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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Building a viaduct for my garden

Steve Howard creates a bespoke viaduct for his 16mm scale line, that looks…

27 March 2023

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Getting all fired up with Bole Laser Craft's ammunitions van

Mark Thatcher builds a 7/8th’s Woolwich Arsenal Railway van kit.

By Phil Parker | 27 March 2023

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Building a truss girder bridge

If you saw our display at the National Garden Railway Show this year, you'll…

01 January 2023

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Building a hi-fi platelayers hut

Intentio's hut has been available for some time in 4mm scale. How does a 16mm…

01 January 2023

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Confessions of a 3D bodgeller

Rik Bennett takes his modelling talents into the digital realm.

01 January 2023

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Building a Wild West loco

Martin Ranson scratchbuilds a geared, live steam engine.

01 January 2023

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How to build a Metcalfe industrial unit

Phil Parker builds this accessible N gauge modern warehouse kit – a great entry…

15 December 2022

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How to make a shunting tractor

Phil Parker shows how easily a die-cast road model tractor can be adapted to…

15 December 2022

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Installing the Magnorail system

Want to learn more about Magnorail and how to animate your model railway? Phil…

15 December 2022

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10 things you should know about DCC

Digital Command Control (DCC) is one of the most popular methods for model…

03 November 2022

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Getting started in garden railways

Building a railway in the garden can be cheaper than you think. Garden Rail…

21 October 2022

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Model railway trackplan types explained

There are a few trackplan types around which model railways are based. Here's a…

13 October 2022

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Model railway baseboards: all you need to know

At the heart of every successful model railway lies a baseboard. Here's a guide…

26 September 2022

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Modelling hedges for your model railway: all you need to know

How to make model railway hedges for your layout, tips on modelling…

23 September 2022

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Locomotive lamps: a beginner's guide

Important for identification and safety, locomotive lamps once played an…

25 August 2022

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