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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. Tricky cleaning? View Thread - Hans Goransson on Mar 18, 2009, 10:38 AM
    1. Alcohol & a Q-tip {n/t} - Greg H on Mar 18, 2009, 9:06 PM
      1. Use your Airbrush... - Dany Mc Donald on Mar 19, 2009, 7:18 PM
        1. Cool idea! n/t - Hans Goransson on Mar 20, 2009, 12:05 PM
     
  2. Airbrush tuning question View Thread - Shon Stephens on Mar 16, 2009, 11:27 AM
    1. Re: Airbrush tuning question - Von Bargen Martin on Mar 16, 2009, 4:23 PM
      1. Thank you - Shon Stephens on Mar 17, 2009, 11:02 PM
     
  3. 1st time with Pz I magic tracks..how do you do them? View Thread - David Ilse on Mar 15, 2009, 1:54 PM
    1. Are these from the 'smart' kit? - Kevin Johnson on Mar 23, 2009, 3:07 AM
     
  4. Wash Disaster! View Thread - Bruce Bullock on Mar 13, 2009, 8:53 PM
    1. What kind of thinner did you use? nm - Kevin Johnson on Mar 14, 2009, 2:26 AM
      1. Re: What kind of thinner did you use? nm - Bruce Bullock on Mar 14, 2009, 8:40 AM
    2. Hi Bruce...Here's what I do... - Brian N. Stanley on Mar 14, 2009, 9:51 AM
     
  5. New to filters and pigments. Mig questions View Thread - james gacki on Mar 12, 2009, 4:21 PM
    1. Actually lot of filter questions. - james gacki on Mar 12, 2009, 4:28 PM
      1. Oils and acrylics - Hans Goransson on Mar 13, 2009, 8:55 AM
        1. thanks filter color for olive drab. - james gacki on Mar 13, 2009, 1:03 PM
    2. Filters article - Steven Brown on Mar 14, 2009, 10:50 AM
     
  6. Paint Opinion View Thread - Tim Heagle on Mar 8, 2009, 1:50 PM
    1. Vallejo - Hans Goransson on Mar 13, 2009, 8:59 AM
    2. Sure! - Kevin Johnson on Mar 14, 2009, 2:30 AM
    3. Both are very good... - Brian N. Stanley on Mar 14, 2009, 10:01 AM
      1. Thanks! - Tim Heagle on Mar 14, 2009, 7:55 PM
     
  7. dust in paint finish? View Thread - Anonymous on Mar 8, 2009, 12:48 AM
    1. Dust - Dave Foster on Mar 8, 2009, 4:33 PM
    2. Well, if you're using the bathroom... - Hans Goransson on Mar 12, 2009, 6:32 AM
    3. Same issue just recently - Tim James on Mar 26, 2009, 10:52 PM
    4. Small update - Hugh Brien on May 12, 2009, 10:04 AM
     
  8. Using Future floor acrylic as gloss coat? View Thread - FaustHamdan on Mar 7, 2009, 6:49 PM
    1. Future - Steve Kubik on Mar 12, 2009, 1:36 AM
     
  9. Creating an oil on water "rainbow" in puddles View Thread - Fritz Spinne on Mar 7, 2009, 12:55 PM
    1. Re: Creating an oil on water "rainbow" in puddles - Aidrian Bridgeman-Sutton on Mar 13, 2009, 12:48 PM
    2. Perhaps this might work - Warren Kuntz on Mar 21, 2009, 8:17 AM
    3. Thanks for the suggestions! - Fritz Spinne on Apr 22, 2009, 4:11 PM
     
  10. How was this whitewash done? View Thread - Ralph Koziarski on Mar 1, 2009, 9:00 PM
    1. That's the Marmite technique. - KevinJohnson on Mar 2, 2009, 12:58 AM
      1. Thanks Kevin - Ralph Koziarski on Mar 2, 2009, 9:39 AM
     
