Techniques

Our aim is to help you become a better railway modeller by giving you the latest railway modelling advice from our team of experts. This section includes modelling techniques covering track, weathering, kit building, scenery, DC-DCC plus other essential model railway skills.

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How to fit a DCC uncoupler

Tired of manually uncoupling your rolling stock on a shunting layout? We install…

04 April 2020

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5 ways to improve the reliability of your layout

A reliable layout is a fun one to operate. With time on your hands, we've put…

02 April 2020

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THE 'SEE IT/MAKE IT' CHALLENGE: WEEK ONE

Tired of mooching around the house during this epidemic? Fear not - we've…

By Howard Smith | 01 April 2020

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Layout build: Runcorn Salt Union

Follow Howard Smith's build of this OO gauge layout in this series of 'behind…

By Howard Smith | 01 April 2020

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Phil's Practical - Learn to dry brush

Dry brush painting is one of the most useful techniques a modeller can have. In…

30 March 2020

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How to model an Autumn scene

Creating a seasonal shift from the summer on your model railway has never been…

28 March 2020

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Phil's Practical - Point Levers

Not all points are worked from a signal box. We take a look at how you model…

26 March 2020

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The BRM Guide to DCC Decoders

Struggling to differentiate between your digital chips? In our latest online…

24 March 2020

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What is a gauge?

Gauge is the term used in railway parlance to explain the distance between the…

By Howard Smith | 20 March 2020

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What is DCC?

DCC or Digital Command Control is a system of model railway operation which uses…

By Howard Smith | 20 March 2020

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What is P4?

P4 or Protofour is a set of track standards using 4mm:1ft scale - the same as OO…

By Howard Smith | 19 March 2020

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What is O gauge?

The largest of the popular scales continues to attract modellers who seek more…

By Howard Smith | 19 March 2020

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A beginner's guide to signalling with semaphores

Network Rail signaller, Mick Nicholson introduces key signalling practice to…

12 March 2020

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How to add variety to your wagon fleet

Our latest practical feature demonstrates how to make cost-effective, yet…

03 March 2020

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How to make a quarry transfer

A dramatic rock face, a siding and an elevated narrow-gauge railway combine on…

26 February 2020

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