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

Author: Andy

How wide are UK roads in OO and N gauge

Road widths for model railways
If your layout features roads you'll want accurate widths for them, why go to all the trouble of making wonderful looking track and scenery only to ruin it [...]

When in lockdown, how to make your own common modelling materials

how to make your own model making supplies
Locked down due to Coronavirus? Can't get out to get model making supplies? Here's how you can make your own. [...]

London Festival of Railway Modelling cancelled, Twitter Festival Starts

In news that will surprise no one, the London Festival of Railway Modelling due to take place at Ally Pally this weekend has been cancelled. But model railway [...]

MRE Another Gong

BRMA 2019
MRE has won Silver in the 2019 British Model Railway awards. [...]

Making An Entrance

Morwellham mine in Devon
Progress update on my temporary mini diorama / model railway layout and how I'm making the timber mine entrance. [...]

Make your own ground foam

Ground foam made in a blender
Making your own ground foam for scenery is fun, much cheaper than buying the commercial stuff and gives your more flexibility in your scenery. But [...]

Save money & the environment with these 15 recycling ideas for model making

cotton buds can be recycled and reused for a model buildings
15 of things from around your house you can recycle and use for model making, wargaming and model railways to save money and environment. [...]

What size is Z scale?

Märklin Modellbahnen Z gauge size compared to OO model train
Z scale model train layouts are increasingly popular due to the small size and hence appeal for those with limited space but what are their dimensions? How [...]

Hidden Away – the genesis of a quick mini project

Hidden away behind a wall of trees, perched half way up a hillside, on the banks of Tamar in deepest Devon, is a small railway. [...]

Get perfect track cuts everytime by using Xuron cutters this way

cutting model railway track
Struggling to get clean, straight ends, for your N, OO and HO track when cutting it? Here's how I use the Xuron cutters to get perfect track every time. [...]

Make a realistic texture thatched roof with this simple but effective technique

making a thatched roof model
Living in Surrey, I see a lot of thatched roofs. There's no denying their beauty. But recreating them in miniature for a model railway or diorama is [...]

A surprising but ideal ready-made base for a fun small model railway

table with N or 009 train
It's not an obvious choice but this baby accessory turns out to be a perfect small model railway base. [...]

A closer look at Hornby’s 2020 100th Anniversary releases

Hornby Brand logos
Graham Muspratt takes a closer look at Hornby's 2020 unveiling from a Southern Railway perspective. [...]

Hornby celebrates 100th year with new and surprising releases

Hornby 2020 100 years anniversary annoucnement
2020 see's Hornby reach its 100th year and to celebrate it's launching a number of limited edition models complete with retro-themed packaging. [...]

10 Must Follow Youtube Channels for Miniature Enthusiasts in 2020

My top 10 packed Youtube channels for miniature painting and modelling tips. [...]

Your chance to vote!

awards2019
Last year, MRE was nominated and went on to win Silver for best website in the British Model Railway Awards. This year, it's been nominated again! [...]

Adding point motors to already laid track

fitting point motors without removing the points
Now filed in a draw marked 'why on earth didn't I think of this' is this marvellous tip from MRE community member Lee Maylon for installing point motors on [...]

London Model Railway Shops: Where to buy

Looking for a model railway shop you can visit, Tom Cunnington, looks at seven shops in London. [...]

An easier way to hold your track in place while gluing

Holding track in place while gluing
Is this the quickest way to fix track down for gluing? [...]

Simple idea that saves time and makes track testing fun

Digital voltage meter
The best ideas, as they say, are the simplest. And never has this been more true than with this bit of lateral thinking from an MRE group member. [...]
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