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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. color of unpainted weldseams View Thread - Dennis Brändle on Aug 13, 2008, 11:47 PM
    1. Weld seams - Dave Foster on Aug 15, 2008, 7:31 PM
    2. Bear in mind... - Peter Lloyd on Sep 1, 2008, 9:04 PM
      1. Welding - Spike Judd on Dec 7, 2008, 7:33 AM
     
  2. Battle Damage on Tiger 1 View Thread - Silnius Kreger on Aug 12, 2008, 8:26 PM
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  4. Filters, washes, oils...order of application View Thread - Mark Jones on Aug 8, 2008, 3:46 AM
    1. order of paining and weathering - Dennis Brändle on Aug 14, 2008, 12:00 AM
      1. Excellent, thanks Dennis - Mark Jones on Aug 15, 2008, 6:01 AM
     
  5. Hairs and Dust on the model View Thread - Dennis Brändle on Aug 7, 2008, 5:39 PM
    1. Dust & dirt - Dave Foster on Aug 7, 2008, 8:48 PM
      1. Thank you very much - Dennis Brändle on Aug 13, 2008, 11:48 PM
     
  6. Glue Options View Thread - Bill Apple on Aug 7, 2008, 1:29 PM
    1. Stuck on this one....! - Dave Foster on Aug 7, 2008, 9:04 PM
    2. Take your pick... - Brian N. Stanley on Aug 7, 2008, 9:59 PM
    3. Oh, ok, I meant non liquid glue - Bill Apple on Aug 11, 2008, 9:52 AM
      1. Ah the aroma of volatile solvent! - Dave Foster on Aug 11, 2008, 3:12 PM
     
  7. What colour wash? View Thread - Andy Lock on Aug 7, 2008, 11:09 AM
    1. I'd use a very dark brown for all of them N/T - Dennis Brändle on Aug 7, 2008, 5:40 PM
      1. Before I apply the wash........ - Andy Lock on Aug 8, 2008, 4:03 AM
     
  8. white filter? View Thread - mark blackwell on Aug 5, 2008, 4:11 PM
    1. Re: White filter - Chuck Willis on Aug 6, 2008, 8:14 AM
    2. different options.... - Frans Brakus on Aug 19, 2008, 9:47 AM
     
  9. Question on filters View Thread - Greg Jacobson on Aug 3, 2008, 4:22 PM
    1. Article here on ML - Andrew Albrecht on Aug 3, 2008, 10:11 PM
      1. Thanks! n/t - Greg Jacobson on Aug 4, 2008, 7:10 PM
     
  10. How to Paint Leather Seats? View Thread - Sunil Prasanna on Aug 1, 2008, 6:16 PM
    1. Scale effect 1/72 - roy chow on Aug 2, 2008, 12:09 PM
      1. Thanks roy....n/t - Sunil Prasanna on Aug 2, 2008, 12:57 PM
     
  11. how to use transparent paint (enamel)? View Thread - Dennis Brändle on Jul 30, 2008, 5:19 AM
    1. Usage - david nickels on Jul 30, 2008, 10:45 AM
    2. Clears - Dave Foster on Jul 30, 2008, 4:34 PM
     
  12. dust with oils? View Thread - Andras Don on Jul 28, 2008, 3:17 PM
    1. put your paint...... - Niels Henkemans on Jul 29, 2008, 11:19 AM
    2. dusting effect... - Nick Cortese on Jul 29, 2008, 3:47 PM
      1. dusting effect... - Rick Purdy on Aug 7, 2008, 10:15 AM
    3. my first attempt.... - Frans Brakus on Jul 30, 2008, 5:42 PM
    4. another way...maybe - TS on Aug 31, 2008, 8:09 PM
     
  13. Problem with Vallejo paint View Thread - Michael McDonald on Jul 26, 2008, 10:45 AM
    1. Try Isopropyl Alch. - MIke Baskette on Jul 26, 2008, 3:18 PM
      1. Thanks Mike. I... - Michael McDonald on Jul 26, 2008, 3:53 PM
    2. Couple of household/automotive cleaners - Scott Millican on Jul 28, 2008, 9:24 AM
      1. Well, - Michael McDonald on Jul 28, 2008, 9:45 AM
        1. Do not Use alcohol for Vallejo. - Jeff Nolan on Jul 31, 2008, 7:52 PM
          1. Thanks Jeff... - Michael McDonald on Aug 1, 2008, 9:11 AM
          2. exception - david nickels on Aug 5, 2008, 9:31 AM
            1. Thanks David. I... - Michael McDonald on Aug 6, 2008, 3:46 PM
    3. thinning vallejo paint for spraying - hans westerkamp on Sep 21, 2008, 5:52 PM
     
