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Photograph Tips From John Olsen

john olsen model railroad
Creating good photographs of model railways is surprisingly difficult. Here's a few tips from famed model railroader John Olsen on how he created his beautiful [...]

Air Drying Clay: 7 Tips To Help Make Better Models, Easier and Faster

Tips for working with air-drying clay
Want to use air-drying clay for model making and crafting but put off by your first experiences with it? This is for you. [...]

The Best Thickness For Plywood Model Railway Baseboards

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

What military models are suitable for a OO gauge Hornby model railway

model figures scale compared
There are loads of different military model scales available but which are best to go alongside your OO gauge, Hornby, trains. [...]

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 [...]

Tips from an exhibition layout: Oak Road by Mike Buick

Mike Buick Oak Road
Mike Buick will be familiar to many modellers as the creator of the Oak Road layout. It's a beautiful layout exhibition with astonishingly lifelike modelling. [...]

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. [...]

Sunday Scribbles: Madcapped idea for track cleaning

Track cleaning BristleBot
A daft idea that may make track cleaning easier. Has anyone tried it? [...]

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. [...]
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