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: 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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Ask Phil - Private Owner wagons on British Railways

I have a load of private owner wagons, but my layout is set in the British…

15 October 2020

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How to build a custom layout vehicle

When die-cast manufacturers don't produce the specific vehicle you need,…

13 October 2020

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Top 5 model railway layout animations

As an owner of 10 Tri-ang operating Giraffe cars, Phil Parker is a big fan of…

13 October 2020

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Smartphones and DCC: The changing face of connectivity

DCC users are increasingly swapping traditional DCC handsets for smart phones…

09 October 2020

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Ask Phil - Curing sticky point motors

Question: I have fitted Peco point motors to my layout and while most work…

08 October 2020

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How to model litter and industrial waste on your model railway

Bringing your post-1950s layout to life is all in the detail, as Michael Russell…

01 October 2020

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Ask Phil - Track weathering without an airbrush

Question: How can I make my track dirty? Everyone seems to use an airbrush but I…

01 October 2020

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How to model overgrown grass

Howard Smith creates an area of neglected and abandoned land, as commonly-found…

01 October 2020

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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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