  14. Opinions needed on ZSU 23/4 Shilka Kit View Thread - Sunil Prasanna on Jul 26, 2008, 6:26 AM
    1. I built it years ago. - Kingston Wong on Jul 29, 2008, 2:35 PM
     
  15. Vallejo Model Color with Tamiya acrylic thinners View Thread - Mark Jones on Jul 26, 2008, 5:36 AM
    1. Just fine - Scot Woodward on Jul 26, 2008, 5:41 AM
      1. Thank you - Mark Jones on Jul 26, 2008, 1:19 PM
    2. Could be a problem - Rick Nelson on Jul 26, 2008, 9:59 PM
      1. Will do the obvious and test ! - Mark Jones on Jul 28, 2008, 5:50 AM
      2. Not sure about airbrushing - Scott Millican on Jul 28, 2008, 9:20 AM
     
  16. PHOTO HELP View Thread - Calum Melrose on Jul 17, 2008, 10:10 AM
    1. I'll assume you're using a digital camera. - bobCollignon on Jul 17, 2008, 12:21 PM
      1. Thanks - Calum Melrose on Jul 18, 2008, 3:27 AM
    2. Try this ----- - Rex Ross on Jul 18, 2008, 7:03 PM
      1. What's a... - bobCollignon on Jul 18, 2008, 9:28 PM
        1. It's a... - Rex Ross on Jul 20, 2008, 10:50 AM
          1. It's a... part 2 - Rex Ross on Jul 20, 2008, 11:10 AM
            1. Yes... - bobCollignon on Jul 20, 2008, 11:30 PM
    3. Thanks for all the advice - Calum Melrose on Jul 19, 2008, 6:42 PM
    4. Hi Res vs Low Res - Paul Krylowski on Jul 25, 2008, 1:08 PM
     
  17. Need Glossy mud finish opposite from below View Thread - Scott Woodward on Jul 15, 2008, 7:01 PM
    1. The Testors Flat - david nickels on Jul 19, 2008, 2:02 PM
    2. Re: Need Glossy mud finish opposite from below - Glen Phelan on Jul 19, 2008, 5:16 PM
      1. Or Tamiya Clear Gloss nt - david nickels on Jul 22, 2008, 12:56 PM
     
  18. MIG Pigments glossy finish...not wanted! View Thread - Mark Jones on Jul 13, 2008, 6:42 AM
    1. Yes... - Miguel Jimenez Mig on Jul 14, 2008, 8:45 AM
      1. Ah, ok..... - Mark Jones on Jul 14, 2008, 11:03 AM
     
  19. How to paint scratches View Thread - Rob James on Jul 12, 2008, 10:13 PM
    1. I have tried ..... - Michael Kirchoff on Jul 13, 2008, 6:41 PM
     
  20. monotone finish with pigments View Thread - Talino Bruno on Jul 11, 2008, 3:02 AM
    1. Well.... - Miguel Jimenez Mig on Jul 11, 2008, 4:36 AM
      1. Re: Well.... - Talino Bruno on Jul 11, 2008, 1:45 PM
     
  21. Recommendations for Clamp View Thread - Jonathan Gibson on Jul 10, 2008, 11:06 PM
    1. Broad subject with ... - bobCollignon on Jul 14, 2008, 11:43 AM
     
  22. Future floor polish country references View Thread - Ziggy Eichstadt on Jul 7, 2008, 7:36 AM
    1. Mr Muscle - Chris Grove on Jul 7, 2008, 6:32 PM
      1. Over cleaner does more than clean - Ziggy Eichstadt on Jul 8, 2008, 4:19 AM
     
