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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. options for "gunmetal" ? View Thread - michael lee smith on Jun 24, 2007, 12:19 AM
    1. Here is what I do - John Steinman on Jun 26, 2007, 9:25 PM
      1. thanks for the tip! - michael lee smith on Jun 27, 2007, 3:09 AM
     
  2. Weathering View Thread - Lyle Kitchiner on Jun 19, 2007, 9:38 AM
    1. Dry brushing.... - Jody Smith on Jul 2, 2007, 11:14 AM
      1. Old School????.... - bobCollignon on Jul 2, 2007, 3:46 PM
        1. Sorry... - Jody Smith on Jul 2, 2007, 9:37 PM
          1. Jody... - bobCollignon on Jul 2, 2007, 10:37 PM
            1. Nice... - Jody Smith on Jul 3, 2007, 1:02 AM
     
  3. Finishing off a Zimmerit coated surface. View Thread - Andy on Jun 16, 2007, 12:15 PM
    1. Please use your first and last name Andy as requested above. - Adam Wilder on Jun 17, 2007, 8:30 AM
      1. Name.....ooops! - Andy Hall on Jun 17, 2007, 9:33 AM
    2. What I do - Mark Dunck on Jun 17, 2007, 5:01 PM
      1. Many thanks. - Andy on Jun 22, 2007, 3:19 AM
     
  4. How to make a curved piece of styrene? View Thread - Mark Dunck on Jun 14, 2007, 4:51 PM
    1. Wood form and heat - James Guld on Jun 14, 2007, 7:54 PM
      1. The roof end - Mark Dunck on Jun 14, 2007, 8:18 PM
        1. Hair dryer on high....... - Clair Greenwood on Jun 15, 2007, 9:43 PM
          1. Thanks! - Mark Dunck on Jun 17, 2007, 4:53 PM
     
  5. About shelf life of RTV silicone & Poly resins View Thread - Fabio Bianchi on Jun 14, 2007, 4:14 PM
    1. In my experience...... - clive harman on Jun 15, 2007, 1:09 AM
      1. Thank you Clive! I'll try with new activator (cheap..) and see.. n/t - Fabio Bianchi on Jun 15, 2007, 12:53 PM
     
  6. I need to cast a T-34 idler - what is the best way? View Thread - Dmitry Kiyatkin on Jun 13, 2007, 6:53 PM
    1. This might Help - Jeff Nolan on Jun 14, 2007, 9:19 PM
     
  7. What's you favorite Zimmerit putty? View Thread - Bob Muckley on Jun 13, 2007, 1:08 PM
    1. Zimmerit putty - Greg H on Jun 13, 2007, 10:06 PM
      1. Re: Zimmerit putty - robert maxwell on Aug 15, 2007, 4:59 PM
    2. Bob... - Perry Lockhart on Jun 28, 2007, 11:31 AM
     
  8. How do you cut styrene? View Thread - lee swift on Jun 13, 2007, 2:34 AM
    1. With a really, really, really, really, really, really sharp knife - James Smith on Jun 13, 2007, 2:48 AM
    2. Cutting Styrene - JK Wilson on Jun 13, 2007, 4:13 AM
    3. Surgical scalpel - Robert Lockie on Jun 13, 2007, 7:28 AM
    4. Hot Wire - Scott Sullivan on Jun 13, 2007, 12:33 PM
      1. Blue Board - Mark Dunck on Jun 14, 2007, 8:31 PM
    5. This is hands down, the best tool - bill kiernan on Jun 13, 2007, 7:18 PM
      1. Thanks Bill! - Rick Purdy on Jun 15, 2007, 10:11 AM
    6. Serrated bread knife....... - Rick Purdy on Jun 15, 2007, 10:19 AM
     
  9. silly putty masking question View Thread - james surratt on Jun 13, 2007, 12:14 AM
    1. Silly Putty... - Víctor M. Blanco on Jun 13, 2007, 12:31 AM
      1. Thanks - james surratt on Jun 13, 2007, 11:30 AM
    2. silly putty 101 - Greg H on Jun 13, 2007, 9:33 PM
     
  10. Help with tracks........ View Thread - Sunil Prasanna on Jun 12, 2007, 9:58 AM
    1. Help with Tracks............. - Lyle Kitchiner on Jun 19, 2007, 9:21 AM
     
