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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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Motion brackets and wheel retainers

MARK CHIVERS

Peter’s Spares of Middlesbrough has added a new selection of hard-to-source ‘OO’ gauge model railway spares to its extensive collection, suitable for older Hornby and Lima models.

MARK CHIVERS
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Heljan delivers Newton Chambers Car Carriers for ‘OO’

MARK CHIVERS

Heljan’s all-new ‘OO’ gauge double-deck car carriers have arrived. MARK CHIVERS inspects these latest additions to the range.

MARK CHIVERS
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Revolution Trains' 'OO' gauge FNA-D wagons

MARK CHIVERS

Modelling modern nuclear flask traffic has become more achievable recently with a steady stream of new releases. MARK CHIVERS takes a look at Revolution Trains’ latest ‘OO’ gauge FNA-D flask carrier.

MARK CHIVERS
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London Transport Sentinel 0-6-0DH

MARK CHIVERS

Hornby’s ‘OO’ gauge Sentinel 0-6-0DH has gained London Transport green for its most recent release.

MARK CHIVERS
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National Collection Class 08 from Hornby for 'OO' gauge

MARK CHIVERS

A recent arrival from Hornby is this latest version of the company’s ‘OO’ gauge Class 08 0-6-0 diesel shunter finished as the National Railway Museum’s 13079 in as-preserved BR plain black with early crests.

MARK CHIVERS
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Heljan ‘OO’ gauge Class 25 re-run

MARK CHIVERS

Heljan’s popular ‘OO’ gauge Class 25 Bo-Bo diesel is back, incorporating several amendments to the original model’s specification.

MARK CHIVERS
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Telescopic Led Pick-Up Tool

MARK CHIVERS

Amtech’s telescopic magnetic tool can extend up to 800mm and is ideal for reaching behind bookcases, under desks and model railway layouts.

MARK CHIVERS
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Head Magnifier

MARK CHIVERS

Golden Valley Hobbies’ range of modelling tools has expanded with the addition of  Amtech’s useful products including this head magnifier with LED light.

MARK CHIVERS
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FIRST REVIEW: Heljan’s ‘O’ gauge Class 73

MIKE WILD

For the second month in a row, Heljan has delivered a brand-new ‘O’ gauge ready-to-run locomotive, and this striking model of the Southern Region Class 73 electro-diesel could be its best yet. MIKE WILD explains why with video of a sample running on Britain's Biggest Model Railway.

MIKE WILD
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Rapido’s Lion

MIKE WILD

In our first look at Rapido’s all-new model of Liverpool and Manchester Railway 0-4-2 Lion, MIKE WILD discovers what it has to offer.

MIKE WILD
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Modern palisade fencing in ‘N’ gauge

MARK CHIVERS

Ratio’s ‘N’ gauge range of plastic models and accessories is bolstered with the addition of two new packs of modern palisade fencing for the scale.

MARK CHIVERS
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4mm Scale Cutting Crew

MARK CHIVERS

Modelu has added a 4mm scale oxyacetylene cutting crew to its range of 3D-printed finescale figures.

MARK CHIVERS
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Flangeway ‘Mermaid’ returns

MARK CHIVERS

Flangeway Models has received a new batch of its exclusive ‘OO’ gauge 14ton ZJV ‘Mermaid’ side tipping ballast wagons.

MARK CHIVERS
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Rapido’s Loriot Y wagon rolls in

MIKE WILD

Rapido Trains UK’s eagerly-awaited ‘OO’ gauge model of the Great Western Railway ‘Loriot Y’ machinery truck has arrived.

MIKE WILD
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Streamline small radius curved turnouts

MARK CHIVERS

Peco has added a pair of new ‘OO’ gauge small radius curved turnouts to its code 100 Streamline range of track components.

MARK CHIVERS
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End of platform steps

MARK CHIVERS

West Hill Wagon Works has released a pair of 4mm scale Glass Reinforced Polymer (GRP) end of platform steps to complement its new collection of contemporary platforms and platform furniture.

