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Model Making

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

How to model water on your railway

How to model waves on a model railway
Rivers, streams, lakes and seas are something every model railway builder wants but notoriously difficult to get right. Until now. Here’s a simple, easy [...]

How to make your own buildings

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

how to make your own grass
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

Looking for quick, free, way to create brick and stone walls surfaces for your buildings? [...]

Making Statues for Town and City scenes

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

"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?

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

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

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

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

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 [...]

How to add realism and life to your model railway – a tip from award winning layouts

If you ever look at your railway and think there's something missing, this is for you. [...]

The Clay Conundrum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 [...]
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