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.

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BIG CAT SOUND

Digitrains has launched a new Class 68 Activedrive digital sound project for ZIMO decoders. Developed by John Gay, it offers an impressive audio suite from coupling and buffering up sounds to compressor, warning horns and notable engine transitions.

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TRS Trains water-based smoke generators

TRS Trains is a new name in modelling and is offering a custom digital controlled smoke generator and sound installation as part of its range of services. Interestingly, this isn’t using conventional smoke generators such as the oil-filled Seuthe type – the TRS Trains products make steam with bottled water.

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DMG Electech DCC Decoder

DMG Electech has introduced a new range of digital accessories including 8-pin and 21-pin Digital Command Control (DCC) decoders.

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HELJAN'S GWR RAILCAR

The Great Western Railway was amongst the first in the world to introduce self-contained diesel railcars for passenger services. Now the classic ‘Razor Edge’is available for ‘O’ gauge with the arrival of this brand-new model from Heljan – MIKE WILD investigates.

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BR wagon tarpaulins

New from Geoscenics are these wagon tarpaulin sheets suitable for ‘OO’ and ‘O’ gauge. Our review samples included 7mm and 4mm scale BR wagon tarpaulins intended for use on standard wooden-bodied open and longer ‘Tube’ wagons.

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MILITARY MATERIALS

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Diesel headcodes

Pacific Models has added this new pack of 4mm scale two and four-character headcodes suitable for BR diesel locomotives and DMUs.

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SMS lobster pot

Scale Model Scenery (SMS) has bolstered its range of laser-cut kits and detailing accessories with this new 4mm scale pack of lobster pots/creels.

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Sandstone Wall Coping

New from Scale Model Scenery is this 4mm scale pack of sandstone wall coping. Ideal for adding that finishing touch to a wall (up to 4mm thick).

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Dockside developments

New to the Gaugemaster Structures range are these ‘OO’ gauge dockside warehouse and dockside crane kits.

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LNER ‘A1’/‘A3’ACFI conversion kit

For those wishing to add variety to their fleet of London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) ‘A1’/‘A3’ 4-6-2s, this ACFI water feed heater conversion kit may fit the bill.

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A Transport Journey in Colour

Picture books such as this latest volume from Pen and Sword provide excellent research material for modellers aiming to recreate an authentic scene in miniature for a layout or diorama.

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Southern Electrics in Colour 1955-1972

As the title suggests, this latest offering from Strathwood Publishing features a wealth of Southern Electric traction from locomotives to multiple units – lots of them.

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South Wales Railways around the Millennium

This picture volume from Amberley Books focuses on the rail network in South Wales, from the early/ mid-1990s into the early 2000s.

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Last Years of the Deltics 1977-1982

Firmly focused on the final few years of Class 55 operation on BR, this new picture album from Strathwood Publishing presents the class as they were being replaced by InterCity 125 High Speed Trains.

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Oliver Bulleid’s Locomotives

NEW from Pen and Sword is this hefty tome dedicated to Oliver Vaughan Snell Bulleid’s railway career and development of his locomotive designs through the years.

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LSWR Drummond Passenger & Mixed Traffic Locomotive Classes

This new title from Pen and Sword is dedicated to Dugald Drummond’s passenger and mixed traffic locomotive designs from his time as the London and South Western Railway’s Locomotive Engineer between 1895 and 1912.

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Kernow’s Bulleid diesel

The pioneering era of diesel locomotive design is being brought back to the fore with Kernow Model Rail Centre’s impressive ready-to-run model of the Bulleid 1-Co-Co-1s for ‘OO’. MIKE WILD runs the rule over this exciting release.

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Kernow 1960s period Bulleid diesel

The third of Kernow’s Bulleid diesels models 10203 which has a number of differences to the first of these 1Co-Co-1s. MARK CHIVERS takes a closer look.

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Dapol's 'O' gauge GWR '57XX'

Dapol’s growing collection of ‘O’ gauge motive power was joined by this stunning model of the GWR ‘57XX’ 0-6-0PT in 2018. MIKE WILD takes a first and detailed look at this attractive product.

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Sealed beam ‘Peaks’ are back!

The overhauled Class 45 ‘Peaks’ have been a missing component from the modern era ‘OO’ gauge catalogues, but Bachmann is setting that right with the arrival of its Regional Exclusive versions of the Class 45/0 with ‘sealed beam’ headlights. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at this new arrival from Bachmann which has been much requested.

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Hornby’s Restaurant Buffet

Hornby's growing collection of all-new BR Mk 1 coaching stock has expanded with the arrival of the new Restaurant Buffet (RB) in original and refurbished (RBR) formats. Read our full review from HM165 here together with video and extra images.

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Rails Connect DCC decoders

Rails of Sheffield has recently added a new selection of Digital Command Control (DCC) decoders to its Rails Connect range of electrical accessories.

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HobbyTrax DCC Decoder Tester

Measuring 110mm x 80mm, this useful DCC tool features a PCB base with rubber grommet style supports and a series of linked components including LEDs, resistors and the relevant decoder sockets.

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Stay alive with DCC Concepts

DCC Concepts has gone back to the drawing board to create its new range of stay alives using smaller components and a flexible system which allows for easier positioning of parts within a locomotive.

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FIRST REVIEW: Revolution's Class 92

The Class 92 holds a special place in British railway history, as one of these dual voltage electrics hauled the last BR operated service before the start of privatisation in November 1997. Now the class has been immortalised in ‘N’ gauge by Revolution Trains. Could it be the best ready-to-run model for ‘N’ gauge yet? MIKE WILD finds out.

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Flangeway ‘Salmons’

Engineering wagons have always been well-received and this new release from Flangeway delivers a missing link from the departmental fleet – the ‘Salmon’ 62ft rail carrier. MIKE WILD explains their purpose and inspects this new arrival.

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Legacy Power-Points

New from DCC Concepts’ sister company, Legacy Models, are Legacy PowerPoints. Similar in appearance to the parent company’s original baseboard alignment dowels (HM128), these clever PowerPoint examples incorporate electrical connections.

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Brimal universal connections aid wiring

Brimal Components has added a useful universal wire termination board to its range of electrical components and modelling aids.

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Pacific Models ‘Mogul’ numbers

Extending its range of customisation sheets for ready-to-run models, Pacific Models has issued a set of replacement 4mm scale cabside and smokebox numberplates for Dapol’s recently introduced ‘OO’ gauge GWR ‘43XX’ 2-6-0s.