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Tricks & Tips Discussion Group

Hosted by Dave Parker from AFV Modeller magazine, this discussion group is geared towards modelling technique questions ranging from construction to final weathering. This forum was created so that "newbies" can post without being intimidated by the sometimes highly technical nature of the other discussion groups.

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  1. Mig streaking and cracking paint View Thread - Fred Schwarz on Dec 19, 2016, 10:51 AM
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  3. MicroLux Twin Cylinder airbrush compressor? View Thread - Tabb Tharrington on Dec 16, 2016, 12:03 PM
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  5. Problem with smaller wheel holes stuck on wider axles... View Thread - Andrew Tomlinson on Nov 5, 2016, 3:38 AM
    1. Can you cut a fine line, through the wheel to the post? - Matt Nethery on Nov 5, 2016, 5:59 AM
      1. Great idea, Batman! Well done :-) Sounds good to me... - Andrew Tomlinson on Nov 5, 2016, 10:31 AM
    2. Try this - Owen R Auer on Nov 22, 2016, 9:18 PM
      1. Cool, thanks... good idea - Andrew Tomlinson on Nov 29, 2016, 5:39 PM
      2. Cool, thanks... good idea - Andrew Tomlinson on Nov 29, 2016, 5:39 PM
    3. Apologies. I thought that you wanted to remove the wheel, without damaing the axel - Matt Nethery on Dec 4, 2016, 4:34 AM
     
  6. Removing wheels from sprue question.. View Thread - Walter Schneider on Oct 25, 2016, 8:35 PM
    1. Remove them, with sprue cutter. Buff burr off, with 2000 grit pad. - Matt Nethery on Oct 25, 2016, 9:39 PM
    2. Flat spot - Chris Grove on Oct 26, 2016, 4:46 PM
    3. Lego Motor - Tim Coulson on Oct 27, 2016, 9:28 AM
      1. Great idea! - Peter Sisung on Nov 12, 2016, 10:17 AM
      2. Cordless drill - Owen R Auer on Dec 6, 2016, 12:25 AM
     
  7. Anyone have the kit fenders for Dragon's Panzer III J 6394 in their spares box?? View Thread - chad perkins on Oct 22, 2016, 9:47 AM
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  9. Black and White technique View Thread - David Schemel on Oct 3, 2016, 8:35 AM
    1. Sounds do-able - if the top coat is light enough to see it.. - Andrew Tomlinson on Oct 18, 2016, 6:06 PM
     
  10. My pin vise ... View Thread - Georg L. Kaminski on Sep 23, 2016, 3:48 AM
    1. pin vice - george moore on Sep 24, 2016, 7:03 AM
     
  11. Interpreting photo for painting tracks View Thread - Chris Camfield on Sep 19, 2016, 8:49 AM
    1. Light streaks - Matt Leese on Sep 19, 2016, 12:13 PM
      1. Thanks, Matt! (n/t) - Chris Camfield on Sep 19, 2016, 4:46 PM
     
  12. My Optivisor... View Thread - Anders Thim on Sep 1, 2016, 1:36 PM
    1. An essential tool... - Brian N Stanley on Sep 5, 2016, 10:40 AM
      1. Re: An essential tool... - Anders Thim on Sep 7, 2016, 6:40 PM
     
  13. Weathering Friul metal tracks View Thread - Rian J on Aug 17, 2016, 8:37 PM
    1. Gun Blueing - Eric McClure on Aug 17, 2016, 9:28 PM
      1. Gun bluing rusts etch. Metal patina solution does not. - Matt Nethery on Aug 18, 2016, 3:04 AM
     
  14. Painting Metal gunbarrels View Thread - DAN TROUP on Jul 18, 2016, 12:43 PM
    1. I'm not sure if it is necessary, but I spray all media with self-etching primer. - Matt Nethery on Jul 18, 2016, 4:03 PM
      1. ???and You ... - DAN TROUP on Jul 18, 2016, 6:20 PM
        1. Walmart automotive or any auto parts or hardware store. It runs ~$8 a can. - Matt Nethery on Jul 18, 2016, 7:17 PM
          1. Thanks, Matt. - DAN TROUP on Jul 30, 2016, 1:20 PM
     
