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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. 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
     
  2. 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
     
  3. Pre-shading View Thread - Paul Liggett on Oct 8, 2009, 8:47 AM
    1. You mean post-shading? - Warren Kuntz on Oct 10, 2009, 8:16 AM
      1. Thanks - Paul Liggett on Oct 10, 2009, 8:57 AM
        1. Pre shading is an excellent tecnique also - david nickels on Oct 12, 2009, 9:16 AM
     
  4. creating track sag in plastic tracks View Thread - Carter Latham on Oct 7, 2009, 7:51 PM
    1. the wife's blow dryer - Carter Latham on Oct 8, 2009, 9:55 AM
     
  5. Tips for cleaning a Badger 175 Cresendo? View Thread - Jeff Hamblen on Oct 7, 2009, 4:58 AM
    1. I have one of those - david nickels on Oct 7, 2009, 12:14 PM
      1. Thanks for the advice n/t - Jeff Hamblen on Oct 7, 2009, 2:41 PM
      2. great ideas - Carter Latham on Oct 7, 2009, 7:49 PM
     
  6. Recommended Thinner for Vallejo and Airbrush View Thread - Jonathan Gibson on Oct 6, 2009, 8:26 PM
    1. Vallejo thinner - Mike Carroll on Oct 6, 2009, 10:16 PM
    2. Vallejo Thinner as well - Scott Millican on Oct 6, 2009, 11:41 PM
    3. Appropriate thinner for Model Air - Volker Schaak on Oct 13, 2009, 4:14 AM
     
  7. Budget Punch and Die set? View Thread - Glen Phelan on Oct 3, 2009, 4:11 PM
    1. There are not a lot to pick from - david nickels on Oct 3, 2009, 4:49 PM
    2. Punch sets - Dave Foster on Oct 3, 2009, 5:24 PM
    3. MicroMark - Todd Savaria on Oct 8, 2009, 11:15 AM
      1. This is a very nice set. - Peter Sisung on Oct 12, 2009, 9:43 PM
    4. If you are in America - Andrew Burson on Oct 8, 2009, 12:37 PM
    5. Thanks all..... - Glen Phelan on Oct 17, 2009, 10:43 AM
     
  8. highlights on..... View Thread - Stuart Wild on Oct 2, 2009, 12:59 PM
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  10. MIG Filters Washes Reacting with Tamiya Paint View Thread - Kevin Brennan on Sep 25, 2009, 4:16 PM
    1. Mig - Alberto Martelli on Sep 26, 2009, 2:48 AM
    2. Tamiya vs Mig - Scott Millican on Sep 26, 2009, 10:13 AM
      1. MIG filters/washes with Tamiya - Kevin Brennan on Sep 26, 2009, 10:54 AM
    3. I usually only use Tamiya paints - Adam Wilder on Sep 28, 2009, 3:49 AM
      1. In theory.... - bobCollignon on Sep 28, 2009, 12:07 PM
    4. I just think you need to use a primer... - Dan Capuano on Sep 28, 2009, 3:15 PM
    5. Its the undercoat... - Scott Dimmick on Sep 29, 2009, 9:51 AM
      1. Re: Its the undercoat... - John Steinman on Oct 1, 2009, 1:01 PM
     
  11. fiddly little fruil tracks....arghh any hints! View Thread - Carter Latham on Sep 24, 2009, 9:55 AM
    1. wire - david nickels on Sep 24, 2009, 10:22 AM
    2. Re: fiddly little fruil tracks....arghh any hints! - Rick Nelson on Sep 24, 2009, 7:17 PM
      1. good ideas...thx guys - Carter Latham on Sep 24, 2009, 9:12 PM
        1. .020 Wire Standard - Jonathan Gibson on Sep 24, 2009, 11:04 PM
          1. Re: .020 Wire Standard - David Ilse on Sep 28, 2009, 9:59 PM
      2. Pre cutting - david nickels on Sep 25, 2009, 10:43 AM
    3. Dual sided tape - Benjamin de Groot on Oct 21, 2009, 4:34 PM
     