  23. Enamel thinner problem with Testors View Thread - Ziggy Eichstadt on Jul 7, 2008, 3:05 AM
    1. thinner - Alberto Martelli on Jul 7, 2008, 1:18 PM
      1. thinners for Testors - Ziggy Eichstadt on Jul 8, 2008, 4:22 AM
        1. Re: thinners for Testors - John Murcutt on Jul 11, 2008, 5:32 PM
          1. getting with it ... - Ziggy Eichstadt on Jul 14, 2008, 4:42 AM
     
  24. "MIG" reccomends blue tungsten light bulbs... View Thread - Michael Lee Smith on Jul 6, 2008, 1:44 PM
    1. ..light bulbs... - Jamie Stokes on Jul 7, 2008, 2:31 AM
      1. My2c... - bobCollignon on Jul 8, 2008, 4:53 PM
    2. Too late, but.... - Miguel Jimenez Mig on Jul 9, 2008, 5:45 AM
      1. Re: Too late, but.... - John Murcutt on Jul 11, 2008, 5:35 PM
     
  25. Miliput colours View Thread - Etienne Tardivel on Jul 6, 2008, 7:25 AM
    1. Milliput colours - Andrew James on Jul 6, 2008, 9:29 AM
     
  26. Colour modulation? what is... View Thread - Rodney Cross on Jun 29, 2008, 12:45 AM
    1. Here is an article ...... - Adam Wilder on Jun 29, 2008, 3:15 AM
      1. Thanks mate.. - Rodney Cross on Jun 29, 2008, 7:16 AM
      2. Great article and painting process...... - Rodney Cross on Jun 30, 2008, 12:17 AM
     
  27. rust colour for tracks??? View Thread - Rodney Cross on Jun 29, 2008, 12:36 AM
    1. Are the tracks metal or plastic? What colour are they? - Adam Wilder on Jun 29, 2008, 3:09 AM
      1. Plastic and black... - Rodney Cross on Jun 29, 2008, 7:09 AM
        1. Could i use mig oils rust... - Rodney Cross on Jun 30, 2008, 12:10 AM
     
  28. Thinning paint for airbrush? View Thread - Ebbe Bergman on Jun 28, 2008, 11:55 PM
    1. thinning paint.. - Rodney Cross on Jun 29, 2008, 12:41 AM
    2. Thinners - Dave Foster on Jun 29, 2008, 6:53 PM
    3. a good quality A grade enamel thinners ! - Ziggy Eichstadt on Jul 7, 2008, 3:09 AM
     
  29. MAking Tarps and rolls View Thread - Scott Woodward on Jun 28, 2008, 10:39 PM
    1. Hey Scott - Bob Yack on Jun 28, 2008, 11:44 PM
      1. I also use Tamiya two part putty. - Cliff Leverette on Jul 28, 2008, 4:44 PM
     
  30. What can I use as a substitute for tamiya lacquer? View Thread - Owen Dawson on Jun 27, 2008, 8:25 AM
    1. Lacquer thinner - Adam Wilder on Jun 28, 2008, 1:20 PM
    2. Thanks for the tip Adam n/t - owen on Jun 30, 2008, 10:48 AM
    3. Acrylic 2K thinners - Ziggy Eichstadt on Jul 7, 2008, 3:19 AM
     
  31. Filter for Panzer Grey View Thread - tabb tharrington on Jun 25, 2008, 8:03 PM
    1. I have used different shades - david nickels on Jun 26, 2008, 8:31 AM
     
  32. Paint stripper View Thread - Lyle Kitchiner on Jun 22, 2008, 7:29 PM
    1. What kind of paint?? - Kingston Wong on Jun 22, 2008, 7:45 PM
      1. Thinner based. - Lyle Kitchiner on Jun 23, 2008, 6:28 AM
        1. I use Super Clean - david nickels on Jun 23, 2008, 11:07 AM
    2. Stripper - Dave Foster on Jun 23, 2008, 3:22 PM
    3. Thats right, I remember now......... - Lyle Kitchiner on Jun 26, 2008, 8:06 AM
     
  33. how to simulate flat tires? View Thread - Talino Bruno on Jun 22, 2008, 2:47 AM
    1. How about....... - Lyle Kitchiner on Jun 22, 2008, 7:32 PM
      1. Re: How about....... - Talino Bruno on Jun 23, 2008, 2:59 AM
        1. Another method - david nickels on Jun 23, 2008, 11:08 AM
     
