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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. Simulating cast armor questions View Thread - Erik Welch on Nov 20, 4:00 PM
    1. Re: Simulating cast armor questions - Matt Leese on Nov 21, 5:41 AM
     
  2. Tamiya Thinner and Lifecolor Paint ?? View Thread - Alan Bessler on Nov 18, 6:07 PM
    1. Don't do it - Scott Millican on Nov 20, 3:03 PM
      1. Thanks Scott..... - Alan Bessler on Nov 21, 5:05 AM
     
  3. Is there a big demand...... View Thread - Gary Potter on Nov 17, 4:18 AM
    1. Why? - david nickels on Nov 17, 9:05 AM
      1. Reason being.... - Gary Potter on Nov 17, 7:59 PM
        1. They can be boring - david nickels on Nov 18, 5:20 PM
          1. Excuse me for asking ! - Gary Potter on Nov 23, 1:15 AM
            1. ???????? - david nickels on Nov 23, 5:17 PM
            2. There's a nice saying - Piet Duits on Nov 29, 7:38 AM
     
  4. Glue Help View Thread - ossie Orsbourn on Nov 16, 5:00 PM
    1. Safety gear - Dave Foster on Nov 16, 6:26 PM
    2. Glues - david nickels on Nov 17, 9:13 AM
    3. thank you - ossie Orsbourn on Nov 17, 11:11 AM
    4. Try some Gator Glue Ossie - Clair Greenwood on Nov 17, 1:23 PM
    5. you can use..... - Owen R Auer on Nov 17, 4:50 PM
    6. No help but my wishes are with ya! - Bob Yack on Nov 17, 8:07 PM
    7. thank you - ossie Orsbourn on Nov 18, 6:27 AM
      1. Future Floor Polish - Lauren A. Blakley on Jun 19, 6:04 PM
     
  5. wash/filter help on zimmerit View Thread - Andy on Nov 16, 4:48 PM
    1. oops! - Andy on Nov 16, 4:52 PM
      1. My own experiences - david nickels on Nov 17, 10:49 AM
        1. thanks - Andy on Nov 18, 9:45 AM
     
  6. Question about Future floorwax.... View Thread - Matthew Mifsud on Nov 16, 7:50 AM
    1. Future cleaner - Matt Grzybinski on Nov 16, 8:35 AM
     
  7. Painting with white ensign enamels View Thread - Jon Hayward on Nov 13, 5:09 PM
    1. It should be fine. - Kevin Johnson on Nov 14, 3:06 PM
      1. thanks, it was the white spirit after all - Jon Hayward on Nov 15, 4:20 AM
     
  8. metal barrel to small for gun mantlet - what to do? View Thread - Dennis Bršndle on Nov 12, 2:13 PM
    1. epoxy putty - david nickels on Nov 12, 3:10 PM
    2. barrel centering............ - Rick Purdy on Nov 12, 11:30 PM
      1. Thanks! - Dennis Bršndle on Nov 14, 9:39 AM
     
  9. Paint chip technique question View Thread - Erik Welch on Nov 9, 11:41 AM
    1. Are you wiping the excess paint away..... - Adam Wilder on Nov 11, 9:01 AM
      1. Re: Are you wiping the excess paint away..... - Erik Welch on Nov 11, 5:20 PM
        1. Sponge - Dmitry Kiyatkin on Nov 12, 8:12 AM
          1. Sponges... - bobCollignon on Nov 12, 11:52 AM
            1. Re: Sponges... - Marc on Nov 14, 9:11 PM
     
  10. Painting Brass View Thread - Alvan Fisher on Nov 9, 11:24 AM
    1. Buffable... - bobCollignon on Nov 9, 7:29 PM
      1. The Gunze Paint - david nickels on Nov 10, 8:33 AM
        1. Mr. Metal Color... - bobCollignon on Nov 11, 12:24 PM
          1. alclad - david nickels on Nov 12, 8:06 AM
            1. Mr. Color Thinner... - bobCollignon on Nov 12, 11:42 AM
              1. texture - david nickels on Nov 12, 1:49 PM
     
