Reviews: 'OO' gauge

'OO' gauge model reviews

HM164 Bachmann Class 20 Review Premium

TYPE 1 REVISION

The Class 20 has been a long-standing part of the Bachmann ‘OO’ gauge range, but only now has the missing piece of the ‘Chopper’ jigsaw been completed – the Class 20/3. MIKE WILD takes a detailed look at this revised Class 20 which models the rebuilds completed fo r DRS in the 1990s and early 2000s.

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GBRf livery for Hornby Class 50s

The Class 50s have always been popular, but the repainting of 50007 and 50049 into GB Railfreight blue and orange in 2019 has catapulted the class to a new level of enthusiast attention.

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ARC livery for Accurascale tipplers

The highly anticipated ARC liveried version of the all-new Accurascale PTA/JTA/JUA family of bogie tippler wagons has now arrived, completing the first batch of releases.

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HORNBY SIX-WHEEL COACH DEBUTS

is jumping into 2021 with immediate delivery of its new collection of four and six-wheel carriages for ‘OO’ gauge, with a first sample arriving in the Hornby Magazine office just in time to make it into the review pages.

HM164 DCC Concepts Legacy Detector Review Premium

Legacy detector

DCC Concepts has launched the first in a series of new products under the Legacy Models banner. This intelligent little device is a detector which is simple to install on layouts.

HM164 Natural Scenics Review Premium

Natural Scenics pre-cut cork

Natural Scenics has introduced a new collection of pre-cut cork track underlay sections to suit Hornby and Peco set-track systems.

HM164 Busch sets Review Premium

Busch pandemic action sets

German manufacturer Busch has adopted a slightly tongue-incheek approach for a selection of topical ‘HO’ scale shopper action sets.

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Scale Model Scenery industrial ladders

New from Scale Model Scenery is this pack of 4mm scale laser-cut industrial ladders.

HM164 Gaugemaster Trigger Grip Review Premium

Gaugemaster spray can trigger grip

New to the Gaugemaster collection of modelling tools is this spray can trigger grip which is designed to assist with the use of aerosol paint cans.

HM164 Pacific Models Prairie numbers Review Premium

New identities for ‘Large Prairies’

Pacific Models has added a new customising sheet for Hornby’s recently introduced ‘OO’ gauge Great Western Railway ‘Large Prairie’ 2-6-2Ts.

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KR Models debuts GT3

KR Models launched its model railway business in 2018 with plans to produce a ‘OO’ gauge ready-to-run model of unique English Electric gas turbine prototype GT3, and now it’s in the Hornby Magazine office for review. MIKE WILD pays close attention to this sought-after new arrival.

HM163 Bachmann 94XX 0-6-0PT Review Premium

Bachmann’s Hawksworth ‘PANNIER’

The final development of the Great Western Railway ‘Pannier’ tank is the subject of Bachmann’s latest ‘OO’ gauge ready-to-run locomotive. MIKE WILD pays close attention to this brand-new and ‘most-wanted’ new release.

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Hornby delivers Queen Maud

Hornby’s all-new ‘OO’ gauge Stanier ‘Princess Royal’ 4-6-2 (HM154) gains a new identity as 46211 Queen Maud in BR lined green with late crests, for its latest release.

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Hornby 100 EVENING STAR

WITH HORNBY’S Centenary year drawing to a close, the manufacturer delivered another of its special commemorative models during November with the arrival of speciallypackaged ‘OO’ gauge BR ‘9F’ 2-10-0 92220 Evening Star in BR lined green with late crests.

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BR green for Hornby Mk1s

Hornby’s ‘OO’ gauge BR Mk 1 carriages receive a fresh coat of BR Southern Region green for their latest outing.

HM163 Accurascale PTAs Review Premium

Accurascale Tipplers debut

The latest ‘OO’ gauge wagons to arrive from Accurascale are PTA//JTA/JUA bogie tipplers. MIKE WILD inspects these outstanding new additions for the freight sector.

