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On-A-Budget

Tips, tricks, and money saving ideas to build a model railway or model railroad on a budget.

How to work with Styrofoam and Polystyrene

Styrofoam and Polystyrene are amongst my favourite landscape construction materials. [...]

Short and Sweet Sunday Scribblings: Free Brick Paper

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

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

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

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. [...]

Model Railway Baseboards – A Low Cost Alternative

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

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 [...]

DIY Budget Hedges – Thrifty Thursday Model Building Tip #3

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

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

Coffee granules - budget dirt for model railway
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

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

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 [...]

How To Get A Baseboard For Under £30 | Model Railway Baseboards

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

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

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

model railway track
Looking for tools to keep your railway track clean on the cheap? Model Railway Engineer finds 3 popular budget solutions from model railway magicians across [...]
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