  11. a way to make louvres ,???? View Thread - jamie sumner on Nov 8, 8:03 AM
    1. Options - david nickels on Nov 8, 9:03 AM
      1. Military Modeling Mag... - bobCollignon on Nov 8, 11:41 AM
     
  12. Is there any place to buy Lifecolor paint in the USA ?? View Thread - Alan Bessler on Nov 7, 5:07 PM
    1. You try Roll Models or Great Models? - david nickels on Nov 7, 6:05 PM
      1. Thanks but, - Alan Bessler on Nov 9, 5:16 PM
    2. Mission Models - Michael Rinaldi on Nov 7, 7:14 PM
      1. Thanks very much.......... - Alan Bessler on Nov 9, 5:17 PM
      2. Just ordered from Pacific coast Models,thanks again.... - Alan Bessler on Nov 9, 5:38 PM
     
  13. How to simulate wood? View Thread - AbramJ on Nov 6, 7:42 PM
    1. just a friendly reminder.... - Greg H on Nov 6, 8:22 PM
      1. Getting back to the topic at hand... - AbramJ on Nov 6, 10:55 PM
        1. Helpful advice - roy chow on Nov 7, 3:13 PM
    2. Some pictures and description - david nickels on Nov 7, 8:48 AM
      1. light variation - Claude Joachim on Nov 7, 2:41 PM
    3. One more variation - steve may on Nov 29, 5:23 PM
     
  14. Who has the Sherman Bison decals in the US View Thread - Bob Yack on Nov 6, 3:04 PM
    1. bison decals - robert maxwell on Nov 6, 4:16 PM
    2. Bison in US - Mike Carroll on Nov 6, 7:21 PM
    3. Thanks Guys I will look tonight. - Bob Yack on Nov 6, 11:04 PM
     
  15. MIG pigment technique question View Thread - Erik on Nov 4, 10:21 PM
    1. Looks dry - david nickels on Nov 5, 9:24 AM
     
  16. Fixing sanded down rivets View Thread - Martin Persson on Nov 4, 10:14 AM
    1. Re: Fixing sanded down rivets - Andras Don on Nov 4, 10:16 PM
     
  17. surfacing rolled homogenous armor View Thread - Andras Don on Nov 3, 12:02 AM
    1. Techniques - david nickels on Nov 3, 8:58 AM
      1. thank you for the answer - Andras Don on Nov 4, 10:14 PM
        1. King Tiger screens - david nickels on Nov 5, 9:23 AM
    2. Re: surfacing rolled homogenous armor - Rick Nelson on Nov 4, 4:33 PM
      1. thanks, but - Andras Don on Nov 4, 10:37 PM
      2. Mr. Surfacer isnt useful for rolled armor - david nickels on Nov 5, 11:33 AM
        1. Au Contraire!! - Michael Kirchoff on Nov 5, 10:48 PM
          1. Interesting - david nickels on Nov 6, 9:06 AM
     
  18. Silly Resin Question! View Thread - Darren Greenaway on Nov 2, 5:38 PM
    1. Do any sawing, sanding or drilling under water. N/T - Paul (Tanks) James on Nov 2, 7:28 PM
    2. Not a silly question. - Pat McGrath on Nov 2, 7:29 PM
    3. Re: Silly Resin Question! - Anonymous on Nov 3, 1:08 AM
    4. Its not too bad - david nickels on Nov 3, 9:04 AM
    5. Thank you! - Darren Greenaway on Nov 3, 2:10 PM
      1. working with resin - Merrick Johnston on Nov 9, 4:24 PM
     
  19. New tutorials up at Cammetts View Thread - Brian Balkwill on Nov 1, 7:20 AM
    1. tutorials - Chris Knoth on Nov 1, 7:09 PM
     
