Hints & tips for model railway enthusiasts, miniature painters and model makers.

Best stripping tool for bus wiring

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The tale of the errant fish plate

Fish plates are fiddly things but I didn't think I'd spend most of a morning fighting with one. [...]

A hot little tip for keeping your glue flowing

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I use a lot of Revell Contacta glue. It's ideal for all manner of model making jobs. But there's a problem with them. [...]

When is the The Great Model Railway Challenge on TV: episode dates and times

The Great Model Railway Challenge is Channel 5's latest TV series on model railways. Here's how and when you can watch it. [...]

What magic is this? How do I get working bicycles on my model railway?

cyclist magnorail
You've probably seen moving cars, buses and lorries on model railways but how about bicycles complete with cyclists, their legs furiously moving up and down? [...]

What is the best glue for laying track – Hornby or Peco, it’ll hold both

Today, I'm going to answer one of the most common questions that pops up in my mailbox and in the Model Railway Engineer community group. What's the best glue to fix your [...]

This 1880’s toy train still lives on and it’s famous but can you guess where it’s used?

monopoly train
There can't be many of us who haven't seen this train at one time or another.  [...]

Model railway baseboards: the complete guide

Everything you need to know about model railway baseboards. The complete guide including modular, open frame and flat top boards for model trains, construction advice and [...]

DCC Sound Speaker Comparison – make your locos sound better

Adding sound chips to your locos makes a world of difference to a layout but not all model train speakers are created equal as Richard Croft from Road and Rails finds out. [...]

How to recreate sunburnt fields

Do something different with your model railway scenery and landscape and create a summer heat wave in miniature. [...]

Model Railway Fiddle Yard, what is it

What is a model railway fiddleyard? Find the answer here, the Internet’s biggest model railway glossary. [...]

FREE model railway card building kits, updated for 2020

card kit building free
Looking for free buildings for your model railway? Paper and card building kits are simple to make, realistic and best of all there are lots of them available free just [...]

Add cropmarks to your fields and add novelty and realism to your layout: sunday scribbles

cropmark model railway
Here's a quick little tip to add realism and uniqueness to your layout. [...]

Building Bridges: How to make bridges for your model railway

Want a bridge on your model railway? There's more to it than you might think.  [...]

Instant inspiration – modellers to follow on Instagram

model railway instagram
I'm a BIG fan of Instagram. I find it a huge source of inspiration for my modeling and there are some really great folks there happy to share and suggest ideas. Here's my list [...]

Puzzled by Paints? Model Making Painting Basics 1: Acrylics – what you need to know

model making acrylc paints tutorial
Acrylic paints are one of the most popular types of paint used for model making but what's the difference between the different makes, the varnishes, and thinners; when would [...]

How to outmanoeuvre the carpet monster

Preventing model making tool and part loss
In the threads of my carpet lives a monster. [...]

A stable aid to let you keep modelling when your hands shake

arm rest help model making and model trains-small
If tremors and shakes are keeping you away from your model making, this handy accessory will be a game changer for your modelling. [...]

Baseboard backache be gone! Work under your layout in comfort with this handy aid

car creeper
Car mechanics and model railways don't usually make great bedfellows but here's one garage accessory you might want to consider. [...]

Light up with Magnets – How to easily and flexibly illuminate your buildings

A simple technique for wiring your buildings for lighting while still allowing them to be easily moved and worked on. [...]
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