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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Ask Phil - Making a model road

Can you advise me how to model a road? I'm not keen on stick-on versions. Ian,…

20 October 2020

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Ask Phil - Private Owner wagons on British Railways

I have a load of private owner wagons, but my layout is set in the British…

15 October 2020

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How to build a custom layout vehicle

When die-cast manufacturers don't produce the specific vehicle you need,…

13 October 2020

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Top 5 model railway layout animations

As an owner of 10 Tri-ang operating Giraffe cars, Phil Parker is a big fan of…

13 October 2020

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Smartphones and DCC: The changing face of connectivity

DCC users are increasingly swapping traditional DCC handsets for smart phones…

09 October 2020

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Ask Phil - Curing sticky point motors

Question: I have fitted Peco point motors to my layout and while most work…

08 October 2020

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How to model litter and industrial waste on your model railway

Bringing your post-1950s layout to life is all in the detail, as Michael Russell…

01 October 2020

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Ask Phil - Track weathering without an airbrush

Question: How can I make my track dirty? Everyone seems to use an airbrush but I…

01 October 2020

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How to model overgrown grass

Howard Smith creates an area of neglected and abandoned land, as commonly-found…

01 October 2020

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How to build a burning hut for your layout

What can you do with an old and battered model? Set fire to it of course!

21 September 2020

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A novice builds a card kit - any gauge

Card kits are the staple of railway layouts nationwide, but how will a novice…

16 September 2020

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How to super-detail Hornby's K1

Tony Wright suggests a few tweaks to make Hornby’s Peppercorn 2-6-0 even more…

09 September 2020

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Phil's Practical - Build a weighbridge hut

Weighbridges were a feature of most steam-era goods yards. We build a 7mm scale…

03 September 2020

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How to transform laser board into stone

While laser board might be ideal for laser cutting, it is very smooth and…

01 September 2020

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How to build a stone warehouse kit

Phil Parker investigates a new range of laser-cut kits, ideal for modellers with…

01 September 2020

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