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Here are 20 Best Modelling Forums you should follow in 2023

1. Home Model Engine Machinist Forum

Home Model Engine Machinist Forum A worldwide hobby community dedicated to machinist-built model engines. Discussions contain topics on model engine making and engine plans, castings,... CAD, CNC designs, lathe, Stirling, boilers & steam.more
2.9K 18 2 posts / day View Recent Threads

2. Model Railroad Forums

Model Railroad Forums This is a free Model Railroad discussion forum and photo gallery. We cover all scales and sizes of model railroads. Whether you're a master model ...railroader or just getting started, you'll find something of interest here.more
3 posts / day View Recent Threads

3. Scale Model Addict

Scale Model Addict Welcome to the friendliest scale model community on the internet! Share tips, reviews and chat with fellow modelers and enthusiasts.
1 post / day View Recent Threads

4. The Unofficial Airfix Modellers' Forum

The Unofficial Airfix Modellers' Forum Show us a view of your workbench/work in progress and build reports, talk about scale modeling tips and techniques, share pictures of your figures, di...oramas, and more.more
30 posts / week View Recent Threads

5. What if Modellers

What if Modellers In this forum get live information, tips, tools, and techniques on modelling, get to know about upcoming events, buy/sell/trade your unwanted or exces...s models, post pictures of your group/individual builds, and much more.more
23 posts / day View Recent Threads

6. Reddit » Model Makers

Reddit » Model Makers San Francisco, California, US
The subreddit dedicated to the hobby of plastic model kit building and painting. Swap tips and techniques, show your latest builds/WIPs, post kit revi...ews and discuss the latest kits! And much more!more
1.7M 1.2M 780K 30 posts / week View Recent Threads

7. KitMaker Forum

KitMaker Forum An international community of scale modelers to discuss automobiles/ships/railroad scale modeling in general, the latest news, photography, other upco...ming events, and more. Also, post photos and info about your completed projects here.more
18 posts / day View Recent Threads

8. Model Train Forum

Model Train Forum Amersham, England, UK
A forum community dedicated to model train owners and enthusiasts. Come join the discussion about brands, various scales, repairs, storage, displays,, accessories, classifieds, and more!more
388 8 posts / day View Recent Threads

9. Large Scale Modeller

Large Scale Modeller The Large Scale Modeller forum is about discussions on armour and aircraft modelling. Post your build topics, showcase your finished projects and disc...uss with fellow modelers about build techniques, challenges, and more.more
9.6K 8 posts / month View Recent Threads

10. Automotive Forums » Car Modeling

Automotive Forums » Car Modeling Share your passion for car modeling here which Includes sub-forums for 'in progress' and 'completed' vehicles. Also, talk about parts, accessories, de...tailing, and find other modeling chats on bikes, motorsport vehicles, Hot Rods, and more.more
1 post / month View Recent Threads

11. Large Scale Planes Forum » LSP Discussion

Large Scale Planes Forum » LSP Discussion This forum is dedicated to the discussion of large-scale aircraft modeling including aircraft and helicopters, 1/35 and larger. Large Scale Planes is ...the place for general modeling discussions, aviation-related topics and questions, in-the-works discussions, and much more.more
1 post / day View Recent Threads

12. Reddit » Scale Model

Reddit » Scale Model San Francisco, California, US
A subreddit to discuss and share insights/tips on scale modeling, building, and detailing with fellow modelers and enthusiasts.
1.7M 1.2M 2 posts / day View Recent Threads

13. Hobbyist Forums » The Modeling Forum

Hobbyist Forums » The Modeling Forum General discussions about scale model kit accuratizing, bashing, building, customizing, and scratch building. This forum community is dedicated to all... Hobbyists to hold discussions about die cast, models, slot cars, radio control vehicles, classifieds, swaps, and more!more
2 posts / week View Recent Threads

14. Model Cars Magazine » Model Building Questions and Answers

Model Cars Magazine » Model Building Questions and Answers Model Cars Magazine Forum is a community to hold discussions on Model car-related news, questions, tips, tricks, tutorials, get reviews, and more. Thi...s section is a place to ask questions on specific modeling, and get answers.more
13 posts / week View Recent Threads

