Want to build or build a project in a specific material, there are tips and tutorials on all major model-making and craft materials here to help.

Card

William Doran's Metcalfe kit.

What’s the best glue for paper card models from Metcalfe etc

Few model railway questions have such an absolute answer as this...
model card kit construction

From Flat to Fantastic: Tips for better card kit models

Master the art of card kit construction with these quick, easy, proven tips...
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FREE model railway card building kits, where to get them

Looking for free buildings for your model railway? Paper and card-building kits are simple to...
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Air Drying Clay

make you own stone work

A quick cheap way to make brick and stone walls

Create realistic stone and brickwork walls and ground with this simple technique from a  professional...

How to make model sacks and sandbags

This cheap, quick and simple technique for making sandbags and sacks works for any scale...
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Polymer Clay

Polymer figure on pile of different grit sandpapers.

Frequently asked questions about sanding, buffing and polishing polymer clay

Got questions about sanding, buffing, and polishing Fimo, Sculpey, and other types of polymer clay?...
Sanding polymer clay

How to polish, buff, sand and drill polymer clay

Wondering how to get your polymer clay pieces gleaming with a professional sheen? Whether you’re...
How NOT to lift up polymer clay

How to lift polymer clay without stretching and distortion

Avoid distorting your polymer clay when lifting it from your work surface. These four steps...
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Plasticard

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How to create convincing corners with Plasticard

Plasticard, aka Styrene sheet, is a great material for making buildings but just gluing sheets...
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Holding foam board and plasticard in place when gluing

How to hold plasticard, card or foam board building walls in place why glueing...
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Scatter

Coffee granules - budget dirt for model railway

How To Make Landscape Scatter Materials On A Budget – Thrifty Thursday Model Building Tip, #1

If you’re looking for soil, dirty or sand material for your landscape, park any thoughts...

Grass — Everything You Need To Know

Everything you need to know about model railway grass. From ModelRailwayEngineer.com, the number one source...
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Static Grass

What is a static grass applicator

What is a static grass applicator and what does it do? Read the answer here...

The secret to applying static grass without breaking the bank

This tip is so obvious it’s frequently overlooked yet it’s possibly one of the most...
Photo of static grass mini figure basing using the glue mentioned in the article.

The best glue to use with static grass applicator

Not getting the results expected from a static grass applicator? The problem may be the...
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