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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. Trouble spaying thin lines with Tamiya acrylic. View Thread - Dmitry Kiyatkin on Mar 16, 9:20 PM
    1. Switch to Tamiya's Thinner... - John F. Steinman on Mar 16, 10:22 PM
    2. Isopropyl alcohol works well do... - nzdavidh on Mar 17, 1:48 AM
      1. Is that true? It would dry even faster. - Dmitry Kiyatkin on Mar 17, 1:54 AM
      2. Use both your first and last name..... - Adam Wilder on Mar 17, 4:07 AM
      3. David... - Adam O'Brien on Mar 19, 2:14 AM
    3. Dmitry... - Adam O'Brien on Mar 19, 2:08 AM
    4. Try thinning it even more - Tony Bell on Jun 1, 10:03 AM
     
  2. What's the best way to thin thickening paint? View Thread - Peter Sisung on Mar 16, 2:31 PM
    1. Careful now... - Frank Michaels on Mar 16, 7:23 PM
     
  3. Less agressive thinners for oils and enamel washes? View Thread - Christophe Jacquemont on Mar 14, 6:35 PM
    1. A better thinner - Michael Kirchoff on Mar 14, 9:02 PM
      1. I agree... - Adam O'Brien on Mar 19, 2:20 AM
    2. odourless mineral whiute spirits - Eyal Reinfeld on Mar 15, 11:46 AM
    3. Thank you both! - Christophe Jacquemont on Mar 18, 7:44 PM
     
  4. Using Future as a gloss coat View Thread - Perry Lockhart on Mar 11, 9:21 AM
    1. Spray with Confidence... - Brian N. Stanley on Mar 11, 12:06 PM
    2. Spray away :) - Clair Greenwood on Mar 12, 8:22 AM
    3. I use it too - rob galassi on Mar 12, 10:38 AM
     
  5. Putties, glues and fillers… View Thread - Kevin Krueger on Mar 8, 8:57 AM
    1. I recommend Milliput - Clair Greenwood on Mar 12, 8:30 AM
    2. Milliput White - Tony Hogan on Mar 17, 8:16 AM
     
  6. Airbrush cleaners (alternatives?) View Thread - Perry Lockhart on Mar 6, 1:28 PM
    1. Lots of alternatives - David Nickels on Mar 6, 2:40 PM
    2. I agree with Dave 100% - Clair Greenwood on Mar 7, 8:23 AM
    3. I buy,,, - nzdavidh on Mar 17, 1:46 AM
     
  7. level out the front wheels View Thread - james surratt on Mar 5, 10:23 PM
    1. Wonky Wheels - John Boyton on Mar 6, 2:22 AM
    2. Diorama base - Ted Paone on Mar 9, 12:21 PM
     
  8. Primer View Thread - Matt Kirk on Mar 5, 5:32 PM
    1. Primer - Michael Kirchoff on Mar 5, 10:26 PM
      1. Thanks - Matt kirk on Mar 6, 5:44 PM
     
  9. photoetch fuel barrels/tanks View Thread - talino bruno on Mar 4, 5:29 AM
    1. If I understand correctly..... - Clair Greenwood on Mar 4, 9:49 PM
    2. Re: photoetch fuel barrels/tanks - Greg Harker on Mar 5, 11:28 AM
     
  10. How do I apply Mr. Surfacer? View Thread - Adrian Turcu on Feb 28, 2:19 AM
    1. Re: How do I apply Mr. Surfacer? - Matt Leese on Feb 28, 5:23 AM
    2. By brush - Michael Kirchoff on Feb 28, 7:12 AM
      1. follow-up query - Greg H on Feb 28, 9:24 PM
        1. Greg - Michael Kirchoff on Feb 28, 9:45 PM
          1. Thanks, Mike... - Greg H on Mar 1, 12:49 AM
        2. Re: follow-up query - Andras on Mar 6, 8:35 PM
    3. Thanks! - Adrian Turcu on Mar 1, 1:48 AM
     
  11. Fading base colors View Thread - Jim Nestor on Feb 26, 9:32 PM
    1. Some fading methods I tried - Eyal Rein on Feb 27, 4:11 AM
    2. Simple fade - david nickels on Feb 27, 8:37 AM
     
