Reviews: 'OO' gauge

'OO' gauge model reviews

HM169 Bachmann 4-BEP EMU Review Premium

Electric buffet

Bachmann's new ‘OO’ gauge 4-BEP Electric Multiple Unit is here, completing another important Southern Electric milestone. MARK CHIVERS casts his eye over this long-awaited new release.

HM169 Hornby GBL van Review Premium

Hornby renews the GBL

Hornby has replaced its ageing Tri-ang heritage model of the Southern Railway Gangwayed Bogie Luggage van with a brand-new tooling. GRAHAM MUSPRATT inspects this 2021 product range item.

Hornby Merchant Navy Review Premium

Wartime black for Hornby ‘MN’

Arriving hot on the heels of BR lined blue ‘Merchant Navy’ 35024 East Asiatic Company (HM168) is 21C7 Aberdeen Commonwealth in the altogether more austere SR wartime black. It was announced as part of the Hornby 2019 range announcement.

Hornby Peckett B2 0-6-0ST Review Premium

New Peckett 'B2s' arrive

The charming Peckett ‘B2’ 0-6-0ST is back from Hornby with a pair of new livery choices arriving in the shops during May. One of those is Port of Bristol Authority lined green 1264 Henry (Cat No. R3871).

HM169 KMRC LSWR road van Review Premium

Kernow's LSWR Road Vans

The latest exclusive product to be created by Kernow Model Rail Centre is the LSWR Road Van for ‘OO’ gauge. MARK CHIVERS inspects this new release ahead of delivery in July.

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Hornby Maglight lighting system

Following the release of its illuminated four and six-wheel carriages (HM164), Hornby has now released its bespoke magnetic LED lighting system as a standalone unit.

Natural Scenics track underlay Review Premium

Natural Scenics track underlay

Natural Scenics has added a new range of foam track underlay pieces to its range of ‘OO’ gauge materials and accessories. Manufactured from grey cellular foam, each part is pre-cut to match the geometry of the equivalent Hornby ‘OO’ gauge track piece.

ModelU signalbox interior detailing Review Premium

ModelU signalbox interior detailing

ModelU has added a selection of signalbox interior parts to its range of 3D printed accessories. For review, we received a selection of 4mm scale items for fitting out the interior of a traditional signalbox.

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Bespoke station signage

Pacific Models is offering a new custom service to customers wishing to create their own bespoke station signage in any scale. Prototype or fictitious names can be incorporated into the design, together with a choice of regional BR colours, for the background.

HM168 Coronation Scot carriages Review Premium

Hornby models the ‘Coronation Scot'

Authentic models of the stunning blue and silver ‘Coronation Scot’ carriages have long been wanted for ‘OO’ gauge. MIKE WILD inspects Hornby’s all-new set of models for this famous train.

HM168 Trains 4U Warflat wagons Review Premium

Wonderful Warflats

Trains4U has received its exclusive model of the PFB/KFA ‘Warflat ’ for ‘OO’ gauge. MARK CHIVERS reviews this new arrival.

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Blue 'Merchant' arrives

For the first time since 2017, a new version of Hornby’s sought-after Bulleid airsmoothed ‘Merchant Navy’ has arrived. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at 35024.

HM168 SMS terrace shop Review Premium

SMS TERRACE SHOP

New from Scale Model Scenery (SMS) is this 4mm scale laser-cut multifront terrace shop kit. This latest addition to the SMS range of model accessories and kits builds into a standalone terrace shop with rear porch.

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Gaugemaster ballaster

Gaugemaster has launched laser-cut track ballasting tool, suitable for ‘N’ and ‘OO’ gauge use, to its range of model railway accessories. Supplied flat-packed on stout laser-cut MDF frets, the parts build up into sturdy units thanks to their slot and tab design.

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SMS’ platform shelter

New from Scale Model Scenery is this 4mm scale laser-cut wooden platform shelter kit. Based on a North Eastern Region prototype at Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire, the kit is formed of laser-cut wooden components on three frets of varying thicknesses.

HM168 SMS Skate Park Review Premium

SMS Skate Park

New to the Scale Model Scenery (SMS) range of model railway kits and accessories is this 4mm scale skate or BMX park.

DMG lighting strip Review Premium

DMG lighting strip

DMG Electech has introduced a new interior lighting strip. It is designed for use with ‘OO’ gauge multiple units and coaching stock and this latest offering differs from many of the similar products on the market in that it is made up of individual LED Printed Circuit Boards.

DRM speedometer Review Premium

DRM speedometer

If you have ever wondered how fast your model locomotives are travelling, then wonder no more as this digital speed sensor should provide the answer.

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Hobby Trax CDU

New from Hobby Trax are these Tyson Capacitor Discharge Units (CDUs), suitable for use with all solenoid point motors. A CDU stores electricity on board to provide instant power when changing power demanding solenoid point motors.

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RETURN OF THE 'RAT'

The ‘facelifted’ Class 25 is the subject of Heljan’s latest ‘OO’ gauge ready-to-run model and fills an important gap in the market for a contemporary model. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at this new addition.

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BUFFER-FITTED INTERCITY HST POWER CARS

Hornby's high-fidelity Class 43 High Speed Train (HST) power cars sport conventional bufferbeams for their latest outing in BR InterCity ‘Swallow’ livery.

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GBRf RailRoad Class 20

New in for 'OO' gauge from Hornby in its RailRoad Plus collection with enhanced decoration is this attractive model of Class 20 20905 – and it is also being joined by 20901 in the same livery.

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Steady Aim is rock solid

Hornby’s latest steam locomotive to arrive for review is the follow-up to the Thompson ‘A2/ 2’ 4-6-2 (HM166) – the production ‘A2/3’ class locomotives. MIKE WILD runs the rule over Steady Aim.

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Kernow launches IZA

Kernow Model Rail Centre has plugged another gap in the ‘OO’ gauge wagon range with the arrival of Revolution Trains’ new IZA Cargowaggon twin vans. MARK CHIVERS takes a closer look.

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JSA COIL CARRIERS

The latest ‘OO’ gauge wagon release from Accurascale models the fleet of JSA covered and open steel coil carriers. MIKE WILD assesses how these super-detailed new arrivals measure up.

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Heljan delivers Class 86/0

The Class 86 has been a stalwart of the West Coast Main Line from its introduction in 1965, with numerous sub classes and modifications through the years. MIKE WILD inspects this brandnew version of the AC electric which models the class in original condition.

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LEGACY TRACK COMPONENTS

Legacy Models has added a selection of new 4mm scale track components to its range of accessories.

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SMS Sash Windows

New to the Scale Model Scenery range of model railway kits and accessories are these 4mm scale sash windows. Ideal for adding that finishing touch to kit or scratch-built buildings and other projects.

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BR Mixed Freight Kit

If you are looking to add authentic loads to empty ‘OO’ gauge wagons, then this new pack of detailing parts for the early BR mixed freight era from Geoscenics should fit the bill.

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Lineside Fencing

Geoscenics’ range of kits and accessories is bolstered with this pack of 4mm scale lineside fencing.