  11. Recommendations for removing Tamiya Acrylic paint View Thread - clive harman on Jun 11, 2007, 10:44 AM
    1. You wont believe it but......... - Clair Greenwood on Jun 11, 2007, 11:23 AM
      1. Question Clair - Peter Sisung on Jun 11, 2007, 11:36 AM
        1. Hi Peter.... - Clair Greenwood on Jun 12, 2007, 11:39 AM
    2. Simple.... - Nick Cortese on Jun 11, 2007, 1:21 PM
      1. Not with Windowlean in the UK Nick :( - Alasdair Johnston (AJ) on Jun 12, 2007, 11:37 AM
        1. acrylic paint stripper - george burrough on Jun 12, 2007, 3:53 PM
          1. and the paint goes BANG - Alasdair Johnston (AJ) on Jun 12, 2007, 5:05 PM
            1. Alasdair, If you do try Cillit Bang..... - clive harman on Jun 14, 2007, 1:10 PM
              1. It goes BANG - Alasdair Johnston (AJ) on Jun 25, 2007, 12:01 PM
                1. MUSCLES !!! - clive harman on Jun 26, 2007, 12:55 AM
    3. Thanks to everyone for your suggestions (N/T) - clive harman on Jun 14, 2007, 1:11 PM
    4. Rubbing alcohol and a brush - Tony Bell on Jun 18, 2007, 2:09 PM
     
  12. Tamiya polyester putty View Thread - bill kiernan on Jun 10, 2007, 12:13 PM
    1. Re: Tamiya polyester putty - Rick Nelson on Jun 10, 2007, 6:03 PM
    2. Re: Tamiya polyester putty - Alex Dutt on Jun 10, 2007, 7:59 PM
      1. thank you both! NT - bill kiernan on Jun 11, 2007, 8:26 PM
     
  13. dragons smart tracks and separate guide teeth View Thread - talino bruno on Jun 4, 2007, 9:23 PM
    1. From my understanding - Clair Greenwood on Jun 9, 2007, 10:43 AM
     
  14. Using an iron to make tyre bulge? View Thread - Andy Lock on Jun 4, 2007, 12:36 PM
    1. SdKfz 9 Famo & SdAnh 116 - roy chow on Jun 4, 2007, 2:35 PM
      1. Good Point Roy.... - Andy Lock on Jun 4, 2007, 5:07 PM
      2. A note on steer tires - Clair Greenwood on Jun 9, 2007, 10:39 AM
    2. If you must - Robert Lockie on Jun 5, 2007, 4:49 AM
    3. Bulged tyres - Mike Starmer on Jun 12, 2007, 4:40 PM
      1. one bad method...! - Cliff Leverette on Jun 15, 2007, 4:51 PM
     
  15. Acrylic paint question. View Thread - Peter Sisung on Jun 2, 2007, 4:22 PM
    1. Re: Acrylic paint question. - Alex Dutt on Jun 2, 2007, 6:38 PM
      1. WOW! - Peter Sisung on Jun 3, 2007, 11:23 AM
    2. acrylic paint - Greg H on Jun 2, 2007, 6:41 PM
      1. Hello Greg - Peter Sisung on Jun 3, 2007, 11:28 AM
        1. Re: Hello Greg - talino bruno on Jun 4, 2007, 9:36 PM
          1. Thinner to use - Scott Millican on Jun 10, 2007, 11:57 AM
    3. Craft acrylics - Jim Hockett on Jun 12, 2007, 10:00 AM
     
  16. track link question View Thread - talino bruno on Jun 2, 2007, 2:57 AM
    1. That is a hard question to answer - Mark Dunck on Jun 2, 2007, 7:23 PM
    2. 86 links .... - Clair Greenwood on Jun 4, 2007, 7:51 AM
     
  17. Plan on attaching a Badger water trap to my Tamiya airbrush hose... View Thread - Stephen Luke Sy on May 30, 2007, 9:38 PM
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  19. Can I spray Humbrol enamel over Citadel (Games Workshop) Chaos Black basecoat? View Thread - tim roberts on May 21, 2007, 5:37 PM
    1. Yes, but let it harden for a week or so. - Kevin Johnson on May 25, 2007, 2:31 PM
     
  20. 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
     
  21. 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
     
  22. 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
     
  23. 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
     
  24. 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
     
  25. 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
     
  26. 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
     
  27. 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
     
  28. 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
     
  29. 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
     
  30. 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
     
  31. 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
     
  32. 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
     
  33. 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
     
  34. 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
     
  35. 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
     
  36. 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
     
  37. 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
     
  38. 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
     
  39. 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
     
  40. 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
     
  41. 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
     
  42. 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
     
  43. 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
     
  44. 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
     
  45. Badger Anthem 155 Instructions View Thread - Matthew Pritchett on Mar 27, 2007, 10:49 PM
  46.  
  47. 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
     
  48. 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
     
  49. 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
     
  50. 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
     
  51. 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
     
  52. 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
     
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