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Make a realistic texture thatched roof
January 23, 2020
Living in Surrey, I see a lot of thatched roofs. There's no denying their beauty. But recreating them in miniature for a model railway or diorama is
Adding point motors to already laid track
December 31, 2019
Now filed in a draw marked 'why on earth didn't I think of this' is this marvellous tip from MRE community member Lee Maylon for installing point motors on
How to paint lifelike figure faces
September 10, 2019
If there's one element of model making and painting I REALLY struggle with it's face painting. I can never get the results I wanted. This six minute guide
A quick easy way to make curved corners for your backscene
July 9, 2019
If you want your backscene to have curved corners you may be struggling with how to create the curved wood onto which the paper is glued. I did and then I had
How to paint eyes
May 10, 2019
Look into my eyes. Not my eyes, those on my models. They're not good. But after following the tips here, I can see them getting a lot better. Enough of the
How to wire Circuitron Tortoise Point Motors
February 26, 2019
Here's a quick simple guide to how I wire my Tortoise slow-motion point motors and use them with Lever operated passing contact switches.
Sunday Scribbles: Keep your paint brushes for longer
February 24, 2019
If you do a lot of painting you'll undoubtedly go through a lot of brushes. I did. But not any more.
Tips from an inspirational model railway
February 21, 2019
There are realistic model railways and then there are realistic model railways. Anyone who’s seen Ben Alder's Far North Line layout knows what I mean.
More on the Train-Tech Screen
January 17, 2019
In my highlight of 2018, I mentioned the Train-Tech Screen as one of the highlights of the year. Here's more information on this innovative little product.
Big Country, Big Sky, Big Backscene
December 8, 2018
One of the basic rules of model railway construction is to lay the track into the landscape as opposed to building the landscape around the track. Railways
How I got 5 locos to run smoothly over my points with just 10 minutes work
November 29, 2018
Most of the time, our locos run smoothly over points. But occasionally there are problems. Here's how I quickly solved a problem that was causing 5 of my locos
What magic is this? How do I get working bicycles on my model railway?
September 11, 2018
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?
Light up with Magnets – How to easily and flexibly illuminate your buildings
July 15, 2018
A simple technique for wiring your buildings for lighting while still allowing them to be easily moved and worked on.
Stuck for space for your model railway? Here’s one uplifting solution
June 17, 2018
Stuck for space for your layout? Here's one modeller's solution.
The number one tip for successful DCC upgrades: Sunday Scribbles
June 17, 2018
Want great running DCC conversions of your analogue trains? He's an often overlooked tip that will dramatically improve DCC conversion performance.
The ABC’s of Fiddle Yards
February 10, 2018
Fiddle yards are the changing room of a Parisian fashion show catwalk for model railways.
A masterclass in model storytelling
February 5, 2018
Just look. Look, stare and imagine.
Reducing Track Noise Levels
January 29, 2018
Track construction techniques to minimise noise.
Everything you want to know about 009 scale model railways
December 2, 2017
No, 009 is not the successor to James Bond but the modelling of narrow gauge railways. Here's what you need if you're thinking of starting
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