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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. Homemade Vacuum chamber for resin casting View Thread - Sam Bagby on May 10, 2008, 7:59 AM
    1. Re: Homemade Vacuum chamber for resin casting - Matt Leese on May 14, 2008, 7:31 AM
     
  2. Isopropyl alcohol vs. tamiya thinner View Thread - tabb tharrington on May 9, 2008, 11:20 PM
    1. Tamiya Thinner - Fred Schwarz on May 10, 2008, 9:28 AM
    2. Re: Isopropyl alcohol vs. tamiya thinner - Patrick Mooney on May 10, 2008, 4:32 PM
    3. Same here ! - Ziggy Eichstadt on May 19, 2008, 8:03 AM
     
  3. Sweet home sander View Thread - roy chow on May 9, 2008, 3:00 PM
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  5. gluing leather View Thread - Andras Don on May 9, 2008, 2:23 PM
    1. glue won't work... - Greg H on May 9, 2008, 9:42 PM
      1. thanks for the answer - Andras Don on May 9, 2008, 9:47 PM
        1. Flexible Vinyl Mender Glue - Kevin Brennan on May 10, 2008, 12:58 PM
     
  6. How to clean pigments? View Thread - Fernando Cuenca on May 7, 2008, 10:34 PM
    1. What you have there does not look too bad - Adam Wilder on May 8, 2008, 7:40 AM
      1. Thank you Adam - Fernando Cuenca on May 8, 2008, 10:56 AM
      2. Thank you Adam - Fernando Cuenca on May 8, 2008, 11:08 AM
      3. I'm with Adam - Fred Schwarz on May 13, 2008, 8:30 AM
        1. Interesting thought Fred - Adam Wilder on May 13, 2008, 6:06 PM
          1. Do it a lot - Fred schwarz on May 14, 2008, 10:00 AM
     
  7. help - my resin is full of tiny holes View Thread - Andrew James on May 7, 2008, 4:52 PM
    1. My thoughts - Clair Greenwood on May 9, 2008, 10:06 AM
    2. I had the same problem - Andras Don on May 9, 2008, 2:21 PM
    3. thanks for the tips - Andrew James on May 12, 2008, 8:12 AM
     
  8. Solvaset and Dry Transfers... View Thread - Randy Jackson on May 4, 2008, 11:16 AM
    1. Re: Solvaset and Dry Transfers... - Mike Gardella on May 5, 2008, 10:33 AM
      1. Thanks For The Help!! n/t - Randy Jackson on May 5, 2008, 8:40 PM
     
  9. F.A.Q. OF THE AFV PAINTING TECHNIQUES View Thread - Kevin Brennan on Apr 30, 2008, 1:06 PM
    1. well worth the money - owen dawson on Apr 30, 2008, 1:14 PM
    2. Re: F.A.Q. OF THE AFV PAINTING TECHNIQUES - Glen Phelan on Apr 30, 2008, 2:15 PM
      1. Thanks - Kevin Brennan on May 1, 2008, 7:41 PM
        1. MIGs FAQ the AFV Painting Techniques??? - Patrick Mooney on May 6, 2008, 12:37 AM
          1. Amazon - Kevin Brennan on May 6, 2008, 1:39 PM
     
  10. MIG Productions Filters and Washes, reliable European vendor? View Thread - Glen Phelan on Apr 30, 2008, 12:55 PM
    1. Our website .... - Adam Wilder on Apr 30, 2008, 2:11 PM
      1. Re: Our website .... - Glen Phelan on Apr 30, 2008, 4:54 PM
        1. Re: Our website .... - Glen Phelan on Apr 30, 2008, 6:02 PM
          1. Let me look into this now. - Adam Wilder on May 1, 2008, 4:09 AM
    2. We our currently fixing.... - Adam Wilder on May 1, 2008, 9:33 AM
     
  11. Shout out and question for Adam Wilder and his "colour modulation" techniques/style View Thread - Owen Dawson on Apr 30, 2008, 9:38 AM
    1. modulation on a Camo? - Adam Wilder on Apr 30, 2008, 2:28 PM
      1. Re: modulation on a Camo? - Glen Phelan on Apr 30, 2008, 5:10 PM
    2. I really want to see that finished pz IV - Owen Dawson on May 1, 2008, 6:03 AM
    3. Whats colour modulation techniques...... - Rodney Cross on Jun 28, 2008, 9:22 AM
     
