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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. IWATA - HPCH View Thread - Butch Menchaca on May 13, 2007, 11:10 PM
    1. Nice feature - James Guld on May 14, 2007, 8:34 PM
      1. Thanks - Butch Menchaca on May 15, 2007, 2:37 AM
    2. Great Feature - Joe Osborne on May 16, 2007, 8:20 AM
     
  2. Another Decal Question View Thread - Al Fisher on May 13, 2007, 1:41 PM
    1. The most decals per sheet - Matthew Toms on May 14, 2007, 9:23 PM
    2. Thanks - Al on May 18, 2007, 10:58 AM
     
  3. Painting Decal Film View Thread - Rob Jansen on May 11, 2007, 1:54 PM
    1. Yes - roy chow on May 11, 2007, 2:19 PM
      1. Re: Yes - Rick Nelson on May 11, 2007, 9:40 PM
        1. Thanks - Rob Jansen on May 11, 2007, 10:15 PM
     
  4. Epoxy putty question View Thread - Steve Guthrie on May 6, 2007, 10:15 PM
    1. Milliput fine - Tony Hogan on May 7, 2007, 10:41 AM
    2. Magic Sculp - Ken B. on May 24, 2007, 9:31 AM
     
  5. Help needed replacing heads View Thread - Andy Lock on May 2, 2007, 4:49 PM
    1. Depending on the figures... - Dave O'Hara on May 2, 2007, 5:39 PM
      1. Thanks Dave... - Andy Lock on May 3, 2007, 12:09 PM
        1. turned heads - roy chow on May 7, 2007, 1:36 PM
     
  6. Airbrush air valve sticking View Thread - Jerry Cashman on Apr 30, 2007, 8:41 PM
    1. Re: Airbrush valve sticking - Carl Walter on May 1, 2007, 9:25 AM
      1. Thanks... - Jerry Cashman on May 3, 2007, 8:40 PM
     
  7. What is Phil Stutcinskas's Snow Camo Tech?? View Thread - Ron Hetherington on Apr 30, 2007, 2:58 PM
    1. Step by Step... - Andrew Albrecht on Apr 30, 2007, 8:26 PM
     
  8. Dumb question for you pros. Varnish Francois Verlinden View Thread - GNHelton on Apr 26, 2007, 10:33 PM
    1. Varnish - Tony Hogan on Apr 27, 2007, 3:51 AM
    2. Honestly he was talking about ......... - Doug Kinder on Apr 27, 2007, 6:48 AM
      1. Like this? - GNHelton on Apr 27, 2007, 7:39 PM
        1. Yes but i believe his was a oil base varnish... - Doug Kinder on Apr 27, 2007, 10:05 PM
          1. Thanks for your patience. One more.. - GNHelton on Apr 27, 2007, 10:17 PM
            1. Use a Acrylic Model paint .... - Doug Kinder on Apr 28, 2007, 5:27 AM
              1. Use Vallejo! - Kevin Johnson on May 7, 2007, 4:42 PM
                1. Yeah or that to . - Doug Kinder on May 7, 2007, 5:14 PM
     
  9. Loose cannon View Thread - Butch Menchaca on Apr 23, 2007, 11:00 PM
    1. I've seen several ways... - Dmitry Kiyatkin on Apr 24, 2007, 6:50 PM
    2. counterweight - Clair Greenwood on Apr 25, 2007, 8:22 AM
    3. Thanks - Butch Menchaca on Apr 28, 2007, 4:12 AM
     
  10. a tool for cutting at angles ?? View Thread - jamie sumner on Apr 22, 2007, 7:41 AM
    1. Xacto........... - Rick Purdy on Apr 23, 2007, 12:43 AM
    2. Cutting plastic - Ted Paone on Apr 24, 2007, 11:21 AM
    3. tool - Clair Greenwood on Apr 25, 2007, 8:30 AM
      1. Adjustable Angle - Ted Paone on Apr 26, 2007, 1:47 PM
     
  11. Fire base dio View Thread - Jay Pare on Apr 19, 2007, 9:12 AM
    1. candy sandbags - Larry Copey on Apr 19, 2007, 9:30 AM
      1. Candy sand bags - Jay Pare on Apr 19, 2007, 11:42 AM
        1. Chicelets gum sandbags - Kenner Baskins on Jun 2, 2007, 6:10 PM
    2. One thought - Danny Egan on Apr 25, 2007, 8:57 PM
     
