Make. Paint. Build: Tips and tutorials for model train enthusiasts, modellers and miniature painters.

Author: Andy

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. [...]

Backscene Selection

Tamar valley
For me, the backscenes of layouts are critical. [...]

Ferrules, how and why to use them

electrical ferrules
Want to improve your electrical wiring contacts? Meet the electrical ferrule. [...]

Track planning on modular base boards, update 2

Track plan
My exhibition layout has been designed with a track plan finalised but track plans for modular baseboards are slightly different to normal layouts. [...]

Improve your Christmas train set with these 5 charming extras

scale model snow covered tree and snowman
If you have or are planning to have a Hornby OO scale model train running around tree or dinner table this Christmas, bring it to life with these delightful [...]

Heat shrink protecting T junction cable joins

Heat shrink tubing
How to insulate wire T solder joints with heat shrink tubbing. You can't just slide heat shrink tubing over a T joint. [...]

How to safely clean model trains + what NOT to use

model train covered in dust
How to keep your model trains or plastic models clean without damaging the plastic, paint or decals. [...]

The lowest priced Hornby train

Hornby r3359-rothery-industries train lowest price
Looking for the lowest price Hornby train for a present or gift. MRE has tracked it down. [...]

Make a DIY model painting turntable

make your own model painting turntable
How to make a turntable for model and miniature painting. [...]

A primer on wire sizes

model railway wiring
Using the right wire for a model railway will not only be cheaper it'll make the wiring easier. But what are the right sizes of wire to use. [...]

What is N gauge model trains?

n gauge train repair
N gauge is hugely popular but what is it? Here's what you need to know before leaping in to the world of N scale model railways. [...]

Best stripping tool for bus wiring

best wire stripper
The easiest, fastest and best way to cut and strip wires for electrical work. [...]

Layout soldeirng tips for wiring you can trust

how to solder wire joints
A step-by-step pictorial guide to soldering strong, reliable, wiring. [...]

Improve your goods sheds with this guide

An invaluable reference resource for goods sheds. [...]

Don’t let model making put you in hospital

Me wearing the best mask for spray painting
It won't do for me. Now. [...]

A prototype inglenbook track plan

Inglenook shunting puzzle prototype
Love industrial heritage? Fancy an inglenook model railway shunting puzzle layout? Here's an industrial narrow gauge line that has an inglenook built in. [...]

Z Gauge Vs OO Gauge

OO gauge vs Z gauge locomotives
OO gauge is the most popular UK model railway gauge, Z gauge is the smallest commercially available model trains. Both have strengths and weaknesses. Here's [...]

Wet pallets: a must have painting accessory

Wet Pallet
If you haven't aren't using a wet pallet you're missing out. [...]

Old Triang trains on modern Hornby track, yes or no

Tri-Ang R153
I'd love to give you a simple yes or no answer to this question but unfortunately the answer isn't as clear cut. [...]
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