Step by Step Guides

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Weathering buildings and lineside structures

In his latest modelling tutorial TIM SHACKLETON shows how restraint and careful observation are the key to convincing weathering.

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Resignalling Twelve Trees Junction

Hornby Magazine’s popular exhibition layout is in need of an upgrade to its signalling for future appearances. SIMON PALEY reveals how it could be resignalled with working colour lights to reflect prototype practice from the 1960s.

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Building YOUR FIRST Locomotive

Hardy’s Hobbies has created a range of 3D printed locomotive body kits which are ideal for beginners looking to cut their teeth on extra motive power. MIKE WILD goes through the process using a readily available chassis to power this slope-tanked Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T.

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One step beyond

To continue our celebration of Hornby’s 100th anniversary, TIM SHACKLETON looks to push detail further using quality aftermarket components and simple, easy-to-learn skills. Here he shows what you can do with a Hornby ‘8F’ and ‘Patriot’ to improve these under-rated Hornby ‘OO’ gauge locomotives.

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Spring meadows

Spring meadows small sections of meadow are a great way to cover bare baseboards. For this demonstration, a small corner of meadow is created. ANTHONY REEVES explains how.

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Brush painting

You don’t have to possess expensive equipment to get a quality paint finish. MIKE WILD shows how simple brush painting and finishing techniques can be used to paint and detail freight stock in all scales.

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NIGHT MAIL

The dark mysterious world of cross-country postal traffic is something that’s rarely modelled. TIM SHACKLETON explores the possibilities.

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On the road again

Train Truckers meets Scrapheap Challenge as TIM SHACKLETON improvises a rail/ road convoy out of a pile of cast-offs.

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Zero 1: Hornby's digital dawn

Hornby utilised cutting-edge technology for its Zero 1 digital control system in the late 1970s. MARK CHIVERS looks back at a revolutionary development which was literally decades ahead of its time.

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Building your first ‘O’ gauge wagon

The recent wave of new ‘O’ gauge locomotives has prompted new interest in 7mm scale modelling, but how do you start expanding your wagon fleet? MIKE WILD has the answer in Parkside Models’ simple to assemble kits.