MARK CHIVERS
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Hornby’s Class 08 shunts into TT:120

MIKE WILD

The humble Class 08 0-6-0 diesel shunter is now available for ‘TT:120’ scale from Hornby. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at this compact new arrival for the scale.

MIKE WILD
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Accurascale ‘Manor’ Debut

MIKE WILD

The GWR ‘Manor’ 4-6-0 is the first ready-to-run steam locomotive to be produced by Accurascale. MIKE WILD inspects a DCC ready and DCC sound fitted version to find out what is in store.

MIKE WILD
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Modelu Head Signals

MARK CHIVERS

New from Modelu are these 3D-printed ‘OO’ gauge London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) and Southern Railway (SR) Head Signals.

MARK CHIVERS
Revolution Trains SR Inspection Saloon Caroline for OO gauge. Review Premium

Revolution’s SR Inspection Saloon

MIKE WILD

The unique lines of the Southern Region General Manager’s Inspection Saloon have been recreated in ‘OO’ gauge by Revolution Trains. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at this highly-detailed coach.

MIKE WILD
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Kernow Engine House 

MARK CHIVERS

Kernow Model Rail Centre’s range of exclusive West Country themed models includes these specially commissioned ‘OO’ and ‘N’ gauge Scenecraft Cornish Engine Houses.

MARK CHIVERS
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Bachmann’s upgraded Whistler

MARK CHIVERS

The latest iteration of Bachmann’s ‘OO’ gauge Class 40 has arrived, sporting tooling and circuitry upgrades. MARK CHIVERS casts a glance at this new and improved release.

MARK CHIVERS
Bachmann Collector Club Blue Linda for OO9 gauge. Review Premium

Bachmann Collectors’ Ffestiniog 2-4-0STT Linda

MIKE WILD

The latest Bachmann Collectors Club limited edition offers the first chance to own one of the Ffestiniog Mainline Hunslets in 2-4-0STT format. MIKE WILD reviews this new arrival.

MIKE WILD
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Heljan’s Class 58 for ‘O’ gauge

MIKE WILD

The 1983-introduced heavy freight Class 58 is the perfect follow-up to Heljan’s popular Class 56 for ‘O’ gauge. MIKE WILD takes a detailed look at Mainline blue 58021 while we catch up with Heljan's Ben Jones to see a sample in action on Britain's Biggest Model Railway.

MIKE WILD
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Model Locomotive Crews

MARK CHIVERS

New to Modelu’s range of 3D-printed finescale figures are these twin-figure packs designed for Bachmann’s recent ‘OO9’ Mainline Hunslet 0-4-0ST/0-4-0STT and Rapido Trains UK’s 16in Hunslet 0-6-0ST.

MARK CHIVERS
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West Highland Line buildings

MARK CHIVERS

Peco has launched a collection of new ‘OO’ gauge laser-cut building kits based on structures on the West Highland Line in Scotland.

MARK CHIVERS
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Platform Water Crane

MARK CHIVERS

Another addition to Kernow Model Rail Centre’s range of ‘OO’ gauge exclusives is this Bachmann Scenecraft Great Western Railway (GWR) water crane.

MARK CHIVERS
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Kernow’s GWR style platform shelter

MARK CHIVERS

Kernow Model Rail Centre’s (KMRC) range of exclusive West Country themed ‘OO’ gauge models is bolstered with the recent addition of a contemporary GWR platform shelter.

MARK CHIVERS
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3D Printed Buffer Beam Detailing

MARK CHIVERS

West Hill Wagon Works (WHWW) has added a selection of 3D-printed ‘OO’ gauge buffer beam detailing packs for locomotives and carriages to its range.

MARK CHIVERS
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Rainbow’s Revolutionary TUA Tanks

MARK CHIVERS

A new wagon option is available for 1970s and 1980s modellers. MARK CHIVERS takes a close - but not caustic - look at the TUAs.

MARK CHIVERS