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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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Dapol releases Vanwides and VEAs for 'O' gauge

Dapol's long-awaited ‘O’ gauge BR 12ton Vanwide ventilated box van is finally here, adding a new wagon to the manufacturer’s portfolio.

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Revolution IWAs arrive

The IWA holdall bogie vans are the latest ‘OO’ gauge ready-to-run freight wagons to dock with Revolution Trains. MIKE WILD reviews these new arrivals.

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Rails’ Caley ‘812’ is here!

Pure Scottish based ready-to-run locomotives are rare, but Rails of Sheffield has bucked the trend with this magnificent ‘OO’ gauge commission from Bachmann. MIKE WILD discovers what this longstanding 0-6-0 has to offer together with video of the model in action.

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Hornby LNER ‘Azuma’ Class 800/2 arrives

New liveries have been hotly anticipated on the Hornby Class 800 unit. RICHARD WATSON inspects the first LNER liveried set to arrive for 'OO' gauge.

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Cavalex Models BLA for 'OO'

The BLA steel coil carriers first appeared as an exclusive limited edition with Rails of Sheffield, but now they are available widely from Cavalex retailers. MIKE WILD takes a look at this exceptionally detailed follow up to the BBA.

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BOOK REVIEW: Class 442s: The Wessex Electrics

New from Key Books is this title dedicated to British Rail’s Class 442 Electric Multiple Units (EMUs).

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Westhill Wagon Works 3D-printed depot accessories

Westhill Wagon Works’ range of 3D-printed scenic accessories includes an impressive range of depot and engineers’ equipment including these detailed access platforms and a drainage vacuum tank – or sludge gulper!

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Gaugemaster telephone boxes and relay cabinets

Gaugemaster’s range of ‘OO’ and ‘N’ gauge 3D-printed scenic accessories is bolstered with the addition of these packs containing classic K6 telephone kiosks, lineside relay boxes and roadside telecommunications cabinets.

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Modelu’s 3D-printed creamery workers

Modelu’s extensive collection of 3D-printed finescale figures now includes a selection of creamery workers in a variety of realistic poses.

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Albion Hobbies 'HO' scale spruce trees

Model Scene’s range of scenic materials includes a wide range of flocks, turfs, bushes, leaves and trees, including these ‘HO’ scale spruces.

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SMS tri-spike palisade security fence

Security conscious modellers of modern day scenes will find this pack of tri-spike palisade security fencing from Scale Model Scenery useful.

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SMS weathered slates and tiles

Scale Model Scenery’s extensive range of laser-cut kits and accessories includes these useful packs of weathered roof slates and terracotta tiles.

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Bachmann renews its Class 20

The Class 20 was one of the first main line production diesel locomotives when it entered service in 1957 and now Bachmann has gone back to the drawing board to offer a present day version of this long-standing workhorse for ‘OO’. MIKE WILD takes a closer look.

Dapol GWR '5101' 2-6-2T review Review Premium

Dapol delivers its ‘Large Prairie’

The Great Western is in favour at Dapol for ‘OO’ gauge with the arrival of its hotly anticipated Collett ‘5101’ and ‘61XX’ 2-6-2Ts. Mike Wild runs the rule over these enticing locomotives. Now including model demonstration video.

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Hornby's Gresley 'W1' 4-6-4

It’s here! Hornby’s brand-new model of the unique Gresley ‘W1’ 4-6-4 in original condition arrived in December, and is already in short supply. MIKE WILD inspects one of the most eagerly anticipated models from Hornby for 'OO' gauge. Read our full review and watch our video showcasing the model in action on Topley Dale.

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Tara Mines ore wagons

Irish Railway Models has taken delivery of a perfect partner to its recently released Metro-Vick A Class diesels –a new batch of Tara Mines bogie ore wagons for ‘OO’. MIKE WILD checks them out.

Westhill Wagon Works Elite magnetic couplings Review Premium

Elite buckeye magnetic couplings

WEST HILL WAGON Works continues to expand its range of magnetic Hunt Couplings which now also includes a collection of ‘dummy’ buckeye style Elite couplings.

Scale Model Scenery laser-cut rowing boats Review Premium

Laser-cut rowing boats

If you are looking to complete a lake or river scene, these 4mm scale laser cut wooden rowing boats from Scale Model Scenery will certainly look the part.

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Oxford Diecast Jaguar I Pace

A recent addition to the Oxford Diecast range is this 1:76 scale Jaguar Land Rover I Pace batteryelectric SUV.

Modelu 3D-printed rail staff Review Premium

3D-printed rail staff

New from Modelu are these 3D-printed railway staff, including signalmen and guards in a selection of poses.

Pacific Models bespoke station signs Review Premium

Bespoke station signs

Pacific Models has broadened its bespoke station signage service to incorporate 2mm, 3mm and 7mm scales in addition to its existing 4mm service, with your choice of name and railway company/ region, including modern era examples.

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Laser-cut BRUTES

Scale Model Scenery’s (SMS) 4mm scale range of laser-cut scenic accessories now includes a pack of British Rail’s Universal Trolley Equipment (BRUTEs).

Sankey Scenics carriage destination boards Review Premium

Eastern Region destination boards

Sankey Scenics has expanded its range of 4mm scale coach destination boards with a selection of more than 50 new packs for London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) and BR Eastern Region (BR) services.

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Oxford Diecast Scooter

New from Oxford Diecast is this super little 1:76 scale pale blue and white scooter which is reminiscent of the full-size prototypes popular in the 1960s.

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Bins and grit boxes

Gaugemaster has added a selection of new 3D-printed scenic accessories to its 4mm scale Structures and 2mm scale Kestrel ranges.

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3D Solder Mate

West Hill Wagon Works has added a selection of useful modelling aids to its range of 3D-printed accessories and scenic detailing.

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3D-printed back-to-back gauge

West Hill Wagon Works’ range of modelling aids includes these useful 3D-printed ‘OO’ gauge back-to-back wheel gauges.

Bachmann Double Fairlie 0-4-4-0T Review Premium

FAIRLIE SURPRISE

The secret is out and the first of Bachmann’s new ‘OO9’ Double Fairlie locomotives will be in the shops this winter. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at this exciting new narrow gauge steam engine with a full review including video of the model in action.

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OO Works LSWR ‘A12’ 0-4-2

The London and South Western Railway’s characterful ‘A12’ 0-4-2 is the latest locomotive to be offered by specialist manufacturer OO Works. MIKE WILD reviews this new arrival.

Heljan Class 40 for O gauge Review Freemium

Revamped ‘Whistler’ for ‘O’

The Class 40 is one of the largest and heaviest diesel locomotives to operate on the British railway network and it is back for a second outing with new body tooling for ‘O’ gauge with Heljan. MIKE WILD checks out this recent new release.