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

Intermediate

Making an entrance

Morwellham mine in Devon
Progress update on my temporary mini diorama / model railway layout and how I'm making the timber mine entrance. [...]

Make your own ground foam

Ground foam made in a blender
Making your own ground foam for scenery is fun, much cheaper than buying the commercial stuff and gives your more flexibility in your scenery. But [...]

Get perfect track cuts everytime by using Xuron cutters this way

cutting model railway track
Struggling to get clean, straight ends, for your N, OO and HO track when cutting it? Here's how I use the Xuron cutters to get perfect track every time. [...]

Simple idea that saves time and makes track testing fun

Digital voltage meter
The best ideas, as they say, are the simplest. And never has this been more true than with this bit of lateral thinking from an MRE group member. [...]

How to paint lifelike figure faces

how to paint model figure faces and heads
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 [...]

The Best Thickness For Plywood Model Railway Baseboards

What thickness of plywood is best for a model railway baseboard. [...]

How many inches in height do I need for my incline

Paul Mcmanus model railway incline
Confused about inclines and how many inches you need to raise your track to go over other track? Here's what you need to know. [...]

Black, grey or white: What colour to use for plastic model primer

There's a lot of debate about what colour to use as a primer and undercoating on models and miniatures but for me the answer is simple. [...]

Want the fonts to create model transport road signs? Get them here for free

free downloadable road sign fonts
The Internet is a wonderful place. I can spend all day on it. Especially when I come across sites like this that give away the fonts you can use to create [...]

Tips from an exhibition layout: Oak Road by Mike Buick

Mike Buick Oak Road
Mike Buick will be familiar to many modellers as the creator of the Oak Road layout. It's a beautiful layout exhibition with astonishingly lifelike modelling. [...]

How to make rock faces and cliffs

how to make model cliffs and rock faces
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 [...]

Building a Metcalfe Church? Here’s how to add stained glass windows

Tree of Jesse from York Minster
Models of churches for layouts look great but typically miss one vital element. [...]

How a Blue Peter favourite can help with your layout construction

They've been around for years and are a mainstay of crafters but Velcro and double-sided sticky tape are a godsend for model railways too. [...]

Trains stalling on Electrofrog points?

electrofrog points tortoise stalling locomotive
Trains stalling on Electrofrog points? Here’s the one solution I’ve found. I hope it works for you too. [...]

Great Model Railway Challenge What I Learned

Great Model Railway Challenge
I was glued to my TV last night watching the first episode of Great Model Railway Challenge. Here's one great tip I picked up. [...]

A hot little tip for keeping your glue flowing

glue need point applicator unblock
I use a lot of Revell Contacta glue. It's ideal for all manner of model making jobs. But there's a problem with them. [...]

Model Railway Fiddle Yard, what is it

What is a model railway fiddleyard? Find the answer here, the Internet’s biggest model railway glossary. [...]

How to outmanoeuvre the carpet monster

Preventing model making tool and part loss
In the threads of my carpet lives a monster. [...]

The undercover model railway: reader question

uncovered model railway
Regular reader Ed recently contacted me with an unusual question so I thought I'd throw it out to the Model Railway Engineer community. [...]
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