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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. Mr. Color and MiG Filters... View Thread - Scott Dimmick on Feb 10, 2010, 5:41 PM
    1. If you have a good base-coat and.... - Adam Wilder on Feb 11, 2010, 6:33 AM
     
  2. I'm looking for a good figure sculpting putty. View Thread - Peter Sisung on Feb 5, 2010, 8:11 AM
    1. Super sculpey - Carter Latham on Feb 7, 2010, 9:06 PM
      1. If I'm not mistaken... - Peter Sisung on Feb 8, 2010, 7:31 PM
        1. Correct - bobCollignon on Feb 9, 2010, 12:37 PM
    2. A few options - Andrew Albrecht on Feb 8, 2010, 11:15 PM
    3. MilliPut!!! - Rico Valdes on Feb 10, 2010, 6:40 AM
      1. Re: MilliPut!!! - Gary Barling on Apr 8, 2010, 12:45 AM
     
  3. Badger Renegade Velocity Opinion View Thread - Nicolas C Nicolaou on Feb 3, 2010, 10:25 AM
    1. Re: Badger Renegade Velocity Opinion - Mike Dougherty on Feb 16, 2010, 8:22 AM
     
  4. Tamiya Sherman Tracks snapped. Fix or Replace? View Thread - Aaron Hutson on Feb 3, 2010, 6:32 AM
    1. Which Kit? - Kevin Kenny on Feb 9, 2010, 3:21 PM
      1. Re: Which Kit? - Aaron Hutson on Feb 13, 2010, 9:37 AM
        1. M4 track - Kevin Kenny on Feb 14, 2010, 11:28 AM
          1. Thank You Kevin - Aaron Hutson on Feb 17, 2010, 6:24 AM
     
  5. Inlarging plans in books View Thread - Sam Bagby on Feb 2, 2010, 10:33 AM
    1. Not quite sure what you are asking... - Aidrian Bridgeman-Sutton on Feb 5, 2010, 1:34 PM
      1. Plans - Sam Bagby on Feb 6, 2010, 1:50 PM
        1. here's how - george burrough on Feb 7, 2010, 8:12 PM
          1. Thanks - Sam Bagby on Feb 16, 2010, 6:54 AM
     
  6. Tony Greenland finishing technique question... View Thread - Michael Lee Smith on Jan 31, 2010, 8:04 PM
    1. try turpenoid - Carter Latham on Jan 31, 2010, 8:30 PM
      1. Thanks Carter, I have a gallon of the stuff and - Michael Lee Smith on Jan 31, 2010, 9:22 PM
        1. Humbrol thinner... - bobCollignon on Feb 1, 2010, 2:18 PM
          1. Bob, I have the blue-label Turpenoid - Michael Lee Smith on Feb 1, 2010, 4:21 PM
        2. it seems like Humbrols do last - Carter Latham on Feb 7, 2010, 9:03 PM
    2. Re: Tony Greenland finishing technique question... - John Murcutt on Feb 1, 2010, 4:14 PM
      1. Thanks John. I'll check Squadron and see - Michael Lee Smith on Feb 1, 2010, 4:19 PM
    3. I use Gunze Mr. Thinner- - ted nichols on Feb 2, 2010, 7:16 PM
      1. Great idea, Gunze is my paint of choice, so I have Mr. Color Thinner - Michael Lee Smith on Feb 4, 2010, 2:04 AM
    4. Lower Hull Dirt Color Depends on Conditions for Vehicle - Jonathan Gibson on Feb 2, 2010, 10:12 PM
      1. Thanks Jonathan - Michael Lee Smith on Feb 4, 2010, 2:05 AM
    5. A Greenland technique... - Mike Roof on Apr 11, 2010, 10:45 PM
     
