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Simple idea that saves time and makes track testing fun
December 24, 2019
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.
Tips from an exhibition layout: Oak Road by Mike Buick
January 15, 2019
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
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
Building a Metcalfe Church? Here’s how to add stained glass windows
January 11, 2019
Models of churches for layouts look great but typically miss one vital element.
How a Blue Peter favourite can help with your layout construction
December 27, 2018
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?
October 14, 2018
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
October 6, 2018
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
September 29, 2018
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
August 9, 2018
What is a model railway fiddleyard? Find the answer here, the Internet’s biggest model railway glossary.
How to outmanoeuvre the carpet monster
July 28, 2018
In the threads of my carpet lives a monster.
The undercover model railway: reader question
June 17, 2018
Regular reader Ed recently contacted me with an unusual question so I thought I'd throw it out to the Model Railway Engineer community.
Does your backscene distract from your layout?
May 9, 2018
Are beautiful photo realistic back scenes too good and distracting from our models?
A rake for your static grass, Sunday Scribbles
March 25, 2018
This is a silly little tool-tip, but one I find myself using a lot since discovering it.
Mini-Me, printed in 3D
February 24, 2018
Do you have a mini-you on the layout?
Recording Your Rolling Stock
January 2, 2018
Quick question: How much would it hurt if you lost all your trains?
Trains, Tanks and Trenches: model railways with a difference
November 2, 2017
"They’re all the same dad”
How to join and solder wires for the most reliable connections
October 24, 2017
How have I missed this?
How to easily fit rail joiners perfectly, everytime
October 8, 2017
It's undoubtedly one of the most frustrating, annoying, downright infuriating jobs in constructing a layout. My fingers bleed and I've ruined track ends doing
6 Golden Rules To Successfully Using Second-hand Track
October 1, 2017
Second hand track can be a bargain but also a right royal pain.
Bending track or making your own flexible track
September 16, 2017
Standard track cramping your style? Don't want to buy flexible track? Here's how to make your track bend and go where you want it.
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