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On-A-Budget

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 [...]

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 [...]

5 steps to making stunning mountains and hills

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

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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

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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 [...]