  7. German Air Recognition Flags..How to? View Thread - Walter Schneider on Jan 30, 2010, 9:22 PM
    1. Easiest... - roy chow on Jan 30, 2010, 10:26 PM
      1. hoping for a cheaper alternative... - Walter Schneider on Jan 30, 2010, 10:38 PM
        1. Handpainting... or - Aidrian Bridgeman-Sutton on Jan 30, 2010, 11:00 PM
    2. Air Rec. panels. - Michael Baskette on Feb 2, 2010, 1:11 PM
     
  8. Using beer cans View Thread - Etienne Tardivel on Jan 22, 2010, 11:31 AM
    1. Use an etch primer first - Aidrian Bridgeman-Sutton on Jan 22, 2010, 12:45 PM
      1. Tamia Primer - Etienne Tardivel on Jan 22, 2010, 2:10 PM
    2. Common white or red.......... - Rick Purdy on Jan 25, 2010, 2:54 AM
     
  9. Tips on painting tools View Thread - james surratt on Jan 18, 2010, 1:58 AM
    1. I paint..... - Kingston Wong on Jan 18, 2010, 1:22 PM
    2. Paint - Dave Foster on Jan 18, 2010, 2:58 PM
    3. Thanks for the tips. Will give them a go - james surratt on Jan 18, 2010, 8:21 PM
    4. My technique - Ziggy Eichstädt on Feb 25, 2010, 7:49 AM
     
  10. How to make a tarp? View Thread - Rob James on Jan 18, 2010, 12:07 AM
    1. This might help - Evan Carder on Jan 18, 2010, 8:28 AM
     
  11. What to strip paints with....without melting the model?! View Thread - Gavin Ashard on Jan 17, 2010, 8:33 PM
    1. Re: What to strip paints with....without melting the model?! - Mike Dougherty on Jan 17, 2010, 10:56 PM
    2. Fairy Power Spray - Chris Meddings on Jan 21, 2010, 8:10 AM
     
  12. Questioning the conventional wisdom of chipped paint View Thread - Scott Andrews on Jan 17, 2010, 11:48 AM
    1. EGADS Man!!! - Kip Rudge on Jan 17, 2010, 1:49 PM
      1. I agree...but - Scott Andrews on Jan 18, 2010, 10:05 AM
    2. Chipping - Tom Ferris on Jan 18, 2010, 9:52 AM
    3. Re: Questioning the conventional wisdom of chipped paint - Aidrian Bridgeman-Sutton on Jan 27, 2010, 4:33 PM
      1. Chipped Paint - Rick on Feb 28, 2010, 8:24 PM
     
  13. 502 Abteilung - German 3 tone fading color View Thread - Dennis Braendle on Jan 17, 2010, 1:26 AM
    1. here's a review Dennis - Chuck Aleshire on Jan 20, 2010, 7:56 AM
     
  14. Pactra Polly Prep View Thread - Jay Ruggiero on Jan 16, 2010, 12:47 PM
    1. Is this it?? - Kingston Wong on Jan 16, 2010, 3:28 PM
      1. Re: Is this it?? - jay Ruggiero on Jan 16, 2010, 4:55 PM
     
  15. advice for dealing with MK tracks View Thread - Volker Schaak on Jan 16, 2010, 8:21 AM
    1. My experience and what I heard.. - Kingston Wong on Jan 16, 2010, 3:26 PM
      1. Re: My experience and what I heard.. - Glen Burns on Feb 1, 2010, 6:13 AM
     
  16. COLOR RARE, Fabulous French Pigments! View Thread - Didier Monge on Jan 15, 2010, 7:45 AM
    1. Achtung! this isn't A Spam! - Didier Monge on Jan 15, 2010, 8:47 AM
     
  17. Gunze Metalizers? View Thread - Jeff Hamblen on Jan 14, 2010, 5:08 PM
    1. Mr Metal Color ? - Stewart Roy on Jan 20, 2010, 12:47 PM
     
  18. Aztek A7778 and Vallejo Model Air - Request for Help for Newbee View Thread - Nick on Jan 14, 2010, 12:01 PM
    1. Providing they haven't changed them - Scott Millican on Jan 14, 2010, 11:07 PM
      1. Aztek Nozzles - Nick on Jan 15, 2010, 5:40 AM
        1. Aztek - Scott Millican on Jan 15, 2010, 11:31 AM
     
