The January edition will be out this week. A very nice looking cover. I think the Blue is perhaps the best yet.
A very thick magazine packed with good articles and stunning photographs. I'm sure that the photographers have invested in new macro lenses as they seem to have many more close-up photos than before.
Here is a brief summary of the contents:
Editorial - Mike Wild talks about HST models.
Update - Bullied Leader from Loconotion and other new and proposed projects
Return ticket to Botleigh - Layout. HM looks again at Botleigh a year on and sees what's changed.
Warley - A pictorial article on this year's show.
Chop and Change - Dave Spenser shows how to modify a 5-plank Airfix wagon to bring it up to date.
Get me to the Church on time! - Some ideas on modelling churches and church scenes.
DCC carriage lighting - Ian Morton adds lights to a Mk1 coach.
Shaking the Box, Part 4 - Ian Morton looks at the shunting potential of the Shake the Box scheme.
Buffers Model Railway - Shop profile.
Cambrian Coast Express - Anthony New draws some plans based on the Cambrian lines of West Wales.
Hornby Post - Letters to the Editor.
Gox Hill Quarries - Layout. Peter Leadley presents the standard and narrow gauge layout set in a fictitious town in Oxfordshire.
Hornby HST - Review. Who said HM was only about steam?
Reality Check - The High Speed Train - Evan Green-Hughes looks at the HST in service.
Bachmann 'Baby Scot' - Review. The Fowler 'Patriot' 4-6-0 OO scale model is looked at in detail.
'N' gauge Brush Type 4 - Review. The Bachmann Farish model is looked at closely.
Reviews - Other models are looked at too: Some of Hornby Railroad range models, a nice OO scale Era 7-9 snowplough from Flangeways, Bachmann Worsdell 'J72', Hornby Blue and Grey Class 101, Modelfair' Merlin A4 and a few others.
Dapol rail cleaner - Review. An interesting rail cleaner is tested. A nifty looking gadget indeed.
Book reviews - 10 book and DVD reviews.
Single and Double slips - Ian Morton explains how to wire them up.
Cwmderi - Layout. A Southern Welsh 70's layout built by Gwynne and John Chivers.
The Clinic - Readers' modelling questions answered by HM staff.
Staff Projects - Mike Wild continues his Bay Street Shed layout. Mike, you need to look into DCC
Tonbridge MRC - Club Focus.
The Great Traverse - Railway Realism. Alan Earnshaw looks at traversers.
Free in the January edition is the 2009 Hornby Magazine Calendar.