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

Electrics

Hints, tips and advice on installing, building and fixing model railway electrics and wiring.

Spaghetti free wiring

Here's a handy little tip to reduce cable chaos on your layout. [...]

Background scenic sounds

model railway
Want ambient background sounds on your layout, it's cheaper and easier than might you think. [...]

Model train wiring for dummies

books about model railway wiring
The best instructional/reference books to help you get started with model railway 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. [...]

Ferrules, how and why to use them

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

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. [...]

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 [...]

What voltage do N scale model trains run on

What's the best voltage for N scale trains to run on? [...]

How to wire Circuitron Tortoise Point Motors

Tortoise passing contact switch wiring
Here's a quick simple guide to how I wire my Tortoise slow-motion point motors and use them with Lever operated passing contact switches. [...]

What magic is this? How do I get working bicycles on my model railway?

cyclist magnorail
You've probably seen moving cars, buses and lorries on model railways but how about bicycles complete with cyclists, their legs furiously moving up and down? [...]

Light up with Magnets – How to easily and flexibly illuminate your buildings

A simple technique for wiring your buildings for lighting while still allowing them to be easily moved and worked on. [...]

How to fit platform lights

No model railway station is complete without platform lighting. Here's how to do it in five simple steps and a video walkthrough. [...]

DC or DCC? What do you prefer and why

This is one of those topics that everyone has a view on. But what do real-world modellers prefer? [...]

Fixing & connecting wires together without soldering

track wiring
If you struggle with joining wires — such as track feeders to bus wiring — this is for you. [...]

A handy modelling tool

model tool
If only I had more fingers. That’s something almost every modeller has uttered at one point or another. [...]

How to join and solder wires for the most reliable connections

soldering wire how to
How have I missed this?  [...]

Electrics, an update on the £35 Model Railway Project

diy model railway controller track wiring
The electrics: A gamble that worked but I'm behind schedule. [...]
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