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Make a realistic texture thatched roof with this simple but effective technique
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
How to make rock faces and cliffs for your model railway or diorama
January 13, 2019
Creating realistic cliffs and rock formations in miniature is surprisingly difficult but with these techniques, some practice and a bit of time anyone can do
Puzzled by Paints? Model Making Painting Basics 1: Acrylics – what you need to know
July 28, 2018
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
Want realistic roads on your railway? Here’s how one artist does it perfectly
January 16, 2018
Humbrol Clear Gloss – What, How, Why
November 11, 2017
Humbrol's Gloss Clear is an often overlooked material for model making but it's an incredibly useful and is far more than just a clear finish.
How to make snow
November 8, 2017
Winter is coming... Fancy adding a seasonal touch to your layout? Here's how to make snow that you can add to a model railway to give it that festive touch.
What’s the cheapest way to make wonderful water for your models
October 16, 2017
What is the cheapest way to make a beautiful river, pond, lake or sea for your models? You might be surprised.
How to make your own scatter & why I’ll never buy scatter material again
September 16, 2017
I'll never buy scatter for my model railway again.
How to work with Styrofoam and Polystyrene
August 31, 2017
Styrofoam and Polystyrene are amongst my favourite landscape construction materials.
The Cheapest Technique For Making Model Trees – They Look Great Too!
March 16, 2017
I go full Blue Peter for this tip.
How to make bushes
January 11, 2017
Shortly after publishing a recent article on making stone bridges I got a number of messages from modellers wanting to know more about the vegetation seen in
A simple, cheap and effective technique to removing paint from plastic models
November 1, 2016
Why a picture of Dettol on a model railway blog? Read more to find out how a household disinfectant can help your railway modeling.
How to model water on your railway
July 28, 2016
Rivers, streams, lakes and seas are something every model railway builder wants but notoriously difficult to get right. Until now. Here’s a simple, easy
How to make your own weathering powders using kids chalks
January 31, 2015
Looking for a quick, effective and cheap way to make weathering powders? It's your lucky day.
These chalk weathering tips give stunning 3D authentic finishes
January 27, 2015
I've been looking for a way to get a super realistic rust effect on my trains. These two tips produced the authentic finish I wanted and even better use artist
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