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Static grass applicator – which is best, applicators reviewed and rated for 2018

The Melin Llechi layout Static grass transforms a layout but laying the stuff is a time hog and getting it to look right even more so. Static grass applicators promise to solve both problems but which is best all round applicator for ease of use, effectiveness and price and gives you the best-looking scenery? [more]

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Ideas for Inspiration | Weathering

When I first started out weathering rolling stock the results weren't good. Sure I could daub the trains and wagons with a paint but the results didn't look authentic so I [...]

How to look after your train set: tips for floor based train sets

Floors are deadly places. And not just for spiders that get stamped on as they cross the room! Carpets and other floor surfaces are hostile places for your model trains with [...]

Who Invented Hornby Trains – They Story Of Frank Hornby

Update: This post on Frank Hornby was originally written in September 2013 when I launched model railway engineer. It's since been updated with more information, links to [...]

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Model Dads
Although Model Railway Engineer is about model railways (just in case you didn't guess) I also loved Airfix and plastic modelling kits and there is of course a bit of a cross [...]

Model Railway Beginners Q&A: What’s the difference between scale and gauge

If you're just starting out in model railways one question that'll you'll invariably want answered is what are scale and gauge? What's the difference between them and should [...]

40 Essential Model Railway Words You Need To Know

Just getting started in model railways? Here are 40 essential must-know words for your new hobby. From AC to Z Stop, in alphabetical order you'll find them here. [...]

The world’s largest model railway

Wondering what the world's largest model railway is? [...]
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