Hints & tips for model railway enthusiasts, miniature painters and model makers.

Scenery and Terrain Tips & Tutorials

Create stunning rivers, ponds, hills, valleys, fields, trees and bushes for your table top gaming and model railways with these free tips from the multi-award winning model train blog.

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Make your own ground foam

Ground foam made in a blender
Making your own ground foam for scenery is fun, much cheaper than buying the commercial stuff and gives your more flexibility in your scenery. But [...]

Make a realistic texture thatched roof

making a thatched roof model
Living in Surrey, I see a lot of thatched roofs. There's no denying their beauty. But recreating them in miniature for a model railway or diorama is [...]

The definitive guide to making model scenery

So you've laid the track and have your trains running merrily around. Great work! Brunel and Stephenson would be proud. But now what? How do you make that [...]

How to make rock faces and cliffs

how to make model cliffs and rock faces
Creating realistic cliffs and rock formations in miniature is surprisingly difficult but with these techniques, some practice and a bit of time anyone can do [...]

The City on the Edge of Forever

city edge of forever startrek
No, this isn't about a StarTrek themed model railway — how cool would that be! — but a quick tip on how to stop views into a different time and space from [...]

How to make a Christmas snow scene

how to make a christmas diorama model with a train
'Tis the season to be jolly and what better to wake up to on Christmas morning than a snow-covered model railway display. How's how Santa makes his. [...]

How to recreate sunburnt fields

Do something different with your model railway scenery and landscape and create a summer heat wave in miniature. [...]

Add cropmarks to your fields and add novelty and realism to your layout: sunday scribbles

cropmark model railway
Here's a quick little tip to add realism and uniqueness to your layout. [...]

How to make scenic cement: my foolproof 3 part recipe for the best ground cover

There's a lot of misunderstanding around scenic glue but it's surprisingly simple once you know how to make it. [...]

The best paper mache (papier-mâché) recipe for model hills and mountains

Here's my trusted recipe for papier-mâché, sometimes spelt paper mache, that I use for landscape building on my model train layouts, railways and wargaming [...]

A rake for your static grass, Sunday Scribbles

This is a silly little tool-tip, but one I find myself using a lot since discovering it. [...]

Camouflaging Curves – how to obscure artifical looking curves

Glyn Valley Tramway Railway
Curves and bends make model railways more fun and allow continuous running but they come with a problem. [...]

How to make snow

how to make model snow
Winter is coming... Fancy adding a seasonal touch to your layout? Here's how to make snow that you can add to a model railway to give it that festive touch. [...]

So the scenery starts: £35 project update

dock £35 model railway
Since my last update, things have developed with the project; the dock has water; dock side & walls have been made and the track laid. [...]

A quick tip from the school of the blindingly obvious

scatter model railway wargames tip
If you lay your scatter, as I do, by sprinkling the stuff from your fingers you'll love - or perhaps hate - this tip. [...]

How to make your own scatter & why I’ll never buy scatter material again

How to make your own scatter
I'll never buy scatter for my model railway again. [...]

A master class in static grass (creating slopes)

Static Grass Tutorial
Static grass makes a world of difference to a model landscape but getting it right on slopes is more involved than you might think. [...]

How I Now Make My Own Plaster Cloth For Hills, Tunnels and Landscapes

How to make your own plaster cloth
I'm a huge fan of plaster cloth. It's messy, it works and it's super satisfying but it also costs. Until now. [...]

Make your own foliage

make your owln foliage
How a chance email revealed my new favourite way of making foliage and it's almost free. [...]

Erecting Embankments

model railway embankments how to make
Embankments? building? "Oh come on!" I can hear you cry, what's difficult about that? [...]
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