  12. Thinning Dullcote View Thread - Andy Lock on Feb 26, 6:18 AM
    1. Any Lacquer Thinner Should Work Fine...nt - Clair Greenwood on Feb 26, 8:10 AM
      1. Thanks Clair - Andy Lock on Feb 26, 9:19 AM
        1. Model shop? - Clair Greenwood on Feb 27, 9:12 AM
     
  13. What's the best way to assemble Friul drive sprockets View Thread - Notger Schlegtendal on Feb 23, 3:49 PM
    1. Superglue is the ticket - Clair Greenwood on Feb 23, 4:14 PM
    2. Super Glue - david nickels on Feb 24, 9:43 AM
    3. Thanks - Notger Schlegtendal on Feb 24, 4:03 PM
    4. Use the gel stuff for the links - Robert Lockie on Feb 27, 1:01 PM
     
  14. Osprey Modelling the T-34 View Thread - Mark Bannerman on Feb 20, 12:45 PM
    1. Thanks Mark - Adam Wilder on Feb 20, 1:17 PM
    2. Likewise, thanks - Michael Kirchoff on Feb 26, 5:57 AM
     
  15. Question about building MiniArt kits View Thread - Michael McDonald on Feb 15, 5:54 PM
    1. See if this article help - Donald Chan on Mar 10, 12:05 PM
      1. Thanks Donald. - Michael McDonald on Mar 21, 9:28 AM
     
  16. What do I use for foilage on 1/35 tanks? View Thread - Perry Lockhart on Feb 13, 9:30 PM
    1. Visit your kitchen - Clair Greenwood on Feb 14, 8:39 AM
    2. peppergrass... - Niels Henkemans on Feb 15, 2:09 PM
      1. Nice stuff! - OLF Kijewski on Feb 18, 9:37 AM
        1. local shop..... - Niels Henkemans on Feb 19, 5:31 PM
     
  17. Need help with old decals mess View Thread - Patrick Vinas on Feb 12, 9:29 PM
    1. A few options - Clair Greenwood on Feb 13, 8:27 AM
      1. Re: A few options - Patrick Vinas on Feb 13, 6:31 PM
        1. White glue - Chris Grove on Apr 10, 5:17 PM
     
  18. Weathering question View Thread - Andy on Feb 11, 6:10 AM
    1. sequence - david nickels on Feb 11, 12:36 PM
      1. Thanks - Andy on Feb 12, 5:43 AM
        1. experiement - david nickels on Feb 12, 9:05 AM
     
  19. punch and die set View Thread - david abouserhal on Feb 10, 11:25 PM
    1. Historex or Waldrons - Clair Greenwood on Feb 11, 5:53 PM
      1. Thanks for the help - david abouserhal on Feb 11, 7:31 PM
     
  20. Question for Mig and other oil paint users View Thread - Von Bargen Martin on Feb 7, 3:20 PM
    1. oils - Pat McGrath on Feb 7, 6:06 PM
    2. CAUTION, technic info... - Miguel Jimenez Mig on Feb 8, 5:04 AM
      1. Re: CAUTION, technic info... - Von Bargen Martin on Feb 8, 9:54 AM
        1. Why not.... - Miguel Jimenez Mig on Feb 8, 1:19 PM
          1. Re: Why not.... - Von Bargen Martin on Feb 8, 2:04 PM
      2. The word in English is 'binder'. - Kevin Johnson on Feb 10, 12:32 AM
    3. This is interesting. - Kevin Johnson on Feb 10, 12:20 AM
     
  21. HELP! NEED TIPS! How do you paint single link tracks? View Thread - Magnus Schmauch on Feb 7, 3:31 AM
    1. Re: HELP! NEED TIPS! How do you paint single link tracks? - Jakko Westerbeke on Feb 7, 5:21 AM
    2. Assebled usually - Clair Greenwood on Feb 7, 8:35 AM
    3. Magic Tracks can be magic( if you try hard) - Mike Martinez on Apr 13, 5:51 AM
     
