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Model Making

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

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

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” [...]
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