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Model Making

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

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

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

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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

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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. [...]

One for scratch builders

If you make your own buildings and walls this is a resource you'll love. [...]

Erecting Embankments

model railway embankments how to make
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!

Making model trees cheapest quickest technique
I go full Blue Peter for this tip. [...]

Building Forests On A Budget

making model railway forest
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

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 [...]

A simple, cheap and effective technique to removing paint from plastic models

Why a picture of Dettol on a model railway blog? Read more to find out how a household disinfectant can help your railway modeling. [...]

How to make your own trees, a new technique

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

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 [...]
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