15. Scale Models » General Modelling chat

Scale Models » General Modelling chat Find the latest Modelling news and rumours, model shop information, painting and detailing on various scale models including ships, military vehicles,... aircraft, cars, and more, here on the Scale Models forum.more
1 post / day View Recent Threads

16. Brexit Modeller » Modelling Chat

Brexit Modeller » Modelling Chat Provide constructive feedback, discuss modeling tips and different techniques, post photos of finished and unfinished builds, give reviews, and more o...n the Brexit Modeller forum. This section of the forum deals with discussions regarding general cars/ships/aircraft modeling chat.more
1 post / week View Recent Threads

17. Model Truck Builder Forum » Model Truck Show Room

Model Truck Builder Forum » Model Truck Show Room Show off your completed builds and workbench, discuss model tuck building QnA, share tips and tricks, exchange photos of model parts, and more on the ...Model Truck Builder forum.more
1 post / month View Recent Threads

18. Reddit » Scale Modelling

Reddit » Scale Modelling San Francisco, California, US
A subreddit to ask specific modeling questions and get them answered, share photos, videos, and more.
1.7M 1.2M 2 posts / day View Recent Threads

Modelling Subforums

Forum Name Subforum Name Subforum Description Also in
Home Model Engine Machinist Forum The Break Room Take 10 and relax! Whatever is on your mind.
Off the Record Private, not search engine index, off-topic forum for Supporting Members, Administrators and Moderators.
Shows & Events If there is an upcoming event in your area tell us about it.
Classifieds - Buy / Sell / Trade Have something for sale?Looking for something?
Engines Engines made by the member. Log in to see the content.
Downloads Log in to see the body of the threads.
Team Builds Building a running engine is an accomplishment. Building it as a member of a team is an EVENT!
General Engine Discussion Ask any Question here from beginner to advanced. This forum is for all general model engine discussion that doesn't fit into other forums.
Plans A Place to Share Your Original Plans for Your Favorite Model.
Engines From Castings For the modeler working from casting kits.
Boilers Boiler Builds, Questions and Answers
Mistakes, Blunders & Boo Boos We have ALL done something to fit this category. Allow others to learn from our errors.
Engine Showcase - Finished Projects Please add a post about your finished project.
Photos & Videos Show them off here!Gallery quality or your first runner.We'd love to see it!
A Work In Progress Have a new build in the works? Show the step by step here.
Tools Have a question of how to? Post it here.What works for You?Share your tooling experience.
Machine Modifications What did you do to make it better?
Tips & Tricks How did you do THAT?
The Shop Where do you build your models?
Home Foundry & Casting Projects Show your home foundry and casting projects.
CNC Machines & Conversions CNC Forums
Software & Programming
3-D Printers Information on 3-D printers for HMEM projects 3D Printing Forums
Model Railroad Forums ANPL Coffee Shop The Anti-NitPickers League. The gathering place for folks who believe that "model railroading should be fun!"
General Discussions Have a general model railroad related discussion that doesn't fit in one of our other categories? Post it here.
Showin' Off A place to show off your best model railroading photos and work. Any scale, any guage, scratchbuilt to ready to run.
Virtual Layout Tours Want to give us a "virtual tour" of your model railroad? Use this topic...
Prototype Railroads Discussion of prototype railroading and trains.
Photo Contests
Model Railroad Tools Discussion of tools and equipment related to model railroads. Anything from a Razor Saw to a CNC milling machine to build your live steam locomotive.
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Painting, Detailing and Weathering Painting Forums
Structures and Buildings
Vehicles and Misc. Models Cars, trucks, planes, boats, horse and buggies and other non train transport models.
Layout Design and Construction Track planning, benchwork, layout design, construction techniques.
Wiring, Electronics and DCC Electronics Forums
HO Scale All forms of HO scale model railroading, including narrow gauge.
N Scale
O Scale O scale railroads, including narrow gauge such as On3 and On30.
G Scale and Garden Railways #1 Scale, G Scale, 1:24, 1:32, LGB and other large scale railways.
