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Modern ready-to-run locomotives continue to improve in specification and realism, yet there is still plenty of scope for customisation. Not every running number or name is available, while modellers may be looking for a specific livery or ‘oddball’ variant. Changing headcodes, adding figures to cabs and real coal to the tender are just a few simple ways of making a great model even better.

Providing essential reading for anyone who wants to take their ready-to-run models that bit closer to reality, this comprehensive guide covers everything from tools and glues to renumbering and complex conversion projects. There’s a detailed look at painting and weathering, plus an introduction to working with DCC and fitting working sound.

Core techniques such as applying transfers, masking, working with filler, renumbering and shaping etched metal parts are all included, starting with the basics and moving through to advanced superdetailing tasks.

Product guides to paints, transfers, airbrushes and equipment, tools, glues and weathering products are provided, along with articles on planning and prototype research. There’s something for every practical and armchair modeller here, regardless of experience or preferred scale. Indeed, it will leave readers eager to have a go themselves.

This has been a real labour of love, taking a heck of a lot of work to cram the 132 pages with as many step by step demos as possible (50 in all!), as well as touching on all of the relevant subjects. At just £4.99, it's a real bargain.

Buy a copy online at www.greatmagazines.co.uk or pick up a copy in WH Smith or your local newsagent. Or call 01733 840111.


  1. George
    I have an eclectic interest in modelling various railway locations in UK and have amassed some mostly generic rolling stock. Poles apart, many steam locos were quite parochial (forget Black 5s!) whilst post nationalisation, wagons really were common user. Carriages are another matter. An old company carriage eg LMS would be numbered M1234M if allocated to the LMR but if allocated to ScR it would be SC1234M. Ergo, as I change modelling locations , just ho many times will the fabric of a model stand renumbering with all the associated chemical processes, please?

    1. Hi Duncan,
      You should be able to change the numbers as many times as you like, as it's only the first time that you remove the factory-printed characters that is invasive (if using the T-Cut or similar methods). After that, it's just decals and they can be softened with Micro Sol or Micro Set/Decalfix/Transfix solutions. The only thing I'd say, is that I'd avoid varnishing over the transfers if you intend to change them at a later date. Or, use Johnsons Klear or other water-based varnish, as these can be removed with a bit of Windolene.
      You can always paint small panels over regional prefixes before adding the new ones, as this happened in real life.


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