Hints, tips and products for model train and railway enthusiasts.
How to start
The Best Train Sets 2019
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.
Sunday Scribbles: Keep your paint brushes for longer
February 24, 2019
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?
February 18, 2019
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
February 16, 2019
How I went full Stig of the Dump for the sake of my models.
A quick cheap way to make brick and stone walls
February 5, 2019
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
January 30, 2019
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
January 13, 2019
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
January 13, 2019
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
January 11, 2019
Models of churches for layouts look great but typically miss one vital element.
Improve your plastic models today by avoiding these 5 common mistakes
December 30, 2018
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
October 25, 2018
Few model railway questions have such an absolute answer as this.
A hot little tip for keeping your glue flowing
September 29, 2018
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
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
Puzzled by Paints? Model Making Painting Basics 1: Acrylics – what you need to know
July 28, 2018
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
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.
Mini-Me, printed in 3D
February 24, 2018
Do you have a mini-you on the layout?
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