Reviews

Featuring
Thumbnail

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.

Review Premium

TRAINSPORTER STORAGE SOLUTIONS

If you are looking for a durable container to store or transport locomotives and rolling stock to/from exhibitions, Trainsporters’ collection of stock boxes for ‘OO’ and ‘O’ may have the solution.

Review Premium

DCC Concepts servicing cradles

DCC Concepts’ new range of servicing cradles are designed with the ‘OO’ gauge modeller in mind. The range comprises hard foam cradles 240mm, 340mm, 440mm and 540mm long.

Review Premium

Deltics at King’s Cross jigsaw

If you are looking for a gift that will last beyond Christmas, then this 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle from James Green featuring iconic motive power from the East Coast Main Line (ECML) may just be the answer.

Review Premium

WCML Locomotive Haulage

This latest book from Key Publishing looks in some depth at locomotive hauled trains on the West Coast Main Line (WCML).

Review Premium

Modelling BR Parcels and Mail Trains

New from Key Publishing is this latest volume in the Modeller’s Guide series, detailing how to model British Rail parcels and mail trains.

Review Premium

Bahamas Locomotive Society Vintage Steam Calendar

The Bahamas Locomotive Society has released its annual Vintage Steam Calendar in support of the continued operation of Stanier ‘Jubilee’ 45596 Bahamas and the group’s other heritage locomotives and rolling stock.

Review Premium

Welshpool and Llanfair Christmas card 2021

The Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway is helping to celebrate Christmas with a railway theme and the release of a brand new Christmas card for 2021 featuring the work of railway artist Jonathan Clay and one of its famous locomotives.

Review Premium

STEAM 2022 Calendar

As attention turns to a new year, this colourful 2022 calendar from STEAM - the Museum of the Great Western Railway in Swindon should keep you on track with a Great Western Railway theme.

Review Premium

Return of the ‘Clan’

Hornby’s BR ‘Clan’ 4-6-2 has been out of production for almost 10 years, but now it is back. MIKE WILD reviews one of two new arrivals for this autumn.

Review Premium

RAILS GAS TURBINE PIONEER

The British gas turbine locomotives have proved popular subjects in recent years. MIKE WILD inspects Rails of Sheffield’s latest exclusive ‘OO’ gauge model of Swiss built 18000 – Britain’s first gas turbine railway locomotive.

Review Premium

Coil A steel wagons

Accurascale’s new 21ft 6in wagon chassis has been put to good use with the arrival of the first ready-to-run model of the Coil A steel wagons. MIKE WILD reviews this new release and explains what they are.

Review Premium

Accurascale 21ton minerals

The latest coal wagons to arrive in Accurascale’s ‘Powering Britain’ collection are these richly detailed BR 21ton mineral wagons. MIKE WILD takes a closer look.

Review Premium

Locomotion Models ‘Improved Precedent’

The National Collection in Miniature just got bigger with the arrival of the exclusive Bachmann-made model of LNWR ‘Improved Precedent’ 2-4-0 790 Hardwicke. MIKE WILD runs the rule over this historic steam locomotive.

HM174 Bachmann Class 47 for OO gauge Review Premium

Bachmann’s all-new Class 47 for 'OO'

Following Bachmann’s surprise announcement in early August (HM172) that it had been working on an all-new ‘OO’ gauge BR Class 47 diesel, the wait is over and the first of the newly-tooled models are here. MARK CHIVERS looks over this latest generation model of the class for ‘OO’.

HM174 Heljan O gauge Class 47 Review Premium

Heljan's all-new Brush Type 4 for 'O'

The Class 47 is a hot topic for new releases this month with Heljan set to deliver its all-new multi-era model of the Brush Type 4 in November. MIKE WILD gets up close and personal with this new arrival for ‘O’ gauge.

HM174 Rapido Trains buses Review Premium

Rapido Train UK Fleetline and Guy Arab buses

Rapido Trains UK has released a brand-new model of the Birmingham based Fleetline as well as a new batch of its popular ‘New Look’ Guy Arab half-cabs for ‘OO’ gauge. MIKE WILD unleashes his bus knowledge on these new arrivals.

