Techniques

Our aim is to help you become a better railway modeller by giving you the latest railway modelling advice from our team of experts. This section includes modelling techniques covering track, weathering, kit building, scenery, DC-DCC plus other essential model railway skills.

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Phil's Practical - Model a rock face

Rock faces are very handy on a model railway. While the prototype tried to avoid…

06 August 2020

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Phil's Practical - Weather a steam locomotive

Real trains get dirty – Phil Parker shares how to replicate this on models to…

04 August 2020

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How to build a pit head

Looks can be deceiving with this intricate model, which is easier to build than…

04 August 2020

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How to create rust with hairspray

Phil Parker shares a method for creating realistic rust, often used by military…

04 August 2020

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How to create your ideal trackplan

Planning a model railway is akin to a crossword as ideas mesh together. Phil…

04 August 2020

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Phil's Practical - Use an electronic static grass tool

If you plan a lot of scenery, or you're looking to build several layouts in the…

30 July 2020

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THE SEE IT/MAKE IT CHALLENGE: ROUND SIX

Urban decay creeps into the subject matter for the final round of our See…

By Howard Smith | 30 July 2020

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How to build your first shunter

Phil Parker assembles this accessible new industrial locomotive from Planet…

22 July 2020

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Phil's Practical - Light your layout with LEDs

No matter how hard you work on your layout, if people can't see it, your efforts…

22 July 2020

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Phil's Practical - Build a steam era campsite

When steam trains ruled the rails, tents were made of canvas and you didn't…

16 July 2020

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Airbrush maintenance guide

Tired of your airbrush not performing as it should? A service and clean of its…

14 July 2020

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Building a micro layout step-by-step

Phil Parker builds "Ferness Quay" - a micro layout only 30in long but showcasing…

09 July 2020

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LCUT creative assembly and painting tips

A short tutorial about working with LCUT creative parts. A small station build…

08 July 2020

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Phil's Practical - Make your own stick on grass tufts

While it's possible to buy ready-make grass tufts, it easy enough to make your…

07 July 2020

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THE SEE IT/MAKE IT CHALLENGE: ROUND FIVE

Do you have what it takes to create realistic-looking track? If so, this…

By Howard Smith | 03 July 2020

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