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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Tunnel portals: all you need to know

Tunnel entrances can take many different forms. We look at widely-available…

By Howard Smith | 02 August 2022

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Model trees: all you need to know

It's rare to see a model railway without trees, especially if you’re modelling a…

28 July 2022

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Trackplan inspiration: layouts with water

Looking to model water on your next layout project? Whether it's a tranquil…

20 July 2022

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Model Railway Buildings: A Beginners Guide

This guide aims to explain the key differences between the different model…

14 July 2022

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How to weather your first model

Looking to create a subtle weathered effect on your latest locomotive purchase…

06 July 2022

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Ballasting model railway track: All you need to know

Real railways run on a bed of crushed rocks called 'ballast'. In our latest…

30 June 2022

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Five great layout features

Add a dash of interest to your model railway and show it at its best with these…

24 June 2022

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Push your modelling skills with this brass kit

Howard Smith constructs a highly-detailed etched brass chassis underframe kit…

By Howard Smith | 09 June 2022

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Model Railway Static Grass: All you need to know

We all aspire to achieve realistic-looking grass on our model railway, this…

08 June 2022

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How to assemble a 'download and print-at-home' kit

Michael Russell shares techniques for constructing a paper-based model building…

27 May 2022

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How to renumber and weather a locomotive

For the BRM project layout, 'DHAPR wagon works', we needed a suitably scruffy…

By Phil Parker | 10 March 2022

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Make a key for clockwork locomotives

Finding a suitable lost key for clockwork models can prove difficult. Here’s a…

By Phil Parker | 31 January 2022

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Ask Phil: What's the difference between a narrowboat and a barge?

Are narrowboats and barges the same thing? Reggie by e-mail.

By Phil Parker | 06 January 2022

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Ask Phil: Dirty Dublo

In the January BRM, you showed a weathered Hornby Dublo Volkswagen van. How did…

By Phil Parker | 22 December 2021

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Ask Phil: What are angle plates?

Watching your baseboard building video, I'd like to know what the jig you used…

By Phil Parker | 22 December 2021

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