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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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IRM delivers Met-Vic A Class

Accurascale’s sister company Irish Railway Models has released its first ready-to-run powered model – the Metropolitan Vickers A Class Co -Co diesel electric. MIKE WILD takes a detailed look at this new addition for the Irish scene which sets the benchmark for what to expect from Accurascale’s first British outline diesels.

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L&B LYN debuts!

MIKE WILD

Narrow gauge modellers are being treated to a brand-new locomotive with the arrival of Heljan’s model of the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway’s one and only Baldwin 2-4-2T. MIKE WILD inspects Lyn for ‘OO9’.

MIKE WILD
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Northern Rail ‘150’

The Class 150/2 two-car DMU is back in stock with Bachmann retailers with the arrival of two new livery variations –a GWR green set finished as 150216 and Northern liveried unit 150220 as illustrated by our sample model.

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Hunslet hydraulic

FIRST REVIEW: To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the N Gauge Society it has produced the first pure industrial ready-to-run locomotive for ‘N’ gauge – the Hunslet 0-6-0 diesel hydraulic. MIKE WILD inspects this enticing new release for 2mm scale.

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Ecofrets debut for ‘N’

The latest arrivals from Revolution Trains for ‘N’ gauge are these super detailed models of the FWA Ecofret twin and triple set container flats.

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‘OO’ Defender

New to the Oxford Diecast 1:76 scale vehicle collection and suitable for ‘OO’ gauge layouts is the new Land Rover Defender in short wheelbase format. This reimagining of the classic Defender took to the roads in 2020 and is becoming a popular choice for on road and off road use.

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Brassed off

Modelu continues to expand its fantastic collection of 3D printed figures with ever more interesting and characterful creations. Amongst the latest releases is this brilliant set of brass band figures which are available from ‘N’ to ‘G’ scale.

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Busch farmyard scene

A recent addition to the Busch action set series of detailing accessories is this calf-feeding pack comprising a pre-painted ‘HO’ scale calf and farm worker. The set has been designed so the calf appears to be drinking from the milk feed bottle.

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Dockside Walling

Gaugemaster’s ever-expanding Fordhampton collection of ‘OO’ gauge plastic building and structure kits is bolstered with the inclusion of this dockside walling.

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Cosmetic Fishplates

Scale Model Scenery has added a pack of cosmetic fishplates to its range of 4mm scale laser-cut detailing accessories.

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Humbrol Weathering Powders

Humbrol’s popular range of adhesives, paints, washes and brushes has been further bolstered with a new selection of useful weathering pigments.

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Old Wooden Sleepers

If you are looking to complete a recently repaired lineside or permanent way depot scene, these ‘HO’ scale old wooden sleepers from Model Scene will prove useful.

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Modern Billboards

Recently added to the Scale Model Scenery range of 4mm scale lasercut kits and detailing accessories is this pack of modern-era billboards.

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Model Scene Grass Tufts

Model Scene’s extensive range of scenic products includes a selection of different static grass textures including these useful ‘HO’ scale small grass tufts.

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PREMIUM ROLLING ROADS

DCC Concepts rolling roads are a respected part of its collection of model railway accessories, but now the specialist has introduced a new premium collection featuring gold plated rollers together with a new option for ‘O’ gauge.

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Door to door with DAPOL CONFLAT

MIKE WILD

NEW FROM DAPOL in its expanding collection of ‘O’ gauge BR 10ft chassis goods wagons is the Conflat-A container wagon. The first batch arrived in early July and the model is being offered with a choice of GWR and BR era liveries with and without BD containers as their loads.

MIKE WILD
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Bachmann steel bodied BOGIE THIRD COACH

MARK CHIVERS

NEW to Bachmann’s ‘OO9’ narrow gauge collection is this steel bodied bogie third coach.

MARK CHIVERS
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Mini Sanding Sticks

MARK CHIVERS

Albion Alloys’ range of modelling tools and supplies includes this useful pack of mini sanding sticks.

MARK CHIVERS
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DMG Decoder Tester

MARK CHIVERS

With the popularity of Digital Command Control (DCC) continuing to rise, DMG Electech has added two new DCC decoder testers to its growing range of electronic accessories.

MARK CHIVERS
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Peter’s Useful Spares

MARK CHIVERS

Peter’s Spares has expanded its extensive range of model railway spare parts with a collection of new ‘OO’ gauge replacements for Bachmann, Hornby and Lima products.

MARK CHIVERS
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Scenery glue

MARK CHIVERS

New to the Geoscenics range is this specially formulated ballast and scenery glue.

MARK CHIVERS
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Master Piece ‘O’ gauge figures

MARK CHIVERS

Following Heljan’s recently released ‘O’ gauge GWR diesel railcar (HM166), Master Piece Figures has forwarded a selection of suitable 7mm scale cast metal passengers from its extensive range for populating the vehicle.

MARK CHIVERS
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Heljan reboots the AEC railcar

MIKE WILD

A brand-new model of the final batch of GWR AEC railcars has been produced for ‘OO’ gauge for the first time since the Lima version of the 1980s. MIKE WILD inspects Heljan’s new release.

MIKE WILD
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Avanti West Coast Pendolino

MARK CHIVERS

Hornby's ‘OO’ gauge Class 390 Pendolino makes a welcome return following an extended break from the range.

MARK CHIVERS
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Hornby BR Mk 1 BCK

Hornby's all-new BR Mk 1 BCK was announced for the 2021 catalogue range earlier this year (HM164) with five models planned initially in BR chocolate and cream, BR maroon, BR blue and grey, BR InterCity and Network Rail yellow.

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Express Dairy 48DS

Hornby’s popular ‘OO’ gauge Ruston and Hornsby 48DS four-wheeled diesel shunter and Conflat wagon is back, this time in Express Dairy colours.

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Hornby ‘Terrier’ returns

Hornby’s ‘OO’ gauge Stroudley ‘Terrier’ 0-6-0T (HM143) makes a welcome return to the range as ‘A1X’ 32646 in BR plain black with Bulleid ‘sunshine’ lettering.

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More Class 33s for ‘OO’

The popularity of Heljan’s reworked modern era Class 33/0 from June 2020 prompted the manufacturer to make quick work of a second production run for ‘OO’ gauge. On the review desk is one of six versions which arrived with Heljan stockists in July and it models 33025.

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Second-series tender for Hornby ‘MN’

Hornby's expanded collection of Bulleid air-smoothed ‘Merchant Navy’ models has bolstered the off-the-shelf options with the arrival of 35017 Belgian Marine (Cat No. R3861) and 35029 Ellerman Lines (R3649).

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BR around the Derbyshire Peak District

This volume of photographs showcasing the work of the late Peter Gater, takes a nostalgic look back at British Rail workings in the Peak District reflecting the changing rail scene in Derbyshire’s peaks and dales from the mid-1970s to early-1990s