  12. Painting sequence View Thread - Kevin Brennan on Apr 29, 2008, 12:11 PM
    1. i suspect some of those are only temporarily attached - Andras Don on Apr 30, 2008, 3:57 PM
     
  13. Compressor suggestions View Thread - Jim Sells on Apr 27, 2008, 7:23 PM
    1. Some thoughts - Juha Uusikartano on May 16, 2008, 10:59 AM
     
  14. Mark are you spraying this from an airbrush? View Thread - Dan Capuano on Apr 27, 2008, 4:04 PM
    1. Should be under post below...... n/t - Dan Capuano on Apr 27, 2008, 4:09 PM
     
  15. Matt Varnish creating a gloss finish??? View Thread - Mark Jones on Apr 27, 2008, 6:04 AM
    1. Variables - david nickels on Apr 28, 2008, 9:33 AM
      1. Perhaps too heavy handed - Mark Jones on Apr 28, 2008, 11:31 AM
    2. Glossy matt - Dave Foster on Apr 28, 2008, 5:47 PM
      1. Success!! - Mark Jones on May 19, 2008, 9:32 AM
     
  16. Painting vinyl tires? View Thread - Dan Reed on Apr 26, 2008, 6:52 PM
    1. A Suggestion - Ricardo Haddad on May 16, 2008, 8:28 AM
    2. PS range of Tamiya paint - Ziggy Eichstadt on May 19, 2008, 8:12 AM
     
  17. Any home photo etching tutorials? View Thread - roy chow on Apr 24, 2008, 9:58 AM
    1. Try on Tracklink - either articles or techniques ..n/t - clive harman on Apr 27, 2008, 12:07 PM
      1. Thnx - roy chow on Apr 27, 2008, 2:01 PM
     
  18. Vallejo ModelAir and Modelcolor View Thread - Notger Schlegtendal on Apr 21, 2008, 1:58 AM
    1. Same as Tamiya - david nickels on Apr 21, 2008, 8:25 AM
    2. For cleaning - Peter Mayrhofer on Apr 21, 2008, 4:07 PM
    3. Re: Vallejo ModelAir and Modelcolor - Notger Schlegtendal on Apr 22, 2008, 3:57 AM
      1. never had a problem - david nickels on Apr 22, 2008, 4:42 PM
        1. RE: never had a problem - Notger Schlegtendal on Apr 23, 2008, 7:36 AM
    4. Airbrush cleaner - Scott Millican on Apr 23, 2008, 11:37 AM
      1. RE: Airbrush cleaner - Notger Schlegtendal on Apr 23, 2008, 2:49 PM
    5. Simple Green - Harry Dente on Apr 24, 2008, 8:59 AM
     
  19. Paging Adam Wilder...Weathering Advice. View Thread - Brian N. Stanley on Apr 19, 2008, 8:36 PM
    1. I have some photos on my PC at home - Adam Wilder on Apr 23, 2008, 3:17 AM
      1. Thanks Adam - sean lynch on Apr 23, 2008, 10:04 AM
    2. what I usually do ..... - Adam Wilder on Apr 23, 2008, 2:25 PM
      1. very helpful - sean lynch on Apr 23, 2008, 2:31 PM
      2. Thanks so much...Just what I was looking for!! - Brian N. Stanley on Apr 23, 2008, 5:28 PM
     
  20. Vallejo Paints - How to? View Thread - Josh Blakey on Apr 14, 2008, 2:08 PM
    1. As soon as dry... - Andrew Albrecht on Apr 14, 2008, 6:13 PM
      1. Thanks - Josh Blakey on Apr 14, 2008, 6:32 PM
        1. Respectfully disagree.... - bobCollignon on Apr 16, 2008, 12:59 PM
          1. Interesting... and some questions for you. - Andrew Albrecht on Apr 16, 2008, 11:12 PM
            1. Hope this helps... - bobCollignon on Apr 17, 2008, 4:45 PM
            2. I agree - César Oliva Atienza on Apr 18, 2008, 7:26 AM
            3. Vallejo makes it's own extender .. - Doug Kinder on Apr 20, 2008, 8:33 AM
     