HM163 Dapol GWR Mogul Review Premium

Dapol steps up with GWR ‘Mogul’

Dapol has been continually enhancing its ready-to-run locomotives with new features, performance and even finer detail, but its latest could be its best yet. MIKE WILD puts the new GWR ‘43XX’ 2-6-0 for ‘OO’ gauge through its paces to find out.

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3D printed gas bottles

Small details can make a big difference and these 4mm scale 3-D printed propane/LPG gas bottles from Scale Model Scenery are a case in point.

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LASER-CUT TPWS GRIDS

NEW to Scale Model Scenery’s range of model railway detailing accessories are these 4mm scale Train Protection Warning System (TPWS) grids.

HM162 Bachmann Johnson 1P Review Premium

Bachmann’s Johnson ‘1P’

The latest arrival for ‘OO’ gauge from Bachmann is the popular Midland Railway ‘1P’ 0-4-4T. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at this sought after new release. Plus we have two videos with this feature - one showcasing the model running on Topley Dale and a second subscriber exclusive explaining the sound fitting process for the model.

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Hattons launches laser cut baseboards

Hatton's has released the first of its new Precision Baseboards range of products, offering 4ft x 2ft baseboard kits in MDF and plywood as well as legs to support the boards. The boards have been designed to be as near as possible tool-free for assembly.

HM162 Woodland Scenics fencing Review Premium

Woodland Scenics board fencing

We have been excited to see the new range of ready painted fencing products arrive from Woodland Scenics since their announcement at the beginning of 2020. The new range comprises log, board, chain link, picket, privacy and barbed wire designs with our samples covering board fencing in ‘HO’ scale.

HM162 ModelU3D crew packs Review Premium

ModelU locomotive crew packs

Modelu’s range of 3D printed finescale figures has been expanded with a new selection of locomotive crew packs for ‘N’, ‘OO’ and ‘O’. These new packs are available for Western, Southern, Midland and Eastern Region motive power.

HM162 Murphy Models Class 121 Review Premium

Murphy Models Class 121 diesel

IRISH RAILWAY MODELLERS have a new choice of readyto-run motive power with the arrival of Murphy Models’ super-detailed ‘OO’ gauge model of the General Motors built Class 121 Bo-Bo diesels. These single cab locomotives were introduced to Córas Iompair Éireann (CIE) in 1961 and were originally known as the B Class.

HM162 Oxford Diecast vehicles Review Premium

New diecast delights

Oxford Diecast has delivered a fresh batch of newly tooled 1:76 scale road vehicles with the arrival of its Audi UR Quattro Turbo, Bentley Continental GT Sport, London EV Company (LEVC) electric black taxi and second-generation Mercedes Sprinter van.

Hornby Class 66 Review Premium

AS ONE WE CAN

Hornby's latest batch of wallet friendly Class 66s have arrived including this version as 66587 As One We Can in Ocean Network Express (ONE) branded magenta.

HM162 RailRoad Plus Class 47 Review Premium

RailRoad Plus Class 47 debuts

New in with Hornby this month is the first of its RailRoad Plus locomotives from the 2020 range modelling GB Railfreight (GBRf) operated Class 47/7 47749 City of Truro in its BR blue based colour scheme.

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Structure Gauging coaches

The ever-popular Network Rail yellow livery is back with a vengeance in the Hornby 2020 catalogue and amongst the impressive line up of 11 vehicles from the Mk 1, Mk 2 and Mk 3 ranges comes this pair of Structure Gauging Train coaches.

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Bachmann releases 2-HAP EMU

Southern Region electric modellers will soon be able to expand their BR era unit fleet with the arrival of Bachmann’s all-new model of the Class 414 2-HAP two-car units. MIKE WILD inspects this new arrival for third-rail electric layouts in ‘OO’ gauge.

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Cavalex BBA bogie steel wagon

Cavalex Models has delivered its second ‘OO’ gauge wagon project with the arrival of the BBA 75tonne bogie steel wagons. More than 500 of these 50ft long bogie steel-carrying wagons were built between 1973 and 1981.