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 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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Building a 16mm scale Slater's War Department Railway D Type wagon

Built in very large numbers and with the minimum of variations between the…

21 January 2020

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How to build a gantry crane

We assemble this intricate kit of a common feature witnessed around many…

08 January 2020

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How to build a signal box for your model railway

Adapting card kits can be very enjoyable as we demonstrate with this Metcalfe…

18 September 2019

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How to detail an autocoach

In this latest guide, we update the venerable Airfix autocoach so that it can…

27 August 2019

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VIDEO: Tips for building a fuel depot

Phil Parker has built a diesel fuel depot from a Gaugemaster continental N gauge…

02 July 2019

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How to build your first etched brass kit

We build this shed kit from Roxey Mouldings, which is ideal for soldering…

18 April 2019

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How to modify a 'Tin Turtle'

A straightforward chassis swap is all that’s required to breathe new life into a…

18 October 2018

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