Step by Step Guides

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Building a Routemex signal in 'O'

A new range of two, three and four-aspect colour light signal kits has been introduced by Routemex for 'O' gauge. MIKE WILD explores how they are built.

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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 basics

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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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.

Spring garden

With the huge range of off-the-shelf scenic products, HORNBY MAGAZINE sets out to show just how simple it can be to create an attractive miniature garden to enhance the background of a railway scene.

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Model railway heritage

A new permanent model railway centre is being planned for Ashford. CLIFF PARSONS brings the story of the Ashford International Model Railway Education Centre up to date.

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Heljan 'O' gauge 'Hymek' sound

In this exclusive online feature, MIKE WILD shows how a ZIMO digital sound decoder was installed into the latest version of Heljan's 'O' gauge 'Hymek' diesel-hydraulic.

Miniature garden construction

In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine, HM155 - May 2020, we illustrate how you can build a garden scene in 'OO' scale using readily available products. Here we present a full step by step guide together with a timelapse video of the diorama's construction.

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PAST PRESENT FUTURE

With 2020 marking a significant anniversary in Hornby Hobbies’ history, Marketing and Product Development Director, Simon Kohler, talks with MARK CHIVERS about the company, past, present and future.

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Freightliner’s green machines

Having covered first-generation BR diesels last month, TIM SHACKLETON moves forward in time to point camera and airbrush at Freightliner’s sizeable fleet of EMD Class 66s.

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Weathering BR green diesels

TIM SHACKLETON discusses the whys and wherefores of how first-generation diesels got themselves into such a state - and how to replicate this in miniature.

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ON THE RIGHT TRACK

Every model railway needs track. We offer our top tips for laying track so that you can build a smooth running layout which will work reliably on every use.

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Hornby's first 100 years

In this centenary year, Hornby has planned an exciting range of releases to celebrate the rich history of model railways that have carried the Hornby name through the years. MARK CHIVERS looks back at some of the highlights from its first 100 years.

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PCA weathering

Having looked at Presflos and Cemflos, TIM SHACKLETON turns to Blue Circle’s present-day fleet of PCAs, now operated by Freightliner in partnership with Lafarge.

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Motive Power Survey

BR Western Region’s motive power roster was extensive, incorporating former Great Western Railway prototypes as well as new BR builds and prototypes. We present a full survey of all the current and forthcoming WR locomotives for ‘OO’ together with listings for ‘N’ and ‘O’ gauge.

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SAUSAGES BY RAIL

Colourful advertising liveries are commonplace on today’s privatised network, but this wasn’t always so. TIM SHACKLETON builds a high-quality kit for one of the most distinctive and unusual vehicles that ran on our steam-era railways – the Palethorpe’s six-wheel van.

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MODELLING THE WESTERN REGION

Recreating the Western Region in miniature calls for signature items. MIKE WILD offers 20 top tips to help you get the appearance of a 1948-1968 period layout right.

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ROCK CUTTINGS

Rugged rock cuttings can make for dramatic and impactful scenery. MIKE WILD shows how you can create realistic cutting sides in simple steps using Woodland Scenics products.

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A new village for Knight's Hill

MALCOLM BRIGGS explains how he modelled Cornish vernacular architecture quickly and at practically no cost to create a new village scene for his ‘OO’ gauge layout.

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Autumn finale

Adding trees and foliage to a landscape adds height, colour and a sense of scale to a scene. ANTHONY REEVES puts the finishing touches to the autumn diorama to create a realistic vista.