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 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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How to make model hedges

We provide a step-by-step guide to making realistic model hedges for your model…

29 August 2021

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A beginner's guide to using 3D printers for your model railway

One tool that is becoming more popular (and more affordable) for modellers is 3D…

24 August 2021

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How to restore an airbrush

Damaging a top-of-the-line airbrush can prove a costly mistake, as Howard Smith…

By Howard Smith | 18 August 2021

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Modelling Russell Lupins

Adding a bit of colour to some wasteground is easy using this simple modelling…

By Phil Parker | 17 August 2021

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How to build a canal

When it comes to providing a waterway for your layout, Phil shows how everyone…

17 August 2021

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Planting model trees

Nobody wants their scenery to fall apart. Phil Parker shares a commonly-used…

10 August 2021

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How to build a car workshop

Phil Parker anglicises this German-outline garage kit from Golden Valley…

10 August 2021

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Ask Phil: Wiring a crossover

I am expanding the Hornby Family Fun project for my grandson. My aim is to have…

By Phil Parker | 16 July 2021

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How to build a 1970s bungalow

Phil Parker recommends this range of buildings for beginners as he constructs a…

05 July 2021

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How to adapt Hornby's Salt PGA wagons

When a model isn't available in kit form, or produced by manufacturers, a…

25 June 2021

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Build a coal yard kit

A layout project can seem like a never-ending project. Sometimes you just need a…

By Phil Parker | 17 June 2021

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