  22. Humbrol kiddie-proof bottles - I HATE THEM !!! View Thread - Trevor Aldred on Feb 6, 5:46 PM
    1. Well.... - Clint Shepherd on Feb 6, 5:58 PM
      1. What I did was...... - Andy Lock on Feb 6, 6:05 PM
        1. Thanks Andy .. - Trevor Aldred on Feb 7, 2:28 PM
      2. The acrylics come in a funny plastic bottle nt - david nickels on Feb 7, 1:43 PM
        1. Thanks David (n/t) - Trevor Aldred on Feb 7, 2:29 PM
      3. thanks Clint but ... - Trevor Aldred on Feb 7, 2:25 PM
     
  23. Prefab Belts and buckle? View Thread - Ski on Feb 4, 12:32 PM
    1. what kind of belts? - david nickels on Feb 5, 8:06 AM
      1. Re: what kind of belts? - Ski on Feb 7, 3:05 AM
     
  24. How to paint ricochets correctly? View Thread - Dennis_Braendle on Feb 3, 5:37 AM
    1. Ricochet damage - Jamie Stokes on Feb 9, 1:58 AM
     
  25. wear and tear on german tools & equipment View Thread - Dennis Braendle on Jan 31, 8:43 AM
    1. Metal that is used - david nickels on Jan 31, 9:02 AM
    2. Some answers - Lee Swift on Jan 31, 4:15 PM
      1. corroded metal - Dennis_Braendle on Feb 3, 5:17 AM
     
  26. Weathering without oils View Thread - Lee Swift on Jan 28, 2:50 PM
    1. try using - Owen R Auer on Jan 28, 10:31 PM
    2. Vallejo - david nickels on Jan 29, 12:14 PM
    3. Fibre tip pens - Ross Jarvis on Jan 31, 6:42 AM
     
  27. How do I clean PE after soldering? View Thread - Michael McDonald on Jan 28, 10:11 AM
    1. just use ETOH.... - Greg H on Jan 28, 11:11 AM
      1. Thanks Greg n/t - Michael McDonald on Jan 28, 11:22 AM
    2. A few ways - Clair Greenwood on Jan 29, 8:49 AM
      1. I use vinegar nt - david nickels on Jan 29, 1:41 PM
      2. Thanks for the info. I'll try the Windex first... - Michael McDonald on Jan 29, 4:18 PM
     
  28. how do you do tile zimmerit w/ putty? View Thread - Perry Lockhart on Jan 27, 11:45 PM
    1. Re: how do you do tile zimmerit w/ putty? - Gavin Ashard on Jan 28, 12:49 AM
    2. Buy a die? Great God no - Robert Lockie on Jan 29, 11:02 AM
      1. Plus - david nickels on Jan 29, 12:15 PM
      2. thanks Robert! - Perry Lockhart on Jan 30, 1:12 AM
     
  29. Mr. Surfacer 1200 as a Primer?? View Thread - Brian N. Stanley on Jan 27, 8:15 PM
    1. Yes, you can... - Scott Dimmick on Feb 15, 2:42 PM
     
  30. Photocut saws. View Thread - Eric McClure on Jan 27, 7:36 PM
    1. The ones I have - Clint Shepherd on Jan 27, 8:34 PM
    2. JLC saw - roy chow on Jan 27, 10:17 PM
    3. Gyros: the saw, not the sandwich - John Barnicoat on Jan 28, 2:15 PM
    4. Airwaves do them - Ross Jarvis on Jan 31, 6:40 AM
     
  31. Pin Wash? View Thread - Duane McDonald on Jan 25, 7:39 PM
    1. Oh ,how many times I've done that ! - Jim Krause on Jan 25, 10:43 PM
    2. But what's the difference? - Lee Swift on Jan 26, 2:12 AM
      1. One way of looking at it. - Ross Jarvis on Jan 26, 7:10 AM
        1. About washes and filters - Anonymous on Jan 26, 4:10 PM
    3. Terms - James Guld on Jan 26, 8:02 PM
    4. Thank You - Duane McDonald on Jan 26, 8:33 PM
     
  32. Flag on a jeep View Thread - Grahame Bredbere on Jan 25, 3:57 PM
    1. Re: Flag on a jeep - Gavin Ashard on Jan 28, 2:48 AM
     
