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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Bachmann’s Johnson ‘1P’

The latest arrival for ‘OO’ gauge from Bachmann is the popular Midland Railway ‘1P’ 0-4-4T. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at this sought after new release. Plus we have two videos with this feature - one showcasing the model running on Topley Dale and a second subscriber exclusive explaining the sound fitting process for the model.

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Graham Farish ‘8F’ 2-8-0s land

The Stanier ‘8F’ has been a long-standing part of the Graham Farish ‘N’ gauge collection, but it is being replaced by a brand-new model to 21st century standards. MARK CHIVERS inspects this enticing new arrival.

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Hattons launches laser cut baseboards

Hatton's has released the first of its new Precision Baseboards range of products, offering 4ft x 2ft baseboard kits in MDF and plywood as well as legs to support the boards. The boards have been designed to be as near as possible tool-free for assembly.

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Woodland Scenics board fencing

We have been excited to see the new range of ready painted fencing products arrive from Woodland Scenics since their announcement at the beginning of 2020. The new range comprises log, board, chain link, picket, privacy and barbed wire designs with our samples covering board fencing in ‘HO’ scale.

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ModelU locomotive crew packs

Modelu’s range of 3D printed finescale figures has been expanded with a new selection of locomotive crew packs for ‘N’, ‘OO’ and ‘O’. These new packs are available for Western, Southern, Midland and Eastern Region motive power.

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Murphy Models Class 121 diesel

IRISH RAILWAY MODELLERS have a new choice of readyto-run motive power with the arrival of Murphy Models’ super-detailed ‘OO’ gauge model of the General Motors built Class 121 Bo-Bo diesels. These single cab locomotives were introduced to Córas Iompair Éireann (CIE) in 1961 and were originally known as the B Class.

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New diecast delights

Oxford Diecast has delivered a fresh batch of newly tooled 1:76 scale road vehicles with the arrival of its Audi UR Quattro Turbo, Bentley Continental GT Sport, London EV Company (LEVC) electric black taxi and second-generation Mercedes Sprinter van.

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IPA car carriers move motors

Automotive traffic has provided the railway with a good deal of business through the years and these all-new ‘N’ gauge IPA car carriers from Revolution Trains will enable you to further replicate this in miniature.

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Revolution goes nuclear with flask carriers

Revolution Trains (RT) has taken delivery of its eagerly awaited ‘N’ gauge KUA Nuclear Flask Carriers. Just two of these distinctive multi-bogie vehicles were built in the late 1990s for the Ministry of Defence to transport fuel for the Royal Navy’s fleet of nuclear submarines.

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AS ONE WE CAN

Hornby's latest batch of wallet friendly Class 66s have arrived including this version as 66587 As One We Can in Ocean Network Express (ONE) branded magenta.

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RailRoad Plus Class 47 debuts

New in with Hornby this month is the first of its RailRoad Plus locomotives from the 2020 range modelling GB Railfreight (GBRf) operated Class 47/7 47749 City of Truro in its BR blue based colour scheme.

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Structure Gauging coaches

The ever-popular Network Rail yellow livery is back with a vengeance in the Hornby 2020 catalogue and amongst the impressive line up of 11 vehicles from the Mk 1, Mk 2 and Mk 3 ranges comes this pair of Structure Gauging Train coaches.

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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.