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Read all the latest product reviews from the Hornby Magazine team covering 'OO', 'N' and 'O' gauge as well as a broad spectrum of model eras and product types. Plus, look out for the Video tag for feature videos included within reviews as well as the Hornby Magazine Express Video tag for our quick overview videos.

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Bachmann releases 2-HAP EMU

Southern Region electric modellers will soon be able to expand their BR era unit fleet with the arrival of Bachmann’s all-new model of the Class 414 2-HAP two-car units. MIKE WILD inspects this new arrival for third-rail electric layouts in ‘OO’ gauge.

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Cavalex BBA bogie steel wagon

Cavalex Models has delivered its second ‘OO’ gauge wagon project with the arrival of the BBA 75tonne bogie steel wagons. More than 500 of these 50ft long bogie steel-carrying wagons were built between 1973 and 1981.

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Graham Farish MK 2Fs

BACHMANN’S enticing new ‘N’ gauge BR Mk 2f carriages touched down in the Hornby Magazine office during September.

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Irish Keg L iners, Spoil Carriers and Weedkillers

NEW from Irish Railway Models (IRM) are these standard 42ft bogie flat wagons in Guinness Keg Liner, Spoil Carrier and Weedspray train guises for ‘OO’.

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Prototype HST arrives for ‘N’

In 1972 the prototype High Speed Train (HST) arrived following construction at Crewe and Derby works. Now Dapol has released its sought-after all-new ‘N’ gauge model of this historic doyen of high speed rail travel in the UK.

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’N’ gauge CLASS 17 breaks cover!

The chance of an ‘N’ gauge Class 17 seemed to have passed, but through Bachmann’s new brand EFE Rail and Kernow Model Rail Centre, this once ill-fated model has been revived and brought to completion. MIKE WILD takes a closer look.

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‘J94’ from EFE Rail

EFE Rail is off to a flying start with new ‘OO’ and ‘N’ gauge products arriving in the same month as their announcement. A highlight for ‘OO’ is the revival of the ‘J94’ 0-6-0ST with an upgraded motor and DCC interface. MIKE WILD investigates.

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Hornby’s die-cast ‘Duchess’

Hornby has revisited one of its most soughtafter Hornby Dublo locomotives with a modern twist to create a new version of the Stanier ‘Duchess’ 4-6-2 with a diecast body. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at this enticing limited edition.

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Isle of Wight ‘Terrier’

Hornby's popular 2019 model of the Stroudley ‘Terrier’ 0-6-0Ts is back for a new outing and this second batch features a trio of Isle of Wight locomotives with extended bunkers.

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Midland Railway fencing

New to the Scale Model Scenery range of 4mm scale model railway accessories are these packs of Midland Railway fencing.

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More ’OO’ HOP24 hoppers from Accurascale

Following the sell-out success of its ‘OO’ gauge BR 24.5ton HOP24/ HUO hopper wagons, Accurascale has added another run of the popular coal carriers to its range.

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Accurascale PFA container packs

New from Accurascale are these ‘OO’ gauge 20ft British Gypsum containers.

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Date stones and house names

Small details can make all the difference and these new laser-cut date stones and house names from Scale Model Scenery are a case in point.

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Dapol’s ’O’ gauge ‘Turbots’

Modern image ‘O’ gauge is being served with the arrival of Dapol’s eagerly awaited 7mm scale ‘Turbot’ bogie spoil wagons.

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Bachmann delivers HKA for 'OO' and 'N'

NEW to the Branchline ‘OO’ and Graham Farish gauge ranges are all-new models of the HKA high capacity hopper wagons which were originally built for National Power as JMAs which were originally built in 1995.

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Modeltech ProTrack Rail Aligner

A new name to the hobby, Modeltech, has launched with a useful pack of baseboard rail aligners.For review we received a pack of standard ‘HO’/‘OO’ gauge ProTrack rail aligners, while alternative packs are also offered for ‘OO’ bullhead, ‘N’, ‘O’, ‘OO9’ and ‘O-16.5’.

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Hobby Trax 12v power board

Hobby Trax has added a handy 12volt switchable power distribution board (Cat No. 11445024) to its range of modelling electronics and components.

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OO Works LSWR ‘0330’ 0-6-0ST

The London South Western Railway ‘Saddleback’ shunting engine is the subject of OO Works’ latest hand-built short run ‘OO’ gauge locomotive. MARK CHIVERS takes a closer look at what it has to offer.

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REVAMPED CLASS 37/0 FOR ’O’ GAUGE

Heljan has been making the most of its back catalogue during 2020 with re-releases of its ‘Hymek’ and ‘Deltic’ which have now been followed by the original split headcode Class 37s. MIKE WILD inspects one of the five new versions arriving this summer.

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‘FIRST AND LAST’ HST power cars

MIDST a flurry of ‘OO’ gauge Class 43 High Speed Train (HST) power car releases, Hornby has issued this special commemorative pack containing the first and last-built examples.

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Hornby issues more KFA container flats

Modellers of current intermodal traffic receive a boost with the release of this pair of ‘OO’ gauge KFA container flats from Hornby.

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More containers from C=Rail

C=Rail Intermodal has expanded its range of 4mm scale containers to include 40ft x 8ft 6in deep-sea boxes in the liveries of NYK Line and Ocean Network Express (ONE).

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Stephenson’s ROCKET TRAIN PACK

FOLLOWING the sell-out success of its centenary limited edition earlier this year (HM154), Hornby’s standard catalogue release of its ‘OO’ gauge model of Stephenson’s Rocket 0-2-2 touched down during July.

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CCT gains RTC colours

Hornby’s ‘OO’ gauge London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) Covered Carriage Truck (CCT) gains a new identity for its latest release as British Rail Research and Development Division’s RDB975667 in Railway Technical Centre (RTC) red and blue.

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BR shunter’s truck

Hornby’s popular ‘OO’ gauge GWR shunter’s truck returns to the range in BR guise with Taunton lettering as DW94962 in BR dark grey. It represents a Diagram M4 four-wheel vehicle.

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BR Macaw flies in

Hornby’s long-lived 25ton Bogie Bolster A makes a welcome return as ‘Macaw’ 107402 in BR grey. It has also been released in GWR grey.

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White Rose Modelworks pre-built baseboards

WHITE ROSE Modelworks (WRM) is well known amongst baseboard manufacturers, and its products continue to evolve too.

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FFESTINIOG RAILWAY ‘BUG BOX’ COACHES

New from Peco are these delightful ‘OO9’ four-wheel Ffestiniog Railway Bug Box coaches.

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Hobby Trax pre-wired LEDs

Hobby Trax has introduced a new line of pre-wired surface mount LEDs in cool white (Cat No. 1144-5440) and warm white (1144-543) colours.

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Pacific Models EMU stencil numbers

New from Pacific Models is this sheet of Southern Region stencil numbers for Electric Multiple Units.