HM174 Hornby Class 66 66709 Review Premium

Hornby's MSC ‘66’

Hornby has released a new batch of colourful Class 66s for ‘OO’ gauge using its long-standing ex-Lima tooling including a selection of uniquely coloured GB Railfreight locomotives plus DB Cargo, Bardon Aggregates and Colas Rail Freight ‘Sheds’.

HM174 Hornby BR Mk 1 BCK Review Premium

More BR Mk 1 BCKs from Hornby

Hornby’s ever-expanding ‘OO’ gauge BR Mk 1 range receives a boost with the arrival of this latest pair of BR Mk 1 Corridor Brake Composites (BCKs) which follow on from the first pair reviewed in HM171.

HM174 Westhill Wagon Works scrap Class 45 'Peak' cabs Review Premium

Accessory review: Westhill 3D printed scrap cabs

West Hill Wagon Works’ growing range of 3D printed detailing parts and accessories is bolstered with a series of redundant diesel locomotive parts. Our review samples included two packs containing detailed scrap BR ‘Peak’ cabs and a pack of scrap BR Class 08/09/13 radiator housings

HM174: Westhill seat pods Review Premium

Acccessory review: Westhill 3D printed seat pods

New from West Hill Wagon Works are these distinctive 4mm scale 3D-printed British Rail circular station seat pods which are reminiscent of the type of stark bright red seating units installed at some stations in the 1970s and 1980s

HM174: Masterpiece crew figures Review Premium

Accessory review: Footplate Masterpieces

Master Piece has added a selection of new 4mm scale footplate crew for Dapol’s ‘OO’ gauge Great Western Railway (GWR) ‘Mogul’ and the recently-released Dapol/Locomotion Models/Rails of Sheffield ‘OO’ gauge South Eastern and Chatham Railway (SECR) ‘D’ 4-4-0.

HM174 Model Scene foliage Review Premium

Accessory review: Model Scene foliage

Model Scene’s range of scenic detailing includes an extensive selection of leaves and foliage in various scales including these 1:32 maple leaves and 1:87 bracken ferns.

HM174 Modelu railcar passengers Review Premium

Accessory review: Seated railcar passengers

Following the recent arrival of Heljan’s ‘OO’ gauge GWR AEC Railcar (HM171), Modelu has introduced two new packs of seated 4mm scale figures designed specifically for these models.

HM174 Devon's Railways Review Premium

Book review: Devon's Railways

With significant investment and recent improvements to the rail network in Devon, this timely release from Key Books reflects the diverse nature of passenger and freight operations on lines to the North and East of the county since the 1980s.

HM174 Highland Railways book review Review Premium

Book review: Highland Railways

This recent publication from Key Books looks at the magnificent scenic rail routes north from Perth through the Scottish Highlands to Inverness and beyond, reflecting four decades of diesel traction.

HM174 Lincolnshire Railways book review Review Premium

Book review: Lincolnshire Railways

New from Amberley Publishing is this picture volume covering Lincolnshire’s railways, reflecting the history of the once-extensive network of lines.

HM174 Main Line Steam Around London book review Review Premium

Book review: Main line steam around London

This latest book from Amberley Publishing celebrates main line steam operation on the rail lines around London since 1968, during the preservation years.

HM174 Railways of the South East book review Review Premium

Book review: Railways of the South East book review

Recently added to Key Books’ British Railways series is this picture album capturing views of locomotive hauled passenger, freight and engineering trains in and around Kent.

HM174 The Southern Since 1953 book review Review Premium

Book review: The Southern Since 1953

New from Fonthill Media is this collection of photographs and memories of the Southern Region since 1953. The book opens with an informative introduction from the author setting the reader up for a journey across Southern territory through a wonderful selection of photographs.

Oxford Diecast Land Rover Defender 110X Review Premium

Land Rover Defender 110X

Oxford Diecast’s range of 1:76 scale vehicles spans many decades and continues to reflect the latest car launches, including this new arrival – the Land Rover Defender 110X.