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As the name suggests, this is where you’ll find a number of additional railway modelling techniques such as detailing, modification and painting. Follow these guides, and the many more found on this website, to make yourself a better railway modeller.

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Tunnel portals: all you need to know

Tunnel entrances can take many different forms. We look at widely-available…

By Howard Smith | 02 August 2022

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Model Railway Buildings: A Beginners Guide

This guide aims to explain the key differences between the different model…

14 July 2022

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Make a key for clockwork locomotives

Finding a suitable lost key for clockwork models can prove difficult. Here’s a…

By Phil Parker | 31 January 2022

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Ask Phil: What's the difference between a narrowboat and a barge?

Are narrowboats and barges the same thing? Reggie by e-mail.

By Phil Parker | 06 January 2022

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Ask Phil: What are angle plates?

Watching your baseboard building video, I'd like to know what the jig you used…

By Phil Parker | 22 December 2021

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Enhance your layout with a narrow gauge feeder line

Inspired by a recent trip to a preserved railway, Phil Parker builds a narrow…

13 December 2021

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Miniaturising coal for your model trains

Nearly every station had a pile of coal to feed locomotives and most of those…

By Phil Parker | 24 September 2021

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How to assemble miniature signals

Recently due an eye test, Howard Smith provided a visual test of his own with…

By Howard Smith | 22 September 2021

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How to optimise your layout lighting

Theatrical consultant, Giles Favell, shares his years of experience in set and…

20 September 2021

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How to animate a shunter

Hornby's attractive, versatile shunter is proving popular with modellers and…

20 September 2021

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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…

14 September 2021

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Ask Phil: Adding a stone effect to a building wall

I've built a laser-cut building kit and I'd like to make the walls look like…

By Phil Parker | 13 September 2021

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Model Railways: How to make a pre-grouping coach

These four-wheel coaches are in plentiful supply, though can be upgraded with…

13 September 2021

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How to build bridges for your model railway

Sometimes, only a bespoke structure will do the job. Phil Parker takes his time…

11 September 2021

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How to create cameo scenes

How do you engage a non-enthusiast looking at your layout? Phil Parker presents…

By Phil Parker | 09 September 2021

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