Model Rail

February 2022

Model Rail magazine is the UK's biggest-selling magazine dedicated to railway modelling. Every issue is packed with the country’s finest home and club layouts, stunning photography, unbiased and in-depth product reviews, expert tips, layout plans and step-by-step articles that really show you how. In our unique ‘Workbench’ section, we tackle a wide range of modeling skills and projects. Our expert writers and model-makers will help you to get the most from your hobby and build the layout of your dreams. Model Rail is published 13 times a year, every four weeks.

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Hornby’s 2022 range contained a handful of surprises. As someone with a penchant for all things LMS, it’s good to see that a couple of all-new steam locomotive models will be appearing in the near future. You can read all about Hornby’s range on pages 6-9 but, without spoiling too much of the fun, I must say how pleased I was to see the appearance of a few new diesel and bi-mode multiple units. Firstly, the re-emergence of the Class 110 will surely be popular among diesel fans, despite it being a revamped version of the 1980s-era model. I’ve been upgrading a ‘110’ set recently, and examples had become rather difficult to source on the pre-owned market (for sensible prices), so look out for that project in an upcoming issue of…

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model rail essential information

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exciting releases in hornby’s 2022 line-up

During the recent Hornby: a Model World TV series, we got to see a fascinating behind-the-scenes view of the Margate firm’s 2021 range announcements. Not long after that broadcast, the Hornby team was once again hosting its annual announcement to the press in mid-December via video link, revealing the red-boxed goodies that would be appearing in 2022. Despite the manifold difficulties of the past couple of years, there have been plenty of new Hornby models reaching the shelves and the team has built on these successes with some exciting new models for the coming year. Top of the bill is an all-new LMS ‘Black Five’, plus a rendition of the unique Stanier ‘Turbomotive’. Four versions of the ‘Black Five’ are planned, including a web-exclusive version with Caprotti valve gear, with delivery expected…

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modeller’s bookshelf

This is one heck of a tome, delving deep into the genesis, production, operation and disposal of the Class 15/16 fleets. Starting with the lessons learnt from the Brush 10800 Bo-Bo, the author makes use of copious sources and even provides exhaustive histories of each individual locomotive. There are plenty of images, many of which haven’t been published before. At over 350 pages, this is a heavyweight hardback – essential reading for anyone interested in these fascinating locomotives. Book: The BTH & North British Type 1 Bo-Bo Diesel-Electric Locomotives – BR Classes 15 & 16, by Anthony P. Sayer (Pen & Sword) Price: £40.00 Availability: I travelled along the northern stretch of the Erewash Valley line on a weekly basis for over a decade, so I was excited by this title. The various…

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make a start with shaper sheet kit

Woodland Scenics has launched a Shaper Sheet Learning Kit (ref. LK 957), which includes everything you need to get started. Shaper Sheet enables landforms to be made quickly and easily and, because it is light in weight, it’s ideal for portable layouts. Consisting of a strong and pliable sheet, it can be shaped and reshaped to form all manner of landscape profiles, from rock faces to gentle slopes, and provides a useful alternative to plaster-impregnated bandage. Useful instructions are supplied within the packaging, along with earth-coloured paints and tools. (PM) Price: £23.25 Availability: Bachmann stockists Web: FITTER’S ESSENTIALS Modelu’s latest offerings aren’t figures but a range of workshop equipment that will transform the interior of a locomotive shed or factory. The Fitter’s Cupboard is a typical locker-type store with drawers, shelves, tools and a…

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on the workbench

FINGER CRAFT KNIFE This unusual tool is designed to offer superior grip and comfort, allowing the index finger to bear down more effectively on the blade. This helps with precision work, especially in tougher materials such as thick plastic or card. It certainly creates less fatigue than when gripping a scalpel in the traditional way. Suitable for left or right-hand use, it comes with a pair of interchangeable blades and a safety cover. Price: £3.95 Availability: Scale Model Shop Tel: 01422 405040 Web: LIQUITEX ACRYLIC MARKERS While similar paint markers have been released under a certain model brand, I found these Liquitex acrylic markers in an art shop for a fraction of the price. Available with broad (15mm) or fine (2mm) tips, there’s a wide palette of colours to choose from, although shades such as Raw…