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Welcome to KeyModelWorld and Hornby Magazine. This page features all of our content from the latest and past issues, offering an outstanding resource of quality editorial from the Hornby Magazine team. Subscribers can log in to KeyModelWorld to view all our premium content, but if you are just visiting then there is FREE content for everyone in our News and Online Exclusives section to keep you up to date with the latest news and arrivals in model railways.

Dapol shows 'Prairie' progress

Dapol has revealed decorated samples of its all-new 'OO' gauge model of the GWR 'Large Prairie' 2-6-2Ts covering the '5101' and '61XX' classes.

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The BR Sulzer Class 45

For many years the Class 45 was the backbone of the Midland Region, and one of the most recognisable designs of the early diesel period. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES delves into the history of this solid but old-fashioned workhorse.

Dapol shows 'OO' gauge 'Manor'

Dapol has revealed the first engineering sample for its all-new 'OO' gauge model of the GWR 'Manor' 4-6-0 together with confirmation of the identities for its first production run.

Heljan's 'O' gauge 'Clayton' imminent

Heljan's newly-tooled 'O' gauge Class 17 'Claytons' are due with retailers shortly. Four versions of the distinctive centre cab Bo-Bo diesel are on their way modelling the locomotives through their short careers.

Hornby delivers new Thompson 'A2/2s'

Hornby's eagerly-awaited new 'OO' gauge Thompson 'A2/2' 4-6-2s have arrived with retailers.

VIDEO: Revolution Trains Class 92 for 'N'

Revolution Trains all-new 'N' gauge Class 92 is reviewed in full in the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM165, March 2021. Watch our samples in action on our 'N' gauge test track here.

Decorated 'Deltics' Debut

Accurascale has received decorated samples of its forthcoming 'OO' gauge Class 55 'Deltic' Co-Co diesels for evaluation by the company's development team. View them in green, blue and purple here.

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Mansion House

The hustle and bustle of South London’s railways in the 1950s is recalled by STEPHEN GRANT in this superb home-based ‘OO’ layout set in the era of Bulleid ‘Pacifics’ and third-rail electric units. Photography, Trevor Jones.

VIDEO: Weathering a Stanier '8F'

In the latest video from the Hornby Magazine workshop Mike Wild demonstrates how to weather the Hornby '8F' from the latest issue's sound installation guide using Lifecolor paints, and an Iwata Ecplise airbrush. Join us now for this in-depth video guide.

VIDEO: Hornby Magazine Show | February 2021

The latest Hornby Magazine Show is here on KeyModelWorld with Mike, Mark and Richard. In this month's show we complete Topley Dale's Diversion Route, bring you the latest news and profile the ever-popular BR Class 50s.

VIDEO: Locoman Stanier '8F' sound demonstration

In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine (HM165) we install digital sound in the Hornby Stanier '8F' 2-8-0 using Locoman Sounds Doehler & Haass 8-pin chip. Join us on Topley Dale for a full demonstration of the sound decoders features.

VIDEO: Bachmann's 'sealed beam' Class 45

In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine we review Bachmann's new 'sealed beam' Class 45 for 'OO' gauge - and our sample has been custom weathered and renumbered by Grimy Times for a unique finish. Watch the model in action here with sound installed and read the full review in HM165.

Building Topley Dale - Episode 1

Development of Topley Dale's Diversion Route is starting as the Hornby Magazine team start work on the scene by building a baseboard extension, laying sidings and introducing the ground work for a new quarry scene. Watch the video advert free here on KeyModelWorld.com.

Building Topley Dale - Episode 2

Topley Dale's Diversion Route is starting to take shape as we build the road bed, reshape the scenery and begin the footing for the scenery. Join us in the workshop for the second episode advert free for Hornby Magazine and KeyModelWorld subscribers.

Building Topley Dale - Episode 3

In episode three of Building Topley Dale we start creating the scenery around the quarry and road bridge using Woodland Scenics and Green Scene products. Join us in the workshop to watch the video advert free here for Hornby Magazine and KeyModelWorld subscribers.

Building Topley Dale - Episode 4

In the fourth episode of Building Topley Dale we continue the scenery on the Diversion Route by installing a Wills viaduct kit to carry the railway across a road and river scene. Watch the full video here advert free.

Building Topley Dale - Episode 5

In the fifth episode of the Building Topley Dale series we installed the Faller Car system around the Topley Dale diversion route while taking the scene forward to the 1990s with rolling stock from the final years of British Rail and the first years of privatisation.

Building Topley Dale - Episode 6

In the sixth episode of our Building Topley Dale series, we move on to complete the scenery around the bridge, introduce the river and create a rock cutting leading the railway out of the scene.

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Peaks ‘47

The Peak District in the final year of the LMS is the setting for SAM JONES’ ‘OO’ gauge layout, which faithfully recreates this beautiful area in miniature. Read the full feature here and watch our video tour with owner Sam. Photography, Richard Watson.

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GOING NUCLEAR

Nuclear traffic provides ideal train lengths for layouts of any size.TIM SHACKLETON looks at some simple techniques for weathering these short freight trains of recent years.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Stay alive with DCC Concepts

DCC Concepts has gone back to the drawing board to create its new range of stay alives using smaller components and a flexible system which allows for easier positioning of parts within a locomotive.

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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.

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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.

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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.