  21. Texture with motor tool...? View Thread - Kevin Brennan on Apr 13, 2008, 7:02 PM
    1. Motor tool texture - Rod Crisman on Apr 14, 2008, 7:24 AM
      1. Thank Rod - Kevin Brennan on Apr 14, 2008, 11:31 AM
     
  22. Has anybody tried Simbad Glue? View Thread - Alfredo Castellanos on Apr 13, 2008, 4:17 PM
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  24. Stupid Error? View Thread - Darrin Greggans on Apr 12, 2008, 5:23 AM
    1. What I use.... - Matthew Mifsud on Apr 13, 2008, 6:31 PM
      1. Thanks Matt - Darrin Greggans on Apr 19, 2008, 4:32 AM
     
  25. How to create military decals? View Thread - rva1945 on Apr 11, 2008, 11:50 AM
    1. KFOR Markings - Jason Bobrowich on Apr 12, 2008, 4:15 AM
    2. Rough - Glen Phelan on Apr 13, 2008, 10:04 AM
     
  26. How to Paint an all Black AFV?? View Thread - Glen Phelan on Apr 10, 2008, 3:48 PM
    1. Well, how about.... - Anonymous on Apr 10, 2008, 9:33 PM
      1. The above was me N/T - Jamie Stokes on Apr 10, 2008, 9:34 PM
        1. Interestng idea....... - Glen Phelan on Apr 13, 2008, 10:02 AM
          1. Airbrush alternatives.. - Jamie Stokes on Apr 14, 2008, 3:24 AM
            1. Re: Airbrush alternatives.. - Glen Phelan on Apr 30, 2008, 5:13 PM
    2. Try several different types. - Kevin J. McNichols on May 14, 2008, 12:33 PM
    3. blacks are not black - Ziggy Eichstadt on May 19, 2008, 8:18 AM
     
  27. Questions about gray Tamiya Liquid Surface Primer View Thread - Michael McDonald on Apr 9, 2008, 3:04 PM
    1. Tamiya Lacquer Thinner - Kevin Brennan on Apr 9, 2008, 7:45 PM
      1. Thanks Kevin... - Michael McDonald on Apr 9, 2008, 8:11 PM
        1. hmmm... - Fred Schwarz on Apr 16, 2008, 3:39 PM
     
  28. Some answers View Thread - Andrew Albrecht on Apr 8, 2008, 10:56 PM
    1. Andrew thanks for the help.Regards Paul - Paul Casson on Apr 9, 2008, 6:31 AM
     
  29. Metal Foil/Sheet Retailer Found! View Thread - Kevin Brennan on Apr 7, 2008, 1:16 PM
    1. Excellent link Kevin....been trying to find this kinda thing everywhere! Cheers mate! N/T - Glen Phelan on Apr 10, 2008, 4:05 PM
     
  30. Rolled steel texture View Thread - Paul Casson on Apr 7, 2008, 9:08 AM
    1. Putty plus thinner or liquid plastic cement - Kevin Brennan on Apr 9, 2008, 7:33 PM
      1. Thanks Kevin - Paul Casson on Apr 10, 2008, 4:47 PM
     
  31. Whops! Need a little resin/superglue advice View Thread - ray vermillion on Apr 5, 2008, 10:57 PM
    1. Nail polish remover - Clair Greenwood on Apr 6, 2008, 9:02 PM
      1. Nail Polish Remover aka Acetone will soften resin - david nickels on Apr 7, 2008, 8:31 AM
     
  32. Small Brass K & S tubes View Thread - Kevin Brennan on Apr 5, 2008, 1:18 AM
    1. K&S - Darrin Greggans on Apr 5, 2008, 5:16 AM
      1. Try a Railroad shop...nt - bobCollignon on Apr 6, 2008, 12:03 AM
    2. Small Brass K & S tubes - Rick Purdy on Apr 12, 2008, 10:19 AM
     
  33. Tamiya Rubber Band Track Help View Thread - Lauren A. Blakley on Apr 3, 2008, 12:41 PM
    1. I'd replace them myself - david nickels on Apr 3, 2008, 3:38 PM
      1. Thanks Dave! - Lauren A. Blakley on Apr 4, 2008, 3:21 PM
      2. Thanks Dave! - Lauren A. Blakley on Apr 4, 2008, 3:24 PM
    2. To get the kinks out.... - Clair Greenwood on Apr 6, 2008, 9:06 PM
     
