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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Ask Phil: How high is a 009 platform?

What would be a typical height for a station platform for a 009 model?…

By Phil Parker | 27 January 2021

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How to create a railway modelling farm scene

Skilled railway modeller, Jamie Warne, talks us through his farmyard diorama…

By Phil Parker | 26 January 2021

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Ask Phil: Scratchbuilding a useful hut

With all the local model shops shut, and plenty of time on my hands, can you…

By Phil Parker | 21 January 2021

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Ask Phil: Creating ice and snow

We see a lot of summertime layouts, but looking outside, I'm tempted to set mine…

14 January 2021

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Basic model railway soldering techniques

Does soldering scare you? Worry no more, as Howard Smith takes us through the…

By Phil Parker | 07 January 2021

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Ask Phil: Building a coal stage

I need a coaling stage for my OO gauge layout but can't find one that fits the…

21 December 2020

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Ask Phil: What is a fibre pen for?

In my Christmas stocking, Santa has brought me a "Scratch brush". I'm told it…

21 December 2020

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Ask Phil: Beginners model railway guides

I'm very much excited about this early Christmas present - the Hornby Coca-Cola…

By Phil Parker | 09 December 2020

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Ask Phil: What use is a cheap airbrush?

I've been given one of those really cheap airbrush sets as a present. Should I…

02 December 2020

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Ask Phil: No more floating buildings

How do I avoid gaps underneath the buildings on my layout? John, Budbrooke.

26 November 2020

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Ask Phil: Which hairspray do I need for scenic work?

I've heard about using hairspray for scenery, but don't know what to buy. Can…

19 November 2020

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Ask Phil: How were coal wagons unloaded?

My question concerns end doors on wagons. I know these were flagged with a…

12 November 2020

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Ask Phil: Which loco do I need for an industrial layout?

For my new adventure, a UK small shelf switching layout, I have been thinking…

04 November 2020

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Ask Phil - What is a Sprat & Winkle coupling?

In your recent podcast, you mentioned something called a "Sprat & Winkle"…

29 October 2020

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Ask Phil - Making a model road

Can you advise me how to model a road? I'm not keen on stick-on versions. Ian,…

20 October 2020

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