  19. Cast effect--- View Thread - Kingston Wong on Jan 12, 2010, 1:54 PM
    1. no need.... - Kingston Wong on Jan 12, 2010, 2:13 PM
     
  20. Sanding question.... View Thread - Kingston Wong on Jan 11, 2010, 2:47 AM
    1. Re: Sanding question.... - chad perkins on Jan 11, 2010, 9:51 AM
      1. Re: Sanding question.... - Matt Leese on Jan 11, 2010, 12:57 PM
        1. Thanks...N/T - Kingston Wong on Jan 12, 2010, 1:48 PM
          1. Re: Thanks...N/T - Glen Burns on Feb 1, 2010, 6:25 AM
     
  21. Methods for painting gun breach (shiny steel) View Thread - chad perkins on Jan 10, 2010, 9:25 PM
    1. Couple of approaches... - bobCollignon on Jan 11, 2010, 11:22 AM
      1. Re: Couple of approaches... - chad perkins on Jan 11, 2010, 5:59 PM
        1. When it ages... - bobCollignon on Jan 11, 2010, 6:21 PM
          1. Re: When it ages... - chad perkins on Jan 11, 2010, 7:26 PM
            1. Humbrol thinner - bobCollignon on Jan 11, 2010, 7:52 PM
            2. Thinners for Metalcote - John Murcutt on Jan 13, 2010, 5:21 PM
        2. Re: Couple of approaches... - Mike Dougherty on Jan 12, 2010, 9:08 AM
     
  22. Zimmerit technique for MIAG Stugs and Jpanthers. View Thread - Phil Hyslop on Jan 3, 2010, 8:55 AM
    1. Zimmerit tools - Paul Kirchner on Feb 7, 2010, 10:35 AM
      1. Miag. stug. - Phil Hyslop on Feb 13, 2010, 11:48 AM
     
  23. Raboesch Plastic Products View Thread - Chaz Spaulding on Jan 2, 2010, 5:59 PM
    1. Google Raboesch - Chris Grove on Jan 3, 2010, 1:58 PM
    2. I'd really like some feedback on how well this stuff works, if possible. - Chaz Spaulding on Jan 7, 2010, 9:54 PM
    3. bending styrene tubing - Doug Bauer on Jan 7, 2010, 11:47 PM
      1. Thanks Doug. - Chaz Spaulding on Jan 8, 2010, 1:39 PM
     
  24. Bison wet transfer....help View Thread - sergio laurenzano on Dec 31, 2009, 9:18 AM
    1. The method I use. - Robert Price on Jan 7, 2010, 9:17 AM
     
  25. Putty advice. View Thread - David Ilse on Dec 30, 2009, 3:48 AM
    1. I think Testors makes the worse putty there is. - Dave OMeara on Dec 30, 2009, 1:12 PM
      1. We ordered... - bobCollignon on Dec 30, 2009, 3:47 PM
        1. Re: We ordered... - David Ilse on Dec 31, 2009, 4:56 PM
     
  26. MiG Filter question.. View Thread - David Ilse on Dec 24, 2009, 5:45 AM
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  28. suitable metallic paint to go onto acrylic primer View Thread - george burrough on Dec 20, 2009, 11:36 AM
    1. you can try .... - Kington Wong on Dec 26, 2009, 8:15 PM
      1. tried the titanium silver - george burrough on Dec 28, 2009, 3:53 PM
        1. Graphite.... - bobCollignon on Dec 30, 2009, 3:51 PM
     
