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Hornby Triplex Sound Bluetooth decoder choices

MARK CHIVERS

Hornby offers a range of Bluetooth-enabled DCC decoders for all budgets and purposes. MARK CHIVERS explains their capabilities and differences.

MARK CHIVERS

FIRST LOOK: EFE Rail SR Booster Co-Co electrics for OO gauge

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

The all-new EFE Rail model of the SR Booster Co-Co electrics has arrived with retailers. We met with product development manager Graham Muspratt to find out more about these fascinating early electrics.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON
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MAKING BUILDINGS FROM SCRATCH PART 6

MALCOLM BRIGGS

In the final part of his series, MALCOLM BRIGGS shows how to add the finishing touches to model structures to make them look as realistic as possible.

MALCOLM BRIGGS
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
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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
Hornby BR 2MT 2-6-0 for OO gauge Review Premium

The Hornby BR '2MT' 2-6-0 for 'OO' gauge

MIKE WILD

Hornby’s all-new model of the BR ‘2MT’ 2-6-0 has been a long time coming for ‘OO’ gauge, but it has now arrived with retailers. Mike Wild takes a closer look at BR lined black 78047.

MIKE WILD
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Point Motor Wiring Board

BEN CHURCH

Now available from Model Rail Electrics, this ready to use point motor board allows for both easy wiring for point control and additional functionality without soldering.

BEN CHURCH
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Station Porter with Churns

BEN CHURCH

With the growing popularity of ‘TT:120’, 3D printing is providing a comprehensive range of figures and details for the scale.

BEN CHURCH

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Hornby Tiger for OO gauge Review Premium

Tiger expands Hornby pioneer collection

MIKE IWLD

Hornby has released its follow up to the 2022 model of 0-4-2 Lion in the form of classmate Tiger. MIKE WILD inspects the latest early railway locomotive to arrive for ‘OO’ gauge.

MIKE IWLD
Sonic Models LNER A5 4-6-2T Review Premium

Sonic Models GCR ‘A5’ 4-6-2T debuts for OO gauge

MIKE WILD

A new name in ‘OO’ gauge ready-to-run has delivered its first ready-to-run locomotive – the Great Central Railway ‘A5’ 4-6-2T. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at this enticing new addition for Eastern Region modellers.

MIKE WILD
Hornby Triplex Bluetooth Sound introduction. Review Premium

FIRST LOOK: Hornby launches Bluetooth HM DCC and Triplex Sound

MIKE WILD

The world of digital is about to be turned on its head with the arrival of Hornby’s new HM DCC Bluetooth control system. MIKE WILD gets to grips with this new way to control your trains and assesses its value.

MIKE WILD
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Misselthwaite - the Yorkshire Dales in OO gauge

LEWIS BUCKNELL

To make the most of an inaccessible space in his new home, LEWIS BUCKNELL built a ‘OO’ gauge layout set in the BR steam era in Yorkshire - to evocative effect. Read our full feature here with exclusive Key Model World only video.

LEWIS BUCKNELL

VIDEO: Building a Diesel Depot - PART FOUR

MIKE WILD

Part four of our diesel depot video series is here as we take the layout another step forward with the installation of DCC Concepts ground signals, Layout 4U yard lights and full interior lighting in the main depot buildings to bring the scene to life. Join us for part four today.

MIKE WILD

VIDEO: Building a Diesel depot - PART THREE

MIKE WILD

Part 3 of our Building a Diesel Depot video series is here. In this part we continue by adding the backscenes, building up the ground cover, adding the finer details and introducing the first collection of rolling stock to adorn Natford TMD for its debut at Model Rail Scotland.

MIKE WILD
Making Track 3 March update. Feature Freemium

VIDEO: Making Tracks 3 - March Update

CHRIS CLENTON

Peter Waterman's Making Tracks 3 ambitious project continues to make progress in preparation for its six week display starting at Chester Cathedral this summer. CHRIS CLENTON brings the story up to date with the latest update and exclusive video from the Making Tracks 3 workshop.

CHRIS CLENTON
HM189 Double Fairlie sound demonstration Feature Premium

Installing digital sound in the Bachmann Double Fairlie

JOHN GAY

The stunning Bachmann narrow gauge Double Fairlie has been a catalyst for new ‘OO9’ layout projects. JOHN GAY explains how you can upgrade the model to feature both sound and a stay alive for uninterrupted running.

JOHN GAY

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Latest model railway reviews

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Model Locomotive Crews

MARK CHIVERS

New to Modelu’s range of 3D-printed finescale figures are these twin-figure packs designed for Bachmann’s recent ‘OO9’ Mainline Hunslet 0-4-0ST/0-4-0STT and Rapido Trains UK’s 16in Hunslet 0-6-0ST.

MARK CHIVERS
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West Highland Line buildings

MARK CHIVERS

Peco has launched a collection of new ‘OO’ gauge laser-cut building kits based on structures on the West Highland Line in Scotland.

MARK CHIVERS
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Kernow’s GWR style platform shelter

MARK CHIVERS

Kernow Model Rail Centre’s (KMRC) range of exclusive West Country themed ‘OO’ gauge models is bolstered with the recent addition of a contemporary GWR platform shelter.

MARK CHIVERS
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Platform Water Crane

MARK CHIVERS

Another addition to Kernow Model Rail Centre’s range of ‘OO’ gauge exclusives is this Bachmann Scenecraft Great Western Railway (GWR) water crane.

MARK CHIVERS
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3D Printed Buffer Beam Detailing

MARK CHIVERS

West Hill Wagon Works (WHWW) has added a selection of 3D-printed ‘OO’ gauge buffer beam detailing packs for locomotives and carriages to its range.

MARK CHIVERS
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Rainbow’s Revolutionary TUA Tanks

MARK CHIVERS

A new wagon option is available for 1970s and 1980s modellers. MARK CHIVERS takes a close - but not caustic - look at the TUAs.

MARK CHIVERS
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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