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 customise a laser-cut kit

Terraced houses are an essential part of British townscapes. Phil Parker…

16 October 2019

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How to modify a card kit

Building a card kit as it comes out of the packet is all very satisfying, but…

01 October 2019

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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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How to transform a simple card kit cottage

Metcalfe's small cottage kit looks great as a basic build, but a few simple…

17 October 2018

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How to build and detail a card kit

We build a simple corner shop car kit and then add some realistic details to…

21 September 2018

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VIDEO: How to model a railway cable drum

We show you how to model and weather a Skytrex O Gauge Cable Drum Kit.

18 September 2018

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VIDEO: How to build a plastic diesel depot

Enjoy this detailed video on building an O gauge Heljan diesel depot kit.

01 September 2018

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How to detail a Heljan Railbus

Heljan's O Gauge AC Railbus is a splendid model, but our step-by-step…

20 August 2018

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VIDEO: Building a model Wickham Trolley

Follow our step-by-step guide to building a Thamshead Models (BH Enterprises)…

15 August 2018

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How to model a card coal office

We show you the perfect beginner project: how to model a cardboard coal office.

07 August 2018

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