  29. Opinions on Iwata Revolution HP-CR R4500 View Thread - David Ilse on Dec 13, 2009, 7:53 PM
    1. Love mine... - bobCollignon on Dec 14, 2009, 1:38 PM
      1. Re: Love mine... - David Ilse on Dec 16, 2009, 2:07 AM
        1. WoW ... - bobCollignon on Dec 16, 2009, 11:39 AM
          1. I'm a CO2 user... - michael lee smith on Dec 17, 2009, 10:02 PM
            1. MythBusters found the rocket propelled - Kip Rudge on Dec 18, 2009, 3:16 PM
              1. I didn't need Mythbusters to tell me that... - Mike Moore on Dec 22, 2009, 9:06 AM
            2. Hey, Michael, - Chaz Spaulding on Jan 1, 2010, 8:10 PM
              1. I looked it up......... - Chaz Spaulding on Jan 2, 2010, 5:47 PM
              2. Sorry Chaz, just now saw your post! - michael lee smith on Jan 9, 2010, 1:29 AM
                1. What is it about ? - Stewart Roy on Jan 11, 2010, 3:44 PM
                  1. Laddie, only a few left! Here's the link... - Michael Lee Smith on Jan 12, 2010, 12:54 PM
                    1. Cheers N/T - Stewart Roy on Jan 13, 2010, 10:13 AM
                2. No sweat, Mike. - Chaz Spaulding on Jan 21, 2010, 3:43 PM
          2. Re: WoW ... - David Ilse on Dec 18, 2009, 6:38 AM
    2. Iwata $69 go for it ! - Stewart Roy on Jan 11, 2010, 3:53 PM
     
  30. Mr Muscle Oven Cleaner action. View Thread - Mike Starmer on Dec 13, 2009, 5:17 PM
    1. Oven cleaner - Dave Rhodes on Feb 3, 2010, 6:01 PM
     
  31. Question on hairspray method... View Thread - Scott Dimmick on Dec 8, 2009, 8:58 PM
    1. Multilayers - Miguel Jimenez Mig on Dec 9, 2009, 4:18 AM
    2. Absolutely... - Michael Rinaldi on Dec 14, 2009, 4:48 PM
     
  32. Replacement for Tamiya Lacquer Thinner View Thread - Robert Price on Dec 6, 2009, 11:11 AM
    1. Cellulose thinner - david nickels on Dec 6, 2009, 11:50 AM
      1. Cheers, David (n/t). - Robert Price on Dec 6, 2009, 1:09 PM
      2. Hardware Lacquer thinner... - Scott Dimmick on Dec 8, 2009, 8:54 PM
    2. Definitly... - Miguel Jimenez Mig on Dec 9, 2009, 4:20 AM
      1. Thanks for your help, chaps (n/t) - Robert Price on Dec 9, 2009, 9:12 AM
        1. Re: Thanks for your help, chaps (n/t) - Glen Burns on Feb 1, 2010, 6:23 AM
     
  33. I used brake cleaner to strip some paint, but.... View Thread - Michael McDonald on Dec 3, 2009, 10:44 AM
    1. Oven Cleaner - Steve Kubik on Dec 3, 2009, 6:27 PM
      1. Thanks Steve. The funny thing is... - Michael McDonald on Dec 3, 2009, 7:51 PM
      2. Disregard double post - Michael McDonald on Dec 3, 2009, 7:52 PM
     
  34. Air compressor recommendation? View Thread - Peter Stankiewicz on Nov 28, 2009, 10:14 PM
    1. Re: Air compressor recommendation? - Jason Bonn on Nov 29, 2009, 6:38 PM
      1. Thanks - Peter Stankiewicz on Nov 29, 2009, 9:55 PM
      2. Ditto. - Michael McDonald on Dec 3, 2009, 7:53 PM
      3. alternative - robert maxwell on Jan 6, 2010, 5:39 PM
     
  35. Best solvent for removing paint from Styrene View Thread - Jose. T. Rodriguez on Nov 26, 2009, 5:23 PM
    1. What sort of paint? - Aidrian Bridgeman-Sutton on Nov 26, 2009, 8:03 PM
    2. Paint stripper - Dave Foster on Nov 26, 2009, 10:28 PM
      1. Re: Paint stripper - Mark on Nov 27, 2009, 3:05 AM
      2. Re: Paint stripper - Mark on Nov 27, 2009, 3:05 AM
    3. Mr. Color Thinner - david nickels on Nov 29, 2009, 1:53 PM
    4. Hi Jose! Simple Green for Acrylics; Castrol Super Clean for everything else - Harry Dente on Dec 4, 2009, 2:59 PM
      1. Re: Hi Jose! Simple Green for Acrylics; Castrol Super Clean for everything else - David Ilse on Dec 6, 2009, 1:56 PM
     
