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A flexible hack to making correct curves with flexi-track

flexible track template hack
If you use flexible track but don't have Tracksetta templates this tip will save lots of frustration. [...]

Add more power: Manic Monday Quick Tips #1

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. [...]

A quick tip from the school of the blindingly obvious

scatter model railway wargames tip
If you lay your scatter, as I do, by sprinkling the stuff from your fingers you'll love - or perhaps hate - this tip. [...]

How to make your own scatter & why I’ll never buy scatter material again

How to make your own scatter
I'll never buy scatter for my model railway again. [...]

How I Now Make My Own Plaster Cloth For Hills, Tunnels and Landscapes

How to make your own plaster cloth
I'm a huge fan of plaster cloth. It's messy, it works and it's super satisfying but it also costs. Until now. [...]

The quickest way to ballast track? Beginners tip

Let'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 [...]

Making Statues for Town and City scenes

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 [...]

Hiding the gap between baseboards

If you have portable baseboards and want to hide the gap between them when the layout is joined up this tip I saw on an exhibition layout could be just the [...]

These chalk weathering tips give stunning 3D authentic finishes

I've been looking for a way to get a super realistic rust effect on my trains. These two tips produced the authentic finish I wanted and even better use artist [...]