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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Miniaturising coal for your model trains

Nearly every station had a pile of coal to feed locomotives and most of those…

By Phil Parker | 24 September 2021

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How to gild a lilly

Phil Parker upgrades the latest addition to the Metcalfe Models range with…

23 September 2021

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How to assemble miniature signals

Recently due an eye test, Howard Smith provided a visual test of his own with…

By Howard Smith | 22 September 2021

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How to motorise a turntable kit

These impressive features of larger steam depots have long-interested modellers.…

By Phil Parker | 22 September 2021

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How to improve the appearance of track

In a bid to transform your permanent way into one of the star qualities of your…

20 September 2021

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How to optimise your layout lighting

Theatrical consultant, Giles Favell, shares his years of experience in set and…

20 September 2021

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Wiring for reliability

Here to keep your layout's 'veins' in good order, Paul Moss shares techniques…

20 September 2021

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How to animate a shunter

Hornby's attractive, versatile shunter is proving popular with modellers and…

20 September 2021

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Ask Phil: How do I pin track down?

I've been told that it's wrong to use a hammer to pin track down. How am I…

By Phil Parker | 20 September 2021

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How to grow your own scenery for your model railway

Looking to cut the cost of your hobby? Green-fingered modellers can benefit from…

By Howard Smith | 20 September 2021

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The BRM Guide to DCC Decoders

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

19 September 2021

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How to fit and program a DCC point motor

Fitting point motors used to mean lots of time-consuming wiring and soldering,…

17 September 2021

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Smartphones and DCC: The changing face of connectivity

DCC users are increasingly swapping traditional DCC handsets for smartphones…

17 September 2021

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How to create an old empty barn

A phrase coined by John Laurie as Private Frazer in the British sitcom 'Dad's…

17 September 2021

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Track: Laying a double-slip

It doesn't matter how big your layout is, it'll require track. Ensuring yours is…

16 September 2021

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