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Tips and techniques to make and paint better scale models and plastic kits for model railways, military plastic kits, miniatures and wargaming

From Flat to Fantastic: Tips for better card kit models

model card kit construction
Master the art of card kit construction with these quick, easy, proven tips. [...]

An Essential Step for Plastic Miniature & Model Painting?

Washing miniatures and plastic models
Are paint problems ruining your miniature masterpieces? The answer could be as simple as a wash! Discover why washing is a must before painting and how to do [...]

Itty-bitty icicles

how to make miniature icicles.
Add a winter touch to your miniature models with these quick to make Itty-bitty icicles. [...]

The Beginner’s Guide To Static Grass

The Melin Llechi layout
If you're looking to add realistic greenery to your miniature landscapes, static grass is a great option. But, what exactly is static grass and how do you [...]

Ten beginner tips for polymer clay

Hands holding polymer clay
Ten brilliant tips and tricks to get you started creating with polymer clay. [...]

Why polymer clay doesn’t harden when baked?

Polymer clay melting clock
Why your polymer clay creation is still soft and pliable after baking and what you can do to fix it. [...]

Making a model derelict barn

abandoned barn model
Making a scratch built barn to hide the fiddle yard entrance on the layout was a lot of fun. [...]

Best glue to add snow to your buildings

how to fix fake snow to model buildings
If you're making a Christmas diorama or snow scene on your model railway, you'll want snow on not just the ground but on buildings. But what glue should you [...]

Making miniature pumpkins

Miniature pumpkins
Possibly one of the cutest miniatures I've made. [...]

The best temperature and time to bake Fimo polymer play

Oven thermometer showing best temperature for Fimo clay.
One of the most important things to know when baking Fimo is the perfect time and temperature to get the best results. [...]

7 Step Guide To Making Tarpaulin covers

How to make your own tarpaulin covers for wagons
You can buy ready made tarpaulin wagons but you can also make your own. MRE goes undercover to find out how. [...]

How to make model sacks and sandbags

This cheap, quick and simple technique for making sandbags and sacks works for any scale and war game and requires little to now model making skills. [...]

What sponge to use for the best battle damage and weathering results

Weathering a Deathwing Terminator with a house-hold sponge
Want to improve your battle damage look? Sponges are the way to go but the type of sponge you use makes a big difference. [...]

Making OO scale model plants and pots

making oo gauge plants
How to make outdoor ornamental plants and pots for stations, gardens and building fronts. [...]

How to make model roses

how to make model roses oo scale
For a small Valentine's Day diorama on one of my layouts, I wanted an OO scale figure holding some red roses. Here's how I made them. Compared to model [...]

A quick & proven method for making modelling putty / paste

making your own model paste
Just a quick and proven tip to making your own modelling putty when you need to fill a hole on a model or miniature and have run out of, or can't get, your [...]

Model Snowmen: how to make an oo gauge Snowman

model snowman
Want a snowman for your Christmas train set or Winter diorama? Don't have a meltdown making them. Chill out and and follow this simple guide to making your own [...]

How to prevent Humbrol & Revell enamel paint tinlets from drying out

humbrol paint drying out
Follow these simple steps and your Humbrol and Revell tinlets will last for years. [...]

The best glue for metal miniatures

metal miniatures for wargaming
Here's a quick post on how to stick metal miniatures together. [...]

Make a DIY model painting turntable

make your own model painting turntable
How to make a turntable for model and miniature painting. [...]
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