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Model Making

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

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

3 Model Railway Building Tricks You Can Learn From Blade Runner

blade runner model railway 2
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

model railway buildings tip
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

How to make your own scatter
I'll never buy scatter for my model railway again. [...]

Textured Rolling Pins – Useful for UK Model Railways?

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)

Static Grass Tutorial
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

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

How to make your own plaster cloth
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

model railway n gauge
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 [...]
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