231 results found for 'techniques'

  • 2mm Finescale Shunting Plank

    Stuart Moore

    Issue 233 (2014)


    2mm/2mm FS

    Stuart Moore explains his 'organic method' of producing a model inspored by his youthful memories of trainspotting at Reading

    Tags: layouts, operation, techniques

  • 4mm Scale Buffer Improvement

    Michael Larcombe

    Issue 77 (1995)



    Lathe work to improve buffers.

    Tags: lathes, techniques

  • 7mm Figure Painting

    Pete Armstrong

    Issue 230 (2014)



    Whether it is a loco crew, a guard, or passengers waiting on the platform, how to paint them with realism is a skilful art. Here Pete Armstrong, using 7mm castings as an example, explains with clarity how to do just that, by showing us how to line, shade and mix colours that will enhance our figures

    Tags: paints / painting, techniques

  • 7mm RTR Diesels

    Richard Carr

    Issue 231 (2014)



    Heljan Diesels have been available for a good few years now, with models of classes 20,26, 31, 33, 47, 55, a Hymek, a Western, and by the time you read this the Class 40 could be available. Models of a class 25, 45, 60 and a Warship are promised for the not too distant future. Here Richard Carr briefly reviews some of these models, and tells us how they can be improved, and how they can be adapted for Scale 7

    Tags: diesel locomotives, RTR / kit conversions, RTR / ready-to-run, techniques

  • A Backscene for Burford

    Martin Goodall

    Issue 220 (2013)


    In the first part of this article, Martin Goodall reveals his thoughts about planning the background to his layout, and then explains how to draw the scene in a simple and convincing way.

    Tags: backscenes, techniques

  • A Backscene for Burford - Part Two

    Martin Goodall

    Issue 221 (2013)


    After drafting his backscene, Martin Goodall now guides us through the painting of the sky, buildings and trees, in the second part of this valuable and helpful article.

    Tags: backscenes, techniques

  • A Beginner's Guide to Building a Chassis

    Barry Norman

    Issue 245 (2016)


    4mm, 7mm

    Using a process that is equally suited to 4mm and 7mm scales, Barry Norman explains the steps he takes to make a successfully running compensated chassis

    He has written the article to help his club members who have no experience of chassis construction, but are taking their first steps into finescale modelling project, with a daring attempt at building a Scale 7 layout

    Tags: chassis, compensation / suspension, locomotives, techniques

  • A Fully Sprung Class 25 for Hebble Vale Goods

    Karl Crowther

    Issue 231 (2014)



    Having been impressed by the smooth performance of RTR locomotives fitted with PenBits sprung bogies, we were keen to know more. Hearing that Karl Crowther was using this kit in the rebuilding of his EM gauge class 25, we asked him to tell us his findings. As a precursor to writing about the alterations he will be making to the body, he has written a detailed and thorough account, explaining how to assemble this kit and fit it to the body

    Tags: chassis, diesel locomotives, techniques

  • A Manning Wardle 'F' in P4

    Paul Berntsen

    Issue 30 (1989)



    Aided and abetted by MRJ, Paul Berntsen - another New Zealander - has built a finescale 0-4-0 using drawings and techniques which have appeared in the magazine. Distance, however, still breeds certain individuality and this split-chassis engine is definitely out of the ordinary.

    Tags: scratchbuilding, steam locomotives

  • A Porter's Hut for High Wycombe

    Tim Peacock

    Issue 221 (2013)


    With the retaining wall at High Wycombe complete, Tim Peacock decided to use the same laser cutting technology to make his first building. With the help of club mates, he learned how to draw with AutoCAD, and then use the drawings to make his own kit of parts, choosing the Porter's hut as an ideal starting point from which to learn.

    Tags: buildings, laser etching, scratchbuilding, techniques