Step by Step Guides

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SCRATCHBUILDING LARGE STRUCTURES

ANDY GLOVER uses styrene sheet and strip to model an impressive canal side structure for his ‘N’ gauge layout with methods which can be used for 2mm or 4mm scales.

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FORWARD DATING A ‘MERCHANT’

Hornby’s original ‘Merchant Navy’ is a super model but it doesn’t cover all variations to the fleet. GRAHAM MUSPRATT adapts one of the first to enter traffic into its immediately pre-British Railways condition.

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COAL YARD DIORAMA

DAN EVASON

Coal yards were vital parts of many towns and villages. DAN EVASON concludes his three-part build by setting the scene.

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East Midlands repaints

JOHN PILGRIM

The latest purple and white colour scheme to be applied to East Midlands Railway rolling stock caught the eye of JOHN PILGRIM, who set about repainting a Lima Class 156 and Hornby HST power car in this bang up-to-date livery. He explains all in this step by step guide.

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Planning a garden railway

No matter what scale or gauge you plan to work with in the garden there are considerations to make a construction methods to choose from. Trevor Jones relays his own experiences and offers his top tips for starting out in garden railway modelling.

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A station for the garden

Trevor Jones’ garden railway features regularly in Hornby Magazine and continues to develop. Trevor reveals how he developed Whiteland station using readily available Bachmann, Gaugemaster and Hornby products.

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Bridging the gap

Many model railways can benefit from a removable section to allow access to a room. TREVOR JONES shows how he made use of a bridge kit to create a removable section with both form and function.

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Steel yourself

With the recent arrival of the JSA from Accurascale and BBA from Cavalex Models, TIM SHACKLETON adds to his huge fleet of steel-carrying wagons, noting how weathering effects evolve over time.

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PERFECT RUNNING

The best running qualities make a model railway more enjoyable to operate. TREVOR JONES turns his attention to getting the best from locomotives.

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CHASSIS REBUILDS

A handful of model types have suffered from failure of the metal in the chassis. TIM SHACKLETON looks at the problem of so-called mazak rot and finds a quick and simple way of countering its effects to restore your models to life.

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Coal yard construction

In the first of a three-part guide, DAN EVASON shows how to build a small coal yard diorama in ‘OO’ gauge using readily available laser cut kits and scenic materials.

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Britain’s Most Powerful: Gresley's ‘P2’

In the first of a series of special features highlighting the best of British railway engineering, TREVOR JONES turns his attention to the imposing Gresley ‘P2’ 2-8-2s by explaining their importance and showing their potential in model form ahead of Hornby’s new release.

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HEAVY METAL PART TWO

Less is usually more when it comes to creating effective weathering effects in the smaller scales. Having gone for broke with a battle-scarred ‘WD’, TIM SHACKLETON opts for the subtle approach with a further selection of heavy freight locomotives.

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GRAND CENTRAL Mk 4 REPAINTS

Grand Central’s short-lived plan to introduce Class 90 hauled Mk 4 carriage formations on the West Coast Main Line inspired JOHN PILGRIM to repaint a rake of 1990s era Hornby models. Here he explains his process for this ‘OO’ gauge project.

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‘N’ Gauge Heavy Metal Part One

Weathering in the smaller scales hasn’t always received the attention it deserves. TIM SHACKLETON tries different approaches as he weathers a selection of big freight locomotives in 2mm scale.

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GOING NUCLEAR

Nuclear traffic provides ideal train lengths for layouts of any size.TIM SHACKLETON looks at some simple techniques for weathering these short freight trains of recent years.

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3D printed ‘J69’

CDC Design’s 3D printed locomotive body for the Great Eastern ‘J69’ 0-6-0T was a temptation too great to resist for TREVOR JONES. He explains how the body can be used with a ready-to-run chassis to add character to a GE fleet.

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MOVING VEHICLES

The Faller Car System is a brilliant way of introducing moving road vehicles alongside a railway, and it’s much simpler to add than you might think. MIKE WILD opens up the Gaugemaster starter set to add a circuit to the Hornby Magazine test track.

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A ‘baseball cap’ for a ‘Royal Scot’

Sometimes, you want a model which is utterly unique, and as with many classes, the ‘Royal Scots’ had their fair share of modifications. TREVOR JONES shows how he converted a Bachmann model with unusual smoke deflectors.

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REPAINTS... FACT & FANTASY

TIM SHACKLETON brings a little colour into our lives by imagining what a DB Cargo Class 68 might look like.

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Modelling Stanier coaches

TIM SHACKLETON looks at some subtle but surprisingly effective ways of improving ‘OO’ gauge coaches from Bachmann and Hornby.

Digital semaphores

Using readily available equipment Mike Wild shows how semaphore signals can be brought fully into the digital era in just six simple steps.

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Before BR blue

The change to BR’s new corporate blue colour scheme didn’t happen overnight, and there were many variations. TIM SHACKLETON wanders into the minefield of blue liveries in the pre-TOPS era. 

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Creating a wagon depot

For a slightly different take on a railway depot scene, MARK CHIVERS builds Railway Laser Lines’ recently introduced 4mm scale laser-cut Wagon Repair Depot.

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Industrial canal 

Canals moved goods and raw materials in large quantities across the UK even after the railways were built. ANTHONY REEVES shows how to create a canal side scene next to the industry it once served.

Building your Low relief Grain Silo

Hornby Magazine and Scalescenes present a brand new 4mm scale kit for ‘OO’ gauge layouts which models a low relief grain silo. JOHN WIFFEN explains how to build this brick and concrete structure using the free kit print included with this issue.

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Building LNER ‘Quad-Arts’

The LNER articulated ‘Quad-Art’ coaches stood out from the crowd – and the arrival of a new 3D printed resin kit from Isinglass Models was too tempting to resist. MIKE WILD knuckles down to build a four-coach set for ‘OO’ gauge with a handful of modifications along the way.

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Resurrecting the dinosaur

In the year that marks Hornby’s centenary, TIM SHACKLETON unlocks the potential of some classic models from the last half-century.

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VIDEO: EFE Rail 'J94' sound installation

EFE Rail's first 'OO' gauge locomotive is the Hunslet 'J94' 0-6-0ST. In this online exclusive video we show how to install digital sound into the compact tank engine using a ZIMO chip and Rail Exclusive speaker.

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The changing face of the Class 59

TIM SHACKLETON sees a much-loved Lima model thriving under the Hornby banner – and shows how to make it even better with simple additions and weathering.