  12. Liquitex-Zimmerit-Application View Thread - Dennis Scott on Sep 22, 2009, 6:57 PM
    1. Re: Liquitex-Zimmerit-Application - Dany Mc Donald on Sep 22, 2009, 10:49 PM
      1. Re: Liquitex Zimmerit - Richard Nicoletti on Sep 29, 2009, 4:53 PM
        1. Light Modelling Paste. - Dany Mc Donald on Oct 2, 2009, 8:19 PM
          1. Thanks for the clarification - Richard Nicoletti on Oct 5, 2009, 11:24 PM
     
  13. Rust... View Thread - Stuart Wild on Sep 18, 2009, 3:06 PM
    1. on what surface? - david nickels on Sep 18, 2009, 4:02 PM
      1. RE; On what surface - Stuart Wild on Sep 18, 2009, 4:19 PM
        1. option - david nickels on Sep 18, 2009, 4:50 PM
    2. Re: Rust... - Aidrian Bridgeman-Sutton on Sep 21, 2009, 6:35 PM
      1. Great idea.. - Stuart Wild on Sep 22, 2009, 2:15 PM
        1. Not my idea - Aidrian Bridgeman-Sutton on Sep 23, 2009, 3:00 PM
     
  14. Rain streaks.. View Thread - Stuart Wild on Sep 17, 2009, 3:14 PM
    1. Rain marks/streaks - Andy Taylor on Sep 17, 2009, 4:15 PM
    2. Steve Zaloga... - Hans Goransson on Sep 17, 2009, 4:35 PM
     
  15. Basic Soldering tips & tricks View Thread - Hans Goransson on Sep 17, 2009, 6:23 AM
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  17. Weathering View Thread - Mark Dunck on Sep 16, 2009, 11:51 AM
    1. weathering............ - Rick Purdy on Sep 17, 2009, 3:13 PM
     
  18. 251/9 D interior View Thread - Jeff Houchins on Sep 16, 2009, 11:06 AM
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  20. How to overcome "fatal flaws" in a build? View Thread - James Wolfe on Sep 14, 2009, 7:05 PM
    1. A couple of concepts... - Kip Rudge on Sep 16, 2009, 11:41 PM
     
  21. How to make a fender, help please? View Thread - Jim Fowler on Sep 10, 2009, 12:42 PM
    1. Brass sheet - roy chow on Sep 11, 2009, 3:23 AM
      1. OOPS! I think I did not explain my problem well - SORRY - Jim Fowler on Sep 11, 2009, 12:11 PM
        1. An old pattern-makers trick ... - Michael Kirchoff on Sep 14, 2009, 3:54 PM
          1. THANKS! - Jim Fowler on Sep 23, 2009, 8:08 AM
    2. Fenders - Spike Judd on Sep 12, 2009, 7:50 AM
      1. Re: Fenders - Jim Fowler on Sep 23, 2009, 8:03 AM
    3. Aluminum Sheet - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on Sep 30, 2009, 11:28 PM
     
  22. Cleaning Fruils Before Blacken-It? View Thread - Jonathan Gibson on Sep 7, 2009, 5:23 PM
    1. thinner... - bobCollignon on Sep 7, 2009, 8:51 PM
    2. White Vinegar... - Darrin Greggans on Sep 8, 2009, 4:04 AM
     
  23. How to make windows? View Thread - Jamie Alguire on Sep 3, 2009, 11:46 AM
    1. Please clarify - roy chow on Sep 3, 2009, 12:05 PM
      1. Windows - Jamie Alguire on Sep 3, 2009, 12:57 PM
        1. Re: Windows - Matt Leese on Sep 3, 2009, 1:17 PM
          1. Great thanks Matt! - Jamie Alguire on Sep 3, 2009, 1:21 PM
    2. Re: How to make windows? - Neil Lyall on Sep 11, 2009, 4:12 AM
     
  24. best way to weather tanks? View Thread - Stuart Wild on Sep 1, 2009, 3:42 PM
    1. Re: best way to weather tanks? - David Parker on Sep 2, 2009, 3:47 AM
    2. You may try asking somewhere.... - Ralph Koziarski on Sep 2, 2009, 11:26 PM
    3. weathering armor........... - Rick Purdy on Sep 3, 2009, 9:11 AM
      1. Thanks people... - Stuart Wild on Sep 3, 2009, 1:46 PM
     
