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Save money for your trains: make your own textured paint

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make your own textured paintIf you build brick, stone or brick models for your railway the finish is all important. Normal paint is okay but texture paint gives an infinitely better result. But what about that cost!

Save money for your trains, make your own textured paint. [Intermediate]

5 ways to instantly make your railway look better

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model railway layout improvingEven with the best intentions, things don’t always work out how we’d planned.

Even with the best intentions, things don’t always work out how we’d planned. [Intermediate]

Space Saving Idea: The Disappearing Fiddle Yard

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folding fiddle yards

A neat idea for small, space restricted, modellers. 

[Intermediate] A space saving idea.

Third Rail Tips

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third railBuilding a modern era electric track layout? Wondering about that third rail? Here are a few tips to get you started.

[Intermediate] Building a modern era electric track layout? Wondering about that third rail? Here are a few tips to get you started.

OO gauge vs N gauge

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OO or N gauge

What I wish someone had told me before.

OO or N gauge

[Intermediate] – The differences between in N and OO gauge model trains and railways I’ve learnt after many years modelling in both.

The most awesome landscape feature to add to your layout

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There’s a beauty in landscapes. Rushing white water rivers, rolling hills, wide open fields. They’re glorious, especially when you’ve made them yourself.

[Intermediate] – There’s a beauty in landscapes. Rushing white water rivers, rolling hills, wide open fields. They’re glorious, especially when you’ve made them yourself.

Should you paint a baseboard and what’s the best paint to use

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painting a baseboardProgress on my shed layout has been abysmal recently. And I can’t blame the hot weather.

[Intermediate] – Progress on my shed layout and if and how to paint baseboards.

Sounds good – audio effects for layouts

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layout soundsWe’ve had sound in locomotives but what about sound in your buildings? 

[Intermediate] We’ve had trains with sounds but how about this… A novel, cheap and simple way to add sound effects to a model railway layout.

Point Wiring: A quick tip to eliminate stalling

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I get a lot of email around wiring points. They seem to cause endless problems. I’m working on a guide but in the meantime, here’s a quick walkthrough and tip to  help eliminate stalling on points and reduce the need for constant cleaning.

[Intermediate] Model Railway Points: A quick walkthrough and tip to help eliminate stalling on points and reduce the need for constant cleaning.

Make your own foliage

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make your owln foliage
How a chance email revealed my new favourite way of making foliage and it’s almost free.

make your owln foliage

[intermediate] How a chance email revealed my new favourite way of making bushes and foliage and it’s almost free.