  33. Memory loss. View Thread - Paul R. Miles on Jan 25, 1:21 PM
    1. maybe you re talking about the "blue tac" n/t - Ivan Loera on Jan 25, 1:40 PM
      1. That's it! - Paul R. Miles on Jan 25, 3:40 PM
        1. you can get it at any hardware and its made by 3M n/t - Ivan Loera on Jan 26, 8:00 AM
          1. Thanks - Paul R. Miles on Jan 26, 6:51 PM
            1. it means no text n/t - Ivan Loera on Jan 27, 10:31 AM
     
  34. Iwata - Worth the $$$? View Thread - Cain R on Jan 24, 9:24 AM
    1. Model Air isn't the easiest paint to spray - david nickels on Jan 24, 9:46 AM
    2. A470 - Karl Hoy on Jan 24, 10:06 AM
    3. $350? - Steve Dowty on Jan 24, 4:54 PM
    4. Myth - John Barnicoat on Jan 24, 7:11 PM
    5. E-Bay - Paul R. Miles on Jan 25, 1:46 AM
    6. Re: Iwata - Worth the $$$? - Cain R on Jan 26, 10:07 AM
    7. Well...there is a german jewel that works pretty good too.. - William Millani on Jan 28, 12:16 AM
     
  35. What do you recommend for rolling PE... View Thread - Michael McDonald on Jan 23, 3:46 PM
    1. Re: What do you recommend for rolling PE... - Matt Leese on Jan 24, 6:28 AM
      1. Thats what I use also - david nickels on Jan 24, 1:57 PM
        1. Thanks guys - Michael McDonald on Jan 24, 4:44 PM
          1. Re: Thanks guys - Matt Leese on Jan 25, 5:41 AM
            1. I see. - Michael McDonald on Jan 26, 9:44 AM
              1. Try rolling it round the wire n/t - Robert Lockie on Jan 27, 10:32 AM
                1. The wire's a bit too thin... - Michael McDonald on Jan 30, 9:21 AM
     
  36. How to cut brass with precision??? View Thread - Dany Mc Donald on Jan 20, 9:08 PM
    1. Verlinden - Karl Hoy on Jan 21, 9:48 AM
      1. Verlinden - Dany Mc Donald on Jan 21, 11:28 PM
    2. Re: How to cut brass with precision??? - Ross Jarvis on Jan 22, 5:57 AM
      1. Snips. - Dany Mc Donald on Jan 22, 4:47 PM
        1. Re: Snips. - Ross Jarvis on Jan 23, 9:35 AM
          1. Re: Snips. - Ross Jarvis on Jan 23, 11:19 AM
    3. Re: How to cut brass with precision??? - Kevin Brenton on Jan 24, 6:10 AM
      1. Guys, Thank you... - Dany Mc Donald on Jan 27, 4:54 PM
     
  37. Attaching ATAK zimmer with Future floor wax?? View Thread - Kingston Wong on Jan 20, 12:30 AM
    1. Sounds reasonable - Clair Greenwood on Jan 20, 5:57 PM
    2. Worth testing - James Guld on Jan 22, 9:48 AM
    3. Use thinned white glue. Finish the edges with CA if needed n/t - Niels Henkemans on Jan 22, 3:57 PM
    4. Ive tried Future - Andy Molyneaux on Jan 23, 1:08 PM
     
  38. Tony Greenland's beading tool. View Thread - Ian Kaiser on Jan 19, 3:11 AM
    1. Re: Tony Greenland's beading tool. - Kevin Brenton on Jan 19, 9:05 AM
    2. Try here - John Barnicoat on Jan 19, 7:07 PM
      1. Thanks Guys. More info, and good news for Aussies. - Ian on Jan 19, 7:32 PM
        1. Re: Thanks Guys. More info, and good news for Aussies. - Kevin Brenton on Jan 24, 6:12 AM
          1. Beading tools - Chris Grove on Feb 7, 6:49 PM
     
  39. Mr Hobby TopCoat View Thread - Richard Mirabello on Jan 18, 4:32 AM
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  41. When to Paint Tamiya Rubberband style Tracks View Thread - Lyle Kitchiner on Jan 18, 3:52 AM
    1. Painting - david nickels on Jan 18, 9:04 AM
      1. Re: Painting - Gavin Ashard on Jan 28, 2:59 AM
     
