Hints & tips for model railway enthusiasts, miniature painters and model makers.

Intermediate

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

Track Planning Software

Layout in 3D
I recently wanted to flesh out the track plan for the latest incarnation of my Cornish themed layout, here's how I got on with various track planning [...]

A layout construction question and suggestion

Toby J. recently reached out to me to discuss a baseboard he was making. He'd seen a friend's railway and set out to build his own OO gauge layout. Having [...]

How to fit platform lights

No model railway station is complete without platform lighting. Here's how to do it in five simple steps and a video walkthrough. [...]

What is the best oil to lubricate your model train with & what NOT to use

From time-to-time every model locomotive needs oiling to keep it running smoothly. But what's the best fluid to use? [...]

Mini-Me, printed in 3D

Do you have a mini-you on the layout? [...]

Six simple steps you can use to make glorious model mud

how to make model mud for a diorama or model railway
Mud glorious mud. Or it is until you try to recreate it in model form. Here are six simple steps you can follow to make marvellously messy mud.   [...]

The best of both in 4ft square

How to have a railway that looks good from a distance with lovely large landscapes features but also works up close with lots of detail visible in your figures [...]

Humbrol Clear Gloss – What, How, Why

Humbrol's Gloss Clear is an often overlooked material for model making but it's an incredibly useful and is far more than just a clear finish. [...]

A Quick, Simple, Action You Can Take Now To Make Your Railway Look More Realistic

rails model railway
Adding that sought after 'authentic' feel to a model railway usually involves slow, intricate and detailed model work. But here's a quick, easy, and often [...]

How to fix your buildings down without fixing them down

If you're still building a layout and continually moving buildings around while working on it, this is for you. [...]

How to Make OO Scale Corrugated Roofing

corrugated roofing model how to make
Corrugated sheeting is a common material on railway buildings, particularly in the late steam era, but how can you make it? [...]

Legendary railway modeller John H. Ahern’s advice on the best material for landscaping

Looking for the best material for landscape modelling? Here's what one of the legends of model railway building used. [...]

What’s the cheapest way to make wonderful water for your models

model railway water
What is the cheapest way to make a beautiful river, pond, lake or sea for your models? You might be surprised. [...]

3 Model Railway Building Tricks You Can Learn From Blade Runner

blade runner model railway 2
Three tricks used by the master model makers behind Blade Runner that you can use to improve your model railway. [...]

How to work with Styrofoam and Polystyrene

Styrofoam and Polystyrene are amongst my favourite landscape construction materials. [...]

How to Fit SEEP Point Motors

How to fit SEEP point motors. Michael Campbell details his approach. [...]

Scratch Build: Slate Roofs

make your own slate roof
Most model railways are seen from above so roofs are one of the most important aspects but making realistic, credible, roofs is a skill that escapes many. [...]

7 Steps To Laying Scatter + Help A Fellow Modeller

laying scatter
Mike M. emailed in recently with what seemed like an easy question. [...]
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