Hints & tips for model railway enthusiasts, miniature painters and model makers.

Author: Andy

Ferrules, how and why to use them

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

Track planning on modular base boards, exhibition layout, part 2

Track plan
My exhibition layout has been designed with a track plan finalised but track plans for modular baseboards are slightly different to normal layouts. [...]

Improve your Christmas train set with these 5 charming extras

scale model snow covered tree and snowman
If you have or are planning to have a Hornby OO scale model train running around tree or dinner table this Christmas, bring it to life with these delightful [...]

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. [...]

How to safely clean model trains + what NOT to use

model train covered in dust
How to keep your model trains or plastic models clean without damaging the plastic, paint or decals. [...]

Make a DIY model painting turntable

make your own model painting turntable
How to make a turntable for model painting. [...]

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. [...]

Improve your goods sheds with this guide

An invaluable reference resource for goods sheds. [...]

Don’t let model making put you in hospital

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

A prototype inglenbook track plan

Inglenook shunting puzzle prototype
Love industrial heritage? Fancy an inglenook model railway shunting puzzle layout? Here's an industrial narrow gauge line that has an inglenook built in. [...]

Z Gauge Vs OO Gauge

OO gauge vs Z gauge locomotives
OO gauge is the most popular UK model railway gauge, Z gauge is the smallest commercially available model trains. Both have strengths and weaknesses. Here's [...]

Wet pallets: a must have painting accessory

Wet Pallet
If you haven't aren't using a wet pallet you're missing out. [...]

Old Triang trains on modern Hornby track, yes or no

Tri-Ang R153
I'd love to give you a simple yes or no answer to this question but unfortunately the answer isn't as clear cut. [...]

Making my first exhibition layout, part 1

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

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 [...]

Handy station building resource

Station colours website
A goldmine for station modellers. [...]

Resources for Tri-ang railway collectors

Tri-ang catalogue 11th Editiion
No man is an island and no collector can amass the perfect collection all by him (or her) self. Here are contacts, resources and businesses I've found useful [...]

Rails of Sheffield falls out with Hornby

Rails of Sheffield
Rails of Sheffield have announced that they will be unable to supply forthcoming Hornby products. [...]
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