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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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How to build bridges for your model railway

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

21 July 2021

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How to adapt Hornby's Salt PGA wagons

When a model isn't available in kit form, or produced by manufacturers, a…

25 June 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 | 01 February 2021

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Ask Phil: How high is a 009 platform?

What would be a typical height for a station platform for a 009 model?…

By Phil Parker | 27 January 2021

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Ask Phil: Scratchbuilding a useful hut

With all the local model shops shut, and plenty of time on my hands, can you…

By Phil Parker | 21 January 2021

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Basic model railway soldering techniques

Does soldering scare you? Worry no more, as Howard Smith takes us through the…

By Phil Parker | 07 January 2021

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Ask Phil: What is a fibre pen for?

In my Christmas stocking, Santa has brought me a "Scratch brush". I'm told it…

21 December 2020

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Ask Phil: Beginners model railway guides

I'm very much excited about this early Christmas present - the Hornby Coca-Cola…

By Phil Parker | 09 December 2020

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Ask Phil: How were coal wagons unloaded?

My question concerns end doors on wagons. I know these were flagged with a…

12 November 2020

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Ask Phil: Which loco do I need for an industrial layout?

For my new adventure, a UK small shelf switching layout, I have been thinking…

04 November 2020

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Ask Phil - What is a Sprat & Winkle coupling?

In your recent podcast, you mentioned something called a "Sprat & Winkle"…

29 October 2020

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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…

13 October 2020

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How to build a burning hut for your layout

What can you do with an old and battered model? Set fire to it of course!

21 September 2020

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Phil's Practical - Make a simple display case

What do you do with your models when they aren't running on the layout? Keep…

01 September 2020

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How to illustrate your first trackplan - Part II

Phil Martin concludes his class on successful layout planning and illustrating.

19 August 2020

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