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A flexible hack to making correct curves with flexi-track

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flexible track template hackIf you use flexible track but don’t have Tracksetta templates this tip will save lots of frustration. Read Now

flexible track template hack

If you use flexible track but don’t have Tracksetta templates this tip will save lots of frustration. Updated:5/10/17

Add more power: Manic Monday Quick Tips #1

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Pressed for time..need to get a modelling fix? Here’s the first in a new series of quick to carry out tips to improve your layout.
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A quick tip you can do when on a busy schedule but one that’ll improve the reliability of your layout.

A quick tip from the school of the blindingly obvious

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scatter model railway wargames tipIf you lay your scatter, as I do, by sprinkling the stuff from your fingers you’ll love – or perhaps hate – this tip. Read Now

scatter model railway wargames tip

How to lay scatter, from the school of the blindingly obvious. Why didn’t I think of this before?

How to make your own scatter & why I’ll never buy scatter material again

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How to make your own scatterI’ll never buy scatter for my model railway again. Read Now

How to make your own scatter

I now make my own scatter and it’s so good I’ll never buy scatter again. Here’s how. [Intermediate]

How I Now Make My Own Plaster Cloth For Hills, Tunnels and Landscapes

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How to make your own plaster clothI’m a huge fan of plaster cloth. It’s messy, it works and it’s super satisfying but it also costs. Until now. Read Now

How to make your own plaster cloth

Plaster cloth

The quickest way to ballast track? Beginners tip

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quick ballastingLet’s face it, no one likes ballasting track. It’s soooo time-consuming. But if you’re just starting out and want a quick rather than perfect looking finish there’s a simple answer to your woes. Read Now

[Beginnners] – Ballasting. What a pain. But if you’re just starting out and want a quick rather than perfect looking finish there’s a simple answer to your woes.

Making Statues for Town and City scenes

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This tip, sent in by Bill Hughes, is possibly the easiest I’ve heard but it’s great for making statues.

For OO scale railways, take a soft drink bottom top and cut it in half (so it’s shorter). Next bye an O scale figure and glue to it the bottle cap. That’s it.

For N scale, use a smaller bottle top (or a toothpaste lid) to make the plynth and then use OO scale figures.

Paint them grey (for concrete/stone or dark brown for bronze) and you have a statue.

Bill said he got this from a friend in the 70s so where it originally came from is unknown but it’s a simple, effective, idea for adding interest to parks, recreation grounds and traffic islands.

This tip, sent in by Bill Hughes, is possibly the easiest I’ve heard but it’s great for making statues. For OO scale railways, take a soft drink bottom top and cut it in half (so it’s shorter). Next bye an O scale figure and glue to it the bottle cap. That’s it. For N scale, […]

Hiding the gap between baseboards

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If you have portable baseboards and want to hide the gap between them when the layout is joined up this tip I saw on an exhibition layout could be just the answer. Read Now

If you have portable baseboards and want to hide the gap between them when the layout is joined up this tip I saw on an exhibition layout could be just the answer.

These chalk weathering tips give stunning 3D authentic finishes

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I’ve been looking for a way to get a super realistic rust effect on my trains. These two tips produced the authentic finish I wanted and even better use artist chalks to do it on a budget. Read Now

I’ve been looking for a way to get a super realistic rust effect on my trains. These two tips produced the authentic finish I wanted and even better use artist chalks to do it on a budget. Updated:27/09/17