Reviews: 'OO' gauge

'OO' gauge model reviews

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West Hill Wagon Works Lamps

Adding those finishing touches can really make a difference to a model and these new 4mm scale 3D-printed London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) and British Railways (BR) lamps from West Hill Wagon Works (WHWW) will do just that.

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Scale Model Scenery Greenhouse

Scale Model Scenery’s (SMS) range of 4mm scale laser-cut kits and detailing accessories is bolstered with this delightful new greenhouse.

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Exclusive Rapido Five-Plank Open Wagon

B & H Models of Lincoln has taken delivery of a specially commissioned ‘OO’ gauge RCH private owner wagon by Rapido Trains UK, modelling a five-plank wagon carrying the livery of W. Grocock wagon agents, based in Gainsborough.

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Rapido RCH 1907 Private Owner Wagons

These all-new ‘OO’ gauge wagons model prototypes of which many thousands were built. BEN CHURCH puts them to the test.

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Laser-cut semi-detached house fronts

Building upon previous laser-cut kits from Peco, this new 4mm scale semi-detached house kit provides an easy and simple way to add some highly detailed houses to your layout or diorama.

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Peco Unifrog Y turnout

New to Peco’s code 100 range of ‘OO’ gauge Streamline track is this new Unifrog small radius Y turnout.

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GWR Skaledale Lineside Buildings

Two new 4mm scale Great Western Railway (GWR) lineside buildings have recently been added to the Hornby Skaledale range.

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FIRST REVIEW: Bachmann’s all-new Class 25

The BR Sulzer Class 25 is a must-have locomotive for 1960s-1980s modellers and a new choice is arriving for ‘OO’ gauge with Bachmann. MIKE WILD inspects the all-new ‘Rat’ to assess its qualities.

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EFE ‘Bloater’ Fish Van Sails In

Announced as part of the Bachmann Summer 2024 announcements (see pages 10-14), EFE Rail’s all-new ‘OO’ gauge Great Western Railway (GWR) ‘Bloater’ fish vans have arrived, filling a gap in GWR ready-to-run freight wagons.

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Hornby’s Steam Generator ‘P2’

Sound and smoke are now factory fitted with the arrival of Hornby’s steam generator Gresley ‘P2’ 2-8-2 2007 Prince of Wales. MIKE WILD takes this enticing new release for a spin and operation its capability in words, pictures and video.

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Hornby ZBA returns for OO gauge

Hornby’s ‘OO’ gauge ZBA ‘Rudd’ departmental wagon has made a welcome return to the range.

Rusty Rails railway engine blocks for OO gauge

Adding to the repertoire of 4mm scale 3D-printed accessories available from Rusty Rails is this underfloor engine suitable for Class 150, 153, 156 and 158 Diesel Multiple Units.

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Hornby’s all-new Stanier ‘Black Five’

The Stanier ‘Black Five’ was one of the biggest locomotive classes of the steam era and Hornby has turned fresh attention to this must-have mixed traffic 4-6-0. MIKE WILD pays close attention to this new arrival.

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Bachmann Collectors Club 08818

A GBRf ‘gronk’ is amongst the latest Bachmann exclusives. MARK CHIVERS checks whether its pulling power matches its looks.

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Banana Van Bonanza

Southern Railway banana vans are the latest additions to Accurascale’s rapidly expanding ‘OO’ gauge range. BEN CHURCH casts a glance at these ap-peel-ing new arrivals.

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RailRoad Class 101 returns

Hornby’s enduring Class 101 DMU is back, offering an important train for BR era modellers. BEN CHURCH sees if it stands up to present-day scrutiny.

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West Hill Wagon Works oil tank

New from West Hill Wagon Works is this 4mm scale oil storage tank which provides an easy to use set piece for any diesel locomotive era depot.

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GWR five-plank opens roll in

EXPANSION of Rapido Trains UK’s ‘OO’ gauge range continues with the arrival of its newly-tooled versatile five-plank open wagon. 

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‘N15’ completes ‘Big Four’ Centenary collection

The final component of Hornby’s ‘Big Four’ collection, celebrating 100 years since the 1923 Grouping, arrived in early April with the release of its ‘OO’ gauge Southern Railway (SR) ‘N15’ 4-6-0 741 Joyous Gard (Cat No. R30273). 

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3D-Printed Cable Trunking

Expanding on its impressive roster of line-side detailing items comes a comprehensive suite of 4mm scale cable trunking from West Hill Wagon Works.

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Rapido GWR ‘Mink A’ van

A year after the better known Great Western Railway (GWR) ‘Iron Mink’ vans arrived, Rapido Trains UK has developed its wooden-bodied ‘Mink A’ cousins in ‘OO’ gauge.

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RailRoad Class 101 returns

Hornby’s enduring Class 101 DMU is back, offering an important train for BR era modellers. BEN CHURCH sees if it stands up to present-day scrutiny.

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Ruston 88DS goes green

More livery variations of Hornby’s petite ‘OO’ gauge Ruston & Hornsby 88DS shunters (HM201) are now available, with the British Railways green example arriving for review.

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ModelU Cattle

Continuing the animal theme, ModelU has added a selection of 3D-printed farm figures to its range, including this pack of 4mm scale cows. 

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Heljan’s all-new Brush Type 4 for ‘OO’ gauge

The long-lived and versatile Class 47s are a popular choice for ready-to-run models with a wide range of colour schemes. Heljan has delivered its brand-new offering for ‘OO’ gauge - MIKE WILD finds out how it measures up.

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SMS Crowd Control Barriers

New from Scale Model Scenery is this pack of 4mm scale laser-cut crowd control barriers – ideal for creating a contemporary worksite, festival or rail replacement bus stop queue at a station.

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HM7000 Bluetooth Legacy Dongle

When first released last year, Hornby’s new HM7000 system provided an innovative new way to control your model railway by embracing the capabilities of present-day smart devices.

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3D Printed Rabbits

Hop to it with this pack of 3D-printed 4mm scale rabbits from West Hill Wagon Works, providing plenty of choice when it comes to incorporating these fluffy animals into a scene.

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EWS charter train pack

Hornby’s latest ‘OO’ gauge train pack is billed as the ‘EWS Business Train’ and models the air-conditioned Mk 2 carriages EWS repainted in the early 2000s for charter trains. The vehicles were used on railtours as well as on regular peak-hour relief services for ScotRail, operating on the Fife Circle route.

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West Hill ‘Deltic’ Power Plant

British Rail’s legendary Class 55 ‘Deltic’ diesel locomotives gained their distinctive nickname from their twin Napier ‘Deltic’ engines which West Hill Wagon Works has recreated in detail for ‘OO’ gauge.