  15. Warped SdAnh 115 platform View Thread - Sam Bagby on Jul 15, 2016, 10:16 AM
    1. Clamp it down and heat it, with a blow dryer. - Matt Nethery on Jul 15, 2016, 4:26 PM
      1. Resin warps - Chris Grove on Jul 16, 2016, 12:05 PM
     
  16. Measuring and Cutting Styrene Tube View Thread - Jonathan Gibson on Jun 27, 2016, 7:07 PM
    1. Cutting tube - george moore on Jun 28, 2016, 7:50 AM
    2. Cutting tube - Matt Leese on Jun 28, 2016, 7:51 AM
    3. Thanks George and Matt - Jonathan Gibson on Jun 28, 2016, 10:53 PM
    4. K&S makes a tubing cutter cheap - Jeff Nolan on Aug 10, 2016, 8:06 PM
     
  17. Confused over decal / transfer process... View Thread - Andrew Tomlinson on May 27, 2016, 5:07 PM
    1. Clear, decal, decal solution, clear - Matt Nethery on May 28, 2016, 4:58 AM
      1. Thanks... and - Andrew Tomlinson on May 28, 2016, 10:55 AM
        1. Re: Thanks... and - Mike Gardella on May 28, 2016, 11:59 AM
    2. Decal process made easy - David Nickels on May 28, 2016, 1:38 PM
      1. THANKS all ! Now that is helpful ! - Andrew Tomlinson on May 29, 2016, 4:20 AM
        1. I also use Games Workshop / Citadel 'Purity Seal'... - Andrew Tomlinson on May 29, 2016, 10:39 PM
     
  18. How much mud on the hull deck is too much?... View Thread - Dave_Mazierski on Apr 11, 2016, 9:28 PM
    1. Yes, modellers often forget... - Andrew Tomlinson on Apr 14, 2016, 3:50 PM
    2. Mud - Bas Slaats on Apr 16, 2016, 4:17 PM
     
  19. Went to my local HS the other day and saw the latest AFV..... View Thread - Ron Hetherington on Mar 6, 2016, 8:57 PM
    1. Just you wait... - Ken Holland on May 16, 2016, 6:37 PM
     
  20. The bit doesn't fit View Thread - Matt Nethery on Mar 2, 2016, 7:47 AM
    1. collets - Matt Leese on Mar 2, 2016, 7:54 AM
      1. I will check them out. - Matt Nethery on Mar 2, 2016, 11:03 AM
    2. Consider a chuck - David Schemel on Mar 9, 2016, 1:04 PM
      1. I have ordered a chuck. It is not specifically for a Dremel, but looks like it will fit. - Matt Nethery on Mar 9, 2016, 3:09 PM
    3. With a little modification the chuck I ordered fits. - Matt Nethery on Mar 24, 2016, 8:31 AM
     
  21. ak paints View Thread - stevie gibson on Feb 25, 2016, 2:22 PM
    1. Could you paint over it? - Matt Nethery on Feb 26, 2016, 9:48 AM
      1. I've..... - Stevie Gibson on Feb 26, 2016, 11:34 AM
    2. Paint Removal - David Nickels on May 28, 2016, 1:41 PM
    3. Revell aqua color clean - Robert Kru on Sep 14, 2016, 10:26 AM
     
  22. nt View Thread - Matt Nethery on Feb 23, 2016, 5:48 AM
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  24. MiG Pigment bottle differences? View Thread - Jan Levine on Feb 21, 2016, 3:06 PM
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  26. Best Way To Cut DIY Solid Insulation Board View Thread - Chris Johnson on Feb 20, 2016, 6:29 AM
    1. Re: Best Way To Cut DIY Solid Insulation Board - Matt Leese on Feb 23, 2016, 7:42 AM
      1. Thanks for that tip Matt. I'll look into both. n/t - Chris Johnson on Feb 23, 2016, 12:50 PM
        1. Re: Thanks for that tip Matt. I'll look into both. n/t - Matt Leese on Feb 24, 2016, 6:53 AM
          1. 3/4 inch panels - Ted Paone on Feb 24, 2016, 10:39 PM
            1. I'll Abscond With The Wife's Bread Knife And Try That! n/t - Chris Johnson on Feb 25, 2016, 10:53 AM
     
