Mark Chivers

BLOG: Two transitions – one weekend

Next weekend (November 11/12), Hornby Magazine will be attending the Spalding Model Railway Club’s annual exhibition at the Springfields Event Centre along with our ‘OO’ gauge BR Western Region exhibition layout Grosvenor Square. This will be the layout’s third outing

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BLOG: The Naming Game

With Summer here (although not so you would notice), recent modelling opportunities have been limited to a few smaller detailing tasks such as renumbering and renaming my fleet of ‘OO’ gauge diesel locomotives. The Railway has long held a tradition

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BLOG: Rocks by Rail

When the opportunity presents itself, I love nothing better than discovering new places to visit on my doorstep. Last weekend, a pleasant sunny afternoon family drive through country lanes in Rutland offered just that and took me past a former

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BLOG: On board the dynamometer car

As you may have gathered, I’m naturally inquisitive when it comes to the hobby and love the opportunity to see behind the scenes of the prototype railway, whether it’s inside a signalbox, locomotive depot or, most recently, the interior of

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BLOG: Best laid plans…

Occasionally, modelling projects don’t always go according to plan… Take my recent experience while changing a diesel locomotive bodyshell, as an example. What should have been a simple task resulted in three locomotives being stripped down for repair! Following a recent

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BLOG: Scottish Inspiration

Despite the best efforts of mother nature (Storm Doris) to hinder my journey to Glasgow, this time last week I was  inside the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre staffing the Hornby Magazine stand at Model Rail Scotland. If you stopped

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BLOG: Details, details, details…

With the remnants of my diesel depot shunting plank languishing somewhere in the garage following a recent house move, my attention has turned to detailing some of the ‘OO’ locomotive fleet for my modelling fix. I find it incredibly therapeutic

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Blog: New Year, New Models

Happy New Year and welcome to our first blog of 2017… For me this is an exciting time of the year especially as some of the model railway manufacturers have returned to the tradition of unveiling their plans for the

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Blog: Warley highlights

The 2016 Warley National Model Railway Exhibition went past in a flash. It seemed that no sooner had we arrived on the Friday afternoon to set up that we were packing up again to head for home – the two

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Blog: Steam, camera, action!

Recently we’ve been lucky enough to preview Dapol’s soon to be released Black Label ‘OO’ gauge Gresley ‘A4’ 4-6-2. This enticing new model promises factory fitted smoke, sound, working lights and more all wrapped up in one package. Reviewing models

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