Tinplate and Hi-Rail Tinplate and Hi-rail trains in O, S, Standard and other gauges.
Misc. Scales and Gauges
Model Railroad Clubs
Narrow Gauge Modeling
Train Collecting
Videos - Scale Model Railroads Model railroad videos, Z to O scale
Videos - How To and Instructional Model railroad tips, techniques, construction etc.
Videos - Prototype Prototype videos that are of interest to model railroaders.
Train Simulators and Games MSTS, Trainz and other railroad simulations.
Websites and Online Model railroad websites and useful links for model railroaders.
Model Railroad Items for Sale or Trade Please include the items scale when posting. This category is open to all, including commercial vendors. Use due diligence when buying or selling.Listing...
Train Shows and Auctions Train shows, swap meets, Auctions, club open houses and other model railroad events.Listing posts will be removed on a regular basis to avoid links to...
Wanted to Buy / Looking For Do you have a special model railroad item you're looking for? Post the description here.Listing posts will be removed on a regular basis to avoid links to...
Scale Model Addict ARMOR Tank you. Tank you very much.
AIRCRAFT Da plane boss! Da plane! Aviation Forums
SCI-FI & SPACE You're so spaced out!
AUTOMOTIVE Feeling tired?
WATERCRAFT Whatever floats your boat! Personal Watercraft Forums
FIGURES & WAR GAMING MINIS I figured you got game!
DIORAMAS & TERRAIN It's a small world after all.
EVERYTHING ELSE WIPS & Complete Builds that do not fit in a category above. This is not the place for chit chat, see chit chat below 😉
Construction, Lighting and Groundwork Q&A Some assembly required!
Painting, Decals & Weathering Models Q&A Enamel, Acrylic, PSI, pastel chalk dust stuff...what does it all mean?!
Tutorials Technique specific how-to...
Reviews Post your photo/text and/or video reviews
Reference Library Reference photos & modeling research
Chit chat Everything that's worth talking about, model related or otherwise.
Buy, Sell, Trade Oh yeah, the swap meet!
Product Announcements & News - Member Contributed Discovered a new product release? Post and talk about it here.
The Unofficial Airfix Modellers Forum Workbench Window
Aviation Modelling
Tanks, AFV and other Military Models
Cars, Trucks, Bikes, Locos and other civvie vehicles
Ships, Boats and Submarines
Real Space, Sci-Fi and What-iffery
Figures and Diorama
The Galleries
Aviation Gallery
Real Space, Sci-Fi and What-ifs Gallery
The Military Vehicle Gallery
The Maritime Gallery
The Civilian Vehicles & Things Gallery
Individual Members' Themed galleries
Small Talk
In-Box reviews
Model Shows and Events
Construction Tips
Finishing Tips
Display and Diorama
The Group/Shared Build Chat
Off-the-Wall Airfix pre-2000 Twin GB
The End of The Beginning - El Alamein & Operation Torch 80th GB
Past Group Builds
Group Builds 2022
Group Builds 2021
Are You Local? Model Shops and Clubs
On-Line References and Resources
Online Shops: Directory and latest offers...
Classic British Chat
Manufacturers: Frog, Airfix, Matchbox and many, many more!
SMW 2022 - Matchbox 50th Anniversary
Previous Displays
Cold War Chat
Displays and Shows
Cold War Reference
Aviation Hangar
The Garage
The Shipyard
The Engine Shed
General Chat
What If Modellers General Modeling topics For Discussion of Modelling or Model Related Subjects, etc
My Stash Just Grew Again Confess to your peers and friends about your recent model kit and accessory acquisitions to shed your guilt and share your joy.
The Find an interesting WHIF MODEL subject on another forum or on-line somewhere else? Post the link or image in this discussion board.
The Idea Bank Discussion forum and archive for suggestions, ideas, and concepts that do not qualify for inclusion in an ongoing discussion topic.
Modeling Blogs What-If Mini Blogs - See what goes on in the minds of these crazy modelers!
Tips, Tools, and Techniques That may be of use to other members. Post them here.
Paint, Primer, Thinner, and Anything questions, comments, and answers that have to do with painting and paint.
What-if related Products For the discussion of products that will be of interest to forum members. Unrelated products will be immediately removed and the user banned for abuse of the forum.
Freightdog Models A British manufacturer and retailer of cool & esoteric subjects.
Model Kit News Share your links and images on new and old kit releases and accessories with the rest of the WHIF forum members here.