  27. Best method of using old Verlinden rub downs...? View Thread - Andrew Tomlinson on Feb 18, 2016, 10:09 PM
    1. Old rub downs - Andrew Deeley on Feb 20, 2016, 4:54 AM
      1. Thanks... - Andrew Tomlinson on Feb 20, 2016, 9:41 AM
      2. Archer Transfers - George Proulx on Feb 21, 2016, 2:34 PM
        1. Archer has a long life - Ted Paone on Feb 24, 2016, 10:41 PM
        2. NO - Andrew Deeley on Feb 26, 2016, 3:36 AM
     
  28. how to strip Tamiya paint off? View Thread - Kevin J McNichols on Feb 16, 2016, 10:36 PM
    1. Windex will strip the paint. I don't know of any way to save the decals. - Matt Nethery on Feb 17, 2016, 5:53 PM
      1. Thanks! - Kevin J McNichols on Feb 18, 2016, 12:08 AM
        1. Also use - - Andrew Tomlinson on Feb 18, 2016, 4:36 PM
      2. 91% Isopropyl Alcohol - Tabb Tharrington on Jun 30, 2016, 10:45 AM
    2. I use dishwashing machine tablets - Alexander Sudnikovich on Jul 29, 2016, 6:48 AM
     
  29. Dental Putty View Thread - Matt Nethery on Jan 31, 2016, 10:12 AM
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  31. Anyone still sell Vallejo Model Air Matt Varnish? View Thread - Brian N Stanley on Jan 30, 2016, 8:07 PM
    1. Hobby Lobby - roy chow on Feb 3, 2016, 3:48 PM
     
  32. Styrene bending & curving View Thread - Taras on Jan 29, 2016, 8:21 AM
    1. Amorama website - George Moore on Jan 31, 2016, 6:13 AM
     
  33. Advice on shaping resin View Thread - Michael McDonald on Jan 25, 2016, 3:08 PM
    1. Hot water - roy chow on Jan 25, 2016, 4:01 PM
      1. Re: Hot water - Michael McDonald on Jan 25, 2016, 4:09 PM
        1. Handling hot resin - Chris Grove on Jan 27, 2016, 4:46 PM
          1. Well, for my first time with resin, - Michael McDonald on Jan 28, 2016, 8:25 PM
     
  34. AK Interactive products View Thread - mlmcdonald on Jan 19, 2016, 3:17 PM
    1. Re: AK Interactive products - tony zadro on Jan 20, 2016, 2:29 PM
      1. Thanks for the response. - mlmcdonald on Jan 20, 2016, 4:30 PM
        1. Re: Thanks for the response. - tony zadro on Jan 22, 2016, 3:04 PM
          1. Good info. Thanks a lot. - Michael McDonald on Jan 23, 2016, 11:29 AM
     
  35. Micro Drill Bit Sets View Thread - Jan Levine on Jan 13, 2016, 12:55 PM
    1. Drill bits - Chris Grove on Jan 13, 2016, 3:31 PM
      1. Sorry... - Chris Grove on Jan 19, 2016, 11:02 AM
    2. Possibility??? - Matt Leese on Jan 15, 2016, 7:18 AM
    3. Found 'em - Jan Levine on Jan 23, 2016, 11:35 AM
    4. PCB carbide drill bits - Michael Kalbfleisch on Jul 13, 2016, 1:46 PM
     
  36. Lighting View Thread - Matt Nethery on Jan 12, 2016, 2:56 PM
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  38. painting steel cartridges View Thread - Andy Barnett on Jan 3, 2016, 6:05 PM
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  40. Tasca Sherman Suspension Construction video up here ... View Thread - Paul Budzik on Dec 16, 2015, 4:30 PM
    1. Another great video! - justin pockar on Jan 5, 2016, 4:00 PM
     
