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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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FIRST REVIEW: It’s here – the Accurascale Class 92

MIKE WILD

The first thing you will say when you open the box to Accurascale’s first ready-to-run electric locomotive is “wow!”. MIKE WILD explains why as he delves into the world of the Brush-built dual-voltage electrics.

MIKE WILD
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Hornby RailRoad BR Crosti '9F' 2-10-0

MIKE WILD

Hornby introduced the RailRoad Crosti ‘9F’ 2-10-0 in 2015 offering an inspired choice of new freight motive power. MIKE WILD assesses this attractive ‘OO’ gauge offering.

MIKE WILD
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Planet Industrials’ Kerr, Stuart

MIKE WILD

Planet Industrials is a new name in the world of ready-to-run model railways and its debut model is the Kerr, Stuart ‘Victory’ 0-6-0T for ‘OO’ gauge. Mike Wild finds out what is in store.

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Heljan's centre headcode Class 37 for 'O' gauge

MIKE WILD

In this review we take a closer look at Heljan's ready-to-run ‘O’ gauge centre headcode Class 37 which first hit the shelves in 2017.

MIKE WILD
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FIRST REVIEW: Heljan’s Mk 1 CCT

MIKE WILD

The BR Mk 1 Covered Carriage Truck is a versatile vehicle which can suit everything from depot to main line scenes. MIKE WILD inspects this attractive new arrival for ‘O’ gauge from Heljan.

MIKE WILD
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NEW PECO STRUCTURE KITS FOR 'TT'

ANNOUNCED in June 2022, the new range of Peco‘TT:120’ building kits comprise a GWR pattern station building, signalbox and goods shed, alongside plastic platform edging and surfaces. Intended to be used in conjunction with Peco’s newly-tooled track range in the scale (HM 184), these kits offer accurate and detailed structures for the revival of ‘TT’ gauge.

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Hatton's Genesis Coaches

The wait is over, as the first of Hattons’ newlytooled ‘OO’ gauge Genesis four and sixwheel carriages are here. MARK CHIVERS takes a closer look at these all-new vehicles.

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Orange AEC 690 dumper truck

New to Oxford Diecast’s growing range of 1:76 scale construction vehicles is this AEC dumper truck.

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Eye-catching Frogeye Sprite

Oxford Diecast’s new release of the classic Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite provides a welcome 1:76 scale model of the 1960s sports car design.

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Oxford Invacar

OXFORD DIECAST has added a characterful new model of the AC Invacar to its everexpanding collection of 1:76 scale road vehicles which are suitable for ‘OO’ gauge model railways.

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Glacier white TT coupe

Newly tooled from Oxford Diecast is the striking glacier white variant of the Audi TT Coupe in 1:76 scale.

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New generation Stobart Scania

A household name for logistics, Eddie Stobart’s distinctive branding appears on the latest 1:76 scale lorry release from Oxford Diecast, depicting a Scania R Cab and trailer.

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VIDEO: KIROW CRANE

Advancement of Digital Command Control technology has led to a great deal of innovation in the hobby. MARK CHIVERS looks at one such model that embraces this ethos and showcases just what is possible – a fully working ‘HO’ scale rail mounted crane.

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Accurascale introduces new PFA nuclear fleet

Mike Wild.

The 1986 introduced PFA four-wheel container flats took on a new lease of life of nuclear waste traffic in the 2000s. MIKE WILD gets to grips with the latest container options for these superbly detailed flats.

Mike Wild.
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Hornby updates its ‘Grid’

Mike Wild.

The Class 56 has had a small refresh for its latest outing in the Hornby range. MIKE WILD checks out the new arrival in the shape of BR blue 56047.

Mike Wild.
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FIRST REVIEW: Heljan all-new Class 45 debuts

Mike Wild.

The latest ‘OO’ gauge arrival from Heljan is its Class 45 1Co-Co1 diesel-electric. MIKE WILD finds out what is in store with this new release.

Mike Wild.
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ALL-NEW HORNBY BR MK 4s

The arrival of the Class 91 AC electrics from Hornby has been joined by brand-new models of the matching Mk 4 carriages for ‘OO’ gauge. MIKE WILD inspects the first releases.

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Snailbeach hoppers for ‘OO9’

NEW TO THE PECO collection of readyto-run ‘OO9’ narrow gauge wagons are these models of the Snailbeach District Railways four-wheel hoppers.

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Accurascale’s pioneering Chaldron coal wagons for ‘OO’

Mike Wild.

The rise in demand for coal in the 18th century saw introduction one of the first standardised wagon designs: the Chaldron. Accurascale has added these characterful and long-lasting wagons to its ‘OO’ gauge range – MIKE WILD takes a closer look.

Mike Wild.
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FIRST REVIEW: Bachmann Bulleid carriages for ‘OO’

Graham Muspratt.

A new range of Southern Railway Bulleid coaches is now available in ‘OO’ gauge. GRAHAM MUSPRATT runs the rule over these latest arrivals.

Graham Muspratt.
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VIDEO: All-new BR '9F' from Hornby

In the 50th anniversary of Hornby Railways, an all-new version of the powerful BR '9F' 2-10-0 freight locomotives has been created. MIKE WILD finds out what is in store with extra online only images and video.

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VIDEO: Dapol ‘Manor’ Class debut

The Great Western Railway ‘Manor’ 4-6-0 is the latest all-new ‘OO’ gauge locomotive to arrive from Dapol. MIKE WILD takes a detailed look at the first of two all-new ‘Manors’ to arrive.

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Scale Model Scenery Goathland gates

Scale Model Scenery has added packs of 2mm and 4mm scale laser-cut crossing or yard gates to its range.

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New Sankey signs for O’, ‘OO’ and ‘N’ gauge

Sankey Scenics has bolstered its extensive range of model railway signage with a new pack of contemporary trackside signage, as well as an updated pack of its earlier assorted trackside signs.

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Oxford Diecast 4x4 Austin Champ

Oxford Diecast has added another all-new 1:76 scale model to its range with the arrival of this delightful Austin Champ in army green.

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All-new Bachmann CLASS 37/4

Bachmann’s autumn announcements came with the surprise of a brand-new Class 37 for ‘OO’ gauge. First on the review desk is Class 37/4 37401 in InterCity Mainline livery – MIKE WILD inspects this enticing new arrival.

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MAGNETIC DELLNER COUPLINGS

NEW from Hunt Couplings are these sets of‘OO’ gauge pivoting Dellner style Elite magnetic couplings for Bachmann’s Class 220/221Voyager DEMUs and Hornby’s Class 800 InterCity ExpressTrain (IET), together with a set ofVoyager intervehicle magnetic connectors.

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PECO TT:120 TRACK SYSTEM

FOLLOWING THE RECENT launch of Peco’s new TT:120 scale track system (HM182), the first components of the range are now available from retailers.

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Hornby track symbols return

HORNBY’S VENERABLE ¼ scale track planning symbols make a welcome return to the range.

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Bachmann’s SECR ‘Dance Hall’ brake van

FIRST REVIEW: Just days after announcing its plans for an all-new ‘OO’ gauge South Eastern & Chatham Railway ‘Dance Hall’ brake van, Bachmann delivered on its promise with the arrival of this newly-tooled model for review. MARK CHIVERS inspects this latest addition to the range.