Hints & tips for model railway enthusiasts, miniature painters and model makers.
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The pub manager who uses a model train to pull pints in lockdown pub
April 15, 2020
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?
April 9, 2020
How to apply static grass to war game miniature bases when you don't have an electric applicator.
Brunel: 4 Talents Shared By Modellers
April 9, 2020
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
April 8, 2020
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
April 5, 2020
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
April 3, 2020
Create those cool glowing Blue light effects on your miniatures without an airbrush.
The Best Ballasting Tool For N Gauge Model Railways
March 31, 2020
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
March 30, 2020
Give your miniatures a lush green based with this 5 step techniques.
How wide are UK roads in OO and N gauge
March 26, 2020
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
March 24, 2020
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
March 20, 2020
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
March 19, 2020
MRE has won Silver in the 2019 British Model Railway awards.
Making an entrance
March 18, 2020
Progress update on my temporary mini diorama / model railway layout and how I'm making the timber mine entrance.
Make your own ground foam
March 1, 2020
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
15 recycling ideas for model making
February 24, 2020
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?
February 18, 2020
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
February 11, 2020
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
February 6, 2020
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
January 23, 2020
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
January 19, 2020
It's not an obvious choice but this baby accessory turns out to be a perfect small model railway base.
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