Make. Paint. Build: Tips and tutorials for model trains, scale modellers and miniature war games.

Model Railways

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

How to attach wires to model train track

soldering wire to oo gauge track
Moving up from track clips to attaching power wires to track? Here are 3 techniques, how to do each and the pluses and minuses of each. [...]

I didn’t mean to do that

spilt fluid
How working on the model river lead to flooding one of my points with masking fluid! [...]

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. [...]

Mission impossible: The impossible railway

I've seen some bonkers model railways over the years but nothing compares to this. [...]

Setting up my Christmas tree train

Christmas train set
I've finally gotten around to setting up my Christmas tree and am now starting on the Hornby train to go under it. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]
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