  36. Stripping paint View Thread - Rob James on Nov 26, 2009, 2:51 AM
    1. Stripping - Dave Foster on Nov 26, 2009, 1:37 PM
     
  37. Excel Adjustable Dual Flex Cutter Set : is it good??? View Thread - Marc Mercier on Nov 25, 2009, 3:42 AM
    1. Re: Excel Adjustable Dual Flex Cutter Set : is it good??? - Matt Leese on Nov 25, 2009, 7:43 AM
    2. Try MicroMart - clive harman on Nov 25, 2009, 3:45 PM
      1. Same problem! - Chris Grove on Nov 27, 2009, 12:27 PM
        1. Back to circle templates.... - clive harman on Nov 27, 2009, 3:33 PM
          1. Got those! - Chris Grove on Nov 28, 2009, 6:12 PM
            1. I didn't suggest.... - clive harman on Dec 1, 2009, 11:12 AM
     
  38. Thoma Schürzen View Thread - Oliver van Hettinga on Nov 18, 2009, 11:29 AM
    1. I used the ABER..... - Kingston Wong on Nov 21, 2009, 5:09 PM
     
  39. metalizing... View Thread - sam kross on Nov 13, 2009, 9:36 AM
    1. Try the Alclad Brass paint - Scott Millican on Nov 13, 2009, 11:00 AM
      1. Alclad-maybe not - bobCollignon on Nov 14, 2009, 11:57 AM
        1. Alclad works fine over enamel - david nickels on Nov 14, 2009, 1:11 PM
        2. Ditto what David said - Scott Millican on Nov 15, 2009, 12:31 AM
          1. thanks guys...where to buy?? - sam kross on Nov 16, 2009, 1:16 PM
            1. AlClad lacquer vs enamel - bobCollignon on Nov 16, 2009, 1:40 PM
              1. Good little article - david nickels on Nov 21, 2009, 7:32 PM
                1. Gunze - Andrew Deeley on Nov 23, 2009, 7:17 PM
    2. One easy step - Pat Alexander on Nov 26, 2009, 11:30 AM
     
  40. Anti-skid View Thread - ray vermillion on Nov 7, 2009, 3:37 PM
    1. linkage - Matt Leese on Nov 12, 2009, 10:41 AM
     
  41. tips for assembling German AFV tool holders View Thread - David DaSilva on Nov 3, 2009, 2:19 PM
    1. Re: tips for assembling German AFV tool holders - John Murcutt on Nov 4, 2009, 5:50 PM
      1. Other way around? - Owen R Auer on Nov 8, 2009, 11:39 AM
        1. Re: Other way around? - John Murcutt on Nov 8, 2009, 12:14 PM
          1. Quenching... - bobCollignon on Nov 9, 2009, 10:41 AM
            1. Thanks Guys - David DaSilva on Nov 14, 2009, 9:44 AM
     
  42. casting resin View Thread - Doug Bauer on Nov 2, 2009, 2:35 PM
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  44. Laser printer decals? View Thread - Jeff Hamblen on Oct 31, 2009, 7:32 AM
    1. Sick with laser paper... - Aidrian Bridgeman-Sutton on Oct 31, 2009, 1:44 PM
    2. There are sheets for Inkjet and Laser - Scott Millican on Nov 1, 2009, 11:51 PM
    3. Thanks Aidrian and Scott n/t - Jeff Hamblen on Nov 2, 2009, 1:43 AM
     