  34. hairspray technique View Thread - Johan Detruyer on Jun 19, 2008, 12:07 PM
    1. Best if completely dry... - Kingston Wong on Jun 19, 2008, 12:48 PM
     
  35. Painting advice View Thread - Andy Hall on Jun 19, 2008, 7:59 AM
    1. You got it - roy chow on Jun 19, 2008, 9:34 AM
      1. One last question(for now) :-). - Andy Hall on Jun 19, 2008, 10:42 AM
        1. Masks? We don't need no steeenkin' masks! - roy chow on Jun 19, 2008, 11:42 AM
     
  36. I want to depict the surf on a beach. How do I best do this? View Thread - David E. O'Hara on Jun 14, 2008, 6:16 PM
    1. Maybe some Future?? - Clair Greenwood on Jun 16, 2008, 7:01 AM
      1. How deep?? - Kingston Wong on Jun 22, 2008, 7:52 PM
    2. Dave, Dave, David.... - Kip Rudge on Jun 16, 2008, 8:58 AM
    3. Go to this site... - bobCollignon on Jun 16, 2008, 3:36 PM
      1. Thanks, gentlemen and... - David E. O'Hara on Jun 16, 2008, 4:13 PM
     
  37. Airplanes?? View Thread - Kingston Wong on Jun 13, 2008, 2:32 PM
    1. hyperscale - Andrew Albrecht on Jun 13, 2008, 2:34 PM
    2. Also - Jim Carswell on Jun 14, 2008, 12:30 AM
    3. And one more............. - Rick Purdy on Jun 16, 2008, 1:48 AM
      1. Thanks Guys....N/T - Kingston Wong on Jun 19, 2008, 12:46 PM
    4. I like this one: - Michael McDonald on Jun 20, 2008, 1:21 PM
     
  38. Which plaster? View Thread - Richard Armstrong on Jun 11, 2008, 10:41 AM
    1. plaster - Adam Wilder on Jun 12, 2008, 5:02 AM
      1. Cheers - Rich Armstrong on Jun 12, 2008, 10:53 AM
     
  39. Scratch built handles View Thread - Kevin Brennan on Jun 8, 2008, 5:09 PM
    1. Rolling wire - Andrew Albrecht on Jun 8, 2008, 8:29 PM
    2. Brass wire - Stephen Kostelak on Jun 10, 2008, 12:59 AM
    3. Wire - Dave Foster on Jun 10, 2008, 3:31 PM
     
  40. Iwata Airbrushes View Thread - Kevin Brennan on Jun 8, 2008, 2:42 PM
    1. review here on ML - Andrew Albrecht on Jun 8, 2008, 8:30 PM
    2. re. Iwata Airbrushes - Mike Land on Jun 12, 2008, 9:55 PM
    3. Re: Iwata Airbrushes - Peter Lloyd on Sep 1, 2008, 9:09 PM
     
  41. How do I get the yellow out of old decals? View Thread - Peter Sisung on Jun 6, 2008, 4:34 PM
    1. One good way is - Rod Crisman on Jun 7, 2008, 4:38 PM
      1. Thanks Rod... - Peter Sisung on Jun 10, 2008, 7:19 AM
     
  42. Crystal Light cups and foil - two tricks for the price of one. View Thread - Patrick Mooney on Jun 6, 2008, 4:22 PM
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  44. I need your feedback before buying a new IWATA airbrush. View Thread - Dany McDonald on Jun 6, 2008, 2:18 PM
    1. Re: I need your feedback before buying a new IWATA airbrush. - Patrick Mooney on Jun 6, 2008, 4:17 PM
    2. Re: I need your feedback before buying a new IWATA airbrush. - John Murcutt on Jun 7, 2008, 2:14 PM
      1. Thank you! - Dany Mc Donald on Jun 7, 2008, 9:38 PM
     
  45. Friul tracks/Blacken It woes....still! View Thread - James Wolfe on Jun 6, 2008, 4:39 AM
    1. Not sure the fault lies in tracks.... - Kip Rudge on Jun 6, 2008, 9:26 AM
      1. Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy:).... - bobCollignon on Jun 6, 2008, 10:13 AM
        1. Really? - James wolfe on Jun 8, 2008, 10:50 PM
          1. Call me my son:):):)... - bobCollignon on Jun 9, 2008, 3:41 PM
    2. I have the same problem exactly - david nickels on Jun 6, 2008, 2:00 PM
      1. Here ya go, how I go about it - Alasdair Johnston on Jun 7, 2008, 3:43 AM
    3. As I mention in my old posts - Michael Rinaldi on Jun 7, 2008, 11:23 PM
    4. Have access to a mico abrader? - John Steinman on Jun 11, 2008, 11:02 PM
      1. I thought of that... - James Wolfe on Jun 12, 2008, 8:18 AM
     