  12. Clear Parts View Thread - Mark Dunck on Apr 16, 2007, 6:54 PM
    1. Clear parts. - Paul R. Miles on Apr 16, 2007, 8:19 PM
    2. Re: Clear Parts - Clair Greenwood on Apr 17, 2007, 8:27 AM
      1. Another Question. PE and Clear Parts - Mark Dunck on Apr 17, 2007, 12:01 PM
        1. Concur - Paul R. Miles on Apr 17, 2007, 2:41 PM
        2. future and CA glue - Larry Copey on Apr 19, 2007, 9:33 AM
        3. Try Attaching your PE parts with future - Mark Minnis on May 2, 2007, 7:58 AM
    3. clear cement - Dan Hay on Apr 17, 2007, 7:42 PM
     
  13. Dragon Vinyl Track Problem View Thread - Matthew W. Malogorski on Apr 16, 2007, 12:47 AM
    1. Paint type? - Dan Argent on Apr 16, 2007, 7:19 AM
      1. Model Master Enamel Flat Black... - Matthew W. Malogorski on Apr 16, 2007, 10:11 PM
        1. One possible solution..... - Rick Purdy on Apr 19, 2007, 9:58 AM
          1. Ok,................ - Rick Purdy on Apr 20, 2007, 11:47 AM
            1. Like shooting BB's at Godzilla....... - Rick Purdy on May 15, 2007, 10:49 AM
    2. Another Possible Solution - Ricardo Haddad on Apr 19, 2007, 10:20 AM
     
  14. Air brushes on eBay.co.uk View Thread - Dan Argent on Apr 12, 2007, 5:54 AM
    1. Princess Auto - mp robinson on May 14, 2007, 7:52 PM
     
  15. Casting supplies UK View Thread - Dan Argent on Apr 12, 2007, 5:39 AM
    1. A few thoughts.... - clive harman on Apr 13, 2007, 12:02 AM
      1. Thanks - Dan Argent on Apr 13, 2007, 9:09 AM
        1. Casting wheels - Chris Grove on Apr 13, 2007, 5:26 PM
     
  16. Help Badger 200 View Thread - Dan Argent on Apr 10, 2007, 9:57 AM
    1. Never mind - Dan Argent on Apr 10, 2007, 12:17 PM
     
  17. are tamiyas epoxy puttys good for making zimmerit? View Thread - Perry Lockhart on Apr 6, 2007, 9:38 PM
    1. Its supposed to be - Clair Greenwood on Apr 7, 2007, 1:09 PM
    2. I'd always go for Miliput - Olf Kijewski on Apr 10, 2007, 6:30 AM
     
  18. Tank Aerials View Thread - Steven Adkins on Apr 6, 2007, 3:00 PM
    1. Guitar String - Joe Osborne on Apr 7, 2007, 10:43 AM
    2. Aerials - Clair Greenwood on Apr 7, 2007, 1:13 PM
    3. Piano Wire - Matthew W. Malogorski on Apr 16, 2007, 12:49 AM
    4. Antenna Solutions - Rick Nelson on Apr 27, 2007, 10:56 AM
     
  19. Does Tamiya make a good Russian Green? View Thread - Denis Wagner on Apr 5, 2007, 9:05 PM
    1. Russian green - Paul R. Miles on Apr 6, 2007, 6:58 PM
      1. Thanks paul for the info. n/t - Denis Wagner on Apr 7, 2007, 12:13 AM
        1. Russian Green - Adam Wilder on Apr 7, 2007, 2:37 AM
          1. Thanks Adam - Denis Wagner on Apr 9, 2007, 2:48 AM
    2. Tamiya Field Grey - Michael McLaughlin on Apr 9, 2007, 4:36 PM
    3. Go with Nato Green by Tamiya ...nm - Doug Kinder on Apr 11, 2007, 9:48 PM
    4. I use a RLM gunze color... I cant remember which one but - - Perry Lockhart on Jun 3, 2007, 1:48 AM
     
  20. Filling pin holes in resin parts View Thread - Ray Gustafson on Apr 1, 2007, 1:36 PM
    1. My favorite stuff - Matthew Toms on Apr 1, 2007, 5:07 PM
      1. Re: My favorite stuff - Alex Dutt on Apr 2, 2007, 8:29 AM
     