  25. Help needed painting US stowage View Thread - Ralph Koziarski on Aug 31, 2009, 8:05 PM
    1. Need a pic - Steve Kubik on Sep 3, 2009, 5:34 AM
     
  26. need to know what I'm doing wrong spraying Lifecolor acrylic View Thread - Neil Lyall on Aug 31, 2009, 2:52 AM
    1. Re: need to know what I'm doing wrong spraying Lifecolor acrylic - Darrin Greggans on Aug 31, 2009, 7:47 AM
    2. two things - david nickels on Aug 31, 2009, 4:11 PM
    3. My own experience - Nacho Roces on Aug 31, 2009, 5:14 PM
    4. thanks to those who replied - Neil Lyall on Sep 1, 2009, 6:37 PM
      1. Lifecolor tips - David Parker on Sep 2, 2009, 3:38 AM
        1. thanks for that - Neil Lyall on Sep 3, 2009, 4:32 AM
          1. Thinning - david nickels on Sep 4, 2009, 3:26 PM
            1. thanks ! - Neil Lyall on Sep 5, 2009, 6:40 PM
     
  27. Question about Mig's Pigment Fixer View Thread - tabb tharrington on Aug 30, 2009, 11:44 AM
    1. Fixer - Adam Wilder on Sep 1, 2009, 5:54 AM
      1. Thanks Adam! - tabb tharrington on Sep 1, 2009, 2:04 PM
     
  28. Looking for a good magnification system View Thread - Mayo Purnell on Aug 28, 2009, 8:34 PM
    1. What I use - Steve Kubik on Aug 28, 2009, 9:10 PM
    2. Get an Optivisor... - Dan Capuano on Aug 29, 2009, 11:18 AM
      1. Thank you Steve and Dan! Great suggestions! (nt) - Mayo Purnell on Aug 29, 2009, 2:02 PM
    3. Second the motion on the Optivisor - Carter Latham on Aug 31, 2009, 9:21 PM
    4. Second the motion on the Optivisor - Carter Latham on Aug 31, 2009, 9:22 PM
     
  29. Suggestions for painting Africans? View Thread - Andrew Burson on Aug 26, 2009, 7:59 PM
    1. Africans - Chris Grove on Aug 27, 2009, 5:56 PM
    2. Thanks, Buddy! - Andrew Burson on Aug 28, 2009, 12:15 AM
      1. Painting Africans - Bill Curtis on Aug 28, 2009, 6:36 PM
        1. In the course of experimenting - Andrew Burson on Aug 29, 2009, 4:53 AM
          1. Re: In the course of experimenting - Sweeney Thomas on Feb 23, 2010, 8:19 AM
     
  30. Question about Painting armor models. View Thread - John Rybak on Aug 24, 2009, 5:07 PM
    1. many different views - John Murcutt on Aug 25, 2009, 1:10 PM
    2. I usually... - Evan Carder on Aug 26, 2009, 9:26 AM
     
  31. MIG filters... View Thread - Matthew Mifsud on Aug 24, 2009, 2:22 PM
    1. Filters and the oil fading - Adam Wilder on Aug 25, 2009, 3:47 AM
      1. So... - Matthew Mifsud on Aug 25, 2009, 7:39 AM
        1. rust streaks and rain marks - Adam Wilder on Aug 26, 2009, 4:46 AM
     
  32. What to spray airbrush cleaner into? View Thread - James Wolfe on Aug 18, 2009, 12:35 AM
    1. James - Michael Kirchoff on Aug 18, 2009, 6:31 AM
      1. Quite right, quite right - James Wolfe on Aug 18, 2009, 9:19 AM
        1. In that case ... - Michael Kirchoff on Aug 18, 2009, 10:11 AM
          1. Hey Jimmy... - bobCollignon on Aug 18, 2009, 12:33 PM
            1. Re: Hey Jimmy... - James Wolfe on Aug 18, 2009, 1:36 PM
              1. Yeah I did you stiff:):):) nt - bobCollignon on Aug 18, 2009, 3:41 PM
    2. I bought a cleaning station - Scott Millican on Aug 19, 2009, 12:20 AM
      1. Hey Jimmy II... - bobCollignon on Aug 19, 2009, 3:52 PM
        1. Got 'er done - James Wolfe on Aug 19, 2009, 9:30 PM
    3. Hobby Lobby - Andrew Albrecht on Aug 19, 2009, 4:23 PM
    4. Re: What to spray airbrush cleaner into? - Bill Moran on Aug 19, 2009, 9:11 PM
     