  46. Mig Productions oil paint View Thread - Scott Dimmick on Jun 3, 2008, 2:04 PM
    1. Mig Oil Paints - Kevin Brennan on Jun 3, 2008, 7:49 PM
    2. washes/oils.... - Frans Brakus on Jun 7, 2008, 5:51 AM
    3. Re: Mig Productions oil paint - John Murcutt on Jun 7, 2008, 2:03 PM
     
  47. what soldering iron? View Thread - Dennis McQuillen on Jun 1, 2008, 10:33 AM
    1. Not what you asked, but a tip. - Mark Dunck on Jun 1, 2008, 2:37 PM
    2. Its all in the tip sir... - Clair Greenwood on Jun 1, 2008, 3:59 PM
      1. I use... - bobCollignon on Jun 6, 2008, 10:23 AM
    3. Dremel - Siara on Jul 21, 2008, 8:39 PM
     
  48. Masking Solutions, product recommendations View Thread - Kevin Brennan on May 28, 2008, 1:07 PM
    1. I use mirco scale...but - Kingston Wong on May 30, 2008, 12:46 PM
    2. I've used MIG productions.... - Scott Dimmick on Jun 3, 2008, 2:02 PM
     
  49. PE Question View Thread - Mark Dunck on May 19, 2008, 7:38 PM
    1. Closed bins - david nickels on May 20, 2008, 11:19 AM
    2. If closed... - Kingston Wong on May 20, 2008, 12:02 PM
    3. Soldering - Kevin Brennan on May 20, 2008, 1:25 PM
      1. I will give it a try PLUS 1 more question - Mark Dunck on May 22, 2008, 1:27 PM
        1. Annealing - david nickels on May 22, 2008, 2:23 PM
          1. I have an Etch Mate - Mark Dunck on May 23, 2008, 4:18 PM
    4. I second the ease of soldering - Mike Duguay on May 26, 2008, 12:27 AM
      1. What about heat sinks? - Mark Dunck on May 26, 2008, 10:18 AM
        1. Never used heat sinks. - Kevin Brennan on May 26, 2008, 1:29 PM
        2. I do... sort of... - Clair Greenwood on May 28, 2008, 1:09 AM
     
  50. Question on turpentines View Thread - Chen Chuanren on May 19, 2008, 7:44 AM
    1. turps - Ziggy Eichstadt on May 19, 2008, 8:06 AM
    2. Turpenoid - Patrick Mooney on May 19, 2008, 2:29 PM
      1. Deffinatly use Turpanoid - Mark Dunck on May 22, 2008, 1:28 PM
        1. Make sure you get the blue bottle Turpenoid - david nickels on May 24, 2008, 9:53 AM
    3. what l use.... - Frans Brakus on Jun 7, 2008, 5:59 AM
     
  51. Opinion on MicroScale gloss varnish View Thread - Alberto Martelli on May 18, 2008, 1:05 AM
    1. Older product - david nickels on May 19, 2008, 12:11 PM
      1. thanks, but - Alberto Martelli on May 20, 2008, 6:22 AM
        1. thinning - david nickels on May 20, 2008, 11:17 AM
          1. What's wrong with useing Kleer??? - Kingston Wong on May 30, 2008, 12:49 PM
            1. Thats Future for the rest of the world - david nickels on Jun 2, 2008, 4:11 PM
    2. clear cotes - Ziggy Eichstadt on Jun 11, 2008, 2:50 AM
     
  52. Placing PE mesh grills.... View Thread - Matthew Mifsud on May 15, 2008, 4:03 PM
    1. Maybe - roy chow on May 15, 2008, 5:25 PM
    2. Gator Glue - david nickels on May 16, 2008, 9:09 AM
    3. Future - Rick Purdy on May 16, 2008, 5:50 PM
     
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