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

Beginners

How to test a model train without tools

Testing a model train with a 9v battery
How to test locomotives when out and about and you don't have your usual tools handy. [...]

What size is Z scale?

Märklin Modellbahnen Z gauge size compared to OO model train
Z scale model train layouts are increasingly popular due to the small size and hence appeal for those with limited space but what are their dimensions? How [...]

A surprising but ideal ready-made base for a fun small model railway

table with N or 009 train
It's not an obvious choice but this baby accessory turns out to be a perfect small model railway base. [...]

10 Must Follow Youtube Channels for Miniature Enthusiasts in 2020

Doctor Faust's Painting Clinic
My top 10 packed Youtube channels for miniature painting and modelling tips. [...]

An easier way to hold your track in place while gluing

Holding track in place while gluing
Is this the quickest way to fix track down for gluing? [...]

What voltage do N scale model trains run on

What's the best voltage for N scale trains to run on? [...]

How high should a model railway baseboard be?

While working on the construction of one of my layouts, I happened to think about the correct height for maximum convenience. [...]

Is N Scale cheaper than HO?

N and HO scales are the two most common worldwide standards for model trains an common question for those thinking about this wonderful hobby then is which is [...]

How much does a model railway cost?

how much do model railways cost
If you're thinking of starting a model railway, or perhaps revisiting the trains your dad or grandad had, one of the first question most people ask is how much [...]

What voltage do HO scale trains run on?

What's the right voltage for HO scale model railroads and trains? [...]

How many feet and inches is an N scale mile?

How many feet and inches are you going to need to model one mile of track or landscape in N gauge?  The answer will surprise you. [...]

How big (or small) are n gauge trains: photos and dimensions

How big (or small) are n gauge model trains
If you are thinking about getting an N gauge train you might be concerned about how small (or large) they are? Are they too small see or handle? How do they [...]

What size are OO scale figures?

Looking for plastic figures for your OO, Hornby, model railway? There are many figures available but what size is right for your layout? [...]

What to do if you don’t have space for a model railway

box-file layout
Don't have space for a model railway? Here are some suggestions that may help. [...]

How long is an N scale Mile?

How many feet will you need to recreate one mile in N gauge and how to work around the space challenge. [...]

Six inspiring ideas and track plans to use for small layouts

scifi model railway layout
Here are my favorite track plans for small spaces. It includes plans for N, OO, HO and 009 scales with designs that will fit into small spaces around a typical [...]

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

William Doran's Metcalfe kit.
Few model railway questions have such an absolute answer as this. [...]

What scale is N gauge

N gauge is the second most popular model railway size but the scale of models you can use with the trains varies. [...]

Cleaning up sprue marks and mould lines on plastic models and miniatures

how to remove sprue marks and mould lines from plastic models
How to remove unsightly sprue marks and mould lines from plastic models, miniatures and Gundam kits. [...]

Great Model Railway Challenge : How You Can Make Your Own Model Railway Like Theirs

model railway layout improving
If you've been watching the Great Model Railway Challenge on Channel 5 and want to build on your own railway, here's a roundup of tips and techniques you'll [...]
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