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 - A ruined roof

Here Phil builds a barn roof that has seen better days. The slates have been…

14 May 2020

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How to build a laser-cut signal box kit

We build a laser-cut kit from LCUT Creative - a fine addition for many layouts.

14 May 2020

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Top tips to fighting dust on your model railway

Howard Smith provides ideas to combat the perennial problem of dust on our model…

13 May 2020

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How to enhance Hornby’s Family Fun Project

We gave Phil Parker a Hornby Family Fun Project to build, but asked him to…

11 May 2020

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What is flat bottom rail?

Flat bottom rail is the most common type of rail used worldwide. It is…

By Howard Smith | 07 May 2020

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Layout build: Runcorn Salt Union

Follow Howard Smith's build of this OO gauge layout in this series of 'behind…

By Howard Smith | 04 May 2020

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Phil's Practical - Pitch a tent

While we can't go camping at the moment, tents make an interesting scenic detail…

04 May 2020

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What is bullhead rail?

Bullhead rail profile was common-place in the UK throughout the 19th and 20th…

By Howard Smith | 01 May 2020

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What is G scale?

Primarily used as an outdoor garden railway scale, G scale with a 45mm track…

By Howard Smith | 01 May 2020

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What is O14?

This rare narrow gauge modelling scale can trace its origins back to the 1950s.…

By Howard Smith | 01 May 2020

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Model Railways - How to close couplings on rolling stock

Tired of unrealistic gaps between your coaches? We demonstrate how Keen Systems'…

30 April 2020

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Phil's Practical - Build a 2 aspect colour light signal

Working signals make a big difference to the look of a modern layout. We build…

29 April 2020

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How to adapt Heljan’s 1361 0-6-0PT

Creating a Chapman & Furneaux industrial locomotive from Heljan's versatile…

27 April 2020

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Phil's Practical - Bed in your buildings

Model magazines have been telling readers to avoid gaps under buildings for over…

22 April 2020

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How to build your first O gauge kit

Modelling in the 'senior scale' might be unfamiliar territory, but employs many…

22 April 2020

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