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Model making tools, accessories, paints and glues and model trains tried, tested and reviewed by a lifelong modeller. No incentives, payment or gifts were exchanged for the reviews with all products were purchased at normal prices.

Best stripping tool for bus wiring

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

Don’t let model making put you in hospital

Me wearing the best mask for spray painting
It won't do for me. Now. [...]

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 [...]

The Best Ballasting Tool For N Gauge Model Railways

Best N Gauge Ballast Spreader
Ballasting is one of those tasks you either love or hate on a model railway. It transforms your track work but is a slow laborious messy process that's hard to [...]

Get perfect track cuts everytime by using Xuron cutters this way

cutting model railway track
Struggling to get clean, straight ends, for your N, OO and HO track when cutting it? Here's how I use the Xuron cutters to get perfect track every time. [...]

Best Ballast Spreader for N, OO and HO track updated for 2022

Best N Gauge Ballast Spreader
Ballast transforms your railway from a train set to model railway but it's time consuming, fiddly and slow to lay. No more with this brilliant little ballast [...]

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. [...]

A rotating tool holder, it’s not what you might expect

rotating model tool and paint holder
Is your workbench a mess, with tools, paints and glues scattered around? Looking for an organiser? I was and have found what could be the perfect rotating [...]

A stable aid to let you keep modelling when your hands shake

arm rest help model making and model trains-small
If tremors and shakes are keeping you away from your model making, this handy accessory will be a game changer for your modelling. [...]

Review Märklin 81701 Z Gauge Train Starter Set

marklin review z gauge
It’s happened again and I was powerless to resist. [...]

The best head magnifier

fancii head magnifier
It happens to us all. Some sooner, some later. But it happens. [...]

Textured Rolling Pins – Useful for UK Model Railways?

Green Stuff World's textured rolling pins are a huge time saver for modelling stone and brick work in military modelling but can they be used for UK model [...]

Best Static grass applicator – which is best, applicators reviewed and rated for 2021

The Melin Llechi layout
Static grass, aka flocking, transforms a layout, model landscape or wargame scene but laying the stuff is a time hog and getting it to look right even more [...]

Dremel 3000 review – the best model making tool in 2021

Dremel 3000 model railway
I'm a long time fan of Dremel's versatile rotary tools and the Dremel 3000 is one of my favourite tools — no make that my number one most used model making [...]

2020 Review: LEGO City High-Speed Passenger Train 60051

While adult model train enthusiasts tend to focus on railways from Hornby, and the like and younger fans attention is drawn to Thomas and Brio, there's another [...]

Review: British Steam BR Standard Locomotives

There are lots of books on steam trains that have promise for railway modellers but this one has real potential. [...]
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