Make. Paint. Build: Tips and tutorials for model train enthusiasts, modellers and miniature painters.

Model Buildings

How to assemble, make and paint scale model buildings for model railways, dioramas and war gaming.

A moving waterwheel

MILL HOUSE
My exhibition layout will feature a mill with turning waterwheel. This article explains the simple electrics behind this. [...]

How to create convincing corners with Plasticard

how to make plasticard corners
Plasticard, aka Styrene sheet, is a great material for making buildings but just gluing sheets together can leave you with ugly corners. This article looks at [...]

Handy station building resource

Station colours website
A goldmine for station modellers. [...]

Vintage Signs For Your Layout

Old Advertising Sign
Looking for vintage advertising artwork for shop signs and posters on your layout or diorama? This is a fantastic resource. [...]

Making an entrance

Morwellham mine in Devon
Progress update on my temporary mini diorama / model railway layout and how I'm making the timber mine entrance. [...]

Make a realistic thatched roof

making a thatched roof model
Living in Surrey, I see a lot of thatched roofs. There's no denying their beauty. But recreating them in miniature for a model railway or diorama is [...]

Holding foam board and plasticard in place when gluing

When making buildings from either foam board, plasticard (styrene sheet) or card - such as Metcalfe kits - a common problem is how to hold the various pieces [...]

FREE model railway card building kits, updated for 2020

card kit building free
Looking for free buildings for your model railway? Paper and card building kits are simple to make, realistic and best of all there are lots of them available [...]

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.  [...]

Garden Railway Buildings – The Best Materials To Use

300 buildings garden railway
"Honey, do we have money in the railroad budget for replacing the movie theater building"? Why do we need to replace it, it's only three years [...]

What glue to use to stick tinfoil: Sunday Scribbles

how to glue tinfoil
What's the best glue to stick Aluminium (tin) foil? It makes great corrugated roofing but how to glue it? [...]

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. [...]

Plant your buildings – Manic Monday Tip #2

model railway buildings tip
Another quick job that can be carried out on your model railway when time is tight. [...]

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. [...]

How to make your own stone bridge.

Want a stone bridge on your railway? You could go and buy a plastic kit... Or you follow these 7 steps and make you own. [...]

Adding realism to your plastic buildings

Plastic kits make it easy to add buildings to your layout but they often lack the finishing touch and can look like fake. Here's an incredibly quick and easy [...]

Where darkness resides

Adding internal lighting to the buildings on a layout is increasingly easy and growing in popularity amongst railway modellers but if you've done it you'll [...]

How To Make A Cornwall Tin Mine

I'm now getting to one of the two main focal points and most demanding model making elements of Landreath, my Cornwall mine themed model railway. Here's [...]

Build An Authentic Coal Staithe In 5 Steps

No steam model railway is complete without a coal yard. Here's how to get make and paint your own staithe in 5 easy steps. [...]

Achieving An Authentic Finish For Model Railway Buildings

Looking to add a stunningly detailed and authentic finishing to your buildings? Get your paint brushes ready... [...]
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