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.

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]
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