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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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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.

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KS Laser Designs fog hut kit

Laser cut kit specialist KS Laser Designs has added a simple and quick to build kit for a concrete fog hut to its ‘O’ gauge range.

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Steam crane crew for 'OO'

New from Osborn’s Models are these exclusive 'OO' gauge 3D printed crane crew figures.

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Accurascale Rawie buffer stops

ACCURASCALE’S expanding range of models and accessories is boosted with the addition of a series of 4mm scale contemporary buffer stops.

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DCC Concepts Alpha Meter

DCC Concepts has introduced a new power meter for model railways which can operate with DC, DCC and AC power sources. Learn more about this new device here.

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Colour Light Signalling for Model Railways

New from Crowood Press is this volume on modelling colour light signalling by Simon Paley.

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Hornby releases its 21st century Rocket

Stephenson’s characterful and historic 0-2-2 Rocket is an icon of railway and Hornby history. MIKE WILD inspects the manufacturer’s brand-new model of the 1829 built pioneering steam locomotive for ’OO’gauge.

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MUSEUM FINISH FOR HORNBY CLASS 87

The latest identity to be bestowed on Hornby’s popular ‘OO’ gauge Class 87 is the National Collection’s 87001 in as preserved dual-name condition.

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Port of London Peckett

The compact lines of the Hornby Peckett ‘W4’ 0-4-0ST are back with this tiny locomotive being decorated in Port of London Authority (PLA) lined blue.

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Oxford adds Mk 1 Escort to 1:76 range

Oxford Diecast's latest Automobile Company product for 1:76 scale is the Mk 1 Ford Escort. Read more here.

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Lifecolor 'bare metal' paint set

Lifecolor has introduced a new set of acrylic paints to allow modellers to capture the effects of bare metal.

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Bachmann’s CLASS 159 debut for 'OO'

The Class 158 and 159 DMUs have been eagerly awaited for ‘OO’ gauge, but their development has been protracted. MIKE WILD finds out if these all-new multiple units have been worth the wait.