  20. MIG Washes and Oils View Thread - Lawrence Quah on Oct 31, 1:25 AM
    1. I like MIG stuff but - david nickels on Oct 31, 8:55 AM
    2. Filters and washes and Dave comments.... - Adam Wilder on Oct 31, 2:36 PM
      1. finish - david nickels on Oct 31, 4:23 PM
        1. Some points: - Miguel Jimenez Mig on Oct 31, 5:37 PM
          1. Thanks! - david nickels on Oct 31, 6:06 PM
            1. 'A heavy wash of it on the model ? - John Murcutt on Nov 2, 8:27 PM
              1. Perhaps so - david nickels on Nov 3, 4:29 PM
                1. my money says thats your problem.... - Francois on Dec 10, 8:26 PM
      2. Adam/Mig..Just to clarify and more questions - Lawrence Quah on Oct 31, 11:12 PM
        1. Turpenoid - david nickels on Nov 1, 8:55 AM
          1. Re: Turpenoid - Lawrence Quah on Nov 2, 12:38 PM
            1. Mig thinner - david nickels on Nov 2, 12:43 PM
        2. A bit late, but here the replies: - Miguel Jimenez Mig on Nov 6, 4:17 PM
          1. Filter - Jim King on Nov 9, 12:32 PM
            1. clean thinner and a cotton swab should help you - Bud Highleyman on Nov 9, 1:04 PM
      3. Are they 'oils' or are they 'alkyds'? - Kevin Johnson on Nov 14, 3:20 PM
     
  21. Photographing models View Thread - Darrin Greggans on Oct 29, 1:39 PM
    1. Did you try... - david nickels on Oct 29, 2:14 PM
      1. Re: Did you try... - Darrin Greggans on Oct 29, 2:38 PM
    2. Get 2 of these - Alan Bessler on Nov 4, 8:37 AM
     
  22. winter whitewash on small areas View Thread - Dennis Bršndle on Oct 25, 4:58 AM
    1. Try the Tamiya snow stick - david nickels on Oct 25, 9:12 AM
    2. I'm doing the identical idea - Michael Rinaldi on Oct 25, 6:14 PM
      1. Hairspray technique - Dennis Bršndle on Oct 26, 2:42 PM
        1. I find it pretty easy to use - Michael Rinaldi on Oct 26, 11:19 PM
          1. One question left - Dennis Bršndle on Oct 30, 6:13 AM
            1. It depends a little - Michael Rinaldi on Oct 31, 3:39 AM
    3. Here is one way ... - Michael Kirchoff on Oct 25, 10:43 PM
      1. sounds pretty interesting - Dennis Bršndle on Oct 26, 2:45 PM
    4. Use Hair Gel - Michael Bishop on Oct 27, 11:18 AM
      1. Thank you! - Dennis Bršndle on Oct 27, 11:50 AM
        1. It dries right away - Michael Bishop on Oct 27, 12:45 PM
    5. Whitewashing and the question about washing - Dennis Bršndle on Oct 31, 3:07 PM
      1. Simple answer is yes - Michael Rinaldi on Oct 31, 3:17 PM
     
  23. Weathering metal towing cables View Thread - David McKeever on Oct 23, 7:15 PM
    1. towing cables - Cťsar Oliva Atienza on Oct 24, 6:50 AM
    2. painting - david nickels on Oct 24, 9:23 AM
      1. Re: painting - David McKeever on Oct 26, 6:34 PM
        1. Clarification - david nickels on Oct 29, 10:27 AM
          1. Re: Clarification - David McKeever on Oct 29, 12:32 PM
            1. Steel cables - david nickels on Oct 29, 3:18 PM
     
  24. Good Metal 1/35 Scale Straight Edge??? View Thread - Jason Bonn on Oct 23, 10:06 AM
    1. AFV Club - Andrew Albrecht on Oct 23, 10:07 PM
     
  25. Cleaning micro files View Thread - Clair Greenwood on Oct 22, 5:36 PM
    1. Re: Cleaning micro files - Matt Leese on Oct 23, 6:25 AM
      1. Just by a File brush - Owen R Auer on Oct 23, 6:44 PM
    2. advice on files - robert maxwell on Oct 26, 3:16 PM
     
