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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. Any tips on disassembling Friul tracks? View Thread - Tim Rupnow on Sep 20, 2017, 11:41 PM
    1. Metal tracks? - Paul Krylowski on Sep 21, 2017, 10:35 PM
      1. Thanks Paul - Tim Rupnow on Sep 21, 2017, 11:34 PM
     
  2. Question About Weathering Streaks View Thread - BradMain on Sep 3, 2017, 5:53 PM
    1. Gloss over matt - Chris Juskey on Sep 13, 2017, 11:39 PM
     
  3. What is the best way to make a red tarp for recognition? View Thread - BradMain on Aug 22, 2017, 10:43 AM
    1. Thin lead foil - Chris Evans on Aug 23, 2017, 11:22 AM
      1. Thanks very much Chris. I'll check those options out. nt - BradMain on Aug 23, 2017, 12:52 PM
    2. Dope - Matt Nethery on Aug 23, 2017, 2:30 PM
      1. Thanks for the reply, and sure a photo would be cool! - BradinVictoria on Aug 23, 2017, 4:54 PM
        1. Photos - Matt Nethery on Aug 23, 2017, 6:42 PM
          1. Thanks Matt, Looks Great! nt - BradMain on Aug 23, 2017, 11:53 PM
     
  4. low speed strong torque drill View Thread - Kevin J McNichols on Jul 4, 2017, 11:28 PM
    1. My old COMO drill still works great for fine work... - Andrew Tomlinson on Jul 5, 2017, 3:57 AM
    2. Old as the Hills - Jon Arnold on Jul 10, 2017, 4:04 AM
    3. Dimmer switch - Paul Krylowski on Jul 20, 2017, 12:00 AM
     
  5. Vallejo Putty View Thread - Gordon Parker on Jul 3, 2017, 11:48 AM
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  7. Decal colour change View Thread - Howard Robins on Jun 19, 2017, 9:21 AM
    1. White paint, a steady hand and a fine brush. - Matt Nethery on Jun 19, 2017, 7:40 PM
    2. Stencils vs. Decals - Jon Arnold on Jun 20, 2017, 5:55 AM
    3. Once you put a decal down... they don't come back up - David Nickels on Jun 21, 2017, 9:58 AM
    4. I have stencils in the storage... - Andrew Tomlinson on Jun 22, 2017, 6:20 PM
    5. Confusion - Howard Robins on Jun 23, 2017, 7:30 AM
      1. Got it now. Sorry.. - Andrew Tomlinson on Jun 24, 2017, 4:49 PM
     
  8. Spruce logs View Thread - JGustafson on May 10, 2017, 7:33 PM
    1. I've used wooden dowels, in the past. - Matt Nethery on May 11, 2017, 10:52 AM
      1. D'oh! - JGustafson on May 13, 2017, 5:27 PM
        1. I recommend using Squadron White Putty for hewn limbs, on dowels... - Matt Nethery on May 14, 2017, 8:57 AM
     
  9. Securing Minute Etch View Thread - Matt Nethery on Apr 27, 2017, 1:10 PM
    1. etch locating - George Proulx on May 10, 2017, 1:24 PM
      1. Unfortunately, even extra-thin ca glue floods such tiny pieces. - Matt Nethery on May 10, 2017, 4:22 PM
        1. Re: Unfortunately, even extra-thin ca glue floods such tiny pieces. - Ian Alderman on May 12, 2017, 2:55 AM
          1. nt - Matt Nethery on May 14, 2017, 8:59 AM
    2. Gator's Grip Glue works well for it - David Nickels on Jun 21, 2017, 10:01 AM
     
  10. Hairspray??? View Thread - Gordon Parker on Apr 27, 2017, 10:45 AM
    1. Hairspray? Pssst! - Jon Arnold on May 3, 2017, 5:36 AM
      1. Thanks Jon! - Gordon Parker on May 3, 2017, 11:58 AM
     
  11. Quick and dirty method of Casting? View Thread - Mike Powell on Apr 6, 2017, 4:51 PM
    1. Moldable plastics - Jon Arnold on Apr 7, 2017, 5:50 AM
      1. Many thanks n/t - Mike Powell on Apr 7, 2017, 10:20 AM
     
  12. Best treatment for clear plastic to look like glass? View Thread - Andrew Tomlinson on Mar 14, 2017, 7:16 PM
    1. Dip in appropriate Tamiya clear. Then, dip in Future. - Matt Nethery on Mar 26, 2017, 5:29 AM
      1. Does the Tamiya Gloss dry v quick? - Andrew Tomlinson on Apr 7, 2017, 3:23 PM
    2. Glass Slides - Gordon Parker on Apr 27, 2017, 11:20 AM
      1. Great ! But how do you cut them?! - Andrew Tomlinson on Apr 27, 2017, 2:21 PM
        1. According to Dan ... - Gordon Parker on Apr 27, 2017, 9:24 PM
          1. Still no Dan but he dropped the slides off... - Gordon Parker on May 8, 2017, 2:53 PM
     
  13. Mig streaking and cracking paint View Thread - Fred Schwarz on Dec 19, 2016, 10:51 AM
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  15. MicroLux Twin Cylinder airbrush compressor? View Thread - Tabb Tharrington on Dec 16, 2016, 12:03 PM
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  17. 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
     
  18. 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
     
  19. 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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  21. 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
     
  22. 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
    2. Try Jewelers drill bits - Paul Krylowski on Jul 3, 2017, 11:06 PM
     
  23. 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
     
  24. 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
    2. I ditched the bulky optivisor for some clip on magnifiers that flip up. - Cliff Leverette on Feb 16, 2017, 5:56 PM
     
  25. 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
     
  26. 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
     
  27. 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
     
  28. 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
     
  29. 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
     
  30. 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
     
  31. 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
     
  32. 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
     
  33. 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
     
  34. nt View Thread - Matt Nethery on Feb 23, 2016, 5:48 AM
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  36. MiG Pigment bottle differences? View Thread - Jan Levine on Feb 21, 2016, 3:06 PM
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  38. 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
     
  39. 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
     
  40. 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
     
  41. Dental Putty View Thread - Matt Nethery on Jan 31, 2016, 10:12 AM
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  43. 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
     
  44. 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
     
  45. 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
     
  46. 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
     
  47. 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
     
  48. Lighting View Thread - Matt Nethery on Jan 12, 2016, 2:56 PM
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  50. painting steel cartridges View Thread - Andy Barnett on Jan 3, 2016, 6:05 PM
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  52. 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
     
  53. 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
     
  54. 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
     
  55. 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
     
  56. 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
     
  57. Washes View Thread - Matthew Stirling on Jul 31, 2015, 3:50 AM
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  59. 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
     
  60. 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
     
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