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7 Steps To Laying Scatter + Help A Fellow Modeller
August 18, 2017
Mike M. emailed in recently with what seemed like an easy question.
Save money for your trains: make your own textured paint
August 13, 2017
If you build brick, stone or brick models for your railway the finish is all important. Normal paint is okay but texture paint gives an infinitely better
Make your own foliage
May 11, 2017
How a chance email revealed my new favourite way of making foliage and it's almost free.
One for scratch builders
April 11, 2017
If you make your own buildings and walls this is a resource you'll love.
March 29, 2017
Embankments? building? "Oh come!" I can hear you cry, what's difficult about that?
The Cheapest Technique For Making Model Trees – They Look Great Too!
March 16, 2017
I go full Blue Peter for this tip.
Building Forests On A Budget
January 31, 2017
I've just read about a great idea that I haven't seen before. It's from the book Scenic Modelling by John de Frayssinet and if you haven't got this book I
How to make bushes
January 11, 2017
Shortly after publishing a recent article on making stone bridges I got a number of messages from modellers wanting to know more about the vegetation seen in
How to make your own trees, a new technique
October 15, 2016
I've covered making trees here before but I'm always on the look out for new techniques. I recently came across this approach and have been impressed by
What’s The Best Glue For Polystyrene / Stryofoam
September 5, 2016
Just a quick post on the what is the best glue for Polystyrene and Styrofoam expanded foam sheets, both hugely popular for making landscapes, hills and
How to make your own buildings
June 19, 2016
Looking to save money in the construction of your railway and want lovely buildings to complement your track and trains without the cost of buying pre-made
How to make your own grass
April 15, 2016
This is a short but great tip for making your own super-realistic grass by modeller Stephen Fay.
Short and Sweet Sunday Scribblings: Free Brick Paper
March 6, 2016
Looking for quick, free, way to create brick and stone walls surfaces for your buildings?
Making Statues for Town and City scenes
March 5, 2016
This tip, sent in by Bill Hughes, is possibly the easiest I've heard but it's great for making statues. For OO scale railways, take a soft drink bottom top
How To Make A Tunnel — The Trauma Free Guide To Model Railway Tunnel Building
January 11, 2016
"There's a light at the end of every tunnel" says the old adage. Yet for anyone who's tried adding a tunnel to their model railway it can sometimes seem a very
Will this kick-ass 3D pen revolutionise making model railways on a budget?
December 12, 2015
Looking for an easy way to make budget models for your railway? An ultra-ingenious and fun new tool promises to revolutionise your model making yet costs
How To Make A Garden
December 1, 2015
Look around any English landscape - town or countryside - and you'll see gardens so why not on your model railway. But that was easier said than done until
DIY People – Making Your Own OO and N Scale Figures
October 14, 2015
I'm constantly on the look out for tiny plastic people in new or unusual positions that will add interest to my model railway. While browsing the other day I
The Beginnings Of A Cornish Tin Mine: Landreath Model Railway – Update
September 28, 2015
At long last I've got around to starting on the foam board scratch-build of my Tin-mine engine house.
Build Fences For The Price Of A Box Of Matches
September 9, 2015
Fences are everywhere and if you want your model railway to look realistic you'll want them on your layout. Here's a how to make fences yourself for little