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

Author: Andy

Vintage Signs For Your Layout

Old Advertising Sign
Looking for vintage advertising artwork for shop signs and posters on your layout or diorama? This is a fantastic resource. [...]

The best model scale to match 28mm war game figures

If you're looking for buildings, vehicles, accessories and scenery to go with 28mm war gaming and table top figures you'll need to the know scale. [...]

How to make the three most common woodwork joints for a baseboard that will last and last

Wood work joints for model railway baseboards
If you're building a model railway baseboard from wood you'll need to join various bits of wood together. Here's how to make the three most common wood work [...]

How to make your own precision glue dispenser

precision glue applicator for model making
Improve the accuracy of glue placement on your models with this DIY precision glue dispenser. [...]

Layout ideas clipbook: roundly roundly / rabbit warren

model railway small layout clipbook
Here's an idea for a fun and delightful layout idea that will challenge during its build and give endless hours of entertainment when operating. [...]

Organising and storing my paints

MRE at the workbench
Life in lock down continues, as does the move to our new house, all of which is putting a damper on my man-cave activities.  Instead, I've been looking at [...]

Don’t use this for baseboards

I'm always on the look out for new, cheaper or better materials to build model railways with so when someone wrote in suggesting fibreboard I had to give [...]

It’s a Grand Design

grand designs kevin mccloud
I'm not going to spoil this by saying anything, if you're a fan of Channel 4's Grand Design, Kevin McCloud and models just watch. [...]

The pub manager who uses a model train to pull pints in lockdown pub

pub model train lockdown
This is my kind of pub!  The manager of the Chestnut Pub in Radcliffe-on-Trent is putting his model train to good use for a bit of fun during the lockdown. [...]

How to apply static grass to miniature bases without applicator?

How to apply static grass to war game miniature bases when you don't have an electric applicator. [...]

Brunel: 4 Talents Shared By Modellers

Isambard Kingdom Brunel is a personal hero of mine, an inspiration behind many of my models and one of two patron saints of Model Railway Engineer. [...]

Protecting your rails while painting track

Most model railway track come with black sleepers. These look nothing like the real thing and many modellers paint them a more authentic colour. Browns for [...]

How to test a model train without tools

Testing a model train with a 9v battery
How to test locomotives when out and about and you don't have your usual tools handy. [...]

How to create a glowing Blue light effect WITHOUT an airbrush

Glowing blue light effect without using an airbrush
Create those cool glowing Blue light effects on your miniatures without an airbrush.  [...]

The Best Ballasting Tool For N Gauge Model Railways

Best N Gauge Ballast Spreader
Ballasting is one of those tasks you either love or hate on a model railway. It transforms your track work but is a slow laborious messy process that's hard to [...]

Static grass basing – how to make static grass bases for miniatures

grass miniature bases
Give your miniatures a lush green based with this 5 step techniques. [...]

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 [...]

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

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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. [...]
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