  41. How do YOU apply Salt when you are using it for chipping???.. View Thread - Ron Hetherington on Sep 15, 2015, 1:03 AM
    1. Found my error!!! Forgot to re-wet the salt after installation....nt - Ron Hetherington on Sep 18, 2015, 10:17 PM
     
  42. Scale Effect Gloss/Chrome Paint For Staff Cars ? View Thread - Stirling Lowery on Aug 11, 2015, 7:17 AM
    1. You can buy chrome spray paint. For a good gloss coat... - Matthew Stirling on Aug 11, 2015, 7:29 AM
    2. Better off using Semi-gloss/Satin instead - Scott Dimmick on Aug 19, 2015, 12:21 PM
    3. Some options - David Nickels on Sep 8, 2015, 4:25 PM
     
  43. CA glue View Thread - Oliver van Hettinga on Aug 6, 2015, 10:37 AM
    1. CA Debonder - Tim Rupnow on Aug 6, 2015, 1:47 PM
    2. Use Nail Varnish Remover too.. - Andrew Tomlinson on Aug 6, 2015, 5:13 PM
    3. Re: CA glue - Jan Levine on Jan 23, 2016, 11:38 AM
     
  44. Removing paint from diecasts. View Thread - Christophe Jacquemont on Aug 1, 2015, 11:17 AM
    1. I just get gel type paint stripper - David Nickels on Aug 8, 2015, 7:19 PM
     
  45. Washes View Thread - Matthew Stirling on Jul 31, 2015, 3:50 AM
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  47. Mixing cups View Thread - Matthew Stirling on Jul 8, 2015, 5:54 PM
    1. Just go to a medical supply store and get the little pill cups....... - Ron Hetherington on Jul 9, 2015, 10:32 PM
      1. But I like living dangerously by using the wife's tea cups. - Brian Colburn on Jul 15, 2015, 12:29 AM
    2. I use soda and water bottle caps - David Nickels on Jul 18, 2015, 4:31 PM
      1. My problem, with caps are the threads. - Matthew Stirling on Jul 20, 2015, 2:17 AM
        1. Not sure how that is a problem - David Nickels on Jul 27, 2015, 1:59 PM
    3. resin mixing cups - Anonymous on Jul 22, 2015, 12:27 PM
    4. Medical supply cups - Eric McClure on Jul 22, 2015, 9:40 PM
    5. My point is, if you drink creamer, the cups are free. - Matthew Stirling on Aug 2, 2015, 12:30 AM
    6. Cups - Owen R Auer on Sep 7, 2015, 11:22 PM
     
  48. How to thin acrylics? View Thread - Patrick Vinas on Jul 6, 2015, 4:43 PM
    1. I think it's a case of... - Andrew Tomlinson on Jul 6, 2015, 5:22 PM
    2. Some things are meant to be. - Matthew Stirling on Jul 6, 2015, 9:55 PM
     
  49. Latest printables View Thread - Federico Collada on Jul 6, 2015, 12:10 PM
    1. Thanks for this - Chris Grove on Jul 12, 2015, 4:38 PM
     
  50. Resin casting: pattern/master preparation. View Thread - Greg Knowles on Jun 28, 2015, 5:44 PM
    1. To prime or not to prime..... - Matt Leese on Jun 30, 2015, 7:15 AM
      1. Thanks Matt... - Greg Knowles on Jun 30, 2015, 7:20 PM
        1. Re: Thanks Matt... - Matt Leese on Jul 1, 2015, 6:08 AM
     
