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 build a burning hut for your layout

What can you do with an old and battered model? Set fire to it of course!

21 September 2020

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A novice builds a card kit - any gauge

Card kits are the staple of railway layouts nationwide, but how will a novice…

16 September 2020

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How to super-detail Hornby's K1

Tony Wright suggests a few tweaks to make Hornby’s Peppercorn 2-6-0 even more…

09 September 2020

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Phil's Practical - Build a weighbridge hut

Weighbridges were a feature of most steam-era goods yards. We build a 7mm scale…

03 September 2020

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How to transform laser board into stone

While laser board might be ideal for laser cutting, it is very smooth and…

01 September 2020

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How to build a stone warehouse kit

Phil Parker investigates a new range of laser-cut kits, ideal for modellers with…

01 September 2020

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Phil's Practical - Make a simple display case

What do you do with your models when they aren't running on the layout? Keep…

01 September 2020

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How to build your first Metcalfe card kit

Many a modeller has learnt important constructional skills by building card…

01 September 2020

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Phil's Practical - Personalise a J94

With the reappearance of the ex-DJM models J94 as part of the EFE Rail range, we…

23 August 2020

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How to illustrate your first trackplan - Part II

Phil Martin concludes his class on successful layout planning and illustrating.

19 August 2020

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How to build an LNER 32FT Brake Van

Seeking variety for his fleet of rolling stock, Tony Wright turned to this…

19 August 2020

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Building a 16mm Welsh Methodist chapel

There are around 1600 Methodist churches and chapels dotted around the UK, often…

17 August 2020

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Phil's Practical - Build a narrow gauge flat wagon

There can be very few garden scale modellers not familiar with the Hudson skip…

14 August 2020

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Phil's Practical - Model a rock face

Rock faces are very handy on a model railway. While the prototype tried to avoid…

06 August 2020

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Phil's Practical - Weather a steam locomotive

Real trains get dirty – Phil Parker shares how to replicate this on models to…

04 August 2020

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