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Short and Sweet Sunday Scribblings: Free Brick Paper

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short-and-sweetLooking for quick, free, way to create brick and stone walls surfaces for your buildings?

Looking for quick, free, way to create brick and stone walls surfaces for your buildings?

Build Fences For The Price Of A Box Of Matches

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Making fences for a model railwayFences are everywhere and if you want your model railway to look realistic you’ll want them on your layout.

Here’s a how to make fences yourself for little more than the price of box of matches.

Fences are everywhere and if you want your model railway to look realistic you’ll want them on your layout. Here’s a how to make fences yourself for little more than the price of box of matches. Updated:23/12/16

Making Glass Windows

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model railway windowsIf you create buildings for your model railway, at some point you’ll want to simulate glass for the windows. Here’s what did and didn’t work on my models.

If you create buildings for your model railway, at some point you’ll want to simulate glass for the windows. Here’s what did and didn’t work on my models. Updated:23/12/16

Model Railway Baseboards – A Low Cost Alternative

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Pallets and steam trainLooking for an easy, quick, alternative to setting up your model railway on the dinner table or floor? Here’s a low cost alternative that won’t break the bank.

Looking for an easy, quick, alternative to setting up your model railway on the dinner table or floor? Here’s a low cost alternative that won’t break the bank. Updated:20/03/16

5 Ways To Build Beautiful Hills On A Budget

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Messy Mountain - close encountersDoes your model railway hill building feel like mountain climbing…

In the rain…

If you want beautiful hills and valleys but are struggling with ugly bumps that look like lumpy mole hills and messy disasters these budget techniques by model making gurus are for you.

Does your model railway hill building feel like mountain climbing… In the rain… If you want beautiful hills and valleys but are struggling with ugly bumps that look like lumpy mole hills and messy disasters these budget techniques by model making gurus are for you. Updated:30/09/16

DIY Budget Hedges – Thrifty Thursday Model Building Tip #3

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How to make your own model railway hedges, picture of finished  hedgeUsing the pre-made commercial hedges on your model railway can be expensive what if there was a way to get hedgerows for a few pounds. Here’s how you can make your own.

Using the pre-made commercial hedges on your model railway can be expensive what if there was a way to get hedgerows for a few pounds. Here’s how you can make your own. Updated:21/05/15

The Lowest Cost Static Grass Applicator – Thrifty Thursday Model Building Tip #2

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This tip is so obvious it’s frequently overlooked yet it’s possibly the one of the most effective and certainly cheapest alternatives to off the shelf static grass applicators.

This tip is so obvious it’s frequently overlooked yet it’s possibly the one of the most effective and certainly cheapest alternatives to off the shelf static grass applicators. Updated:21/05/15

How To Make Landscape Scatter Materials On A Budget – Thrifty Thursday Model Building Tip, #1

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Coffee granules - budget dirt for model railwayIf you’re looking for soil, dirty or sand material for your landscape, park any thoughts of buying scatter materials and head to the kitchen with this weeks Thrifty Thursday Model Railway Building Tip.

If you’re looking for soil, dirty or sand material for your landscape, park any thoughts of buying scatter materials and head to the kitchen with this weeks Thrifty Thursday Model Railway Building Tip. Updated:21/05/15

The Dirt Cheap Technique To Creating Ultra Realistic Rocks and Cliffs

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cliffs model railwayLooking for way to add rocks, mountains and cliff faces to your model railway. Looking to do it on a budget? Here’s a dirt cheap technique to create ultra realistic rocks I’ve used on my railways

Looking for way to add rocks, mountains and cliff faces to your model railway. Looking to do it on a budget? Here’s a dirt cheap technique to create ultra realistic rocks I’ve used on my railways Updated:23/12/16

How to make model trees on a budget

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Looking to build a model railway on a tight budget? Here’s the first in a new series on making model railways when you’re on a tight budget, starting with trees.

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Looking to build a model railway on a tight budget? Here’s the first in a new series on making model railways when you’re on a tight budget, starting with trees. Updated:23/12/16