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 gild a lilly

Phil Parker upgrades the latest addition to the Metcalfe Models range with…

23 September 2021

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How to create an old empty barn

A phrase coined by John Laurie as Private Frazer in the British sitcom 'Dad's…

17 September 2021

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How to build a battery locomotive

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

08 September 2021

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How to make your first model

Our hobby welcomes newcomers on a weekly basis. Regardless of their modelling…

08 September 2021

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How to build a Sentinel Steam Railcar

Single-coach trains are useful for space-starved modellers. Phil Parker…

05 September 2021

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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…

04 September 2021

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How to build your first shunter

Phil Parker assembles this accessible new industrial locomotive from Planet…

03 September 2021

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How to build a car workshop

Phil Parker anglicises this German-outline garage kit from Golden Valley…

10 August 2021

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How to build a 1970s bungalow

Phil Parker recommends this range of buildings for beginners as he constructs a…

05 July 2021

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Build a coal yard kit

A layout project can seem like a never-ending project. Sometimes you just need a…

By Phil Parker | 17 June 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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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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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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A novice builds a card kit - any gauge

Card kits are the staple of railway layouts nationwide, but how will a novice…

16 September 2020

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Phil's Practical - Build a weighbridge hut

Weighbridges were a feature of most steam-era goods yards. We build a 7mm scale…

03 September 2020

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