  33. Narrow Flexible Tape View Thread - Mike Powell on Aug 16, 2009, 5:58 PM
    1. Try... - bobCollignon on Aug 16, 2009, 8:16 PM
    2. Try Line-O-Tape - Scott Millican on Aug 16, 2009, 11:24 PM
    3. Re: Narrow Flexible Tape - James Wolfe on Aug 19, 2009, 1:59 PM
    4. Yeah Seneca Blue Print - bobCollignon on Aug 20, 2009, 10:44 AM
      1. I don't drive by it... - Anonymous on Aug 21, 2009, 1:22 AM
        1. Come on... - bobCollignon on Aug 21, 2009, 12:43 PM
     
  34. water effects View Thread - Vinny on Aug 15, 2009, 7:25 AM
    1. Water Effects... - bobCollignon on Aug 15, 2009, 1:00 PM
    2. Full name when posting please - David Parker on Aug 18, 2009, 4:43 PM
     
  35. Nail Polish Rack for Paint Storage? View Thread - Pat Clark on Aug 14, 2009, 7:51 PM
    1. Nail polish rack - Steve Kubik on Aug 15, 2009, 2:51 AM
     
  36. Which cleaner/thinner for Xtracrylix? View Thread - Notger Schlegtendal on Aug 13, 2009, 9:05 AM
    1. Try asking Hannants! nt - Chris Grove on Aug 13, 2009, 5:27 PM
    2. Re: Which cleaner/thinner for Xtracrylix? - John Murcutt on Aug 14, 2009, 3:35 PM
      1. Thank you very much! - Notger Schlegtendal on Aug 15, 2009, 11:58 AM
     
  37. Airbrush advice, which one? View Thread - Lyle kitchiner on Aug 11, 2009, 7:15 AM
    1. Theoretically.... - bobCollignon on Aug 11, 2009, 1:10 PM
      1. Theoretically.... - Lyle Kitchiner on Aug 14, 2009, 7:16 AM
        1. You're actually probably right.... - bobCollignon on Aug 14, 2009, 12:14 PM
          1. Badger Airbrushes - Mike Gardella on Aug 14, 2009, 3:19 PM
            1. Sotar... - bobCollignon on Aug 14, 2009, 4:15 PM
     
  38. How do you cut down on hazardous intake? View Thread - Benjamin de Groot on Aug 8, 2009, 6:45 PM
    1. Not a lot! - Dave Foster on Aug 9, 2009, 3:39 AM
      1. Here here! - mike starmer on Aug 9, 2009, 11:45 AM
      2. Good points Dave. - Jeff Brown on Aug 13, 2009, 6:49 PM
    2. Common Sense? - Dave OMeara on Aug 9, 2009, 2:02 PM
    3. vorsicht plastik! - Paul Kirchner on Aug 17, 2009, 12:12 AM
      1. I use some water when sanding/scraping/grinding - Jamie Alguire on Sep 3, 2009, 1:07 PM
     
  39. Casting with Ultrasonics ??? View Thread - clive harman on Aug 8, 2009, 9:23 AM
    1. Another way - Ted Paone on Aug 10, 2009, 5:34 PM
      1. Thanks Ted... - clive harman on Aug 15, 2009, 3:25 PM
     
  40. Can anyone suggest a good starter armor weathering book/vid? View Thread - Phil on Aug 1, 2009, 7:56 PM
    1. A few suggestions - Steve Kubik on Aug 1, 2009, 8:54 PM
    2. Compendium(?)/Marcus Nicholls Realistic Armor Techniques - Pat Alexander on Aug 2, 2009, 12:45 AM
    3. Osprey... - Evan Carder on Aug 2, 2009, 10:01 AM
    4. You Tube - Jeff Brown on Aug 5, 2009, 3:48 PM
      1. Thanks to all, great information and sources! Have homework to do! Phil - Phil on Aug 16, 2009, 2:23 PM
     
