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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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DCC Power Bus Terminator

BEN CHURCH

A further addition to the Hobby Trax range of electronic components is this pack of Digital Command Control (DCC) ‘Spike Buster’ terminators.

BEN CHURCH

Staff Projects: Reviving Topley Dale

MIKE WILD

It’s approaching two years since Topley Dale was dismantled and put into storage, but now the layout is being rebuilt in a much bigger, extended form. MIKE WILD explains the first steps and the vision for the future.

MIKE WILD

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VIDEO: 1960s Weathering Part Two | Steam Locomotives

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON.

In part two of our 1960s weathering series, we go to town on a pair of Hornby BR '9F' 2-10-0s as we create different weathered finishes for a BR Standard and Crosti locomotive using readily available Lifecolor acrylic paints and introduce airbrushing techniques. Watch now for free when you sign up for a free member account.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON.

NEW SERIES: 1960s Weathering, Part One | Goods Wagons

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON.

Welcome to a brand-new series from Key Model World covering weathering techniques for 1960s era goods wagons, passenger rolling stock and locomotives. In Part One - FREE on Key Model World - we show you how to weather mineral, bolster and tank wagons in this detailed step by step video as we start our journey into the world of weathering.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON.
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Catherwood - Building Vale station: Part 2

GLENN JONES

In part two of our visit ‘down under’, GLENN JONES explains how he built the scenery of the layout’s extension in memory of fellow modellers, and how this atmospheric tribute to the Southern Region is finally complete.

GLENN JONES
Accurascale Class 37/0 for OO gauge. Review Premium

Accurascale Scottish 'Car Headlight' Class 37/0s

MARK CHIVERS

Accurascale’s latest batch of all-new ‘OO’ gauge Class 37 Co-Co diesels (HM192) have arrived, with the latest releases modelling the early Scottish ‘car headlamp’ style Class 37/0 variants.

MARK CHIVERS
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Flying Scotsman gains sound in ‘TT:120’

MIKE WILD

The famous Gresley ‘A3’ 4-6-2 is now available in ‘TT:120’ scale with Hornby’s new Triplex Sound installed from the factory. MIKE WILD inspects this new arrival.

MIKE WILD
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BUILDING A LEGEND: The Gresley ‘P2’ 2-8-2

Mike Wild.

Modern design methods and a brand-new facility are helping to shape construction of Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive in Darlington. MIKE WILD meets with A1 Steam Trust Chairman STEVE DAVIES MBE to find out how the mammoth project to build a brand-new ‘P2’ 2-8-2 is progressing in words, pictures and video.

Mike Wild.

Hornby Rail Charter Services HST bundle available now!

Mike Wild.

The Key Model World Shop range has expanded with the addition of an exclusive bundle featuring Hornby’s ‘OO’ gauge Rail Charter Services HST and five trailer coaches as well as Key Publishing’s HSTs Around Britain, 1990 to the Present Day book.

Mike Wild.
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FIRST REVIEW: Heljan’s NBL prototype 10800

MIKE WILD

Prototype diesels have been a popular subject choice in ‘OO’ gauge over the past decade, but it was hard to imagine the short-lived Ivatt designed Bo-Bo being produced. Heljan’s all-new model is here and MIKE WILD takes a closer look.

MIKE WILD

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Latest model railway reviews

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Bachmann Network Rail Autoballasters for OO gauge

MARK CHIVERS

Bachmann’s well-regarded ‘OO’ gauge JJA Mk 2 Autoballaster hopper wagons have gained a new colour scheme for their most recent appearance as an exclusive edition for Bachmann Collectors Club members. MARK CHIVERS takes a closer look.

MARK CHIVERS
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Accurascale 21ton re-runs for OO gauge

BEN CHURCH

Accurascale has added to its series of 21ton wagons with a new batch of its popular ‘OO' gauge MDO (Cat No. ACC1087-1089) and MDV (ACC1096-1098) open wagons, plus the new addition of the air-braked MDW (ACC1111/1112) versions.

BEN CHURCH
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Rapido Wisbech & Upwell Bogie Tramcars

BEN CHURCH

Modellers of the Wisbech & Upwell Tramway will be pleased that Rapido Trains’ ‘OO’ gauge models of these characterful vehicles are with retailers now, the first time they have ever been modelled in ready-to-run form.

BEN CHURCH
Accurascale Class 37/0 Co-Co diesels. Review Premium

Accurascale's Pilot Scheme Class 37/0s Arrive

BEN CHURCH

Accurascale has expanded its new ‘OO’ Class 37 range with a collection of new original condition scheme examples to complete the first wave of releases on the English Electric Type 3.

BEN CHURCH
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HobbyTrax Oil Dropper

BEN CHURCH

HobbyTrax has added to its catalogue of locomotive maintenance tools with this useful oil dropper, which dispenses a small amount of oil at the end of a very fine needle, with no squeezing required.

BEN CHURCH
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Mini Drill Set

BEN CHURCH

New from Amtech is this extensive mini drill set, now available from Golden Valley Hobbies.

BEN CHURCH
Bachmann refurbished Class 411 4-CEP for OO gauge. Review Premium

Bachmann delivers refurbished 4-CEP EMU

MARK CHIVERS

It’s back to the 1980s with Bachmann’s latest release. MARK CHIVERS assesses the differences in its new Southern Region EMU in words, pictures and video.

MARK CHIVERS
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Magnetic Dish

MARK CHIVERS

How often have you mislaid or lost tiny metal screws whilst dismantling a locomotive body? Well, this small magnetic parts dish from Amtec could be the answer.

MARK CHIVERS

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