  42. Best type of brush for handpainting- View Thread - Ted Nichols on Jan 17, 5:17 PM
    1. Re: Best type of brush for handpainting- - Von Bargen Martin on Jan 18, 3:55 AM
    2. Brush painting - Dave Foster on Jan 26, 5:57 PM
     
  43. Painting a wet running gear View Thread - Sven Frisch on Jan 16, 1:42 PM
    1. Re: Painting a wet running gear - Greg H on Jan 17, 1:37 AM
      1. Thanks Greg ! I will give it a try ! n/t - Sven Frisch on Jan 18, 11:09 AM
    2. The wet look - James Guld on Jan 22, 9:50 AM
     
  44. What's the best airbrush for painting fine lines? View Thread - Jeff McGuire on Jan 15, 10:29 PM
    1. Re: What's the best airbrush for painting fine lines? - Matt Leese on Jan 16, 6:31 AM
      1. I think I'm going to buy a BH - Jeff McGuire on Jan 16, 3:03 PM
     
  45. Tamiya acrylic matt paint goes white ... View Thread - Ziggy Eichstädt on Jan 14, 7:05 AM
    1. Tamiya Matte - Matt Leese on Jan 14, 7:35 AM
      1. hmmmm ... donuts ! - Ziggy Eichstädt on Jan 14, 12:21 PM
    2. They don't make a clear matte/flat - david nickels on Jan 15, 8:51 AM
      1. matte paint - Ziggy Eichstädt on Jan 15, 11:01 AM
     
  46. Vallejo Russian colors View Thread - Jose Duran on Jan 11, 4:28 PM
    1. They sell a Russian Armor Green - david nickels on Jan 11, 5:30 PM
     
  47. highly opak and low viscosity resin with long working time View Thread - Christian Mulsow on Jan 11, 3:36 AM
    1. Re: highly opak and low viscosity resin with long working time - Matt Leese on Jan 11, 5:54 AM
     
  48. Miliput for attaching PE? View Thread - Michael McDonald on Jan 10, 2:13 PM
    1. Re: Miliput for attaching PE? - Carlos Tapia on Jan 10, 4:43 PM
      1. Thanks Carlos. - Michael McDonald on Jan 10, 5:04 PM
    2. Slow but works - Clair Greenwood on Jan 11, 8:17 AM
      1. Thanks Clair. - Michael McDonald on Jan 11, 9:18 AM
        1. Because.......... - Clair Greenwood on Jan 12, 8:29 AM
          1. Alrighty then... - Michael McDonald on Jan 12, 9:03 AM
            1. Aber clasps.... - Clair Greenwood on Jan 12, 9:50 AM
              1. I've been a little intimidated by... - Michael McDonald on Jan 12, 11:06 AM
                1. Don't torture yourself - Kevin Brenton on Jan 24, 6:15 AM
                  1. From what I've read.... - Michael McDonald on Jan 25, 9:46 AM
                    1. The trick to it......... - Clair Greenwood on Feb 14, 10:45 AM
     
  49. Grandt Line Nuts & Bolts View Thread - Richard Link on Jan 9, 12:07 PM
    1. Grandt - Matt Leese on Jan 10, 7:01 AM
    2. Nuts and Bolts - Ian Barraclough on Jan 10, 4:32 PM
      1. OK, Thanks ! - Richard Link on Jan 13, 12:03 PM
     
  50. squadron white putty -question View Thread - Andras on Jan 8, 9:48 AM
    1. Old tube? - david nickels on Jan 8, 9:53 AM
    2. Re: squadron white putty -question - Matt Leese on Jan 8, 12:21 PM
    3. Please use both your first and last name Andras.... - Adam Wilder on Jan 8, 5:04 PM
     
  51. using white pastels for white washes? View Thread - Perry Lockhart on Jan 7, 11:36 PM
    1. Google found this article - Steven Brown on Jan 8, 7:33 AM
      1. FWIW.... - Rick Purdy on Jan 9, 12:37 AM
    2. Pigments and alcohol - roy chow on Jan 8, 2:37 PM
     
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