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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 [...]

Humbrol Clear Gloss – What, How, Why

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

how to make model snow
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

model railway water
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

How to make your own scatter
I'll never buy scatter for my model railway again. [...]

How to work with Styrofoam and Polystyrene

Styrofoam and Polystyrene are amongst my favourite landscape construction materials. [...]

The Cheapest Technique For Making Model Trees – They Look Great Too!

Making model trees cheapest quickest technique
I go full Blue Peter for this tip. [...]

How to make bushes

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

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

How to model waves on a model railway
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

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

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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