Model train tips and techniques

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


War game & diorama scenery tips

Rivers, ponds, hills, roads, fields, trees and grass making tips and techniques to help you make landscape and scenery for table top war games (Warhammer, Malifaux, Warlord Games etc), model railways and dioramas.

Scale modelling & mini painting 

From Airfix and Dark Sword to Tamiya and Warhammer, bring your scale models and miniatures to life with these painting tips and tutorials.

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.


From the workbench

Workbench updates, layout progress and show reports, engineering projects and life in the man-cave.


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


Diary of a miniaturist   

Personal anecdotes and stories from my model-making experiences.
Parkside desktop disc sander

Taking a new tool for a spin

When old and cherished hand tools meet the ease, speed and convenience of a modern ...
spilt fluid

I didn’t mean to do that

How working on the model river lead to flooding one of my points with masking ...
Me wearing the best mask for spray painting

Don’t let model making put you in hospital

It won’t do for me. Now. Updated:Wednesday, February 22, 2023 ...
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