Kit building

Model railway kits come in many forms: buildings, locomotives, wagons…you name it, there’s likely to be a kit available to buy. In this section we show you how to build a number of model railway kits and in many cases we reveal how you can further improve them.

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How to build a pit head

Looks can be deceiving with this intricate model, which is easier to build than…

04 August 2020

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How to build your first shunter

Phil Parker assembles this accessible new industrial locomotive from Planet…

22 July 2020

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LCUT creative assembly and painting tips

A short tutorial about working with LCUT creative parts. A small station build…

08 July 2020

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How to make realistic shop windows

We all moan about the changing high street and lack of model shops in many…

19 June 2020

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How to build a battery locomotive

Underground trains are iconic but feel hidden away from the public gaze. They…

11 June 2020

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How to make a portakabin kit

Howard Smith constructs a multi-media kit for BRM's project layout and provides…

05 June 2020

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Phil's Practical - Build a Wickham railcar shelter

When they're not carting Permanent Way teams around, Wickham Trolleys were…

04 June 2020

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How to build a 16mm scale stake wagon

We assemble Brandbright's stake wagon kit in 32mm gauge. Based on a typical…

20 May 2020

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How to build a laser-cut signal box kit

We build a laser-cut kit from LCUT Creative - a fine addition for many layouts.

14 May 2020

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Phil's Practical - Build a 2 aspect colour light signal

Working signals make a big difference to the look of a modern layout. We build…

29 April 2020

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How to build your first O gauge kit

Modelling in the 'senior scale' might be unfamiliar territory, but employs many…

22 April 2020

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Model Railways – Using Pencils on Brickwork – Top Tips

Using pencil crayons is quick, easy and will work on most materials, especially…

17 April 2020

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Model Railways: Working with Plastic Sheet – Top Tips

From buildings to wagons or locomotives, these sheets can be used to good effect…

16 April 2020

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Model Railways: Building Card Kits – Top Tips

Card kits are an affordable and easy method to rapidly add architecture to your…

15 April 2020

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How to make custom card buildings

We had a spare piece of land on a layout and had always planned to build on this…

28 January 2020

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