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Model making tools, accessories and materials tired and reviewed.

Making my first exhibition layout, part 1

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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 2020

The Melin Llechi layout
Static grass transforms a layout but laying the stuff is a time hog and getting it to look right even more so. Static grass applicators promise to solve [...]

Dremel 3000 review – the best model making tool in 2020

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 [...]

National Garden Railway Show Exhibition 2015 Review

Model railways aren't just indoors, there's also the the outdoor / garden variety. On Saturday 11th April, the 2015 National Garden Railway exhibition took [...]

Hornby, Peco or Gaugemaster Track Pins… Which are best?

What's the difference between one track pin and another? You wouldn't think much, but there are important variations between the pins from Peco, Hornby [...]
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