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

Model Making Tips and Techniques

Tips and techniques to make and paint better models and plastic kits for model railways, military plastic kits, miniatures and wargaming

Vintage Signs For Your Layout

Old Advertising Sign
Looking for vintage advertising artwork for shop signs and posters on your layout or diorama? This is a fantastic resource. [...]

How to make your own precision glue dispenser

precision glue applicator for model making
Improve the accuracy of glue placement on your models with this DIY precision glue dispenser. [...]

How to apply static grass to miniature bases without applicator?

How to apply static grass to war game miniature bases when you don't have an electric applicator. [...]

How to create a glowing Blue light effect WITHOUT an airbrush

Glowing blue light effect without using an airbrush
Create those cool glowing Blue light effects on your miniatures without an airbrush.  [...]

Static grass basing – how to make static grass bases for miniatures

grass miniature bases
Give your miniatures a lush green based with this 5 step techniques. [...]

How to make your own common modelling materials

how to make your own model making supplies
Locked down due to Coronavirus? Can't get out to get model making supplies? Here's how you can make your own. [...]

15 recycling ideas for model making

cotton buds can be recycled and reused for a model buildings
15 of things from around your house you can recycle and use for model making, wargaming and model railways to save money and environment. [...]

A mystical experience

Philip Reed
What I saw took me back to childhood... [...]

How long after priming can I paint miniatures

Before you get near to painting miniatures, it's recommended that they be primed to provide a better base for subsequent paints to grip to. [...]

How to paint lifelike figure faces

how to paint model figure faces and heads
If there's one element of model making and painting I REALLY struggle with it's face painting. I can never get the results I wanted. This six minute guide [...]

Best humidity to prime miniatures

If you're getting poor results with your mini priming it could be due to the climate, and the humidity in particular. [...]

What materials are Warhammer miniatures made with?

plastic model warhammer 40k
Wonderfully detailed, Games Workshop miniatures are a delight to make and paint but what are they made of? [...]

Air Drying Clay: 7 Tips To Help Make Better Models, Easier and Faster

Tips for working with air-drying clay
Want to use air-drying clay for model making and crafting but put off by your first experiences with it? This is for you. [...]

A money saving tip to improving your miniature painting

how to improve your mini figure painting
This simple tip will help you to improve your Warhammer mini painting without spending a fortune or wasting miniatures. [...]

How to paint eyes

how to paint miniature eyes
Look into my eyes. Not my eyes, those on my models. They're not good. But after following the tips here, I can see them getting a lot better. Enough of the [...]

What military models are suitable for a OO gauge Hornby model railway

model figures scale compared
There are loads of different military model scales available but which are best to go alongside your OO gauge, Hornby, trains. [...]

Black, grey or white: What colour to use for plastic model primer

There's a lot of debate about what colour to use as a primer and undercoating on models and miniatures but for me the answer is simple. [...]

Masters Brush Cleaner, review

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

N Scale compared – can you see the difference between 1:150 or 1:160 buildings?

N scale buildings compared
How do the different sizes of N scale model compare and can they be intermixed? One N scale modeller took a look. [...]

Now I am become Stig, the model builder

stig fo the dump
How I went full Stig of the Dump for the sake of my models. [...]
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