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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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Busch mistletoe trees

Busch has added a pair of ‘HO’ scale mistletoe trees to its range of model railway detailing accessories.

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Cheltenham’s wonderful ‘Westerns’

The Western region ‘Western’ hydraulics are amongst the most popular diesel locomotives and Dapol has been winning favour for its ‘OO’ gauge model of this iconic class since it was first released in 2012 (HM68).

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BR black for Oxford ‘N7’

New in from Oxford Rail is the third version of the Hill ‘N7’ 0-6-2T for ‘OO’ gauge.

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Peter’s Spares

‘Go to’ model railway spares specialist, Peter’s Spares of Middlesbrough has supplemented the many thousands of items stocked, by sourcing replacement parts for older Hornby and Lima models.

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‘OO’ Provincial Super Sprinter

Realtrack Models' popular ‘OO’ gauge Class 156 Super Sprinter Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) has been backdated and is now available in British Rail (BR) Provincial Sector livery.

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The Flying Dustman

The second Gaugemaster Collection ‘N’ gauge Class 66 is 66783 The Flying Dustman in its unique Biffa red and orange colour scheme.

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Hornby Ruston 48DS 4wDM

‘OO’ gauge locomotives don’t get much smaller than Hornby’s tiny Ruston 48DS fourwheel diesel shunter. MIKE WILD breaks out his magnifying glass to inspect this attractive and eagerly awaited new arrival.

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Hornby Class 87 gets Virgin colours

The third Class 87 to be released using Hornby’s all-new 2018 introduced tooling is 87019 Sir Winston Churchill.

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Dapol's 'O' gauge GWR '14XX'

The latest ready-to-run ‘O’ gauge steam locomotive from Dapol is the classic Great Western Railway branch line passenger engine – the Collett ‘14XX’ 0-4-2T. MIKE WILD puts this high specification 7mm scale model through its paces.

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Ellis Clark Darstaed Mk 1 suburbans

Ellis Clark Trains has become an important name in ready-to-run ‘O’ gauge, especially following the announcements of its LMS Stanier ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0 and LNER Thompson carriages in August (HM148). Here we are focusing on its Darstaed-produced collection of BR Mk 1 57ft non-corridor carriages are in the limelight.

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Inter7City HST power cars

Hornby has delivered the first of its presentday Class 43 HST power car sets for ‘OO’ gauge modelling the ScotRail Inter7City liveried locomotives.

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Heljan’s ‘O’ gauge Class 37/4

MIKE WILD

The fleet of 31 ETH fitted Class 37/4s have had a strong following since their introduction in the mid-1980s. MIKE WILD reviews Heljan’s new 7mm scale model of this popular class which is bringing a fresh splash of colour to its range.

MIKE WILD
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Kernow D600 'Warships’

The wait is over and the range of ‘OO’ gauge diesel-hydraulics is now complete with the arrival of Kernow Model Rail Centre’s model of the original North British D600 series ‘Warships’. MIKE WILD inspects this brand-new arrival.

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Heljan’s Great Western ‘Mogul’

The second ‘O’ gauge steam locomotive from the Heljan stable is due to arrive in January. MIKE WILD inspects this enticing new model of the Great Western Railway ‘43XX’ 2-6-0.

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Heljan Class 25/3 for 'O' gauge

For the second month running Heljan has delivered a brand new ready-to-run locomotive for ‘O’ gauge. MIKE WILD gets to grips with its latest release – the BR Sulzer Class 25/3.

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Darstaed delivers 7mm scale Mk 1s

Ellis Clark Trains teamed up with Darstead – a renowned name in ‘O’ gauge tinplate locomotives and rolling stock – to produce a new range of BR Mk 1 63ft 6in corridor carriages for 7mm scale which were first released in 2018.

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Kernow’s 4-TC debuts

Southern Region multiple units have gained much popularity since introduction of the Bachmann 4-CEP in 2009, but now we have a go anywhere unpowered 4-TC unit available too. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at this surprisingly enticing and versatile offering.

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The ‘Merchants’ are coming!

The original air-smoothed Bulleid ‘Merchant Navy’ class ‘Pacific’ has long been sought after as a ready-to-run model and now the wait is over. MIKE WILD takes a detailed look at this exciting new release.

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The Advanced Passenger Train Experimental

Locomotion Model’s latest commission has arrived in the shape of an unusual prototype – the APT-E. Mark Chivers asks whether a ‘full tilt’ approach has paid off.

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‘Merchant’ debut for ‘N’

The ‘Merchant Navy’ 4-6-2s were a symbol of Bulleid’s radical design ethos and now a new model of the air-smoothed locomotives has arrived for ‘N’ gauge. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at Bachmann’s 2015 released Southern ‘Pacific’.

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Heljan’s 'O' gauge ‘Western’

2013 will go down as the year of the ‘Western’ with new offerings in ‘N’, ‘OO’ and ‘O’ gauge. Mike Wild reveals the latest version of these highly popular diesel-hydraulics from Heljan in ‘O’ gauge.

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Dapol's ‘N’ gauge ‘Western’

Not that long ago British ‘N’ gauge was on its knees. At best we got crude detail and at worst we had crude detail and poor performance. All of that is now history and the standard of detail, finess and performance in today’s British ‘N’ gauge models are rivaling that of their larger ‘OO’ cousins.

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Dapol 'OO' gauge ‘Western’

Few locomotives from the diesel and electric era provoke as much comment, debate and passion as the Western Region’s Swindon/Crewe built Class 52 ‘Westerns’. Dapol set out to produce ‘the’ definitive model of the class for ‘OO’ gauge - this is what we think.