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Tips on making a model railway layout, track laying, model making, weathering and scenery construction.

The Best Thickness For Plywood Model Railway Baseboards

What thickness of plywood is best for a model railway baseboard. [...]

Sunday Scribbles: Keep your paint brushes for longer

If you do a lot of painting you'll undoubtedly go through a lot of brushes. I did. But not any more. [...]

DIY point control with Meccano – Frank Hornby’s creations meet

Maccano point control Hornby
Take two of the UK's greatest toy inventor's best products; add a sprinkle of ingenuity and you have DIY point control that Frank Hornby himself would be proud [...]

N Scale compared – can you see the difference between 1:150 or 1:160 buildings?

N scale buildings compared
How do the different sizes of N scale model compare and can they be intermixed? One N scale modeller took a look. [...]

A quick cheap way to make brick and stone walls

make you own stone work
Create realistic stone and brickwork walls and ground with this simple technique from a  professional model maker. [...]

Want the fonts to create model transport road signs? Get them here for free

free downloadable road sign fonts
The Internet is a wonderful place. I can spend all day on it. Especially when I come across sites like this that give away the fonts you can use to create [...]

How to make rock faces and cliffs for your model railway or diorama

how to make model cliffs and rock faces
Creating realistic cliffs and rock formations in miniature is surprisingly difficult but with these techniques, some practice and a bit of time anyone can do [...]

Building a Metcalfe Church? Here’s how to add stained glass windows

Tree of Jesse from York Minster
Models of churches for layouts look great but typically miss one vital element. [...]

Improve your plastic models today by avoiding these 5 common mistakes

model kits gaps unfilled
Avoid these top 5 plastic model making mistakes and improve your model making and layout construction. [...]

How a Blue Peter favourite can help with your layout construction

They've been around for years and are a mainstay of crafters but Velcro and double-sided sticky tape are a godsend for model railways too. [...]

The City on the Edge of Forever

city edge of forever startrek
No, this isn't about a StarTrek themed model railway - how cool would that be! - but a quick tip on how to stop views into a different time and space from [...]

Looking for 00-9 Scale Buildings?

009-00-9 scale model ralway buildings
Looking for 00-9/HOe scale buildings? [...]

Great Model Railway Challenge What I Learned

Great Model Railway Challenge
I was glued to my TV last night watching the first episode of Great Model Railway Challenge. Here's one great tip I picked up. [...]

A hot little tip for keeping your glue flowing

glue need point applicator unblock
I use a lot of these glues. They're ideal for all manner of model making jobs. But there's a problem with them. [...]

Building Bridges: How to make bridges for your model railway

Want a bridge on your model railway? There's more to it than you might think.  [...]

Baseboard backache be gone! Work under your layout in comfort with this handy aid

car creeper
Car mechanics and model railways don't usually make great bedfellows but here's one garage accessory you might want to consider. [...]

Make your own mini-power sander: Sunday Scribbles

make your own mini-sander
Here's a cheap way to make a useful mini-sander, ideal for smoothing edges of plastic models that are too delicate or small for typical off-the-shelf sanders. [...]

How to make scenic cement: my foolproof 3 part recipe for the best ground cover

There's a lot of misunderstanding around scenic glue but it's surprisingly simple once you know how to make it. [...]

And it goes clickety-clack, clickety-clack

If you watch and listen to any real railway you notice a particular noise. [...]

Fitting Point Motors – how to save yourself time now and avoid disruption later

Point motors are expensive and fitting them under baseboards takes time which often holds up layout construction. Here's a great way to get your track laid [...]
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