  34. Liquid FIMO® Decorating Gel View Thread - Tim Blacker on Apr 1, 2008, 8:54 AM
    1. A link please - Steve Kostelak on Apr 11, 2008, 7:48 PM
     
  35. How to assemble tracks for 1/35 Trumpeter KV-1 ? (German version) View Thread - Michael Lee Smith on Mar 30, 2008, 1:45 PM
    1. Its easy - david nickels on Mar 31, 2008, 8:50 AM
      1. Thanks David, guess it's my airplane background... - Michael lee Smith on Mar 31, 2008, 12:30 PM
        1. Painting - david nickels on Mar 31, 2008, 3:39 PM
    2. Re: How to assemble tracks for 1/35 Trumpeter KV-1 ? (German version) - Ross Jarvis on Mar 31, 2008, 10:02 AM
      1. Thanks Ross, that's what I had in mind...n/t - Michael lee Smith on Mar 31, 2008, 12:33 PM
    3. Individual links - Dave Foster on Mar 31, 2008, 2:32 PM
     
  36. Help with Future Gloss Coat View Thread - Leif M. on Mar 29, 2008, 9:58 PM
    1. You don't need to thin it. - Michael McDonald on Mar 30, 2008, 12:29 PM
      1. -n/t- Cool, thanks for the help. -n/t- - Leif M. on Mar 30, 2008, 5:41 PM
    2. I find it sprays smoother... - Tony Bell on Apr 2, 2008, 2:17 PM
     
  37. Canvas cover help View Thread - Tony Wittmann on Mar 28, 2008, 12:17 PM
    1. In this scale - Mike Starmer on Apr 4, 2008, 3:39 PM
      1. cigarette paper and cigarette foil - mp robinson on Jun 18, 2008, 8:02 AM
     
  38. Any hope? View Thread - Stein Aasland on Mar 26, 2008, 1:28 PM
    1. I would use... - david nickels on Mar 27, 2008, 9:19 AM
      1. Bubbles - Stein Aasland on Mar 27, 2008, 11:55 AM
        1. Only if you apply it incorrectly - david nickels on Mar 27, 2008, 1:48 PM
          1. Thanks! - Stein Aasland on Mar 27, 2008, 5:03 PM
            1. A Tamiya spray paint finish - david nickels on Mar 28, 2008, 9:40 AM
     
  39. Modelmaster paint model #s View Thread - Rex Ross on Mar 26, 2008, 12:17 PM
    1. OD vs OD - Greg H on Mar 26, 2008, 9:53 PM
     
  40. Using Silly Putty...Any Tips?? View Thread - Brian N. Stanley on Mar 24, 2008, 11:14 PM
    1. For the King Tiger I would use Tamiya Tape myself - david nickels on Mar 25, 2008, 8:54 AM
    2. Watch out for any PE !!! - Jeff Nolan on Mar 26, 2008, 7:17 AM
    3. Silly Putty *WARNING* - Greg H on Mar 26, 2008, 9:58 PM
    4. Thanks a bunch guys... - Brian N. Stanley on Mar 26, 2008, 10:16 PM
     
  41. Weathering Help! View Thread - Jeff Brown on Mar 24, 2008, 7:27 PM
    1. A few answers - Andrew Albrecht on Mar 24, 2008, 8:09 PM
      1. Few more questions - Jeff Brown on Mar 25, 2008, 2:01 PM
        1. a few more answers - Erik F. on Mar 29, 2008, 10:36 AM
          1. real mud - Andras Don on Apr 5, 2008, 4:57 PM
            1. Yes there are - Jeff Brown on Apr 7, 2008, 1:56 PM
    2. Join a Better Club - Fred Schwarz on Apr 2, 2008, 8:29 AM
     
