Model train tips and techniques

Tips and guides to planning, designing, building and maintaining layouts for model trains.

Scale modelling & mini painting 

From Airfix and Dark Sword to Tamiya and Warhammer, scale modelling and miniature painting tips and tutorials to help you get the best from your plastic and metal kits and minis.

From the archives

Answers to common model railway construction questions from the MRE archives.

Model train track tips

How to plan, lay and wire model train track for all gauges, including Hornby OO.


Diorama / scenery modelling guides

Rivers, ponds, hills, roads, fields, trees and grass making tips and techniques to help you make stunning scenery for model railways and dioramas.

Latest articles

Tales from the workbench, show reports, engineering projects and life in the man-cave.


Tools, accessories, trains and models tried, tested and reviewed.