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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

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. [...]

Sunday Scribbles: Keep your paint brushes for longer

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. [...]

A quick cheap way to make brick and stone walls

make you own stone work
Create realistic stone and brickwork walls and ground with this simple technique from a  professional model maker. [...]

Want the fonts to create model transport road signs? Get them here for free

free downloadable road sign fonts
The Internet is a wonderful place. I can spend all day on it. Especially when I come across sites like this that give away the fonts you can use to create [...]

I’ve found the perfect rotating model making paint and tool holder and it’s not what you might expect

rotating model tool and paint holder
Is your workbench a mess, with tools, paints and glues scattered around? Looking for an organiser? I was and have found what could be the perfect rotating [...]

How to make rock faces and cliffs for your model railway or diorama

how to make model cliffs and rock faces
Creating realistic cliffs and rock formations in miniature is surprisingly difficult but with these techniques, some practice and a bit of time anyone can do [...]

Building a Metcalfe Church? Here’s how to add stained glass windows

Tree of Jesse from York Minster
Models of churches for layouts look great but typically miss one vital element. [...]

Improve your plastic models today by avoiding these 5 common mistakes

model kits gaps unfilled
Avoid these top 5 plastic model making mistakes and improve your model making and layout construction. [...]

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, updated for 2019

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.   [...]
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