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 - Lockups underneath the arches

The space under a railway viaduct in town doesn't stay empty very long. We open…

17 June 2020

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How to design a control panel for your model railway

Switches, wires, lights and push buttons combine in these often-complex spaces.…

17 June 2020

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How to automate your layout signals

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

15 June 2020

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How to build a battery locomotive

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

11 June 2020

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Phil's Practical - Build a simple display case

Don't hide all your model locomotives in a cupboard. We show you how to build a…

10 June 2020

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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…

10 June 2020

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Hornby’s most daring moments

Hornby has never been afraid to create innovative and unusual products. Phil…

08 June 2020

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How to make a portakabin kit

Howard Smith constructs a multi-media kit for BRM's project layout and provides…

05 June 2020

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Phil's Practical - Build a Wickham railcar shelter

When they're not carting Permanent Way teams around, Wickham Trolleys were…

04 June 2020

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THE 'SEE IT/MAKE IT' CHALLENGE: ROUND FOUR

Test your brick stair-making abilities in the fourth round of our See it/Make it…

By Howard Smith | 04 June 2020

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How to make a Class 20/3 from an RTR model

For two decades, these machines have worked a variety of trains. Jack Taylor…

03 June 2020

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Hornby’s most notable moments

Our beloved manufacturer of model railways has reached its centenary. We reflect…

02 June 2020

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How to make an HRA from Bachmann’s HTA

In line with prototype conversions allowing denser aggregates to be carried in…

28 May 2020

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Phil's Practical - Build a car park

Car parks are an essential part of any scene, we show you how to lay your own…

27 May 2020

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How to fit and program a DCC point motor

Fitting point motors used to mean lots of time-consuming wiring and soldering,…

26 May 2020

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