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

Intermediate

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. [...]

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

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. [...]

Does your backscene distract from your layout?

backscene
Are beautiful photo realistic back scenes too good and distracting from our models? [...]

A rake for your static grass, Sunday Scribbles

This is a silly little tool-tip, but one I find myself using a lot since discovering it. [...]

Mini-Me, printed in 3D

Do you have a mini-you on the layout? [...]

Recording Your Rolling Stock

Quick question: How much would it hurt if you lost all your trains? [...]

Trains, Tanks and Trenches: model railways with a difference

military modelling
"They’re all the same dad” [...]

How to join and solder wires for the most reliable connections

soldering wire how to
How have I missed this?  [...]

How to easily fit rail joiners perfectly, everytime

how to fix rail joiners easily
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

second hand hornby track
Second hand track can be a bargain but also a right royal pain. [...]

Bending track or making your own flexible track

make your own flexitrack
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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