  21. Question about bit sizes View Thread - Steve Dowty on Mar 31, 2007, 5:45 PM
    1. An option - Clair Greenwood on Mar 31, 2007, 10:23 PM
      1. Great suggestion - Steve Dowty on Apr 1, 2007, 9:46 AM
        1. Glad to help Steve....n/t - Clair Greenwood on Apr 1, 2007, 6:29 PM
    2. Drill size selector. - Mike Starmer on Apr 3, 2007, 3:44 PM
    3. Drill Bits - Dave Foster on Apr 5, 2007, 7:37 PM
    4. Number drills - John Harris on May 7, 2007, 11:28 AM
     
  22. BA-64 View Thread - Paul R. Miles on Mar 29, 2007, 1:11 PM
    1. I've sat in one.... - Matthew Toms on Mar 29, 2007, 8:13 PM
      1. BA-64B - Paul R. Miles on Mar 30, 2007, 3:45 PM
        1. Re: BA-64B - Matthew Toms on Apr 1, 2007, 4:38 PM
    2. Check your email - Dave OMeara on Apr 4, 2007, 11:15 AM
      1. BA-64B - Paul R. Miles on Apr 5, 2007, 11:24 AM
     
  23. How to make fuel/oil stains like in this ANPW model? View Thread - Dmitry Kiyatkin on Mar 28, 2007, 10:19 AM
    1. What I can do, if you do not mind, is..... - Adam Wilder on Mar 28, 2007, 1:04 PM
      1. I would go for that! More pics... - Dmitry Kiyatkin on Mar 28, 2007, 10:24 PM
        1. While we are all waiting - Michael Rinaldi on Mar 29, 2007, 2:31 PM
          1. I don't keep them for 6 month! - Dmitry Kiyatkin on Mar 29, 2007, 3:37 PM
            1. Ey Guys - Adam Wilder on Mar 29, 2007, 6:12 PM
      2. Some very good effects... - Matthew Toms on Mar 29, 2007, 8:40 PM
        1. Will have to try Matt. - Dmitry Kiyatkin on Mar 29, 2007, 9:57 PM
    2. Dirty thinner... - Jody Smith on Jul 2, 2007, 11:36 AM
     
  24. how to make empty ammo-belts? View Thread - Dennis Brändle on Mar 28, 2007, 1:40 AM
    1. Weren't they disintegrating belts? - Frank Sullivan on Mar 28, 2007, 1:48 AM
      1. Re: Weren't they disintegrating belts? - Jakko Westerbeke on Mar 28, 2007, 5:09 AM
        1. Blimey! I never knew.... - Frank Sullivan on Mar 30, 2007, 5:30 AM
      2. I'm that looney - Jody Smith on Jul 3, 2007, 1:11 AM
     
  25. Badger Anthem 155 Instructions View Thread - Matthew Pritchett on Mar 27, 2007, 10:49 PM
    1. maybe this help - Nemanja Mijatovic on Mar 28, 2007, 3:12 AM
    2. Re: Badger Anthem 155 Instructions - Ross Jarvis on Mar 29, 2007, 6:53 AM
    3. Thanks!!!!! - Matthew Pritchett on Mar 29, 2007, 7:21 PM
    4. Thanks!!!!! - Matthew Pritchett on Mar 29, 2007, 7:23 PM
     
  26. Badger Anthem 155 Instructions View Thread - Matthew Pritchett on Mar 27, 2007, 10:49 PM
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  28. How do i do a hardedged camo scheme? View Thread - Perry Lockhart on Mar 25, 2007, 4:10 PM
    1. Hard Edge Cam - Jason Bobrowich on Mar 25, 2007, 8:46 PM
      1. Also.............. - Rick Purdy on Mar 27, 2007, 4:16 AM
     
  29. Solvaset and Dry Transfers... View Thread - Randy Jackson on Mar 21, 2007, 1:15 PM
    1. Re: Solvaset and Dry Transfers... - Mike Gardella on Mar 21, 2007, 3:27 PM
      1. Thanks! - Randy Jackson on Mar 21, 2007, 3:54 PM
     
  30. Screen Wash as thinner View Thread - Lee Swift on Mar 19, 2007, 4:45 PM
    1. acrylic - Nemanja Mijatovic on Mar 19, 2007, 5:00 PM
    2. Not the same but... - Andrew Albrecht on Mar 19, 2007, 11:49 PM
      1. Re: Not the same but... - Leighton Littlewood on Mar 20, 2007, 7:01 AM
     
