljan’s popular ‘OO’ gauge Class 57 Co-Co diesel returns in a selection of new identities and colour schemes. MARK CHIVERS takes a closer look.

MARK CHIVERS
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RailRoad Royal Class 67 67005 from Hornby

BEN CHURCH

DB Cargo’s Class 67 67005 Queen’s Messenger has the distinction of being one of two locomotives designated to pull the Royal Train. Hornby has recreated this prestigious locomotive in its most recent guise as part of its 2023 range.

BEN CHURCH
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Hornby Class 66 – The Green Progressor

BEN CHURCH

Hornby’s latest version of its former Lima Class 66 is GB Railfreight’s unique green 66796 The Green Progressor. The locomotive was painted in its livery and named to reflect its use on High Speed 2 construction trains.

BEN CHURCH
Graham Farish Class 158 DMU. Review Premium

Graham Farish's all-new Class 158

MARK CHIVERS

These stylish DMUs are the subject of an all-new ‘N’ gauge model. MARK CHIVERS assesses its execution and running qualities.

MARK CHIVERS
Rapido Trains Titfield Thunderbolt train pack Review Premium

Titfield Thunderbolt Deluxe train pack

BEN CHURCH

70 years since the film first debuted, Rapido Trains UK’s eagerly-awaited Titfield Thunderbolt train packs representing the iconic 1953 Ealing comedy have arrived.

BEN CHURCH

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