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Author: Andy

Adding animals, update 10

oo scale dog
As a break from building construction for the layout, I painted a few more animals that will be live around the railway. [...]

Modelling a smithy, exhibition layout update 9

Photo of OO gauge blacksmiths
With the goods shed almost complete, I've moved onto to the smithy. [...]

Finishing touches

scale model pigeon
I've recently finished another building for my exhibition layout. Well, it'll do for now. [...]

How to re-fix stickers on old rolling stock

Tri-Ang R153
On older rolling stock, the transfers can sometime work free. Here's a quick tip to fixing them back. [...]

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. [...]

Never Use These Three Materials For Your Model Railway Baseboard

Just don't use these. Trust me. [...]

7 Step Guide To Making Tarpaulin covers

How to make your own tarpaulin covers for wagons
You can buy ready made tarpaulin wagons but you can also make your own. MRE goes undercover to find out how. [...]

How to make model sacks and sandbags

This cheap, quick and simple technique for making sandbags and sacks works for any scale and war game and requires little to now model making skills. [...]

Another award

Bloggy Award
Model Railway Engineer bags another award. [...]

What sponge to use for the best battle damage and weathering results

Weathering a Deathwing Terminator with a house-hold sponge
Want to improve your battle damage look? Sponges are the way to go but the type of sponge you use makes a big difference. [...]

Fixing buildings down

model train building
How to secure buildings to the baseboard but still allow them to be removed later. [...]

Model train wiring for dummies

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

Layout wiring, update 8

Model railway layout wiring
For a change I decided not to break anything on my exhibition layout. [...]

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. [...]

How to make a frozen lake model or diorama

model frozen lake scene
Want to make a believable Winter frozen lake scene for your model train layout or diorama? Don't get cold feet, here's how to model that frozen ice look. [...]

What’s the best paint for expanded Polystyrene / Styrofoam

lots of expanded polysyrene foam
So you've created your landscape with expanded Polystyrene. Now to paint it. Don't ruin your would be lush landscape by using the wrong paint. Here's the best [...]

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. [...]

How to make model roses

how to make model roses oo scale
For a small Valentine's Day diorama on one of my layouts, I wanted an OO scale figure holding some red roses. Here's how I made them. Compared to model [...]
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