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STAFF PROJECTS: EXPANSION PLAN

The opportunity to extend the ‘O’ gauge test track as the next step in its development was too good to pass up. MIKE WILD explains the changes and the next steps. Plus don't miss our Hornby Magazine Show video showing the expansion plan unfold.

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Staff Projects: Narrow Escape

Earlier this year RICHARD WATSON embarked on an extension to Hornby Magazine’s ‘OO9’ narrow gauge layout. Three months later the project is complete, for now...

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Staff Projects: Track Painting

Hornby Magazine’s ‘OO9’ narrow gauge layout expansion is fast becoming an idyllic scene. RICHARD WATSON shows us how he brought the track to life on the layout.

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Staff Projects: A Stone's throw away...

Hornby Magazine’s ‘OO9’ narrow gauge layout expansion is off to a flying start. RICHARD WATSON shows us how he tackled the first of the manmade structures on the layout.

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Staff Projects: Locked down with Topley Dale

Like many modellers MIKE WILD has been making the most of extra time at home during the recent lockdown to push forward with the Diversion Route on Topley Dale, but will our mammoth project ever be really finished?

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Staff Projects: Building bridges

Topley Dale has gained a third bridge scene with a new four-arch low height viaduct being built for the diversion route. MIKE WILD explains how it was assembled using the popular Wills kit.

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Staff Projects: Quarry Progress

Topley Dale’s new quarry scene has taken big steps forward this autumn and is well on the way to completion. MIKE WILD rounds up the latest developments and explains how the track and ground cover has been weathered for a more realistic finish. 

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Staff Projects: New frontiers

Its Yearbook time -and the Hornby Magazine team has been back in the workshop to create a brand new ‘OO’ gauge layout. MIKE WILD introduces the Great Central-set Quorn Magna.

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VIDEO: Topley Dale Quarry

Topley Dale is developing again and in the Great Electric Train Show Virtual Exhibition YouTube video Mike Wild shows how he is building and developing the scenery. In this feature we show exclusive images of the build so far together with the section from the main video on Topley Dale for subscribers.

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VIDEO: Building and weathering quarry buildings

Walthers' New River Mining Company plastic kit forms the basis of Topley Dale's new quarry scene. In this guide Mike Wild shows what goes into building this impressively sized kit as well as demonstrating powder weathering techniques on video.

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Staff Projects: Quarry Creation

The scenery on Topley Dale’s diversionary route is off the starting blocks as Mike Wild builds an American outline plastic kit as the basis of a new quarry scene.

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Staff Projects: Polarity switching

In the final part of his three-part garden railway series, MIKE WILD explains how he overcame a complex return loop situation while discovering even greater flexibility could be introduced with a new piece of trackwork and Digital Command Control electronics.

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Staff Projects: Professional paint job

Hornby Magazine’s Associate Editor RICHARD WATSON took the opportunity to have his ModelU 3D printed figures professionally painted by Claudia Everett.

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Staff Projects: Topley Dale developments

Hornby Magazine's Topley Dale is making progress again with the first steps towards the construction of a new quarry scene. MIKE WILD rounds up the latest additions to the 'OO' gauge test track.

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Staff Projects: Garden Railway Construction | Part Two

In the second part of Hornby Magazine Editor MIKE WILD’S three-part series on the construction of his ‘O’ gauge garden railway, he moves on to the return loop and development of the power system.

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Staff Projects: Garden Railway Construction | Part One

Hornby Magazine Editor MIKE WILD starts a new three-part series on construction of his ‘O’ gauge garden railway, Western Banks, by explaining how he went about creating a timber framed trackbed which can be used for any scale.

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Staff Projects: ‘Ere, STOP messin’ about!

With time on his hands and a stash of unfinished kits to complete, a small but significant building has reignited plans for a new layout, as MARK CHIVERS explains.

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Parcels Plan

A quiet weekend and the right mindset were the perfect combination to get an Ian Kirk ‘O’ gauge Stanier parcels van kit off the ground. MIKE WILD explains all.

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Staff Projects: Topley Dale scenic overhaul

Over time scenic materials can fade and lose their impact . MIKE WILD explains what he did to bring a fresh finish to the ground cover around Topley Dale station in this step by step guide.

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Staff Projects: Model me

At the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition MIKE WILD visited the ModelU 3D stand to be immortalised in miniature as a ‘Western’ driver. The results are in and he’s now at the controls of a pair of Dapol Class 52s.

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Staff Projects: Detail matters

With the long winter evenings upon us, MARK CHIVERS has been adding fresh details to his Southern Region Class 33 and 73 fleet including new numbers and etched nameplates.

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Staff Projects: Thinking ahead

Following a busy autumn season of projects MIKE WILD is already thinking about what to build next in both ‘OO’ and ‘O’ gauge.

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Staff Projects: On your marks, get set, go…

The Hornby Magazine team put on a special display of four layouts in four different gauges for the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition in 2019, but one had only just been started at the beginning of the month. MIKE WILD explains all.

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Staff Projects: The great outdoors

A house move and a bare garden were all the inspiration MIKE WILD needed to begin building one of his lifetime ambitions – a garden railway in ‘O’ gauge. In this whistle-stop introduction, he takes us behind closed doors to reveal the early stages of the project over its first 12 months.