Hints, tips and products for model train and railway enthusiasts.
How to start
The Best Train Sets 2018
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.
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
Model Making 101: Making Your Own Washes
November 19, 2017
Indispensable. Expensive. No Longer.
What glue to use to stick tinfoil: Sunday Scribbles
November 12, 2017
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
November 11, 2017
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
November 8, 2017
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
November 2, 2017
"They’re all the same dad”
A Quick, Simple, Action You Can Take Now To Make Your Railway Look More Realistic
November 1, 2017
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
October 27, 2017
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
October 21, 2017
Looking for the best material for landscape modelling? Here's what one of the legends of model railway building used.
What’s the cheapest way to make wonderful water for your models
October 16, 2017
What is the cheapest way to make a beautiful river, pond, lake or sea for your models? You might be surprised.