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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.

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Magnetic couplings offer easy replacement

Launched earlier this year, the Hunt Coupling range of magnetic couplings for ‘OO’ from West Hill Wagon Works has expanded rapidly.

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Tenshodo coreless power bogie

New in from Tenshodo at Scalelink is an upgraded and revitalised motor bogie featuring a coreless motor.

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DMU destination boards

NEW from Pacific Models is this comprehensive collection of first generation Diesel Multiple Unit destination blinds for ‘OO’ gauge. They have been designed to suit readily available ready-to-run DMUs from Bachmann and Dapol including classes 101, 105, 108, the new 117, 121 and 122.

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Hornby Inter7City Mk 3s

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Read our verdict on Hornby's new Inter7City liveried sliding door Mk 3s here first and watch them running in full formation on our test track.

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Rails of Sheffield 'Terrier' debuts for 'OO'

The Stroudley ‘Terrier’ is as popular with manufacturers as it is modellers. Rails of Sheffield took delivery of the first batch of its exclusive ‘OO’ gauge model in early May. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at this new rival for the ‘Best in Show’ rosette.

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Hattons 'O' gauge Gresley 'A4'

The streamlined casing of the Gresley ‘A4’ took the world by storm when the first of the new breed rolled out of Doncaster Works in 1935. Can Hattons brand-new ‘O’ gauge model of the high-speed ‘Pacifics’ do the same for 7mm scale? MIKE WILD puts this new arrival through its paces.

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Hornby SLIDING DOOR Mk3s

Modern modellers are in for a treat with the arrival of Hornby’s new collection of Mk 3 sliding door stock for GWR, CrossCountry and ScotRail HST formations. MIKE WILD inspects a full rake of GWR liveried vehicles.

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Heljan updates ‘OO’ CLASS 33

THE POPULAR HELJAN ‘OO’ gauge model of the Class 33 Bo-Bo diesel is back, and this new version offers an upgraded late period model featuring a high-intensity headlight.

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Locoman Creates new ‘A3’ sound profile

THE FAMOUS threecylinder beat of the sole surviving Gresley ‘A3’ 4-6-2 has been recreated for the ESU LokSound 5 platform by Locoman Sounds. This brand new sound scheme introduces new functions and versatility which take advantage of the latest generation decoder from ESU.

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3D printed site accessories

Shedring Hobbies has created a growing collection of 3D printed accessories. Our review package featured examples from its building site series including fencing, cones, cement mixers, oil drums and more.

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New glues from Deluxe Materials

Deluxe Materials has enhanced its collection of adhesives for 2020 with the addition of Laser-Cut Kit and Roket UV glues. These two new products suit model railway hobbyists perfectly.

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Bulk crew packs

3D printing specialist Hardy’s Hobbies has introduced a range of special figures packs to offer a bulk purchase discount.

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Fertiliser wagons grow IRM range

Irish Model Railways has recently expanded its range of ‘OO’ gauge Irish outline wagons with the addition of the distinctive bagged fertiliser carriers, the latest development of the project to produce several wagon types on the common 42ft long chassis.

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Multi-colour acrylic bulk packs

Omen Miniatures is offering bulk packs of modelling paint (as well as individual colours) to suit figure and scenic modelling tasks.

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Northern Rail Rover

The final years of steam were a fascinating time recorded and lamented by many. Books and photographs on the subject have been copious, but Allan Heyes’ Northern Rail Rover is undoubtedly one of the most atmospheric and interesting records of the final years of steam in the North of England.

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Dapol ’O’ gauge 8 ton Banana vans

Immediately following the reopening of Dapol’s warehouse in mid-April, it released the first batch of its new ready-to-run ‘O’ gauge banana vans to the shops.

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Charity Colliery Peckett

The latest Hornby ‘OO’ gauge Peckett ‘W4’ 0-4-0ST to arrive is Forest No. 1 in Charity Colliery lined green.

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Routemex ‘O’ gauge colour light

A new collection of ‘O’ gauge colour light signal kits has been introduced by Routemex (HM155) covering two, three and four-aspect designs.

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Get your own ‘Mini Mike’

Modelu has added new figures to its range of locomotive crews including two 3D printed versions of Hornby Magazine’s very own Editor Mike Wild.

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Lime green Capri

Oxford Diecast continues its feast of Fords with the arrival of this new casting for the Ford Capri Mk II in lime green.

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Revolution’s stunning HOA hoppers

REVOLUTION Trains’ new ‘N’ gauge HOA hopper wagons started arriving in February and we had the opportunity to inspect a trio of these highly detailed wagons.

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Colas Colours for Graham Farish Class 70

NEW from Bachmann’s ‘N’ gauge Graham Farish range is this up-to-the-minute version of the General Electric (GE) PowerHaul Class 70 Co-Co diesel in Colas Rail Freight livery.

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Primo Models trees

An impressive range of highly detailed hand-made scale model trees is being offered by Primo Models to suit model railway layouts and dioramas.

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Oxford’s Mk 2 Escort

• Price: £6.25 • Cat No: 76ESC001 • Site: www.oxforddiecast.co.uk...

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Hornby delivers BR ‘PRINCESS’

FOLLOWING the arrival of the LMS lined crimson version (HM154), Hornby has released its BR period Stanier ‘Princess Royal’ 4-6-2s for ‘OO’ gauge. Both 46206 Princess Marie Louise in BR lined blue and 46207 Princess Arthur of Connaught (R3713) in BR lined maroon are now available and we had the opportunity to inspect the latter.

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Heljan revives ’O’ gauge ‘HYMEK’

The versatile Class 35 ‘Hymek’ has been relaunched by Heljan 15 years after the first release. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at this reintroduction for ‘O’ gauge to find out what’s new.

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Train Control Systems Universal WIFI Handset

WIRELESS CONTROL is one of the great advantages of modern Digital Command Control systems.

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Bachmann Class 121 Diesel Railcar

The Pressed Steel single-car Class 121 DMUs have a popular subject. Bachmann has released brand-new version gauge which MARK CHIVERS inspects.

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Hornby Stanier ‘Princess Royal'

The first ‘OO’ gauge model of the Stanier ‘Princess Royal’ 4-6-2 was released in 1955 - 65 years on MIKE WILD reviews the brand-new version from Hornby which touched down this February.

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Dapol delivers GWR Parcels Railcar

New in from Dapol is the parcels version of the original series GWR streamlined railcar. MIKE WILD inspects this new arrival for ‘OO’ gauge.