  11. Iwata Trouble View Thread - John Dillon on Feb 28, 2009, 3:28 PM
    1. Re: Iwata Trouble - Chuck Willis on Mar 4, 2009, 2:21 PM
    2. Most common cause - Hans Goransson on Mar 4, 2009, 5:25 PM
      1. O-Ring?!? - John Dillon on Mar 4, 2009, 7:16 PM
        1. Packing Head O-Ring - Hans Goransson on Mar 10, 2009, 11:47 AM
    3. Might not be seal - Chris Clay on Apr 6, 2009, 8:26 AM
     
  12. Weathering in what order? View Thread - Hans Goransson on Feb 26, 2009, 10:51 AM
    1. Re: Weathering Order - Richard Nicoletti on Feb 26, 2009, 3:13 PM
    2. Here is a basic rundown - Michael Rinaldi on Mar 4, 2009, 4:57 AM
      1. Process in Detail - Hans Goransson on Mar 4, 2009, 5:22 PM
     
  13. Testors Dullcote Lacquer View Thread - Bing Betita on Feb 25, 2009, 10:49 PM
    1. Spraying dullcote - Glenn Gerson on Feb 27, 2009, 11:53 PM
      1. Thanks! - Bing Betita on Mar 1, 2009, 10:48 PM
     
  14. anti-skid found on IDF vehicles... View Thread - Glenn Ryder on Feb 19, 2009, 8:46 PM
    1. Re: anti-skid found on IDF vehicles... - Robert K. on May 18, 2009, 8:02 PM
     
  15. Railway steam cranes View Thread - Brock Beckstedt on Feb 14, 2009, 11:49 PM
    1. Re: German Era II (maybe an era III will work too) MOW crane - Harry Dente on Feb 17, 2009, 2:22 PM
    2. Railway steam cranes - Jim Hockett on Mar 1, 2009, 7:02 PM
     
  16. Indy link track order View Thread - Jeff Houchins on Feb 10, 2009, 7:12 AM
    1. If you're very careful..... they can be glued separate. - Hans Haase on Feb 12, 2009, 10:51 PM
    2. Indy track construction - Kevin Kenny on Feb 14, 2009, 8:51 PM
     
  17. MIG vs. CMK pigments... View Thread - Rato Marczak on Jan 29, 2009, 6:32 AM
    1. Yes...big differences of quality! - Miguel Jimenez Mig on Jan 30, 2009, 3:33 AM
      1. Re: Yes...big differences of quality! - David Ilse on Jan 31, 2009, 5:08 AM
      2. suggestion - Chris Knoth on Feb 2, 2009, 4:19 AM
      3. Thanks Miguel... I've discovered much of what you - Rato Marczak on Feb 20, 2009, 11:45 PM
     
  18. What is a matte lacquer for finishing off a M2A2 Bradley? View Thread - Logan Eden on Jan 26, 2009, 6:20 PM
    1. what I use - Ziggy Eichstadt on Jan 29, 2009, 7:19 AM
      1. Will go with the Humbrol - Logan Eden on Jan 29, 2009, 10:57 PM
        1. Paints must dry thoroughly before applying oils! - Ziggy Eichstädt on Feb 24, 2009, 4:35 AM
    2. Yet another suggestion - Scott Dimmick on Feb 2, 2009, 3:16 PM
     
  19. How to make surfaces appear moisty / wet? View Thread - Dennis Braendle on Jan 24, 2009, 8:20 PM
    1. Areas of moister in weatheringÂ…. - Adam Wilder on Feb 7, 2009, 4:48 AM
      1. Looks really good, I'll try it! Thanks! N/T - Dennis Braendle on Feb 7, 2009, 7:01 AM
     
  20. wire insulation for antenna base View Thread - David McKeever on Jan 24, 2009, 4:44 PM
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  22. UK source for lacquer thinners. View Thread - Andy Hall on Jan 13, 2009, 9:20 AM
    1. Re: UK source for lacquer thinners. - John Murcutt on Jan 13, 2009, 4:51 PM
      1. Andy - David Grummitt on Jan 14, 2009, 5:17 AM
      2. isnt cellulose thinner the same as lacquer thinner? - david nickels on Mar 2, 2009, 5:06 PM
    2. Thanks for the reply... - Andy Hall on Jan 14, 2009, 4:55 AM
    3. Thinner - bill.curtis on Jan 14, 2009, 7:21 AM
      1. thanks Bill - Andy Hall on Jan 15, 2009, 4:18 AM
    4. To Costly - Darrin Greggans on Jan 15, 2009, 8:21 AM
    5. Just bought some from Squadron Mail Order n/t - Pat Clark on Jan 15, 2009, 11:50 PM
      1. Re: Just bought some from Squadron Mail Order n/t - Darrin Greggans on Jan 16, 2009, 3:38 AM
    6. Modelsforsale kinda carries the stuff - Jon Greenwood on Jan 16, 2009, 1:52 PM
     
