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

Wargame Terrain & Buildings

Inspiration, ideas and tips on how to build terrains, buildings and scenery for wargaming from budget DIY techniques to using and improving commercial products.

How to make your own common modelling materials

how to make your own model making supplies
Locked down due to Coronavirus? Can't get out to get model making supplies? Here's how you can make your own. [...]

Make a realistic 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 [...]

A quick cheap way to make brick and stone walls

make you own stone work
Create realistic stone and brickwork walls and ground with this simple technique from a  professional model maker. [...]

How to recreate sunburnt fields

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

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 [...]

What’s the cheapest way to make wonderful water for your models

model railway water
What is the cheapest way to make a beautiful river, pond, lake or sea for your models? You might be surprised. [...]

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. [...]

How to make bushes

Shortly after publishing a recent article on making stone bridges I got a number of messages from modellers wanting to know more about the vegetation seen in [...]

How to make your own stone bridge.

Want a stone bridge on your railway? You could go and buy a plastic kit... Or you follow these 7 steps and make you own. [...]

How to make your own trees, a new technique

make your own trees
I've covered making trees here before but I'm always on the look out for new techniques. I recently came across this approach and have been impressed by [...]

Make Your Own Tree Stumps And For Free! – Thrifty Thursday Model Building Tip #4

Take a look at any railway banks, you'll see stumps and branches where trees have been cut back to prevent damage to passing trains and prevent falling [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]
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