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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The BRM Guide to DCC Decoders

Struggling to differentiate between your digital chips? In our latest online…

19 September 2021

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How to fit and program a DCC point motor

Fitting point motors used to mean lots of time-consuming wiring and soldering,…

17 September 2021

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Smartphones and DCC: The changing face of connectivity

DCC users are increasingly swapping traditional DCC handsets for smartphones…

17 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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Track: Laying a double-slip

It doesn't matter how big your layout is, it'll require track. Ensuring yours is…

16 September 2021

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Creating paved surfaces

Many layouts require tarmac and concrete surfaces that can be difficult to…

15 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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How to create lineside variety

There's more to the other side of the fence than green grass, as we explain with…

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 paint a backscene

Howard Smith shares how basic techniques benefit the most reticent of artists,…

By Howard Smith | 12 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 fit a point motor

Effective point motor operation is vital to any layout. Phil Parker shows how…

By Phil Parker | 10 September 2021

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How to refresh your track

The track on this project is in need of improvement. Howard Smith shares his…

By Howard Smith | 09 September 2021

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Ask Phil - Curing sticky point motors

Question: I have fitted Peco point motors to my layout and while most work…

09 September 2021

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