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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

15 recycling ideas for model making

cotton buds can be recycled and reused for a model buildings
15 of things from around your house you can recycle and use for model making, wargaming and model railways to save money and environment. [...]

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 [...]

A mystical experience

Philip Reed
What I saw took me back to childhood... [...]

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. [...]

Holding foam board and plasticard in place when gluing

engineers block
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 [...]

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. [...]

Masters Brush Cleaner, review

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

Now I am become Stig, the model builder

stig fo the dump
How I went full Stig of the Dump for the sake of my models. [...]

What size are OO scale figures?

Looking for plastic figures for your OO, Hornby, model railway? There are many figures available but what size is right for your layout? [...]

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

British street 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 [...]

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. [...]

What’s the best glue for paper card models from Metcalfe etc

William Doran's Metcalfe kit.
Few model railway questions have such an absolute answer as this. [...]

Cleaning up sprue marks and mould lines on plastic models and miniatures

how to remove sprue marks and mould lines from plastic models
How to remove unsightly sprue marks and mould lines from plastic models, miniatures and Gundam kits. [...]

A hot little tip for keeping your glue flowing

glue need point applicator unblock
I use a lot of Revell Contacta glue. It's ideal for all manner of model making jobs. But there's a problem with them. [...]

FREE model railway card building kits, updated for 2022

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.  [...]

Instant inspiration – modellers to follow on Instagram

model railway instagram
I'm a BIG fan of Instagram. I find it a huge source of inspiration for my modeling and there are some really great folks there happy to share and suggest [...]

Puzzled by Paints? Model Making Painting Basics 1: Acrylics – what you need to know

model making acrylc paints tutorial
Acrylic paints are one of the most popular types of paint used for model making but what's the difference between the different makes, the varnishes, and [...]
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