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Modelling ploughed fields

DAN EVASON

A ploughing scene makes an ideal corner filler for a model railway. DAN EVASON explains how he built this diorama which could be added to any steam era layout.

DAN EVASON
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WORKBENCH: Class 20 weathering – Part 2

TIM SHACKLETON

With Class 20s aplenty on his workbench, TIM SHACKLETON continues in his quest to confer a series of subtle makeovers to his fleet of ‘OO’ English Electric Type 1s.

TIM SHACKLETON
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Superdetailing Snowploughs in 'OO' gauge

ANDY WILSHER

Network Rail has a fleet of snowploughs on standby for the winter. ANDY WILLSHER shows how to super detail Flangeway’s excellent ZZA model in ’OO’ gauge.

ANDY WILSHER
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Weathering and detailing a Hornby LNER 'Q6' in 'OO' gauge

TIM SHACKLETON

Operating your layout with only a limited selection of classes is entirely prototypical – but how do you make near-identical engines look different? TIM SHACKLETON shows how you can do it through weathering effects alone.

TIM SHACKLETON
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MAKING A SCENE: Modelling river crossings

DAN EVASON

A ford crossing a river or stream could make an interesting and unusual setting on a layout. DAN EVASON shows how you can build one and bring it to life.

DAN EVASON
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Detailing Lima and Hornby RailRoad Class 31s

TIM SHACKLETON

With a bit of work and a sharp eye on costs, many older models can be brought into line with more recent productions. TIM SHACKLETON shows how you can transform second-hand bargains into smooth-running, good-looking models you can be proud of.

TIM SHACKLETON
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Model railway rolling stock detailing

MIKE WILD

How do you make the most of today’s stunning ready-to-run models? MIKE WILD offers 20 ways to enhance your models with readily available products and simple steps.

MIKE WILD
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STEP BY STEP: Installing Wills point rodding

Nigel Burkin

Wills Models range of point rodding kits are a simple and affordable means of introducing detail at the lineside. In this feature NIGEL BURKIN explains how the kits can be used in conjunction with a ground frame in ‘OO’ gauge.

Nigel Burkin
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Making buildings from scratch

MALCOLM BRIGGS

Creating bespoke buildings for your layout may sound daunting, but as MALCOLM BRIGGS shows in the start of a new series, it is far easier than you might think.

MALCOLM BRIGGS
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WORKBENCH: Class 20 weathering – Part 1

TIM SHACKLETON

The Class 20 offers potential for detailed weathering effects. TIM SHACKLETON brushes up on the basics of weathering with a pair of Bachmann Class 20s in 'OO' gauge.

TIM SHACKLETON
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3D printing model railway carriages

STEPHEN GRANT

As computers, software and peripherals become ever more advanced, increasing numbers of modellers are embracing the technology as a new form of digital scratchbuilding, as STEPHEN GRANT outlines.

STEPHEN GRANT
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Modifying the Hornby Grand Suspension bridge

DAN EVASON

Generations of modellers grew up seeing pictures of the Tri-ang/Hornby suspension bridge - but can this veteran model work in today’s high-fidelity world? DAN EVASON explains how he updated it to provide a signature structure.

DAN EVASON
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Upgrading Hornby’s veteran Class 90

MIKE WILD

Hornby’s ‘OO’ gauge model of the Class 90 AC electric has been around since the early 1990s and shows its age from the box. However, with a few simple upgrades MIKE WILD shows how he went about improving the appearance of uniquely liveried 90128 Vractverbinding in Belgian Railways blue and yellow.

MIKE WILD
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How to create a 1930s roadworks scene

DAN EVASON

Like railways, roads always need maintaining. DAN EVASON shows how to recreate a typical 1930s roadworks scene.

DAN EVASON
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Modelling Tyne Dock Class 24s in 'OO' gauge

TIM SHACKLETON

TIM SHACKLETON goes for a high-fidelity weathering treatment that squares with the level of detail on a matched pair of Sulzer Type 2s.

TIM SHACKLETON
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BEGINNERS GUIDE: Choosing a model railway scale

RICHARD HALL

Choosing a gauge to model can present a challenge. However, as RICHARD HALL explores, the ever-increasing ranges across multiple scales each provide their own strengths and benefits.

RICHARD HALL
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BEGINNERS GUIDE: Developing the grand plan

MARK CHIVERS

Developing your layout’s design is a highly rewarding part of the process. MARK CHIVERS offers a few hints and tips to help create that master track plan.

MARK CHIVERS
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BEGINNERS GUIDE: Top tips for a better layout

JONATHAN NEWTON

Some simple steps can maximise your enjoyment of your model railway. JONATHAN NEWTON offers 20 top tips to aid construction and reliable operation of your new layout.

JONATHAN NEWTON
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BEGINNERS GUIDE: Transform your layout

JONATHAN NEWTON

Details can make a very real difference to a layout, transforming it from a train set to a model railway. JONATHAN NEWTON examines the options.

JONATHAN NEWTON
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Weathering Diesel Brake Tenders in 'OO' gauge

TIM COOPER

With a new selection of Key Publishing’s exclusive ‘OO’ gauge diesel brake tender now available, TIM COOPER shows how some gentle weathering can really bring this model to life.

TIM COOPER
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Construction: Topley Dale station renovation

MIKE WILD

Platforms looking empty, tired signage or just needing a little maintenance. MIKE WILD offers 10 top tips to breath new life into any station scene no matter how big or small.

MIKE WILD
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Construction: Scratch-building in styrene

TIM SHACKLETON

TIM SHACKLETON demonstrates the basics of wagon building using plastic sheet and strip – what’s involved, what to use, how to go about it. Using ordinary hand tools and equally simple techniques, it may be easier than you might think.

TIM SHACKLETON
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Workbench: Quickfix canopy

MIKE WILD

Using a combination of kits, components and scratchbuilding, Mike Wild developed a canopy and building frontage to fill a void on Hornby Magazine's 'OO' gauge terminus layout Grosvenor Square.

MIKE WILD
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Construction: Building roads

MIKE WILD

Using Woodland Scenics Road System products and a Wills Modern level crossing, MIKE WILD shows how we added a realistic road scene to West Coast Cement.

MIKE WILD
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BEGINNER’S GUIDE: Choosing a location

MIKE WILD

Designing your layout requires more than simply building the baseboards and adding track. Hornby Magazine starts at the beginning and explains how to find the perfect location to build your dream railway in your own home.

MIKE WILD
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BEGINNER'S GUIDE: Building model railway baseboards

MIKE WILD

A baseboard provides a solid foundation onto which a reliable and enjoyable model railway can be built. Hornby Magazine explains its simple method for home-made solid top boards in simple steps.

MIKE WILD
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BEGINNER'S GUIDE: Model railway scales and gauges

MIKE WILD

There were once only two primary choices for the ready-to-run layout builder, today we have five to choose from with the recent announcement of ‘O-16.5’ narrow gauge models. HORNBY MAGAZINE looks into the options offering advice and guidance for the budding modeller.

MIKE WILD
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BEGINNER'S GUIDE Model railway layout designs

MIKE WILD

There are many different styles of model railway you can build ranging from circuits to terminus and through stations with different levels of operation. Hornby Magazine explores the main options.

MIKE WILD
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BEGINNER’S GUIDE: Ballasting your model railway

MIKE WILD

Careful ballasting of your track will add realism to any model railway in any scale. We explains the basics step by step.

MIKE WILD
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BEGINNER’S GUIDE: Connecting power to the track

MIKE WILD

Making your first connection from the controller to your track is the most important. Hornby Magazine explains the basics and how you can connect wires to your track neatly.

MIKE WILD