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Model Making Tips and Techniques

Tips and techniques to make and paint better scale models and plastic kits for model railways, military plastic kits, miniatures and wargaming

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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. [...]

When Dry Brushes Die

Dry brushing is a great technique for weathering and wall painting but it kills your brushes. What then? [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

DIY Budget Hedges – Thrifty Thursday Model Building Tip #3

How to make your own model railway hedges, picture of finished hedge
Using the pre-made commercial hedges on your model railway can be expensive what if there was a way to get hedgerows for a few pounds. Here's how you can make [...]

How to make model trees on a budget

seafoam trees
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 [...]

A Little Bit Of Poldark

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

Dry Brushing Technqiues
From vehicles and figures to building brick work, dry brushing gives your models an extra dimension and makes the difference between a painted plastic model [...]

What’s the best glue for…

Glue is a key component of any modellers tool kit. But there are so many different types available. Here's a quick run down of the major types of glue you'll [...]

How to make your own weathering powders using kids chalks

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

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 [...]

Model Railway Tools: 17 Essential Items For Your Tool Box, updated for 2020

When it comes to tools for model railways, there are a thousands of tools to choose from. You don't need every tool on sale in B&Q but old hands in the [...]

Build An Authentic Coal Staithe In 5 Steps

No steam model railway is complete without a coal yard. Here's how to get make and paint your own staithe in 5 easy steps. [...]

Weathering Tips | Five Great Tips To Improve Model Train Realism

rolling stock weathering tips
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

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

Looking to add a stunningly detailed and authentic finishing to your buildings? Get your paint brushes ready... [...]

Ideas for Inspiration | Weathering

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 [...]
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