  23. Need Help Making Building View Thread - Mark Dunck on Jan 7, 2009, 10:27 AM
    1. Why not use styrene? - Danny Egan on Feb 1, 2009, 10:37 AM
     
  24. Questions about Makoto Takaishi's techniques shown in ARMOUR MODELLING View Thread - Gerry Kleier on Jan 5, 2009, 11:17 PM
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  26. commander's cupola as sub-assembly? View Thread - David McKeever on Jan 4, 2009, 1:31 PM
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  28. Will 96% proof alchohol strip Games Workshop Chaos Black primer spray? View Thread - tim roberts on Jan 2, 2009, 3:46 PM
    1. Shouldn't think so - Rob Morales on Jan 2, 2009, 9:23 PM
      1. Re: Shouldn't think so - Aidrian Bridgeman-Sutton on Jan 5, 2009, 1:48 PM
    2. No that's for drinking ! - clive harman on Jan 3, 2009, 3:08 PM
      1. Thanks Clive - tim roberts on Jan 3, 2009, 6:40 PM
     
  29. Best method / steps for painting tracks View Thread - Anonymous on Dec 28, 2008, 9:59 AM
    1. try this (link) - Ivan Loera on Dec 29, 2008, 12:13 PM
      1. Re: try this (link) - Anonymous on Dec 29, 2008, 1:53 PM
        1. ups..sorry - Ivan Loera on Dec 29, 2008, 5:44 PM
          1. Re: ups..sorry - Anonymous on Jan 2, 2009, 5:23 PM
     
  30. need to remove decals. View Thread - David Ilse on Dec 25, 2008, 3:30 PM
    1. Try SolvaSet - Rod Crisman on Dec 25, 2008, 6:28 PM
      1. Re: Try SolvaSet - David Ilse on Dec 27, 2008, 2:03 PM
     
  31. Molding for beginners View Thread - Johan Ohlsson on Dec 25, 2008, 8:38 AM
    1. Well, this might keep you busy for a while - Arno Riedel on Dec 27, 2008, 12:47 AM
      1. thanx - Johan Ohlsson on Dec 27, 2008, 12:00 PM
     
  32. Need help soldering aluminum gun barrel View Thread - Michael McDonald on Dec 23, 2008, 10:07 AM
    1. glue it - David Schemel on Dec 23, 2008, 10:14 AM
    2. Technically it is solderable-but not worth the effort! - Harry dente on Dec 23, 2008, 11:12 AM
    3. Thanks guys. I had... - Michael McDonald on Dec 23, 2008, 12:58 PM
     
  33. Need Help with conversion View Thread - Jeffrey DeRosa on Dec 21, 2008, 8:14 PM
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  35. If you use Laquer Thinner in Tamya Paints.... View Thread - Pat Clark on Dec 18, 2008, 10:20 PM
    1. easy answer - Bob Muckley on Dec 19, 2008, 9:01 AM
    2. Lacquer Thinner - Jim Lewis on Dec 19, 2008, 5:17 PM
    3. I use Windex... - Scott Dimmick on Dec 29, 2008, 10:11 AM
     
  36. Humbrol acrylics any good? View Thread - James Wolfe on Dec 18, 2008, 12:03 AM
    1. humbrol acrylics - tim roberts on Dec 23, 2008, 6:18 PM
     
  37. Advice on scratchbuilding View Thread - Toby Knight on Dec 10, 2008, 3:53 PM
    1. Scratching - Dave Foster on Dec 10, 2008, 7:45 PM
      1. and... - Chris Grove on Dec 11, 2008, 11:14 AM
        1. Perfect !! - Toby Knight on Dec 20, 2008, 8:48 AM
          1. Re: Perfect !! - theovandepeppel on Dec 25, 2008, 3:11 AM
     
