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 - Personalise a J94

With the reappearance of the ex-DJM models J94 as part of the EFE Rail range, we…

07 September 2021

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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…

06 September 2021

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Wiring your model railway: top tips

When it works, we ignore its existence, when it doesn’t, we can be tempted to…

06 September 2021

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How to build a Sentinel Steam Railcar

Single-coach trains are useful for space-starved modellers. Phil Parker…

05 September 2021

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How to make realistic shop windows

We all moan about the changing high street and lack of model shops in many…

04 September 2021

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Ideas to make better backscenes

Andy York looks at how we might better set the scene on our layouts. Don’t just…

04 September 2021

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How to build your first shunter

Phil Parker assembles this accessible new industrial locomotive from Planet…

03 September 2021

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How to model graffiti on your model railway

Love it or loath it, graffiti has become a common feature on railway property…

02 September 2021

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How to adapt the Hattons Andrew Barclay

A growing number of cottage industry manufacturers are producing conversion kits…

By Howard Smith | 02 September 2021

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How to model different trees

Tired of your trees looking similar, or worse, like lollipops? Make your…

01 September 2021

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Detail a Bachmann Wickham Trolley

A OO gauge Wickham is a terrific little model - we look at how it can be…

By Phil Parker | 01 September 2021

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How to create a park scene for your model railway

A communal centre-point for many villages, towns, or cities nationwide, parks…

31 August 2021

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How to DCC Chip a SPUD

This popular ready-to-run motor bogie of 1980s design has driven many…

By Phil Parker | 31 August 2021

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Ask Phil: Creating ice and snow

We see a lot of summertime layouts, but looking outside, I'm tempted to set mine…

30 August 2021

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How to automate your layout signals

Tired of passing signals at danger, endless switches on your control panel or…

29 August 2021

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