  41. Mig Pigments View Thread - Evan Carder on Jul 27, 2009, 4:17 PM
    1. Re: Mig Pigments - John Murcutt on Jul 28, 2009, 3:48 PM
      1. thanks... - Evan Carder on Jul 28, 2009, 6:34 PM
     
  42. Does Testors Liquid Cement Expire? View Thread - Pat Clark on Jul 27, 2009, 8:47 AM
    1. Plastruct.... - bobCollignon on Jul 27, 2009, 12:18 PM
      1. Its the Plastruct Styrene - Pat Clark on Jul 27, 2009, 1:09 PM
        1. WoW!!!... - bobCollignon on Jul 27, 2009, 2:52 PM
    2. It never seemed to... - david nickels on Jul 28, 2009, 3:30 PM
    3. Tried a different bottle - pat clark on Jul 31, 2009, 12:34 PM
     
  43. tips tricks for beating up PE fenders View Thread - Jared Taylor on Jul 26, 2009, 11:57 AM
    1. soldering... - bobCollignon on Jul 27, 2009, 12:45 PM
      1. Jeweler!?!? What the... - John Charvat on Jul 28, 2009, 7:29 AM
    2. Thanks Bob - Jared Taylor on Jul 27, 2009, 5:45 PM
     
  44. How to make spider's web in 1:35? :) View Thread - Völgyi Péter on Jul 25, 2009, 4:41 AM
    1. How about... - David E. O'Hara on Jul 25, 2009, 10:51 AM
    2. Probably not visible at 1/35 scale - Jonathan Gibson on Jul 25, 2009, 11:03 AM
    3. webs - Ron Glass on Jul 26, 2009, 12:42 AM
    4. Thanks :) - Völgyi Péter on Jul 26, 2009, 7:13 AM
      1. Re: Thanks :) - René Duret on Aug 10, 2009, 10:47 AM
    5. Lacquer - david nickels on Nov 3, 2009, 10:54 AM
     
  45. Flat paint not drying flat View Thread - Jeff Andrews on Jul 24, 2009, 6:55 AM
    1. Re: Flat Paint Not Drying Flat - Chuck Willis on Jul 24, 2009, 9:14 AM
     
  46. How to make spiderwire in 1:35? :) View Thread - Völgyi Péter on Jul 23, 2009, 5:24 AM
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  48. Abteilung Liquid Mask problem View Thread - Michael McDonald on Jul 21, 2009, 10:10 AM
    1. Abteilung Liquid Mask - Adam Wilder on Jul 22, 2009, 7:47 AM
      1. Thanks Adam. n/t - Michael McDonald on Jul 22, 2009, 10:15 AM
     
  49. How Do I Get Rid of Join Lines? View Thread - Andy Lock on Jul 21, 2009, 9:56 AM
    1. Back to basics - Dave Foster on Jul 21, 2009, 5:12 PM
      1. Thanks Dave.. - Andy Lock on Jul 22, 2009, 11:38 AM
     
  50. Filtering Panzer Gray View Thread - Zdislaw Brzeszeszcykiewicz on Jul 20, 2009, 8:43 PM
    1. Oil Paints - Paul Kirchner on Jul 20, 2009, 11:43 PM
     
  51. Painting Styrene To Represent Bare Wood ? View Thread - Dick Vincent on Jul 19, 2009, 5:20 PM
    1. Google coughed up these links... - Warren Kuntz on Jul 21, 2009, 10:36 AM
    2. Timber - Dave Foster on Jul 21, 2009, 4:53 PM
     
  52. Easy Zimmerit & more View Thread - Paul Kirchner on Jul 12, 2009, 11:12 PM
    1. interesting... - Evan Carder on Jul 15, 2009, 9:36 AM
    2. I tried that too - Ron Glass on Jul 26, 2009, 4:56 PM
      1. Re. Liquitex - Paul KIrchner on Jul 26, 2009, 6:14 PM
     
  53. Has anyone tried aluminum tape for zimmerit? View Thread - Steve Dowty on Jul 3, 2009, 9:30 PM
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  55. Eduard Zimmerit View Thread - Dennis on Jun 28, 2009, 1:56 PM
    1. It is "okay"... - david nickels on Jun 28, 2009, 9:52 PM
    2. Don't care for it - Mark Rethoret on Jul 8, 2009, 3:10 PM
     
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