  31. Attaching PE View Thread - Charles Wise on Mar 19, 2007, 10:10 AM
    1. Try future - Tony Hogan on Mar 19, 2007, 1:10 PM
      1. I agree!! Future. - Miguel Jimenez Mig on Mar 19, 2007, 3:00 PM
    2. Humbrol Clear Fix - david nickels on Mar 19, 2007, 1:27 PM
    3. Thanks Guys... - Charles Wise on Mar 22, 2007, 10:13 AM
     
  32. Stripping paint View Thread - Charles Wise on Mar 18, 2007, 4:12 PM
    1. I use... - Adam O'Brien on Mar 19, 2007, 2:18 AM
      1. Thanks Adam... - Charles Wise on Mar 19, 2007, 10:07 AM
    2. what kind of paint did you use? - Nick Cortese on Mar 19, 2007, 12:03 PM
      1. Hi nick... - Charles Wise on Mar 22, 2007, 10:14 AM
        1. Stripping Tamiya paint - Matthew Toms on Mar 22, 2007, 3:20 PM
          1. yep, Windex... - Nick Cortese on Mar 22, 2007, 5:17 PM
     
  33. clearing Blockages in Airbrushes View Thread - elliott winthrop on Mar 18, 2007, 6:26 AM
    1. Laquer thinner - Clair Greenwood on Mar 18, 2007, 3:48 PM
      1. Many thanks Clair - elliott winthrop on Mar 19, 2007, 3:39 PM
    2. Ultrasonic cleaners - roy chow on Mar 26, 2007, 2:19 PM
      1. Roy......... - Clair Greenwood on Mar 27, 2007, 8:29 AM
     
  34. Bloody Soldering!! View Thread - Darren Hance on Mar 18, 2007, 3:49 AM
    1. Re soldering........... - Matt Leese on Mar 18, 2007, 7:22 AM
    2. Pointers - Clair Greenwood on Mar 18, 2007, 3:45 PM
    3. Easy Soldering - Cliff Wignell on May 19, 2007, 8:27 AM
     
  35. Miniature screws View Thread - Sean Dunnage on Mar 17, 2007, 10:48 AM
    1. Great idea! - Peter Sisung on Mar 17, 2007, 3:18 PM
      1. Ebay.com - Sean Dunnage on Mar 17, 2007, 5:47 PM
     
  36. Trouble spaying thin lines with Tamiya acrylic. View Thread - Dmitry Kiyatkin on Mar 16, 2007, 9:20 PM
    1. Switch to Tamiya's Thinner... - John F. Steinman on Mar 16, 2007, 10:22 PM
    2. Isopropyl alcohol works well do... - nzdavidh on Mar 17, 2007, 1:48 AM
      1. Is that true? It would dry even faster. - Dmitry Kiyatkin on Mar 17, 2007, 1:54 AM
      2. Use both your first and last name..... - Adam Wilder on Mar 17, 2007, 4:07 AM
      3. David... - Adam O'Brien on Mar 19, 2007, 2:14 AM
    3. Dmitry... - Adam O'Brien on Mar 19, 2007, 2:08 AM
    4. Try thinning it even more - Tony Bell on Jun 1, 2007, 10:03 AM
     
  37. What's the best way to thin thickening paint? View Thread - Peter Sisung on Mar 16, 2007, 2:31 PM
    1. Careful now... - Frank Michaels on Mar 16, 2007, 7:23 PM
     
  38. Less agressive thinners for oils and enamel washes? View Thread - Christophe Jacquemont on Mar 14, 2007, 6:35 PM
    1. A better thinner - Michael Kirchoff on Mar 14, 2007, 9:02 PM
      1. I agree... - Adam O'Brien on Mar 19, 2007, 2:20 AM
    2. odourless mineral whiute spirits - Eyal Reinfeld on Mar 15, 2007, 11:46 AM
    3. Thank you both! - Christophe Jacquemont on Mar 18, 2007, 7:44 PM
     
  39. Using Future as a gloss coat View Thread - Perry Lockhart on Mar 11, 2007, 9:21 AM
    1. Spray with Confidence... - Brian N. Stanley on Mar 11, 2007, 12:06 PM
    2. Spray away :) - Clair Greenwood on Mar 12, 2007, 8:22 AM
    3. I use it too - rob galassi on Mar 12, 2007, 10:38 AM
     
  40. Putties, glues and fillersÂ… View Thread - Kevin Krueger on Mar 8, 2007, 8:57 AM
    1. I recommend Milliput - Clair Greenwood on Mar 12, 2007, 8:30 AM
    2. Milliput White - Tony Hogan on Mar 17, 2007, 8:16 AM
     