  42. Tamiya clear yellow over metal = gold/brass View Thread - Ed Keene on Mar 23, 2008, 8:03 PM
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  44. Lead foil sheets, where available and use? View Thread - Glen Phelan on Mar 22, 2008, 3:52 PM
    1. More food for thought - John Murcutt on Mar 22, 2008, 4:51 PM
    2. Alternatives - Dave Foster on Mar 22, 2008, 5:00 PM
    3. Wine bottle caps - Eric McClure on Mar 22, 2008, 7:43 PM
      1. Tin foil - Alvan on Mar 23, 2008, 11:02 AM
      2. I haven't seen a lead one in a decade - david nickels on Mar 25, 2008, 8:56 AM
    4. Great Models - C Sherman on Mar 23, 2008, 6:46 PM
    5. I bought a sheet years ago from Plumbing store - Jeff Nolan on Mar 26, 2008, 7:22 AM
     
  45. Rolling out Milliput - how to? View Thread - Steve Kubik on Mar 21, 2008, 12:16 AM
    1. Try talcum powder Steve... - Clair Greenwood on Mar 21, 2008, 12:58 AM
      1. Thanks Clair - Steve Kubik on Mar 21, 2008, 10:02 PM
    2. I have heard that PAM works well as a release agent - Rick Nelson on Mar 21, 2008, 8:26 PM
      1. PAM? - Steve Kubik on Mar 21, 2008, 10:02 PM
      2. Please What is PAM? - tim roberts on Mar 28, 2008, 9:15 PM
        1. It's a cooking spray - Steve Kubik on Mar 29, 2008, 4:05 AM
     
  46. Hatch Mounted MG's View Thread - Darrin Greggans on Mar 20, 2008, 5:05 PM
    1. Very common - david nickels on Mar 21, 2008, 9:14 AM
      1. Exactly what I wanted - Darrin Greggans on Mar 21, 2008, 11:14 AM
     
  47. Tamiya VS DML Panther G View Thread - Kevin Brennan on Mar 18, 2008, 10:34 PM
    1. Personal preferences - david nickels on Mar 20, 2008, 2:21 PM
      1. re: - Brian hjorth pedersen on Apr 18, 2008, 8:14 AM
     
  48. Removing kit fenders from Tamiya Panther G for PE View Thread - Kevin Brennan on Mar 18, 2008, 10:28 PM
    1. Well first - Clair Greenwood on Mar 19, 2008, 7:02 AM
     
  49. Hobbystores in LA, Dallas and Houston????? View Thread - Sunil Prasana on Mar 18, 2008, 12:45 PM
    1. For those items... - Frank Michaels on Mar 18, 2008, 5:18 PM
      1. Thanks Frank...n/t - Sunil Prasanna on Mar 19, 2008, 6:27 AM
     
  50. Paint scratches View Thread - Rob James on Mar 17, 2008, 9:58 PM
    1. Article - roy chow on Mar 17, 2008, 10:10 PM
      1. I have, but... - Rob James on Mar 17, 2008, 10:25 PM
    2. One method..... - Matthew Mifsud on Mar 18, 2008, 12:47 PM
     
  51. Soldering advice please View Thread - Dick Taylor on Mar 16, 2008, 9:45 AM
    1. Solder & wire cutters - Dave Foster on Mar 16, 2008, 4:08 PM
    2. soldering article - Erik F on Mar 16, 2008, 6:59 PM
    3. Thanks! - Dick Taylor on Mar 17, 2008, 12:38 PM
      1. For flux sake.... - Dave Foster on Mar 17, 2008, 2:55 PM
        1. Well I'm fluxxed...fantastic advice! - Dick Taylor on Mar 18, 2008, 4:45 PM
     
  52. Archer Weld Seam Question & Sherman Question View Thread - Jim King on Mar 2, 2008, 7:33 PM
    1. some answers - roy chow on Mar 3, 2008, 12:55 AM
      1. Good info - Jim King on Mar 3, 2008, 10:24 AM
     
  53. Question about Revell 1/35 patton View Thread - Sunil Prasanna on Mar 1, 2008, 11:25 AM
    1. You mean M60? - david nickels on Mar 1, 2008, 4:12 PM
      1. Its the m47.... - Sunil Prasanna on Mar 2, 2008, 10:16 AM
        1. M47 kits - david nickels on Mar 3, 2008, 8:56 AM
          1. Thanks David............ n/t - Sunil Prasanna on Mar 4, 2008, 6:22 AM
          2. If you google revell m47 1/35... - Sunil Prasanna on Mar 4, 2008, 6:33 AM
            1. yes you can post links nt - david nickels on Mar 5, 2008, 8:44 AM
     
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