ProjectTech Profiles A new range of books focused on specific projects and types that never quite made it into service, authored by some of our members and published by Blue Envoy Press
Upcoming events Use this thread to coordinate get-togethers on upcoming contests, events, conventions, etc. Please do not open new threads if a thread about a particular event is already open.
Swap Shop Buy, Sell or Trade Your Unwanted or Excess Models, Parts, and Accessories.
Show Trading post Personal member to member sales for completion at Model Show.
Hall of Shame (Not So Good Traders) Hopefully this board will remain empty but if you need to complain this is the place to do it.
Aircraft, Armor, Weapons and Ships by Topic Please do not create a new thread if there is a thread about a particular subject open.
Weapon Systems. Real and Imagined. Bombs, Rockets, Missiles, Guns, ECM Pods, RADAR and Electronics, Death Rays, LASERs, and whatever else floats your boat.
TSR.2 - Prototypes, also ran's and operational service. TSR.2 - Prototypes, also ran's and operational service.
Camouflage, Colors, and Markings A place for questions and answers on the subject of painting your WHIF or real life models
Figures Forum Action Figures, Gaming Pieces, Scale Models, Real and Imagined for Dioramas and Vignettes. Phoenix Phollies types are not invited
Current and Finished Projects Show us your current work in progress, workbench, or finished project
Aircraft For Aircraft related builds and completed models Aviation Forums
Armour Armour related build projects and completed models
Warships and Ships Ship builds in progress and completed models
Spacecraft Spacecraft Projects & What-ifs as opposed to Sci-Fi
Sci-fi Scipfi builds and completed models Science Fiction Forums
Figures, Cars, Etc For figures, cars and other stuff
Spinners Strike Fighters This thread consists of 'what if' screenshots from the excellent 'Strike Fighters' series of flight simulation games created by Third Wire Productions for the PC.
Plane Spotting Talk about planes you saw today - no politics, please!
The Logistics Group Build 2nd Group Build of the 2022/2023 Season
The Lightning Hunter and Canberra Group Build The Lightning, Hunter and Canberra GB
One Week Build - 2022 One Week Build 2022
The Gunships GB 2nd GB of the Season
Under the Black Flag. Pirates, Buccaneers and Smugglers GB 3 of the 2021/2022 season
The Captured G.B. The Captured G.B.
Theme Builds Theme Builds
Mike McEvoy Tribute Build Thread This is the place for your Mike McEvoy tribute builds. Any scale any subject
The Whiffies
KitMaker Scale Modeling Forums Uncategorized Topics that don't need a category, or don't fit into any other existing category.
Armor/AFV The armor/AFV scale modeling forum for Armorama.
Figures Figure & Historical miniatures topics reside here.
General Discussions Discuss scale modeling in general, photography, upcoming events and more.
Vendors Vendor discussions, news, and announcements
Campaigns & Group Builds Want to join or start a group build/campaign? Start here.
Aircraft The aircraft scale modeling forum for AeroScale.
Ships The ship scale modeling forum for Model Shipwrights.
RailRoad Modeling The model train enthusiast forum for RailRoad Modeling.
Buy, Sell & Trade BST is where you can add to your stash or add to your cash.
Sci-Fi/Fantasy The sci-fi/fantasy scale modeling forum for ModelGeek.
Reference by Subject A text and photo resource for information about vehicles, aircraft, ships, etc. that includes information not readily found on Wikipedia about same.
Clubs & Groups This is for any clubs or special interest groups to post in and make announcements.
Automotive The automotive scale modeling forum for AutoModeler.
User Support Need help with the forum or our content sites?
Wargaming Discuss wargaming miniatures of all types here.
Model Train Forum General Model Train Discussion Mostly anything goes, especially train related!
Model Trains in the News See what the mainstream media is saying about our great hobby!
Train Shows, Events Tell us about upcoming train show events in your neck of the woods.
Z Scale We're tiny model trains but incredibly detailed and good performers.
N Scale Atlas, Life-Like, Graham Farish, Micro-Trains, Minitrix and other N scale discussion.
HO Scale Discussion of HO scale model trains.
OO Scale Airfix, Bachmann Branchline, Peco, Dapol, Lima, Kitmaster and all other OO scale discussions here.
S Scale Get in here if you want the lowdown on S scale!
