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

Model Railways

Everything you need to know about building and creating model railways, including baseboards, track work, landscaping and DCC and DC electrics.

Is cork underlay needed for track?

This is question that comes up frequently, here are my thoughts. [...]

If you had… Christmas 2020

Hornby Mallard
While on a recent train journey to Cornwall I came across a great idea for a bit of imaginative fun. [...]

Signalling – Basics: Point Roding

point rodding
How steam-era railway signalling was controlled. [...]

Ferrules, how and why to use them

electrical ferrules
Want to improve your electrical wiring contacts? Meet the electrical ferrule. [...]

Track planning on modular base boards

Track plan
My exhibition layout has been designed with a track plan finalised but track plans for modular baseboards are slightly different to normal layouts. [...]

Improve your Christmas train set with these 5 charming extras

scale model snow covered tree and snowman
If you have or are planning to have a Hornby OO scale model train running around tree or dinner table this Christmas, bring it to life with these delightful [...]

Heat shrink protecting T junction cable joins

Heat shrink tubing
How to insulate wire T solder joints with heat shrink tubbing. You can't just slide heat shrink tubing over a T joint. [...]

A primer on wire sizes

model railway wiring
Using the right wire for a model railway will not only be cheaper it'll make the wiring easier. But what are the right sizes of wire to use. [...]

Best stripping tool for bus wiring

best wire stripper
The easiest, fastest and best way to cut and strip wires for electrical work. [...]

Layout soldeirng tips for wiring you can trust

how to solder wire joints
A step-by-step pictorial guide to soldering strong, reliable, wiring. [...]

A prototype inglenbook track plan

Inglenook shunting puzzle prototype
Love industrial heritage? Fancy an inglenook model railway shunting puzzle layout? Here's an industrial narrow gauge line that has an inglenook built in. [...]

Z Gauge Vs OO Gauge

OO gauge vs Z gauge locomotives
OO gauge is the most popular UK model railway gauge, Z gauge is the smallest commercially available model trains. Both have strengths and weaknesses. Here's [...]

Making my first exhibition layout, part 1

modular baseboard
It was just another email. [...]

The best model railway controllers for DC / Analogue layouts

Gaugemaster Q controller
Want to upgrade from the standard model train controller? Not sure which controller to buy? This is my guide to picking the best analogue to fit your budget [...]

Resources for Tri-ang railway collectors

Tri-ang catalogue 11th Editiion
No man is an island and no collector can amass the perfect collection all by him (or her) self. Here are contacts, resources and businesses I've found useful [...]

Is this the world’s smallest every model railway

There are lots of contenders to the smallest model railway but NOTHING I've seen comes close to this one. [...]

My Tri-ang Collection

Triang 253 shunter
I'm a bit of a Tri-ang train fan and collect original vintage rolling stock, here are a few photos of favourite items from my collection. [...]

Plywood – what you need to know before buying

Plywood is a simple material, very versatile and great material for a model railway baseboard top. Here's what you need to know before buying. [...]

How to make the three most common woodwork joints

Wood work joints for model railway baseboards
If you're building a model railway baseboard from wood you'll need to join various bits of wood together. Here's how to make the three most common wood work [...]

Layout ideas clipbook: roundly roundly / rabbit warren

model railway small layout clipbook
Here's an idea for a fun and delightful layout idea that will challenge during its build and give endless hours of entertainment when operating. [...]
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