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

Scenery And Terrain Tips & Tutorials

Tips, tutorials and guides to create rivers, ponds, hills, valleys, fields, trees and bushes for model railways, war games and dioramas.

Subtopics: Model water | Hills | Rocks & cliff faces | Trees | Static Grass & Scatter

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How To Make Your Own Grass Tufts

Looking for a cheap grass tufts? Here's an easy DIY method to produce your own. [...]

Make Your Own Tree Stumps And For Free! – Thrifty Thursday Model Building Tip #4

Take a look at any railway banks, you'll see stumps and branches where trees have been cut back to prevent damage to passing trains and prevent falling [...]

How to make mountains and hills – 5 steps from model making gurus

Does your model railway hill building feel like mountain climbing? In the rain... If you want beautiful hills and valleys but are struggling with ugly [...]

We’re Going To Need A Bigger Room – Monday Model Railway Factoid #7

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Struggling with Papier-mâché and plaster on your layout? Spare a thought for these model railway builders from Germany,California and New Jersey who build [...]

DIY Budget Hedges – Thrifty Thursday Model Building Tip #3

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Using the pre-made commercial hedges on your model railway can be expensive what if there was a way to get hedgerows for a few pounds. Here's how you can make [...]

Create Super Realistic Streams & Rivers For Your Model Railway In 5 Steps

Water is a key feature of our environment so it should naturally be a key feature on your model railway but creating a credible water look is surprisingly [...]

The Lowest Cost Static Grass Applicator – Thrifty Thursday Model Building Tip #2

This tip is so obvious it's frequently overlooked yet it's possibly one of the most effective and certainly cheapest alternatives to off the shelf static grass [...]

How To Make Landscape Scatter Materials On A Budget – Thrifty Thursday Model Building Tip, #1

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If you're looking for soil, dirty or sand material for your landscape, park any thoughts of buying scatter materials and head to the kitchen with this weeks [...]

The Dirt Cheap Technique To Creating Ultra Realistic Rocks and Cliffs

Looking for a way to add rocks, mountains and cliff faces to your model railway. Looking to do it on a budget? Here's a dirt cheap technique to create [...]

How to make model trees on a budget

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Looking to build a model railway on a tight budget? Here's the first in a new series on making model railways when you're on a tight budget, starting with [...]

For the love of trees

If you want your layout to look authentic and lifelike there's a quick and easy tip you can use. [...]

Model Railway Trees: How To Make Your Own Trees In 5 Steps

Look at any good model railway layout and you'll see trees. Here, in 5 five easy steps, is how to make your own trees out of objects from around your home. [...]
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