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  • What are BEMO couplings?
    What are BEMO couplings?

    BEMO couplings refer to a specific type of coupling used to connect rolling stock on narrow gauge model railway layouts. BEMO couplings are particularly well-suited for use in OO9 scale modelling because they are designed to replicate the...

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  • What is the best way to create realistic grass on model railway layouts?
    What is the best way to create realistic grass on model railway layouts?

    Static grass is an alternative way to recreate realistic-looking grass on a model railway layout or scenic diorama, rather than using grass mats or scatter material. The key advantage of static grass is that the individual grass fibres remain...

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  • What is broad gauge?
    What is broad gauge?

    'Broad gauge' refers to a track gauge (the distance between the two rails) wider than the standard gauge of 4 feet 8½ inches (1,435 mm). Specifically, the broad gauge in British railway history was a track gauge of 7 feet ¼ inch (2,140 mm), which...

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  • How do I integrate the backscene into my layout?
    How do I integrate the backscene into my layout?

    Creating a seamless and immersive scene that blends the backscene with the foreground scenery is a crucial aspect of achieving a realistic layout. A well-executed backscene not only provides a striking backdrop but also enhances the overall depth...

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  • What is a micro-layout?
    What is a micro-layout?

    A micro layout refers to a very small and compact model railways layout that is designed to fit within a confined space or a limited area. Micro layouts are popular among model railway enthusiasts or modellers who have limited room or want to...

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  • What are lacquer paints?
    What are lacquer paints?

    Lacquer paints refer to a type of paint that is formulated with lacquer as the primary binder or vehicle. Lacquer paints have several characteristics that make them popular for use in scale modeling: 1. Quick drying: Lacquer paints dry very...

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  • What size masking tape should I use on my models?
    What size masking tape should I use on my models?

    Masking tape is an essential tool in scale modelling and the size you choose can significantly impact the quality and precision of your work.  Masking tape comes in various widths, ranging from as narrow as 1mm to as wide as 18mm or even larger....

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  • How do I clean metal shavings from modelling files?
    How do I clean metal shavings from modelling files?

    One of the headaches modelmakers and scratchbuilders face is how to keep files clear of accumulated metal filings and shavings. Those built-up burrs and shards can quickly render a file's teeth blunt and ineffective if not regularly removed. The...

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  • How do I model realistic burnt wood?
    How do I model realistic burnt wood?

    To achieve convincingly scorched, blackened textures on fire-damaged structures, the techniques involved can seem quite daunting. However, with some practice and the right materials, it's possible to recreate amazingly realistic burnt wood...

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  • How do I model industries on my layout?
    How do I model industries on my layout?

    One of the most rewarding aspects of building a model railway is creating a realistic, living world in miniature. While laying track, wiring, and running trains is immensely satisfying, adding interactive industries and operational scenes can...

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  • What is EM gauge?
    What is EM gauge?

    The EM gauge refers to a specific track gauge that falls between the standard OO gauge and P4 standards. The term "EM" stands for "Eighteen Millimetre," denoting the distance between the inner edges of the rail heads. The EM gauge is set at...

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  • How do I use pigments with my models?
    How do I use pigments with my models?

    Pigments are powdered colouring agents used for weathering and adding realistic effects to scale models. You can apply them in two main ways: dry over wet or dry paint, or mixed into a liquid binder. A binder is a medium that allows the pigment...

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