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Make. Paint. Build: Tips and tutorials for model trains, scale modellers and miniature war games.

Author: Andy

From Flat to Fantastic: Tips for better card kit models

model card kit construction
Master the art of card kit construction with these quick, easy, proven tips. [...]

Don’t Get Derailed

Photo of model railway track
New to track laying? Read these eleven beginner-friendly tips to laying track like a pro. [...]

An Essential Step for Plastic Miniature & Model Painting?

Washing miniatures and plastic models
Are paint problems ruining your miniature masterpieces? The answer could be as simple as a wash! Discover why washing is a must before painting and how to do [...]

Itty-bitty icicles

how to make miniature icicles.
Add a winter touch to your miniature models with these quick to make Itty-bitty icicles. [...]

The Beginner’s Guide To Static Grass

The Melin Llechi layout
If you're looking to add realistic greenery to your miniature landscapes, static grass is a great option. But, what exactly is static grass and how do you [...]

Ten beginner tips for polymer clay

Hands holding polymer clay
Ten brilliant tips and tricks to get you started creating with polymer clay. [...]

Transform Your Clay Creations: The Advantages of Using Polymer Clay

Are you tired of using air-drying clay that cracks and crumbles? Have you been searching for a more versatile and durable option? Look no further than polymer [...]

What is 1:12 scale

LUNDBY Dolls House Furniture Bedroom Set
Discover the world of 1:12th scale miniatures! What it is, its uses and popular manufacturers. [...]

Why polymer clay doesn’t harden when baked?

Polymer clay melting clock
Why your polymer clay creation is still soft and pliable after baking and what you can do to fix it. [...]

Keeping your shed, cabin, garage warm in Winter

new log cabin
Model railway or workshop in a garage or shed? Live in the Northern Hemisphere? Here's what you need to do to protect your layout and trains in the cold winter [...]

Static grass miniature bases – how to

Adding static grass to a warhammer space wolf
Creating static grass bases for minis, in my case Space Wolves. [...]

Making a miniature Christmas Tree

Miniature doll house christmas tree
Fancy a decorated Christmas tree for an Xmas themed diorama or dolls house? Here's how I made this one. [...]

Making a model derelict barn

abandoned barn model
Making a scratch built barn to hide the fiddle yard entrance on the layout was a lot of fun. [...]

Best glue to add snow to your buildings

how to fix fake snow to model buildings
If you're making a Christmas diorama or snow scene on your model railway, you'll want snow on not just the ground but on buildings. But what glue should you [...]

Making miniature pumpkins

Miniature pumpkins
Possibly one of the cutest miniatures I've made. [...]

The best temperature and time to bake Fimo polymer play

Oven thermometer showing best temperature for Fimo clay.
One of the most important things to know when baking Fimo is the perfect time and temperature to get the best results. [...]

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. [...]

Covid brings about a new man-cave

Time for a new home... Again.... [...]

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. [...]
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