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

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

A hot little tip for keeping your glue flowing

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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. [...]

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 [...]

A masterclass in model storytelling

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

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 vehicles and figures to building brick work, dry brushing gives your models an extra dimension and makes the difference between a painted plastic model [...]

What’s the best glue for…

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

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.  [...]
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