  26. Realistic evergreen tree questions View Thread - Erik on Oct 22, 10:44 AM
    1. Re: Realistic evergreen tree questions - Matt Leese on Oct 22, 1:44 PM
      1. Asparagus Fern... - bobCollignon on Oct 22, 3:50 PM
    2. I know how he did it - Brad Cocks on Oct 24, 9:54 PM
     
  27. Braille Scale Rivets again (Peter Sisung) View Thread - Dan Argent on Oct 22, 7:24 AM
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  29. strongest cleaner for acrylics View Thread - David McKeever on Oct 19, 3:08 PM
    1. Re: strongest cleaner for acrylics - Dan Argent on Oct 19, 3:36 PM
      1. Re: strongest cleaner for acrylics - David McKeever on Oct 19, 4:56 PM
        1. Re: strongest cleaner for acrylics - Dan Argent on Oct 20, 8:30 AM
          1. Fruitshoot bottle - Pat McGrath on Oct 20, 9:41 AM
            1. Re: Fruitshoot bottle - Dan Argent on Oct 20, 2:34 PM
    2. Simple... Green - Ted Paone on Oct 22, 10:10 AM
      1. Re: Simple... Green - David McKeever on Oct 23, 12:13 PM
    3. I use windex @ a little alcohol mixed.............. - Alan Bessler on Oct 22, 5:27 PM
     
  30. Can anybody recommend a good filler? View Thread - Dan Argent on Oct 17, 6:48 PM
    1. Filler - Pat Alexander on Oct 17, 7:53 PM
    2. I have used the Humbrol stuff - david nickels on Oct 18, 9:20 AM
      1. Putty - Owen R Auer on Oct 18, 11:20 AM
    3. Re: Can anybody recommend a good filler? - Dan Argent on Oct 18, 6:40 PM
      1. Putty - Chris Grove on Oct 18, 7:10 PM
      2. why not just... - david nickels on Oct 19, 9:06 AM
        1. Red Bondo Glazing and Spot Putty - Ted Nichols on Oct 19, 6:37 PM
    4. Re: Can anybody recommend a good filler? - Dan Argent on Oct 20, 8:39 AM
    5. I too am a braille scaler and... - Peter Sisung on Oct 21, 5:14 PM
    6. Squadron Green Putty plus nail polish remover - David McKeever on Oct 21, 8:09 PM
    7. Re: Can anybody recommend a good filler? - Dan Argent on Oct 22, 7:29 AM
      1. Re: Can anybody recommend a good filler? - David McKeever on Oct 22, 11:00 AM
    8. filler - Merrick Johnston on Oct 24, 11:00 AM
    9. Milliputt Superfine White - tim roberts on Dec 11, 4:49 PM
     
  31. Blacken-it questions View Thread - bill kiernan on Oct 17, 10:26 AM
    1. Blacken -it... - bobCollignon on Oct 17, 11:20 AM
    2. Blacken-it - Rex Ross on Oct 17, 12:48 PM
      1. Rex & Bob - bill kiernan on Oct 17, 1:32 PM
        1. Cleaning... - bobCollignon on Oct 17, 9:05 PM
          1. Also add some baking soda - Tom Ferris on Oct 18, 11:35 AM
     
  32. missing tamiya paints View Thread - robt maxwell on Oct 16, 5:36 PM
    1. Shortages - david nickels on Oct 17, 10:02 AM
      1. Problems in EU - petros mitrou on Oct 17, 2:31 PM
        1. Some colors - david nickels on Oct 18, 2:04 PM
    2. Tamiya paints starts to be rare in The Netherlands. - Maarten Weers on Oct 23, 5:29 AM
     
  33. airbrushing tamiya paints View Thread - Andras Don on Oct 14, 1:50 PM
    1. Same Problem - Karl Hoy on Oct 14, 2:51 PM
      1. Though I think... - bobCollignon on Oct 14, 6:10 PM
    2. Airbrush and thinner - david nickels on Oct 15, 9:02 AM
      1. I too... - bobCollignon on Oct 15, 1:14 PM
      2. Aztecks are not junk - Bob johnston on Oct 25, 4:42 AM
        1. I would not call them junk,but......... - Alan Bessler on Nov 3, 7:53 AM
        2. Experiences - david nickels on Nov 10, 10:36 AM
    3. Same problem using an Iwata - Michael McDonald on Oct 22, 10:36 AM
    4. I use tamiya and - Alan Bessler on Oct 22, 5:31 PM
    5. thanks for the answers... - Andras Don on Oct 24, 7:41 PM
     
