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  • Is there a smaller model railway gauge than N?
    Is there a smaller model railway gauge than N?

    There are a couple of gauges smaller than N gauge, the most recognised being Z and T gauges.To give you an idea of the difference between gauges, N gauge track has a distance of 9 mm between the rails while Z gauge has a distance of just 6.5...

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  • How do you achieve a natural metal finish on a plastic model aircraft?
    How do you achieve a natural metal finish on a plastic model aircraft?

    Throughout aviation history, many aircraft have been built and operated in an unpainted natural metal finish. During the Second World War, when large amounts of combat aircraft were produced manufacturers started to complete aircraft in natural...

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  • Is it possible to motorise Ratio semaphore signals?
    Is it possible to motorise Ratio semaphore signals?

    In theory, all Ratio signal kits can be motorised, but the conversion can be a little fiddly.In truth, it's the construction of the signal itself that's more fiddly. If you have never built a Ratio signal kit before, you should probably try...

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  • Can you get model buildings for Z gauge?
    Can you get model buildings for Z gauge?

    There are buildings out there for Z gauge layouts, but not in the same quantity or with the same variety as you would get for larger scales.There's no doubt that Z gauge has got an established following of enthusiasts, but compared to that...

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  • Is there a Tracksetta for N gauge?
    Is there a Tracksetta for N gauge?

    Tracksetta is a term that refers to a tool used for the shaping of flexible track sections, it is sometimes also referred to as a track laying tool.  These tools are available for a number of different gauges including OO and N gauges.  When...

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  • Which scale aircrafts are closest to OO gauge?
    Which scale aircrafts are closest to OO gauge?

    The closest model aircraft scale to OO Gauge is 1:72 scale. That said, it is still useful to first compare the two scales in question.  OO gauge is most often categorised as being analogous to 1:76 scale when comparisons are sought with...

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  • Why is it a bad idea to spray paint when it is cold?
    Why is it a bad idea to spray paint when it is cold?

    The colder it gets, the more viscous paint becomes. That means it gets thicker and stickier so becomes less useful as paint and struggles to produce an even finish.Ideally, you should make sure that it's above 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees...

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  • What is acetate?
    What is acetate?

    Acetate is a term used in modelling to describe many types of plastic film or sheets and is so called because it's made from a material called cellulose acetate.The chances are, if you like making model aircraft, you will have come across...

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  • What is T gauge in model railways?
    What is T gauge in model railways?

    T gauge is the smallest commercially available model railway gauge. It has a scale of either 1:450 or 1:480 and a track gauge of 3 mm between the rails, making it just a third of the size of N gauge!T gauge was first introduced in 2006 at the...

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  • What is a Presflo wagon?
    What is a Presflo wagon?

    A Presflo wagon is a railway wagon specifically designed for the transportation of cement.After nationalisation, the Ideal Stock Committee reviewed British Rail's inherited fleet of wagons and soon discovered that a suitable means for...

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  • What is zamak rot (zinc pest)?
    What is zamak rot (zinc pest)?

    Zamak Rot (also known as zinc pest or Mazak rot) is a problem that plagued some early diecast model parts due to impurities in the alloys used.The impurities have the potential to corrode parts from within, resulting in alloys becoming...

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  • How many cows should I have in a field?
    How many cows should I have in a field?

    So we know how many coaches our trains should ideally have, we even know what quantity of passengers to place on our platforms to make them look right, but how many cows should we put in our fields?That question may not be one that keeps you...

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