Hints, tips and products for model train and railway enthusiasts.
How to start
The Best Train Sets 2018
Setting up a train set
Building A Model Railway
From trainset to layout
Maintaining and Fixing
Tips and techniques to make better models for your model railways.
FREE model railway card building kits
August 7, 2018
Looking for a cheap way to get buildings for your model railway? Paper and card building kits are simple to make, realistic and best of all there are lots of
How to outmanoeuvre the carpet monster
July 28, 2018
In the threads of my carpet lives a monster.
Monday Money Savers: cheap model masking tape
April 30, 2018
Use masking tape in your model making? Here's a quick money saving tip.
A masterclass in model storytelling
February 5, 2018
Just look. Look, stare and imagine.
Six simple steps you can use to make glorious model mud
January 17, 2018
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.
Want realistic roads on your railway? Here’s how one artist does it perfectly
January 16, 2018
Garden Railway Buildings – The Best Materials To Use
January 1, 2018
"Honey, do we have money in the railroad budget for replacing the movie theater building"? Why do we need to replace it, it's only three years
How to make snow
November 8, 2017
Winter is coming... Fancy adding a seasonal touch to your layout? Here's how to make snow that you can add to a model railway to give it that festive touch.
Trains, Tanks and Trenches: model railways with a difference
November 2, 2017
"They’re all the same dad”
A Quick, Simple, Action You Can Take Now To Make Your Railway Look More Realistic
November 1, 2017
Adding that sought after 'authentic' feel to a model railway usually involves slow, intricate and detailed model work. But here's a quick, easy, and often
How to Make OO Scale Corrugated Roofing
October 27, 2017
Corrugated sheeting is a common material on railway buildings, particularly in the late steam era, but how can you make it?
Legendary railway modeller John H. Ahern’s advice on the best material for landscaping
October 21, 2017
Looking for the best material for landscape modelling? Here's what one of the legends of model railway building used.
3 Model Railway Building Tricks You Can Learn From Blade Runner
October 15, 2017
Three tricks used by the master model makers behind Blade Runner that you can use to improve your model railway.
Plant your buildings – Manic Monday Tip #2
October 2, 2017
Another quick job that can be carried out on your model railway when time is tight.
How to make your own scatter & why I’ll never buy scatter material again
September 16, 2017
I'll never buy scatter for my model railway again.
Textured Rolling Pins – Useful for UK Model Railways?
September 12, 2017
Green Stuff World's textured rolling pins are a huge time saver for modelling stone and brick work in military modelling but can they be used for UK model
A master class in static grass (creating slopes)
September 6, 2017
Static grass makes a world of difference to a model landscape but getting it right on slopes is more involved than you might think.
Scratch Build: Slate Roofs
August 25, 2017
Most model railways are seen from above so roofs are one of the most important aspects but making realistic, credible, roofs is a skill that escapes many.
How I Now Make My Own Plaster Cloth For Hills, Tunnels and Landscapes
August 21, 2017
I'm a huge fan of plaster cloth. It's messy, it works and it's super satisfying but it also costs. Until now.
Walk Through – How I Created This Scene: scenery, track & viaducts – and Layout Progress
August 18, 2017
My N gauge model railway continues with another hill scene diorama nearly completed. Here's a quick walkthrough of how this was done and other recent