  34. How to make hetzer "ambush" scheme that uses... View Thread - Dan Reed on Oct 13, 3:43 PM
    1. You might ask in the Axis board but - david nickels on Oct 13, 5:47 PM
      1. Re: You might ask in the Axis board but - Dan Reed on Oct 13, 6:18 PM
        1. Craft Stores... - bobCollignon on Oct 13, 11:42 PM
          1. Re: Craft Stores... - Dan Reed on Oct 13, 11:45 PM
            1. Re: Craft Stores... - Dan Reed on Oct 14, 10:27 PM
              1. Re: Craft Stores... - Dan Reed on Oct 20, 7:09 PM
    2. Camouflage decals - Lawrence Quah on Oct 31, 1:17 AM
     
  35. How do you cut oval or circular polyfoam base? View Thread - Carmelo Giannž on Oct 13, 5:20 AM
    1. try this - Owen R Auer on Oct 14, 10:06 PM
     
  36. Casting small parts View Thread - …tienne Tardivel on Oct 12, 2:00 PM
    1. Not really - david nickels on Oct 13, 8:54 AM
    2. plasticine ect - mp robinson on Jun 18, 9:27 AM
     
  37. Tamiya weathering sticks View Thread - Scott Dimmick on Oct 12, 10:37 AM
    1. Experiment... - bobCollignon on Oct 12, 11:40 AM
    2. They are pretty cool - david nickels on Oct 13, 8:53 AM
     
  38. Satin varnish View Thread - Dick Taylor on Oct 6, 11:29 AM
    1. No different than any paint - david nickels on Oct 6, 3:07 PM
    2. Tamiya clear - Adam Wilder on Oct 7, 10:51 AM
      1. It is high gloss though - david nickels on Oct 8, 9:37 AM
        1. I know - Adam Wilder on Oct 9, 8:30 AM
          1. Hey if it works! - david nickels on Oct 9, 9:48 AM
      2. Tamiya Acrylic paint thinning - Bert Gaffen on Oct 9, 3:21 PM
        1. Thanks guys - Dick Taylor on Oct 10, 1:55 PM
    3. Turpenoid - Chris Salak on Oct 11, 11:16 AM
    4. How about using Vallajeo.......... - Alan Bessler on Oct 11, 6:40 PM
      1. MORE thanks guys! - Dick Taylor on Oct 14, 1:30 PM
     
  39. 3-tone NATO camouflage ... what is the best colour for shades and drybrush??? View Thread - jiri skarka on Oct 3, 8:47 AM
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  41. Clear coat over oil paints?? View Thread - Jason Calcagni on Oct 2, 6:34 PM
    1. Flat finish - david nickels on Oct 3, 9:37 AM
      1. Thank you - Jason Calcagni on Oct 3, 6:28 PM
    2. Another option - Andrew Albrecht on Oct 4, 2:16 PM
      1. Appreciate the advice! - Jason Calcagni on Oct 4, 2:40 PM
     
  42. Mig pigment question View Thread - Erik on Sep 26, 3:01 PM
    1. I seal it - Jody Smith on Sep 27, 2:20 AM
    2. Seal it carefully - david nickels on Sep 28, 12:30 PM
    3. I seal it with... - Scott Lamprich on Sep 28, 12:53 PM
    4. Don't Seal - Anonymous on Sep 28, 5:28 PM
    5. Sealing Pigments - Dmitry Kiyatkin on Oct 6, 4:38 PM
     