  45. willys jeep with a lot of scratch. View Thread - misha on Oct 27, 2009, 4:14 AM
    1. Looks good, thus far! - David E. O'Hara on Oct 27, 2009, 5:27 PM
    2. sorry. the rest i post in constructive coments - mikheil on Oct 28, 2009, 1:20 PM
      1. Yes, I saw... - David E. O'Hara on Oct 28, 2009, 9:59 PM
     
  46. How does one use the tow cables from Dragon kits? View Thread - Brad Main on Oct 24, 2009, 7:01 PM
    1. Re: How does one use the tow cables from Dragon kits? - John Murcutt on Oct 28, 2009, 4:39 PM
      1. Re: How does one use the tow cables from Dragon kits? - Brad Main on Oct 28, 2009, 8:01 PM
      2. annealing wire - Doug Bauer on Nov 2, 2009, 2:39 PM
    2. Tow Cables - Paul Kirchner on Nov 17, 2009, 11:50 PM
      1. Thanks Paul. I actually used one cable from the kit and.. - Brad Main on Nov 18, 2009, 12:30 AM
     
  47. How to simulate KO tank in water (rust) and shell hits View Thread - Josh Blakey on Oct 23, 2009, 8:03 PM
    1. A lot of variables here... - Aidrian Bridgeman-Sutton on Oct 25, 2009, 7:34 PM
      1. Thanks... - Josh Blakey on Oct 30, 2009, 11:33 AM
     
  48. Question about lacquer based flat coat... View Thread - Peter Sisung on Oct 17, 2009, 1:11 PM
    1. Use the proper thinners.. - Aidrian Bridgeman-Sutton on Oct 18, 2009, 10:36 AM
     
  49. Mig pigments View Thread - Paul Liggett on Oct 16, 2009, 5:53 AM
    1. Re: Mig pigments - Glen Phelan on Oct 17, 2009, 11:06 AM
      1. Many Thanks Glen! - Paul Liggett on Oct 17, 2009, 11:16 AM
        1. website appears down? - Marcus on Nov 15, 2009, 11:49 PM
     
  50. airbrushes and humidity View Thread - Carter Latham on Oct 14, 2009, 6:26 PM
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  52. Airbrush recommendation View Thread - Jeff Whorl on Oct 12, 2009, 7:10 PM
    1. My airbrush advice - ray vermillion on Oct 13, 2009, 7:50 PM
    2. Re: Airbrush recommendation - Mike Dougherty on Oct 14, 2009, 12:54 PM
      1. any issues using another manufacturers compressor? - Carter Latham on Oct 19, 2009, 9:58 AM
    3. Check out...... - Gary Cunningham on Oct 16, 2009, 8:15 PM
      1. Totally Agree on the Harder and Steenbeck - Jonathan Gibson on Oct 18, 2009, 9:18 AM
    4. Thanks Fellas - Jeff Whorl on Oct 21, 2009, 7:00 PM
     
  53. Paint layer sand rotten metal help View Thread - ossie Orsbourn on Oct 10, 2009, 5:50 PM
    1. Re: Paint layer sand rotten metal help - John Murcutt on Oct 10, 2009, 6:02 PM
    2. ID? - Chris Grove on Oct 11, 2009, 2:23 PM
      1. THis is my current build - ossie Orsbourn on Oct 11, 2009, 3:15 PM
        1. More or less right! - Chris Grove on Oct 12, 2009, 4:51 PM
          1. centurion 1999 - ossie Orsbourn on Oct 12, 2009, 4:59 PM
            1. Re: centurion 1999 - John Steinman on Oct 13, 2009, 2:35 PM
              1. no not at work lol - ossie Orsbourn on Oct 13, 2009, 4:37 PM
    3. Railway modellers are sometimes good at this... - Aidrian Bridgeman-Sutton on Oct 15, 2009, 11:48 PM
    4. Rotten Metal - Clint Shepherd on Oct 16, 2009, 6:50 PM
      1. thanks - ossie Orsbourn on Oct 19, 2009, 12:00 PM
    5. rotten finish - John Loughman on Jan 7, 2010, 6:39 PM
     
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