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How to add realism and life to your model railway – a tip from award winning layouts
September 4, 2015
If you ever look at your railway and think there's something missing, this is for you.
The Clay Conundrum
August 6, 2015
Creating some of the buildings on my layout in Clay has caused me untold nightmares. But then über-model maker and photographer Chris Nevard came to the
Making Glass Windows
August 3, 2015
If you create buildings for your model railway, at some point you'll want to simulate glass for the windows. Here's what did and didn't work on my models.
Adding Lights to Your Model Railway – The Low Cost Option
July 10, 2015
When adding lights to your railway you can either buy expensive off-the-shelf lights or use this low cost technique for building and street illumination.
How To Make Your Own Grass Tufts
July 9, 2015
Looking for a cheap grass tufts? Here's an easy DIY method to produce your own.
Why Didn’t I Think Of This Earlier – DIY Sawdust
June 25, 2015
If you're creating a railway that feature a wood yard or forest you'll love this tip.
An Easy 8 Step Technique To Create Aged Wood
June 17, 2015
In the search for authentic model railways, having aged woodwork is vital. You could paint your wood but hand painting every plank and timber is hard work and
A New Home For Your Old Broken Trains
June 9, 2015
Every model railway builder has them. Old, broken, trains and wagons that no longer run. Here's a obvious but overlooked tip for putting them to good use and
How to make model trees on a budget
April 8, 2015
Looking to build a model railway on a tight budget? Here's the first in a new series on making model railways when you're on a tight budget, starting with
For the love of trees
April 4, 2015
If you want your layout to look authentic and lifelike there's a quick and easy tip you can use.
A Little Bit Of Poldark
March 23, 2015
In my previous post I mentioned that my layout was going to be based around mining. What I didn't say is where the idea came from...
The ABC Guide To Drybrushing – Add Extra Realism To Your Models
February 17, 2015
From rolling stock to building brick work, dry brushing gives your models an extra dimension and makes the difference between a painted plastic model and an
What are you trying to glue?
February 9, 2015
Glue is a key component of any railway modellers tool kit. But there are so many different types available. Here's a quick run down of the major types of
How to make your own weathering powders using kids chalks
January 31, 2015
Looking for a quick, effective and cheap way to make weathering powders? It's your lucky day.
These chalk weathering tips give stunning 3D authentic finishes
January 27, 2015
I've been looking for a way to get a super realistic rust effect on my trains. These two tips produced the authentic finish I wanted and even better use artist
Build An Authentic Coal Staithe In 5 Steps
January 16, 2015
No steam model railway is complete without a coal yard. Here's how to get make and paint your own staithes in 5 easy steps.
Weathering Tips | Five Great Tips To Improve Model Train Realism
January 5, 2015
Want to learn how to weather your trains? Here are six great model railway rolling stock weathering tips from the darkest corners of the web to get you
How To Add A Super Realistic Rust To Your Model Trains
January 4, 2015
Abandoned rusted rolling stock is a frequent sight on many railways. Learn how to apply a cool rusted effects to old trains for that abandoned, left-behind,
Achieving An Authentic Finish For Model Railway Buildings
January 1, 2015
Looking to add a stunningly detailed and authentic finishing to your buildings? Get your paint brushes ready...
Ideas for Inspiration | Weathering
November 24, 2013
When I first started out weathering rolling stock the results weren't good. Sure I could daub the trains and wagons with a paint but the results didn't look