  38. Acrylic Paint drying time?? View Thread - Lyle Kitchiner on Dec 6, 2008, 10:05 PM
    1. Go to... - bobCollignon on Dec 7, 2008, 9:51 PM
      1. Thanks Bob - Lyle Kitchiner on Dec 9, 2008, 9:53 PM
        1. try... - bobCollignon on Dec 9, 2008, 11:08 PM
          1. Good thinking 99 - Lyle Kitchiner on Dec 17, 2008, 4:22 AM
     
  39. Weathering on a Willys MB View Thread - Jordan Baker on Dec 6, 2008, 8:12 PM
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  41. Paint brushes in the UK View Thread - Toby Knight on Dec 3, 2008, 11:22 AM
    1. Try Hobbycraft chain - Mike Starmer on Dec 3, 2008, 3:38 PM
    2. Re: Paint brushes in the UK - Darrin Greggans on Dec 6, 2008, 12:25 PM
    3. paint brushes - martin tabony on Dec 10, 2008, 7:07 PM
      1. Thanks for all the comments - Toby Knight on Dec 20, 2008, 8:49 AM
     
  42. HELP! Any idea how to assemmble ABER hinges? View Thread - Dmitry Kiyatkin on Dec 3, 2008, 10:59 AM
    1. Griffon Models Hinge making tool - John Murcutt on Dec 3, 2008, 7:53 PM
     
  43. How to paint armor impacts? View Thread - Dennis Braendle on Dec 3, 2008, 6:37 AM
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  45. Photo Etch Parts View Thread - darren Hance on Dec 2, 2008, 3:38 AM
    1. Tool clamps - Dennis Braendle on Dec 3, 2008, 6:46 AM
      1. Re: Tool clamps - Eddy Willems on Dec 24, 2008, 10:39 AM
     
  46. help / tips with decal silvering needed View Thread - james surratt on Nov 28, 2008, 11:54 AM
    1. Have you tries Archer Fine Transfers?! - Greg H on Nov 28, 2008, 8:58 PM
    2. use a gloss varnish.... - Niels Henkemans on Nov 30, 2008, 7:36 PM
    3. Like Niels said... - roy chow on Dec 1, 2008, 1:00 PM
    4. Always put decals . - Mike Starmer on Dec 3, 2008, 3:45 PM
     
  47. dremel motor shop View Thread - robert maxwell on Nov 17, 2008, 7:01 PM
    1. Not in the Netherlands - Arno Riedel on Nov 23, 2008, 5:17 PM
     
  48. Soldering issue - I need some thoughts on this View Thread - Robert Carvallo on Nov 13, 2008, 3:00 PM
    1. Radio Shack - bobCollignon on Nov 13, 2008, 4:47 PM
      1. Thanks, Bob! - Robert Carvallo on Nov 14, 2008, 9:48 AM
    2. Solder Flux - Rick Nelson on Nov 13, 2008, 7:27 PM
      1. Flux - Robert Carvallo on Nov 14, 2008, 9:56 AM
        1. Type(s) i use - bobCollignon on Nov 14, 2008, 1:35 PM
          1. Thanks again, Bob! - Robert Carvallo on Nov 14, 2008, 1:44 PM
            1. article explanations - Andrew Albrecht on Nov 16, 2008, 7:52 PM
          2. Re: BobC is right: Stay Brite - Chuck Willis on Nov 14, 2008, 1:58 PM
            1. Thanks Chuck! - Robert Carvallo on Nov 14, 2008, 3:28 PM
        2. Re: Flux - Rick Nelson on Nov 14, 2008, 4:23 PM
    3. Soldering - Dave Foster on Nov 14, 2008, 3:52 PM
      1. Question - Mark Dunck on Nov 16, 2008, 8:03 AM
        1. Inside/out.... - bobCollignon on Nov 17, 2008, 3:00 PM
          1. Thanks to all for answering my questions...and - Robert Carvallo on Nov 18, 2008, 2:21 PM
    4. Don't place the solder directly on the iron!!!!!!!!!!!!! - Kevin Brennan on Nov 20, 2008, 12:52 PM
    5. Here's something that helps me: - Michael McDonald on Nov 30, 2008, 8:00 AM
     