  41. Airbrush cleaners (alternatives?) View Thread - Perry Lockhart on Mar 6, 2007, 1:28 PM
    1. Lots of alternatives - David Nickels on Mar 6, 2007, 2:40 PM
    2. I agree with Dave 100% - Clair Greenwood on Mar 7, 2007, 8:23 AM
    3. I buy,,, - nzdavidh on Mar 17, 2007, 1:46 AM
     
  42. level out the front wheels View Thread - james surratt on Mar 5, 2007, 10:23 PM
    1. Wonky Wheels - John Boyton on Mar 6, 2007, 2:22 AM
    2. Diorama base - Ted Paone on Mar 9, 2007, 12:21 PM
     
  43. Primer View Thread - Matt Kirk on Mar 5, 2007, 5:32 PM
    1. Primer - Michael Kirchoff on Mar 5, 2007, 10:26 PM
      1. Thanks - Matt kirk on Mar 6, 2007, 5:44 PM
     
  44. photoetch fuel barrels/tanks View Thread - talino bruno on Mar 4, 2007, 5:29 AM
    1. If I understand correctly..... - Clair Greenwood on Mar 4, 2007, 9:49 PM
    2. Re: photoetch fuel barrels/tanks - Greg Harker on Mar 5, 2007, 11:28 AM
     
  45. How do I apply Mr. Surfacer? View Thread - Adrian Turcu on Feb 28, 2007, 2:19 AM
    1. Re: How do I apply Mr. Surfacer? - Matt Leese on Feb 28, 2007, 5:23 AM
    2. By brush - Michael Kirchoff on Feb 28, 2007, 7:12 AM
      1. follow-up query - Greg H on Feb 28, 2007, 9:24 PM
        1. Greg - Michael Kirchoff on Feb 28, 2007, 9:45 PM
          1. Thanks, Mike... - Greg H on Mar 1, 2007, 12:49 AM
        2. Re: follow-up query - Andras on Mar 6, 2007, 8:35 PM
    3. Thanks! - Adrian Turcu on Mar 1, 2007, 1:48 AM
     
  46. Fading base colors View Thread - Jim Nestor on Feb 26, 2007, 9:32 PM
    1. Some fading methods I tried - Eyal Rein on Feb 27, 2007, 4:11 AM
    2. Simple fade - david nickels on Feb 27, 2007, 8:37 AM
     
  47. Thinning Dullcote View Thread - Andy Lock on Feb 26, 2007, 6:18 AM
    1. Any Lacquer Thinner Should Work Fine...nt - Clair Greenwood on Feb 26, 2007, 8:10 AM
      1. Thanks Clair - Andy Lock on Feb 26, 2007, 9:19 AM
        1. Model shop? - Clair Greenwood on Feb 27, 2007, 9:12 AM
     
  48. What's the best way to assemble Friul drive sprockets View Thread - Notger Schlegtendal on Feb 23, 2007, 3:49 PM
    1. Superglue is the ticket - Clair Greenwood on Feb 23, 2007, 4:14 PM
    2. Super Glue - david nickels on Feb 24, 2007, 9:43 AM
    3. Thanks - Notger Schlegtendal on Feb 24, 2007, 4:03 PM
    4. Use the gel stuff for the links - Robert Lockie on Feb 27, 2007, 1:01 PM
     
  49. Osprey Modelling the T-34 View Thread - Mark Bannerman on Feb 20, 2007, 12:45 PM
    1. Thanks Mark - Adam Wilder on Feb 20, 2007, 1:17 PM
    2. Likewise, thanks - Michael Kirchoff on Feb 26, 2007, 5:57 AM
     
  50. Question about building MiniArt kits View Thread - Michael McDonald on Feb 15, 2007, 5:54 PM
    1. See if this article help - Donald Chan on Mar 10, 2007, 12:05 PM
      1. Thanks Donald. - Michael McDonald on Mar 21, 2007, 9:28 AM
     
  51. What do I use for foilage on 1/35 tanks? View Thread - Perry Lockhart on Feb 13, 2007, 9:30 PM
    1. Visit your kitchen - Clair Greenwood on Feb 14, 2007, 8:39 AM
    2. peppergrass... - Niels Henkemans on Feb 15, 2007, 2:09 PM
      1. Nice stuff! - OLF Kijewski on Feb 18, 2007, 9:37 AM
        1. local shop..... - Niels Henkemans on Feb 19, 2007, 5:31 PM
     
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