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: Wiring or tracklaying first?

What is the correct sequence when laying track and wiring it up for DCC? Fix the…

By Phil Parker | 23 April 2021

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Paint an N gauge signal box

In the May 2021 issue of BRM, Phil Parker builds a OO signal box kit from…

By Phil Parker | 19 April 2021

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Ask Phil: Will 'OO' models run on 'HO' track?

I am a British ex-pat living in the USA. I have some nice UK 'OO' locomotives…

By Phil Parker | 17 February 2021

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Build an N gauge Wickham Trolley

Don't make your miniature Permanent Way gang walk to work - Phil Parker shows us…

By Phil Parker | 16 February 2021

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Ask Phil: Surface mounted point motors

Please could you advise on surface mounted point motors with ease of mounting…

By Phil Parker | 16 February 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 | 11 February 2021

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Rust effects created using hair spray

Watch BRM's (British Railway Modelling) Phil Parker demonstrate how to weather…

By Phil Parker | 01 February 2021

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Ask Phil: Adding a stone effect to a building wall

I've built a laser-cut building kit and I'd like to make the walls look like…

By Phil Parker | 01 February 2021

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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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