  49. Hey guys I think I killed my first airbrush :( View Thread - Bob Yack on Nov 11, 2008, 11:45 PM
    1. Ammonia? - Anonymous on Nov 12, 2008, 8:17 PM
      1. The stuff you buy in the grocery store - Bob yack on Nov 12, 2008, 8:24 PM
        1. Ammonia - Dave Foster on Nov 12, 2008, 10:52 PM
          1. Spares available? - Phil Appleyard on Nov 13, 2008, 5:50 AM
            1. Art store - bobCollignon on Nov 13, 2008, 10:28 AM
              1. Thanks Bob - Bob yack on Nov 13, 2008, 6:22 PM
            2. Thanks Phil - Bob yack on Nov 13, 2008, 6:16 PM
          2. Thanks Dave! - Bob yack on Nov 13, 2008, 6:10 PM
     
  50. Distilled Water View Thread - Andy Hall on Nov 11, 2008, 5:56 AM
    1. Dustilled water - bill curtis on Nov 11, 2008, 7:02 AM
    2. Try your local Pharmacy - Scott Millican on Nov 11, 2008, 9:52 AM
      1. Distilled water-absolutely - bobCollignon on Nov 11, 2008, 12:54 PM
        1. thanks guys - Andy Hall on Nov 12, 2008, 9:32 AM
    3. Halfords - Chris Grove on Nov 12, 2008, 5:33 PM
      1. Thanks - Andy Hall on Nov 17, 2008, 5:30 AM
     
  51. Primer question View Thread - Steven Adkins on Nov 2, 2008, 10:44 AM
    1. Canned Tamiya... - bobCollignon on Nov 2, 2008, 11:44 PM
     
  52. Wash help View Thread - Jim King on Nov 1, 2008, 6:05 PM
    1. Rare... - Miguel Jimenez Mig on Nov 11, 2008, 7:29 AM
     
  53. Looking for some resin insight.... View Thread - steve engdahl on Oct 30, 2008, 3:12 PM
    1. A few ideas - Brock Hopkins III on Oct 30, 2008, 6:08 PM
      1. hmmm.... - steve engdahl on Oct 30, 2008, 7:03 PM
    2. Might try.... - Eric McClure on Oct 30, 2008, 9:54 PM
      1. If I remember right - Brock Hopkins III on Oct 30, 2008, 10:34 PM
    3. Someting that I have tried - Scott Millican on Oct 31, 2008, 11:52 AM
    4. Other options - with pics - Andrew Albrecht on Nov 1, 2008, 2:15 PM
    5. Get some vacuum foodsaver boxes ! - clive harman on Nov 8, 2008, 9:33 AM
    6. This is the beastie...... - clive harman on Nov 8, 2008, 3:07 PM
    7. ZEVRO / ZEBRO ??? - clive harman on Nov 9, 2008, 5:33 AM
    8. "Puddling" - Tim James on Nov 9, 2008, 9:37 PM
     
  54. Adam Wilder: some questions on "Modulation Style" View Thread - Steve Dowty on Oct 28, 2008, 4:25 PM
    1. Maybe I can help.... - Miguel Jimenez Mig on Oct 30, 2008, 4:44 AM
      1. Thanks, Mig - Steve Dowty on Oct 30, 2008, 7:40 AM
     
  55. Question concerning new MiG pigments View Thread - Vladimir Yashin on Oct 28, 2008, 9:28 AM
    1. Colors - Miguel Jimenez Mig on Oct 30, 2008, 4:38 AM
      1. Re: Colors - Vladimir Yashin on Oct 30, 2008, 10:40 AM
     
  56. Hannants Acrylic Paint thinner View Thread - Phillip Smith on Oct 26, 2008, 7:53 AM
    1. thinner - Alberto Martelli on Oct 27, 2008, 3:47 AM
    2. I have tried - Niko Asposalo on Nov 20, 2008, 3:56 AM
     
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