  51. Solder Type View Thread - Matthew Stirling on Jun 25, 2015, 7:32 AM
    1. liquid solder? - Timo de Porto on Jun 25, 2015, 9:06 AM
      1. It comes in a syringe. - Matthew Stirling on Jun 25, 2015, 4:10 PM
        1. Re: It comes in a syringe. - Timo de Porto on Jun 29, 2015, 9:17 AM
          1. Dos it need a seperate flux? - Bryan Krueger on Jul 21, 2015, 3:19 PM
    2. Flux? What are you using as flux? - Harry Dente on Jun 25, 2015, 11:44 AM
      1. No flux needed, with the liquid solder. - Matthew Stirling on Jun 25, 2015, 4:10 PM
        1. ive found that - david nickels on Jun 28, 2015, 9:48 AM
          1. This is what I use. It does state "paste". - Matthew Stirling on Jun 29, 2015, 12:09 AM
            1. new to me - thanks - david nickels on Jul 3, 2015, 4:45 PM
    3. Whatever you do, do NOT use acid core or acid flux. - Brian Colburn on Jul 15, 2015, 12:20 AM
      1. You still have to use a soldering iron, but the result is fairly good. - Matthew Stirling on Jul 15, 2015, 11:34 PM
     
  52. wrong thread; please delete View Thread - Matthew Stirling on Jun 20, 2015, 9:07 AM
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  54. Question: Solder vs. super glue? View Thread - Greg Jacobson on Jun 2, 2015, 8:46 PM
    1. Super Glue - Matthew Stirling on Jun 3, 2015, 10:54 AM
      1. Re: Super Glue - Greg Jacobson on Jun 3, 2015, 3:53 PM
    2. CA glue - david nickels on Jun 7, 2015, 9:05 PM
     
  55. Liquid Solder View Thread - Matthew Stirling on Jun 2, 2015, 4:06 AM
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  57. easy DIY clear headlight lenses View Thread - david nickels on May 31, 2015, 7:12 PM
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  59. Pigments recommendations View Thread - Eric McClure on May 16, 2015, 8:09 PM
    1. I really like Vallejo pigments - david nickels on May 20, 2015, 9:09 AM
    2. Doc O'Brien's from MicroMark - Matthew Stirling on May 21, 2015, 9:50 AM
      1. I threw away all my pastels - david nickels on May 21, 2015, 4:10 PM
        1. I tried chalk and they wouldn't adhere, even with fixer. - Matthew Stirling on May 21, 2015, 5:35 PM
          1. same here and... - david nickels on May 22, 2015, 9:34 AM
            1. They're best on groundwork... - Andrew Tomlinson on May 27, 2015, 5:08 PM
        2. Re: I threw away all my pastels - Ken Abrams on Jun 4, 2015, 1:00 PM
      2. Doc O'briens - Ken Abrams on Jun 4, 2015, 1:12 PM
        1. They don't disappear, under a clear coat like pastels do. - Matthew Stirling on Jun 15, 2015, 11:07 AM
    3. Well - Eric McClure on May 29, 2015, 9:04 PM
     
  60. Vallejo Model Air help View Thread - Walter Schneider on May 16, 2015, 7:47 AM
    1. This link may help. - George Proulx on May 16, 2015, 5:45 PM
      1. Good info but.... - Walter Schneider on May 16, 2015, 10:24 PM
        1. Have you looked at the Vallejo web site? - david nickels on May 20, 2015, 9:15 AM
    2. XF-60 : Khaki; XF-63 : German Braun Violet - Matthew Stirling on May 21, 2015, 9:51 AM
     
  61. joining plastic card and plexiglas View Thread - Ian Howes on Apr 14, 2015, 3:12 AM
    1. They do make glue for Plexiglass - david nickels on Apr 16, 2015, 8:25 PM
    2. As David said ,,, Weldon #4 ... - Paul Budzik on May 5, 2015, 10:04 PM
    3. Thanks to you all - Ian Howes on May 7, 2015, 2:17 AM
     
  62. Respirator fun View Thread - Ben on Apr 13, 2015, 6:04 AM
    1. I know how you must feel. - Ian Howes on Apr 14, 2015, 2:59 PM
    2. Big Box Stores - George Proulx on Apr 19, 2015, 4:18 PM
    3. Tamiya non-solvent glue... - Andrew Tomlinson on Apr 22, 2015, 5:19 PM
      1. I have used the Gunze lemon glue - david nickels on Apr 26, 2015, 6:46 PM
    4. try using your - Timo de Porto on Jun 25, 2015, 9:12 AM
     
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