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How to work with Styrofoam and Polystyrene
August 31, 2017
Styrofoam and Polystyrene are amongst my favourite landscape construction materials.
Recycle for your railway — money saving ideas
December 13, 2016
I'm always on the prowl looking for ways to save money when building my model railways.
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?
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
What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting A Model Railway
August 30, 2015
Building a model railway is fun, challenging and rewarding but it's easy to make mistakes and overlook things when starting. Here's what I've learned after
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.
Model Railway Baseboards – A Low Cost Alternative
June 5, 2015
Looking for an easy, quick, alternative to setting up your model railway on the dinner table or floor? Here's a low cost alternative that won't break the
How to make mountains and hills – 5 steps from model making gurus
June 3, 2015
Does your model railway hill building feel like mountain climbing? In the rain... If you want beautiful hills and valleys but are struggling with ugly bumps
DIY Budget Hedges – Thrifty Thursday Model Building Tip #3
May 21, 2015
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
The Lowest Cost Static Grass Applicator – Thrifty Thursday Model Building Tip #2
May 14, 2015
This tip is so obvious it's frequently overlooked yet it's possibly one of the most effective and certainly cheapest alternatives to off the shelf static grass
How To Make Landscape Scatter Materials On A Budget – Thrifty Thursday Model Building Tip, #1
May 7, 2015
If you're looking for soil, dirty or sand material for your landscape, park any thoughts of buying scatter materials and head to the kitchen with this weeks
The Dirt Cheap Technique To Creating Ultra Realistic Rocks and Cliffs
April 29, 2015
Looking for a way to add rocks, mountains and cliff faces to your model railway. Looking to do it on a budget? Here's a dirt cheap technique to create
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
How To Get A Baseboard For Under £30 | Model Railway Baseboards
February 2, 2015
When first starting out building a model railway, it usually comes as a shock to find building a baseboard isn't quick or cheap. Here's a tip that'll get you a
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.
Model Railway Trees: How To Make Your Own Trees In 5 Steps
November 17, 2014
Look at any good model railway layout and you'll see trees. Here, in 5 five easy steps, is how to make your own trees out of objects from around your home.
Budget Techniques To Clean Your Track
October 29, 2014
Looking for tools and techniques to keep your railway track clean on the cheap? Model Railway Engineer finds 3 popular budget solutions from model railway
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