O Scale Atlas, Bachman, Hornby, K-Line, Lionel and classic toy train discussion.
Tinplate The place for tinplate of all scales, locomotives, rolling stock, accessories
G / #1 Scale Marklin, Aristocraft, USA Trains, LGB model train discussion, indoor and outdoor.
Other Scales TT, T, HOn3, Narrow Gauge
Model Train Photo Gallery Post model train pics in here.
Model Train Videos If you have videos post here - video hosting available for big movies.
Model Train Print Media Discuss magazine articles and features.
Beginner Q & A If you're new to model trains, stop in here!
My Layout Showcase your layout here - pictures, projects, progress, whatever!
Layout Design Forum Discussion resource for planning your dream layout, large, small or micro!
DCC Forum (Digital Command Control)
Structures Forum Share your ideas and creations here, including your latest kitbash or scratch-built creation!
Technical Model Train Forum Discussion on advanced technical aspects.
Painting, detailing and decaling Tips, techniques, and discussions about painting, detailing or decaling rolling stock or scenery.
3D Printing
North America Discuss Canadian and American Prototype railways.
European Railways Discuss European Prototypes here.
Other Prototypes Discuss prototypes in far away lands, or close by.
For Sale or Trade (member-to-member) Buy, sell or trade models here. This forum is only for personal use. Model Train Forum will not be held responsible for business transacted through this forum.
For Sale Elsewhere (eBay, other forums etc.) You can share your sales elsewhere in this forum (but why not try offering it to other members first?)
Want to Buy (member-to-member) Looking for something specific? Post it here! This forum is only for personal use. Model Train Forum will not be held responsible for business transacted...
Product Promotion If you are a vendor with a nifty product please post here!
Retailer Deals This forum is for retailers to publicize their special offers – come back often to see what great new deals have just been added!
Large Scale Modeller General and modelling discussion
General Discussion Non-model related forum; if you want to chat, then this is the place to do it. NO politics or religion please. This is a DISCUSSION area. No word games, joke topics etc.
Modelling Discussion
Hints and Tips
Hints & Tips
LSM Work In Progress Post your build topics up here for all genres. 1:35 & 1:32 and larger though only, please.
LSM Armour Finished Work Post your finished Armour projects here. **IMPORTANT** It would be appreciated if the link to your 'work in progress topic' is added.
LSM Aircraft Finished Work Post your finished projects here. **IMPORTANT** It would be appreciated if the link to your 'work in progress topic' is added.
WNW 'Ready for Inspection'
All Non-LSM work, WIP and completed
Non-LSM 'WIP' and Completed
Buy, sell, swap, seek Got something you was to sell or trade, or looking for something in particular? This is where to do it. All trades/sales here are private and LSM isn't responsible for any deal gone south.
LSM Vendors and Sponsors All of our vendors offer LSM-related material, so visit their forum and websites and our links, and read new product news and release information. Feel free to ask questions too.
Hobbynut Models
Special Hobby
LSM Reviews
LSM Pilots LSM Pilots looks at new releases in a paint-free, warts and all style. Our aim isn't too write in depth articles, but to summarise construction of these releases and add our own notes for your use.
Aircraft Reviews
Armour/AFV Reviews
LSM-Related Reviews (military figures etc)
Tools, Books & Misc.
Everything Ukraine Ready for Inspection Post your finished Everything Ukraine builds here.
Model Truck Builder Forum Model Truck General Discussion News, Events, Etc.
Model Truck Show Room Show off your completed builds.
Model Truck Workbench Show us your WIPs.
Model Truck Kit Discussion Kit critiques, searches, etc.
Model Tuck Building Question and Answer
1:1 Truck General Discussion Discussion about the real thing.
Product Q & A and Announcements Please post product questions here.
Purchase and Shipping Discussion Please post product purchase and shipping questions here. User Tips Things you may not know about the site.
Off Topic Discussion Anything else you wish to discuss but please, keep it family friendly.
Blender Artists Modeling Blender Artists is an online creative forum that is dedicated to the growth and education of the 3D software Blender.

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