Reviews

REVIEWS

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.

HM164 Bachmann Class 20 Review Premium

TYPE 1 REVISION

The Class 20 has been a long-standing part of the Bachmann ‘OO’ gauge range, but only now has the missing piece of the ‘Chopper’ jigsaw been completed – the Class 20/3. MIKE WILD takes a detailed look at this revised Class 20 which models the rebuilds completed fo r DRS in the 1990s and early 2000s.

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GBRf livery for Hornby Class 50s

The Class 50s have always been popular, but the repainting of 50007 and 50049 into GB Railfreight blue and orange in 2019 has catapulted the class to a new level of enthusiast attention.

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ARC livery for Accurascale tipplers

The highly anticipated ARC liveried version of the all-new Accurascale PTA/JTA/JUA family of bogie tippler wagons has now arrived, completing the first batch of releases.

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HORNBY SIX-WHEEL COACH DEBUTS

is jumping into 2021 with immediate delivery of its new collection of four and six-wheel carriages for ‘OO’ gauge, with a first sample arriving in the Hornby Magazine office just in time to make it into the review pages.

HM164 DCC Concepts Legacy Detector Review Premium

Legacy detector

DCC Concepts has launched the first in a series of new products under the Legacy Models banner. This intelligent little device is a detector which is simple to install on layouts.

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Natural Scenics pre-cut cork

Natural Scenics has introduced a new collection of pre-cut cork track underlay sections to suit Hornby and Peco set-track systems.

HM164 Gaugemaster Brewery Review Premium

Gaugemaster brewery is ‘ale and hearty’

Gaugemaster has added a collection of brewery buildings to its range of ‘N’ gauge Kestrel kits with a four-storey main building, boiler house and stores.

HM164 Busch sets Review Premium

Busch pandemic action sets

German manufacturer Busch has adopted a slightly tongue-incheek approach for a selection of topical ‘HO’ scale shopper action sets.

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Scale Model Scenery industrial ladders

New from Scale Model Scenery is this pack of 4mm scale laser-cut industrial ladders.

HM164 Gaugemaster Trigger Grip Review Premium

Gaugemaster spray can trigger grip

New to the Gaugemaster collection of modelling tools is this spray can trigger grip which is designed to assist with the use of aerosol paint cans.

HM164 Pacific Models Prairie numbers Review Premium

New identities for ‘Large Prairies’

Pacific Models has added a new customising sheet for Hornby’s recently introduced ‘OO’ gauge Great Western Railway ‘Large Prairie’ 2-6-2Ts.

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Southern Railway ‘Lord Nelson’ Class 4-6-0s

THIS latest volume from Pen and Sword charts the history of the Southern Railway’s (SR) ‘Lord Nelson’ 4-6-0s, from introduction in 1926 to their withdrawal during 1961/1962.

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The Scottish Region in the 1970s and 1980s

AS the title suggests, this latest picture volume from Andy Gibbs focuses on British Rail’s Scottish Region traction in the 1970s and 1980s

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The Blue Pullman Story

New from Crecy Publishing is this fully revised history of the eye catching Metropolitan Cammell Midland Pullman/Western Pullman Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMUs).

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BR: From Green to Blue

This new pictorial album from Key Books offers a fascinating insight into the transition from BR green to the new BR blue corporate scheme and aims to include the major changes along the way such as small yellow warning panels, full yellow ends and more

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Cornish Railways: St Austell to Penzance

New from Key Books is this second volume from Craig Munday highlighting the Cornish Main Line between St Austell and Penzance.

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Modelling BR Engineers’ Wagons

This latest 132-page modeller’s guide from Key Publishing explores the fascinating subject of British Rail’s motley collection of engineers’ wagons.

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HIGHWAY TONES

Here’s a great set of acrylic paints for diorama builders, with six colours matched to various road/track/building shades, from mortar to asphalt and concrete.

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KR Models debuts GT3

KR Models launched its model railway business in 2018 with plans to produce a ‘OO’ gauge ready-to-run model of unique English Electric gas turbine prototype GT3, and now it’s in the Hornby Magazine office for review. MIKE WILD pays close attention to this sought-after new arrival.

HM163 Bachmann 94XX 0-6-0PT Review Premium

Bachmann’s Hawksworth ‘PANNIER’

The final development of the Great Western Railway ‘Pannier’ tank is the subject of Bachmann’s latest ‘OO’ gauge ready-to-run locomotive. MIKE WILD pays close attention to this brand-new and ‘most-wanted’ new release.

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Hornby delivers Queen Maud

Hornby’s all-new ‘OO’ gauge Stanier ‘Princess Royal’ 4-6-2 (HM154) gains a new identity as 46211 Queen Maud in BR lined green with late crests, for its latest release.

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Hornby 100 EVENING STAR

WITH HORNBY’S Centenary year drawing to a close, the manufacturer delivered another of its special commemorative models during November with the arrival of speciallypackaged ‘OO’ gauge BR ‘9F’ 2-10-0 92220 Evening Star in BR lined green with late crests.

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BR green for Hornby Mk1s

Hornby’s ‘OO’ gauge BR Mk 1 carriages receive a fresh coat of BR Southern Region green for their latest outing.

HM163 Accurascale PTAs Review Premium

Accurascale Tipplers debut

The latest ‘OO’ gauge wagons to arrive from Accurascale are PTA//JTA/JUA bogie tipplers. MIKE WILD inspects these outstanding new additions for the freight sector.

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Dapol steps up with GWR ‘Mogul’

Dapol has been continually enhancing its ready-to-run locomotives with new features, performance and even finer detail, but its latest could be its best yet. MIKE WILD puts the new GWR ‘43XX’ 2-6-0 for ‘OO’ gauge through its paces to find out.

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Gaugemaster Green Stuff putty

Recently added to the Gaugemaster range of modelling tools and accessories is this Green Stuff modelling putty.

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More Modeltech Protrack rail aligners

Modeltech’s range of Protrack rail aligners (HM160) has expanded further with examples to suit ‘N’, ‘OO9’, ‘OO’/‘HO’, ‘OO’ Bullhead, ‘O-16.5’ and ‘O’ gauges now available.

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3D printed gas bottles

Small details can make a big difference and these 4mm scale 3-D printed propane/LPG gas bottles from Scale Model Scenery are a case in point.

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Cobra cable and terminal boards

Hobbytrax has added a new 25-way Cobra Cable and terminal boards pack to its rapidly expanding range of electrical and modelling accessories.

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Gaugemaster finger grip craft knife

Gaugemaster has added a new modelling craft knife to its range of tools and accessories.