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 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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How to create cameo scenes

How do you engage a non-enthusiast looking at your layout? Phil Parker presents…

By Phil Parker | 09 September 2021

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How to build a battery locomotive

Underground trains are iconic but feel hidden away from the public gaze. They…

08 September 2021

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How to make your first model

Our hobby welcomes newcomers on a weekly basis. Regardless of their modelling…

08 September 2021

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Weathering 009 skip wagons

Working wagons should show their battle scars, especially narrow gauge skip…

By Phil Parker | 07 September 2021

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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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