Reviews

Featuring
Thumbnail

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.

Hornby TT:120 scale train sets Review Freemium

Hornby TXS ‘TT:120’ Train Sets

Hornby’s new ‘TT:120’ scale train sets are now available in Bluetooth digital sound form, each with locomotives factory-fitted with the company’s new HM7000 app-based digital control Triplex Sound (TXS) system.

Review Premium

EFE’s Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0ST for N gauge

The humble Hunslet ‘Austerity’ 0-6-0ST is the latest arrival for ‘N’ gauge from EFE Rail. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at the all-new model.

Hornby Tyne Dock BR 9F 2-10-0 Review Premium

Tyne Dock ‘9F’ for ‘OO’ gauge

Hornby’s latest batch of ‘OO’ gauge BR ‘9F’ 2-10-0s includes one of the famed batch of Tyne Dock allocated locomotives. MIKE WILD inspects this new arrival.

Review Premium

Liverpool & Manchester Railway Wagons Roll In

New from Hornby are three triple-wagon packs of ‘OO’ gauge Liverpool & Manchester Railway (L&MR) goods wagons, including coal, horsebox and sheep carrying vehicles.

Hornby TT:120 scale Gresley A4 4468 Mallard with TXS sound Review Premium

Mallard arrives with sound for ‘TT:120’

The most famous Gresley ‘A4’ 4-6-2 is now available in ‘TT:120’ scale with factory fitted sound following the arrival of world speed record holder 4468 Mallard in LNER garter blue with valances.

Hornby LMS Turbomotive for OO gauge. Review Premium

Hornby’s LMS ‘Turbomotive’ for ‘OO’ gauge

Of all the locomotives we never thought would become a ready-to-run model, the unique LMS ‘Turbomotive’ was high on the list, but now you can add it to your ‘OO’ collection. MIKE WILD inspects this exciting new release from Hornby.

Review Premium

GWR Toplight City Coaches

These distinctive Great Western Railway coaches have now been produced by Dapol. MARK CHIVERS assesses whether the Toplights deserve top marks.

Review Premium

Collectors Club LT Class 20s for ‘N’

A pair of ‘N’ gauge London Transport liveried Class 20s are now available, exclusively to members of the Bachmann Collectors Club. MARK CHIVERS casts a glance over these two eye-catching Bo-Bo diesels.

Review Premium

Ffestiniog ‘Bug Boxes’

New from Peco are these‘OO9’ narrow gauge Ffestiniog Railway ‘Bug Box’ coaches in Colonel Stephens livery.

Review Premium

Modelu Contemporary Crews

Modelu’s extensive range of 3D-printed finescale figures is bolstered with these new packs of modern railway crew.

Graham Farish BR 5MT 4-6-0 with digital sound Review Premium

Upgraded Farish BR ‘5MT’

Bachmann’s eagerly-awaited upgraded ‘N’ gauge BR Standard ‘5MT’ 4-6-0 is now available. Read our full review and watch our demonstration video to hear how this sound equipped model performs.

Review Premium

Collector Virgin Trains Class 47/8

The Bachmann Collector Club has an exclusive edition of 47845 County of Kent in the attractive Virgin Trains livery for ‘OO’. MIKE WILD inspects a sound fitted variant.

Review Premium

Heljan’s GWR parcels railcar

Heljan has continued its GWR railcar project with an all-new model of the parcels version. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at the unique W34W in BR lined carmine livery.

Review Premium

Hornby’s ‘P2’ Collection Expands

Two new versions of the Gresley ‘P2’ 2-8-2 have arrived from Hornby. MIKE WILD checks over 2002 Earl Marischal and 2003 Lord President for ‘OO’ gauge.

Review Premium

FIRST REVIEW: Rapido’s GWR ‘15XX’ 0-6-0PT for ‘OO’ gauge

Short-lived but impressively powerful, the GWR ‘15XX’ 0-6-0PT is the latest release for ‘OO’ gauge from Rapido Trains UK. MIKE WILD runs the rule over this compact tank engine.

Review Premium

Motion brackets and wheel retainers

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.

Review Premium

Heljan delivers Newton Chambers Car Carriers for ‘OO’

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

Review Premium

Revolution Trains' 'OO' gauge FNA-D wagons

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.

Review Premium

London Transport Sentinel 0-6-0DH

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

Review Premium

National Collection Class 08 from Hornby for 'OO' gauge

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.

Review Premium

Heljan ‘OO’ gauge Class 25 re-run

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

Review Premium

Head Magnifier

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

Review Premium

Telescopic Led Pick-Up Tool

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

Review Premium

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

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.

Rapido Trains UK Lion for OO gauge Review Premium

Rapido’s Lion

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.

Review Premium

Modern palisade fencing in ‘N’ gauge

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.

Review Premium

4mm Scale Cutting Crew

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

Review Premium

Flangeway ‘Mermaid’ returns

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

Review Premium

Rapido’s Loriot Y wagon rolls in

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