Staff Projects

The Hornby Magazine team always has a project on the go, from layouts to locomotives, rolling stock and buildings. Discover projects by Mike Wild, Mark Chivers and Richard Watson here from the past and present.

Hornby Magazine Staff Projects

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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: 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: ‘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.

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Staff Projects: Lighting control

A little extra detail can go a long way, especially in 7mm scale. MIKE WILD has been using the evenings to add a few finishing touches to his ‘O’ gauge ‘Western’.