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Model Making

Tips and techniques to make better models for your model railways.

What’s the best glue for paper card models from Metcalfe etc

William Doran's Metcalfe kit.
Few model railway questions have such an absolute answer as this. [...]

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. [...]

FREE model railway card building kits

card kit building free
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 [...]

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 [...]

How to outmanoeuvre the carpet monster

Preventing model making tool and part loss
In the threads of my carpet lives a monster. [...]

Monday Money Savers: cheap model masking tape

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

Mini-Me, printed in 3D

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

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.   [...]

Garden Railway Buildings – The Best Materials To Use

300 buildings garden railway
"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 [...]

Model Making 101: Making Your Own Washes

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

What glue to use to stick tinfoil: Sunday Scribbles

how to glue tinfoil
What's the best glue to stick Aluminium (tin) foil? It makes great corrugated roofing but how to glue it? [...]

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 snow

how to make model snow
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

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

A Quick, Simple, Action You Can Take Now To Make Your Railway Look More Realistic

rails model railway
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

corrugated roofing model how to make
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

Looking for the best material for landscape modelling? Here's what one of the legends of model railway building used. [...]

What’s the cheapest way to make wonderful water for your models

model railway water
What is the cheapest way to make a beautiful river, pond, lake or sea for your models? You might be surprised. [...]
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