Essential Guides to Railway Modelling

A Complete Guide for Railway Modellers
This beautifully illustrated and practical book covers a wide variety of materials and processes, telling you everything you need to know about the art of building and improving model railway coaches. All aspects of the subject are covered, from adding passengers, upgrading off-the-shelf models, to kit assembly, scratch-building and finishing.
  • Kit building in plastic, metal, resin, wood and 3D printing
  • Step-by-step guides to assembly, soldering, painting, lining and weathering
  • Interior detailing and lighting
  • Coupling upgrades, working gangways, glazing, re-wheeling
  • Conversions and compensation
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Kit building remains the best route to achieving a varied range of motive power in most scales but it also retains a mystique, being associated with expert modellers and expensive tools. However, in this richly illustrated volume, George Dent demonstrates how anyone can successfully assemble working kits with only a modicum of equipment and experience.

All aspects of assembly are covered in detail, including:
  • Working in plastics, resin and metal
  • Shaping metal, soldering, gluing
  • Installing power units and etched chassis construction
  • Building intricate working valve gear
  • Painting, lining and weathering.

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One of many 5-star reviews on 
"Very well written with plenty of excellent illustrations. This is a must for anyone starting out in kit building or for those who have dabbled but want to go further. I suspect that even well established modellers could learn a thing or two. Outstanding!"

Most modellers, regardless of the scale they work in, rely heavily on the humble plastic or metal kit, and this book will help both novice and more experienced modellers to achieve the very best results.
  • Examines tools, glues and materials
  • Describes how to successfully construct wagon and carriage chassis
  • Covers work in plastics, resin and metal
  • Presents an in-depth guide to soldering
  • Looks at detailing, modifying and scratch-building
  • Discusses painting, transfers and weathering
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"George Dent is a great modeller and he has a great way of passing on his expertise. I would recommend any of his books." Review by J. Ellis on Amazon

The airbrush is an essential tool for modellers striving for professional-looking results. It can greatly enhance the quality of your modelling output, whether applying a full livery scheme or  simply blending in new areas of paintwork.

A good airbrush will offer unparalleled levels of finish and consistency, as well as the chance to create unique effects such as weathering and stencilling. This book offers a wealth of practical guidance and detailed advice, revealing how anyone can use an airbrush effectively.

All of the necessary techniques are described:
  • Paint formulas and colour matching
  • Cleaning and maintenance
  • Tricks of the trade
  • Painting and weathering for all scales and subjects
An essential, one-stop reference work for all airbrush users, from the novice to the experienced model painter. Order a copy HERE.

"Unlike other works on the same subject, (this book) is about getting your hands dirty and having a go. I've been using an airbrush for years but never felt entirely comfortable with it. This looks very much like a book I've been waiting for. A comprehensive, no-nonsense guide." Review by Phil Parker, Hornby Magazine, October 2011

Have the days of super-detailing and repainting our models now gone, or is there still a place for a more 'hands-on' approach to the hobby of railway modelling? Professional model-maker George Dent suggests that even these state of the art models can be improved and offers a plethora of ideas and projects to produce some unique and highly detailed miniature locomotives.

The book covers prototypes from the beginnings of British Rail's Modernisation Plan, up to the present privatised scene and caters for all skill levels.
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"For the committed armchair modeller, these books are a jolly good read. If you're toying with the idea of a little customisation, they will be your inspiration. The more experienced will find them a valuable resource. And for me, a 7mm scratch-builder, they are full of new ideas and information. If you just buy one that is closest to your modelling interest, make sure you borrow the other." Review from The Bulletin, May/June 2010

Despite constantly rising levels of detail, finish and performance, RTR models can never cater for every variation in components, equipment or livery that inevitably arose within large and long-lived traction fleets. Nor can they offer particular running numbers and names to satisfy every customer, while older products may also require wok to bring them up to the standard of contemporary offerings.

Therefore, being able to change factory-applied decals, add period or individual locomotive-specific details, modify a livery or create an authentic weathered finish can prove vital to achieving a heightened sense of realism and individuality within our traction fleets.
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"A highly desirable and collectable workshop resource for the 'OO' modeller who wants something a bit more personal than a straight-from-the-box model." Review by Chris Leigh, Model Rail, December 2009


  1. Brilliant set of books, I started out with Detailing RTR locomotives V2 and enjoyed it so much i now have the set! each book is packed full of brilliant information and superb photos would fully recommend them!

  2. will you be doing a version for N gauge ?

    1. Hi Andrew,
      I assume you're referring to the loco detailing books. If so, no afraid not.


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