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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How to assemble a 'download and print-at-home' kit

Michael Russell shares techniques for constructing a paper-based model building…

27 May 2022

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How to renumber and weather a locomotive

For the BRM project layout, 'DHAPR wagon works', we needed a suitably scruffy…

By Phil Parker | 10 March 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: Dirty Dublo

In the January BRM, you showed a weathered Hornby Dublo Volkswagen van. How did…

By Phil Parker | 22 December 2021

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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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Build an industrial water tower

You can't have a steam engine shed without a water tower, so to accompany the…

By Phil Parker | 07 October 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 gild a lilly

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

23 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 motorise a turntable kit

These impressive features of larger steam depots have long-interested modellers.…

By Phil Parker | 22 September 2021

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How to improve the appearance of track

In a bid to transform your permanent way into one of the star qualities of your…

20 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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Wiring for reliability

Here to keep your layout's 'veins' in good order, Paul Moss shares techniques…

20 September 2021

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