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Model Making

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

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” [...]

A Quick, Simple, Action You Can Take Now To Make Your Railway Look More Realistic

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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

corrugated roofing model how to make
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

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

model railway water
What is the cheapest way to make a beautiful river, pond, lake or sea for your models? You might be surprised. [...]

3 Model Railway Building Tricks You Can Learn From Blade Runner

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Three tricks used by the master model makers behind Blade Runner that you can use to improve your model railway. [...]

Plant your buildings – Manic Monday Tip #2

model railway buildings tip
Another quick job that can be carried out on your model railway when time is tight. [...]

How to make your own scatter & why I’ll never buy scatter material again

How to make your own scatter
I'll never buy scatter for my model railway again. [...]

Textured Rolling Pins – Useful for UK Model Railways?

Green Stuff World's textured rolling pins are a huge time saver for modelling stone and brick work in military modelling but can they be used for UK model [...]

A master class in static grass (creating slopes)

Static Grass Tutorial
Static grass makes a world of difference to a model landscape but getting it right on slopes is more involved than you might think. [...]

How to work with Styrofoam and Polystyrene

Styrofoam and Polystyrene are amongst my favourite landscape construction materials. [...]

Scratch Build: Slate Roofs

make your own slate roof
Most model railways are seen from above so roofs are one of the most important aspects but making realistic, credible, roofs is a skill that escapes many. [...]

How I Now Make My Own Plaster Cloth For Hills, Tunnels and Landscapes

How to make your own plaster cloth
I'm a huge fan of plaster cloth. It's messy, it works and it's super satisfying but it also costs. Until now. [...]

Walk Through – How I Created This Scene: scenery, track & viaducts – and Layout Progress

model railway n gauge
My N gauge model railway continues with another hill scene diorama nearly completed. Here's a quick walkthrough of how this was done and other recent [...]

7 Steps To Laying Scatter + Help A Fellow Modeller

laying scatter
Mike M. emailed in recently with what seemed like an easy question. [...]

Save money for your trains: make your own textured paint

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

make your owln foliage
How a chance email revealed my new favourite way of making foliage and it's almost free. [...]
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