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Author: Andy

Hornby’s 2021 range launch

Hornby Class 390 Avanti Pendolino
Hornby has unveiled its 2021 range, with new locomotives, train sets, evolutions and re-liveries plus the return of an old friend leading the way. Here's some [...]

making a river, exhibition layout update 7

Starting on the scenery. [...]

Mission impossible: The impossible railway

I've seen some bonkers model railways over the years but nothing compares to this. [...]

Setting up my Christmas tree train

Christmas train set
I've finally gotten around to setting up my Christmas tree and am now starting on the Hornby train to go under it. [...]

A quick & proven method for making modelling putty / paste

making your own model paste
Just a quick and proven tip to making your own modelling putty when you need to fill a hole on a model or miniature and have run out of, or can't get, your [...]

Model Snowmen: how to make an oo gauge Snowman

model snowman
Want a snowman for your Christmas train set or Winter diorama? Don't have a meltdown making them. Chill out and and follow this simple guide to making your own [...]

Is cork underlay needed for track?

This is question that comes up frequently, here are my thoughts. [...]

If you had… Christmas 2020

Hornby Mallard
While on a recent train journey to Cornwall I came across a great idea for a bit of imaginative fun. [...]

Old hand tools: the scratch awl

Scratch awl, what are they
For reasons I can't explain, I love old tools and one of my favourites in my tool box is the scratch awl. [...]

How to painting horses for wargaming

how to paint model horses
If you have horses on your layout or war game and like me struggle with their colouring, this article on the paints to use for credible equine models will [...]

Making miniature muddy swamp water bases

how to make wargame miniature swamp base with water effect
Here's a quick tutorial and guide to making muddy swamp water themed miniature bases. [...]

How to prevent Humbrol & Revell enamel paint tinlets from drying out

humbrol paint drying out
Follow these simple steps and your Humbrol and Revell tinlets will last for years. [...]

A moving waterwheel, update 6

MILL HOUSE
My exhibition layout will feature a mill with turning waterwheel. This article explains the simple electrics behind this. [...]

Adding inertia to DCC locomotives

DCC chip Bachmann 36-566
One of the smarter features of DCC locomotives is the ability to simulate inertia. [...]

The best glue for metal miniatures

metal miniatures for wargaming
Here's a quick post on how to stick metal miniatures together. [...]

How to create convincing corners with Plasticard

how to make plasticard corners
Plasticard, aka Styrene sheet, is a great material for making buildings but just gluing sheets together can leave you with ugly corners. This article looks at [...]

Signalling – Basics: Point Roding

point rodding
How steam-era railway signalling was controlled. [...]

Building an OO scale mill house, update 5

wills kits ct22 kit
Building a mill house. [...]

Revision, exhibition layout update 4

With the baseboard construction and track laid down, I've had a chance to plan some of the detail of the layout and typically this highlighted a problem. [...]

Track laying – exhibition layout update 3

laying model railway track
Now for the fun part. [...]
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