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

Author: Andy

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 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 [...]

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. [...]

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 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. [...]
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