  43. Need recommendation for primer View Thread - Michael McDonald on Sep 26, 10:13 AM
    1. Primer - Jim King on Sep 26, 12:30 PM
      1. Thanks Jim. I guess I'll... - Michael McDonald on Sep 26, 12:44 PM
      2. try this - robtmaxwell on Oct 2, 6:16 PM
    2. Tamiya spray primer - david nickels on Sep 28, 12:29 PM
      1. Thanks David. I appreciate the info. n/t - Michael McDonald on Oct 1, 9:57 AM
     
  44. Best home-made solution for a tank antenna? View Thread - Dennis Bršndle on Sep 25, 12:54 PM
    1. Strings for a "steel guitar"... - Frank Sullivan on Sep 25, 8:36 PM
      1. same for me - rob galassi on Sep 26, 11:07 AM
        1. Re: same for me - Mark King on Sep 26, 4:37 PM
        2. Tapered antennae - Chris Grove on Sep 27, 5:46 PM
      2. Re: Strings for a "steel guitar"... - Andras Don on Oct 1, 4:29 PM
    2. glass fiber cable - Jens Erdmann on Sep 27, 5:54 AM
      1. antennas............... - pete smith on Sep 28, 10:24 AM
        1. Same here - Jeff Nolan on Oct 7, 8:26 PM
     
  45. help! paint disaster View Thread - Brian Alfano on Sep 24, 1:01 PM
    1. Re: help! paint disaster - Jim King on Sep 26, 12:47 PM
     
  46. Question on Watercolor Washes View Thread - Pat Clark on Sep 24, 12:08 AM
    1. I seal with Dullcote - Kevin Johnson on Oct 3, 7:01 PM
     
  47. Need Painting Advice View Thread - Jim King on Sep 23, 12:28 PM
    1. Finishing - david nickels on Sep 24, 2:59 PM
      1. Re: Finishing - Jim King on Sep 26, 1:28 PM
        1. All of that is reasonable - david nickels on Sep 28, 10:31 AM
          1. Just a couple more questions - Jim King on Sep 28, 12:15 PM
            1. Paints - david nickels on Sep 28, 12:27 PM
              1. Great Advice - Jim King on Sep 28, 11:04 PM
     
  48. Stupid, Redundant question on Washes View Thread - Pat Clark on Sep 23, 10:32 AM
    1. Shouldn't be a problem - Michael Kirchoff on Sep 23, 5:30 PM
     
  49. Another white wash question. View Thread - Ted Nichols on Sep 22, 11:30 PM
    1. Re: Another white wash question. - Andy Fettes on Sep 25, 8:29 PM
     
  50. Thinning Vallejo Model Colors View Thread - Pat Clark on Sep 19, 1:49 PM
    1. Model Color versus Model Air - david nickels on Sep 19, 2:50 PM
    2. Vallejo Model Air - Mike Carroll on Sep 19, 8:47 PM
    3. Re: Thinning Vallejo Model Colors - Pat Clark on Sep 19, 9:31 PM
      1. I answered it - david nickels on Sep 20, 12:55 PM
        1. Try ... - Ken Neil on Sep 20, 2:47 PM
      2. It's simple .... - Michael Kirchoff on Sep 21, 11:00 PM
      3. The Vallejo Thinner is the best - Scott Millican on Sep 24, 12:40 PM
        1. I agree - Michael Kirchoff on Sep 24, 1:10 PM
     
  51. "Spitting" airbrush View Thread - Tim Greeman on Sep 18, 9:11 AM
    1. water in the line - david nickels on Sep 18, 2:14 PM
      1. Water most definately plus maybe humidity.......... - Alan Bessler on Sep 20, 4:33 PM
        1. one leads to the other - david nickels on Sep 21, 9:00 AM
          1. Re: one leads to the other - Andras Don on Oct 1, 4:31 PM
            1. Well - david nickels on Oct 3, 11:58 AM
              1. Re: Well - Andras Don on Oct 4, 12:13 AM
    2. humidity problems - Gerg H on Sep 18, 9:43 PM
     
  52. Just recieved Iwata HP-B Plus today fron Dixie-AB View Thread - Alan Bessler on Sep 17, 6:19 PM
    1. Ease of use - roy chow on Sep 18, 12:39 AM
     
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