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

Beginners

Hornby train set and model railway hints, tips and reviews for beginners. The perfect starting place for anyone just beginning with Hornby train sets.

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. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

Boot fair bargains – How I picked up a locomotive and controller for under £10

model trains cheap from boot fair
Who says model trains are expensive?  [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

What is Z gauge: Six things you’ll want to know before starting

Märklin Modellbahnen Z gauge
If you're itching to build a model railway but don't have space, Z gauge is the answer. Here's a quick primer on what you need to know to get started. [...]

What’s the difference between DCC Ready and DCC Fitted

It's a sore spot for many railway modellers. What are your thoughts? [...]

Baseboard construction – an alternative technique

Most modellers make their layout baseboards from wood. But there’s an alternative, easier, more flexible and arguably cheaper material. [...]

What scale is OO gauge

If you have an OO gauge railway you'll want to get suitably sized models and rolling stock so what scale models are appropriate for OO gauge? [...]

Model Railway Gauge, what is is

What does gauge mean in model railways? Read the answer here, the Internet's largest glossary for model railways. [...]

What are track codes and which is best – OO Gauge Code 100 or 75

Confused by OO gauge track codes?  [...]

The quickest way to ballast track?

how to lay ballast quickly
Let's face it, no one likes ballasting track. It's soooo time-consuming. But if you're just starting out and want a quick rather than perfect looking finish [...]
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