Posts Tagged ‘Tips’

The easiest fix for wagons derailing on points

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If your wagons derail or jump while crossing points here’s one of the most common and easiest solutions. Read Now

If your wagons derail or jump while crossing points here’s one of the most common and easiest solutions

Plant your buildings – Manic Monday Tip #2

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model railway buildings tipAnother quick job that can be carried out on your model railway when time is tight. Read Now

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Another quick job to improve the look and realism of your layout when you don’t have much time.

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

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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.

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.

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. Read Now

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

Cheap, easy, lights for your layout

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Lights for model railway building‘Tis the season of goodwill and festive cheer, so let me brighten up your railway with this quick and cheap way of adding lights to your layout. Read Now

[Intermediate] A quick, simple and cheap tip for adding lights to your layout.

How to tip: cheap, authentic, point control

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manual point switchingUsing electric point motors for a model railway can get expensive. But if you just want to remotely control your points there’s an alternative, cheaper, way.  Read Now

Looking for a way to operate the points and switches on your railway without the cost and complexity of electric motors. Here’s an old school but low cost authentic alternative solution.

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? Read Now

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

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, […]