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How to model water on your railway
July 28, 2016
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
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
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