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Tips, techniques and guides for model making, for trains, military models, dioramas, miniatures and wargaming.

Sunday Scribbles: Keep your paint brushes for longer

If you do a lot of painting you'll undoubtedly go through a lot of brushes. I did. But not any more. [...]

A quick cheap way to make brick and stone walls

make you own stone work
Create realistic stone and brickwork walls and ground with this simple technique from a  professional model maker. [...]

How to make a Christmas snow diorama with a model train

how to make a christmas diorama model with a train
'Tis the season to be jolly and what better to wake up to on Christmas morning than a snow-covered model railway display. How's how Santa makes his. [...]

A hot little tip for keeping your glue flowing

glue need point applicator unblock
I use a lot of these glues. They're ideal for all manner of model making jobs. But there's a problem with them. [...]

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 [...]

Monday Money Savers: cheap model masking tape

Use masking tape in your model making? Here's a quick money saving tip. [...]

A masterclass in model storytelling

Marcel Ackle
Just look. Look, stare and imagine. [...]

Six simple steps you can use to make glorious model mud

how to make model mud for a diorama or model railway
Mud glorious mud. Or it is until you try to recreate it in model form. Here are six simple steps you can follow to make marvellously messy mud.   [...]

Model Making 101: Making Your Own Washes

black ink wash stock
Indispensable. Expensive. No Longer. [...]

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 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. [...]

Save money for your trains: make your own textured paint

If you build brick, stone or brick models for your railway the finish is all important. Normal paint is okay but texture paint gives an infinitely better [...]

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. [...]

An Easy 8 Step Technique To Create Aged Wood

In the search for authentic model railways, having aged woodwork is vital. You could paint your wood but hand painting every plank and timber is hard work and [...]

The ABC Guide To Drybrushing – Add Extra Realism To Your Models

Dry Brushing Technqiues
From rolling stock to building brick work, dry brushing gives your models an extra dimension and makes the difference between a painted plastic model and an [...]

What are you trying to glue?

Glue is a key component of any railway modellers tool kit. But there are so many different types available. Here's a quick run down of the major types of [...]

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.  [...]

How To Add A Super Realistic Rust To Your Model Trains

Abandoned rusted rolling stock is a frequent sight on many railways. Learn how to apply a cool rusted effects to old trains for that abandoned, left-behind, [...]
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