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The best aid to help see when your eyesight fades

fancii head magnifier It happens to us all. Some sooner, some later. But it happens. [more]

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Model Railway Baseboards – A Low Cost Alternative

Looking for an easy, quick, alternative to setting up your model railway on the dinner table or floor? Here's a low cost alternative that won't break the bank. [...]

Make Your Own Tree Stumps And For Free! – Thrifty Thursday Model Building Tip #4

Take a look at any railway banks, you'll see stumps and branches where trees have been cut back to prevent damage to passing trains and prevent falling branches blocking [...]

How to make mountains and hills – 5 steps from model making gurus

Does your model railway hill building feel like mountain climbing? In the rain... If you want beautiful hills and valleys but are struggling with ugly bumps that look [...]

St Blazey Model Railway Prototype Pictures – Close Ups

I spent the early May bank holiday week in Cornwall and not being one to miss an opportunity I sneaked off to do some more research on the railway at St Blazey and Par - on [...]

We’re Going To Need A Bigger Room – Monday Model Railway Factoid #7

Model Railway Mountains
Struggling with Papier-mâché and plaster on your layout? Spare a thought for these model railway builders from Germany,California and New Jersey who build the biggest [...]

DIY Budget Hedges – Thrifty Thursday Model Building Tip #3

Using the pre-made commercial hedges on your model railway can be expensive what if there was a way to get hedgerows for a few pounds. Here's how you can make your own. [...]

Create Super Realistic Streams & Rivers For Your Model Railway In 5 Steps

Water is a key feature of our environment so it should naturally be a key feature on your model railway but creating a credible water look is surprisingly difficult. Here, in [...]

Everything You Could Want To Know About Sleepers – Monday Model Railway Factoid, #6

Sleepers are critical to railways and to vital for authentic model railways but what are their origins? How many are there? Here's all you could want to know about these [...]

The Lowest Cost Static Grass Applicator – Thrifty Thursday Model Building Tip #2

This tip is so obvious it's frequently overlooked yet it's possibly one of the most effective and certainly cheapest alternatives to off the shelf static grass applicators. [...]

How To Pick The Right Ballast For The Most Realistic Model Railway

The ballast on railways wasn't always grey and if you want your model railway to be authentic you'll need to get the colour and texture right on your layout. [...]

The Origins of Ballast – Monday Model Railway Factoid, #5

Even wondered what the origins of ballast are and why it's even called ballast? Read on for the fascinating history of the small grey stones found between track rails. [...]

Where To Keep A Simple Model Railway – 3 Quick Suggestions

If you're building a simple model railway for your children or perhaps are just starting and only want to dabble you don't need a fixed dedicated home for your miniature [...]

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

Coffee granules - budget dirt for model railway
If you're looking for soil, dirty or sand material for your landscape, park any thoughts of buying scatter materials and head to the kitchen with this weeks Thrifty Thursday [...]

How To Make A Cornwall Tin Mine [progress report on my model railway layout]

I'm now getting to one of the two main focal points and most demanding model making elements of Landreath, my Cornwall mine themed model railway. Here's what I've learnt [...]

Hiding the gap between baseboards

If you have portable baseboards and want to hide the gap between them when the layout is joined up this tip I saw on an exhibition layout could be just the answer. [...]

Monday Model Railway Factoid #4: Whyte Notation

If you've seen numbers like 0-4-0, 2-6-2 or similar describing a steam or model railway loco and wondered what they mean, this is for you. [...]

Three Names – One Layout

The story of three model railway layouts, one name and a lot of changes. [...]

And it shall be called…

As regular readers will know I've been struggling with the description of my model railway layout and have been thinking about a name for it. After some research and thought [...]

The Dirt Cheap Technique To Creating Ultra Realistic Rocks and Cliffs

Looking for a way to add rocks, mountains and cliff faces to your model railway. Looking to do it on a budget? Here's a dirt cheap technique to create ultra-realistic rocks [...]

St Blazey Prototype Pictures

As part of the fact finding for my "Poldark" model railway, I took the opportunity to take some pictures of St Blazey and Par around which it's based.  [...]
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