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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. polishing compound View Thread - Andras Don on Jul 29, 2007, 5:57 PM
    1. It may work like some of the automotive types.... - Clair Greenwood on Jul 29, 2007, 6:59 PM
      1. Re: It may work like some of the automotive types.... - Andras Don on Jul 29, 2007, 7:09 PM
        1. Re: It may work like some of the automotive types.... - Matt Leese on Jul 30, 2007, 6:09 AM
     
  2. Source for Cast a Coat in the United States View Thread - Jonathan Gibson on Jul 29, 2007, 3:04 PM
    1. It was... - bobCollignon on Jul 30, 2007, 10:39 AM
      1. E-mail Message Sent-- Thanks (n/t) - Jonathan Gibson on Jul 30, 2007, 5:15 PM
     
  3. Can someone please explain how to... View Thread - Mark Dunck on Jul 28, 2007, 11:56 AM
    1. How I understand it... - Andrew Albrecht on Jul 28, 2007, 12:35 PM
     
  4. First time building full-resin kit View Thread - Dennis Braendle on Jul 27, 2007, 1:04 PM
    1. Yes hot water works great............... - Alan Bessler on Jul 27, 2007, 5:19 PM
    2. water bath - roy chow on Jul 30, 2007, 9:44 AM
     
  5. Recommendations for removing Tamiya acrylic paint (U.S.) View Thread - Michael McDonald on Jul 27, 2007, 9:23 AM
    1. Easy... - Nick Cortese on Jul 27, 2007, 11:01 AM
      1. Thanks Nick. Windex is ... - Michael McDonald on Jul 27, 2007, 12:29 PM
        1. this works... - Nick Cortese on Jul 27, 2007, 1:20 PM
          1. That's better news than I expected... - Michael McDonald on Jul 27, 2007, 2:57 PM
            1. Hey, Micheal... - Nick Cortese on Jul 27, 2007, 7:19 PM
            2. I appreciate the advice, Nick. - Michael McDonald on Jul 27, 2007, 7:41 PM
      2. Well, I did it and... - Michael McDonald on Jul 28, 2007, 6:08 PM
      3. Windex-- Are you sure this isn't "My Greek Wedding"? - Jonathan Gibson on Jul 29, 2007, 3:02 PM
     
  6. Another paint question. View Thread - Ted Nichols on Jul 23, 2007, 10:48 PM
    1. Have you tried filters yet? - Matt Grzybinski on Jul 25, 2007, 1:16 PM
    2. Filters are indeed your best bet. - Michael Rinaldi on Jul 26, 2007, 1:32 PM
      1. Matt and Mike- - Ted Nichols on Jul 26, 2007, 3:59 PM
        1. Buy darker colors to start :P - Michael Rinaldi on Jul 26, 2007, 8:02 PM
          1. Crap!Darker paint.I should have thought of that. - Ted Nichols on Jul 26, 2007, 10:08 PM
     
  7. Masking Question View Thread - Andy Hall on Jul 22, 2007, 2:18 PM
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  9. Glazing question.... View Thread - Jody Smith on Jul 22, 2007, 9:44 AM
    1. Pehaps a gloss coat.... - Clair Greenwood on Jul 22, 2007, 10:48 AM
    2. Acrylic glazes - Andrew Albrecht on Jul 22, 2007, 12:35 PM
      1. I stand corrected - Clair Greenwood on Jul 22, 2007, 1:21 PM
      2. Thank you Andrew.... - Jody Smith on Jul 22, 2007, 10:52 PM
     
  10. Can I mix Gunze and Tamiya acrylic paints? View Thread - Chris Storch on Jul 20, 2007, 4:36 PM
    1. Yes... - Mike Land on Jul 21, 2007, 5:24 PM
      1. Thanks Mike... - Chris Storch on Jul 22, 2007, 8:18 PM
     
  11. Any hints on making Clevis View Thread - Jeff Nolan on Jul 18, 2007, 8:48 PM
    1. Re: Any hints on making Clevis - Matt Leese on Jul 19, 2007, 4:35 AM
      1. Well a Tad bit more. - Jeff Nolan on Jul 19, 2007, 6:02 AM
        1. Boat parts - Clair Greenwood on Jul 19, 2007, 9:36 AM
          1. Looked their last week no luck. N/T - Jeff Nolan on Jul 20, 2007, 8:14 AM
    2. Clevis - JK Wilson on Jul 21, 2007, 3:47 AM
      1. Thanks on the lead but could only see German ones - Jeff Nolan on Jul 22, 2007, 8:09 AM
     
  12. ATT: Jody Smith & Bob Collignon, Re: Post 16 View Thread - Lyle Kitchiner on Jul 18, 2007, 10:12 AM
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  14. Iwata Airbrush question View Thread - Andy Lock on Jul 16, 2007, 11:50 AM
    1. Re: Iwata Airbrush question - Matt Leese on Jul 16, 2007, 12:46 PM
    2. Mixing in the cup. - Andrew Albrecht on Jul 16, 2007, 3:26 PM
    3. I mix in a clean bottle and use a dropper to put paint in the cup - Cliff Leverette on Jul 18, 2007, 12:25 PM
     
  15. Small decal or transfer numbers and letters View Thread - James Guld on Jul 15, 2007, 1:31 PM
    1. Small letters - Chris Grove on Jul 15, 2007, 5:59 PM
      1. I hear ya... - James Guld on Jul 15, 2007, 8:01 PM
     
  16. Making rough surfaces after MIG's book View Thread - Dennis Brändle on Jul 14, 2007, 1:21 PM
    1. Yes, use the glue to thin the putty - Michael Rinaldi on Jul 14, 2007, 8:00 PM
      1. Sounds very interesting - Clair Greenwood on Jul 14, 2007, 10:11 PM
    2. Rough surfaces - JK Wilson on Jul 21, 2007, 3:36 AM
      1. Thanks, it really worked quite well! N/T - Dennis Braendle on Jul 27, 2007, 1:00 PM
     
  17. Filling diamond plate..... View Thread - Jody Smith on Jul 14, 2007, 9:54 AM
    1. Sure is a way Jody, - Clair Greenwood on Jul 14, 2007, 10:07 AM
      1. Thanks Clair... - Jody Smith on Jul 14, 2007, 10:20 PM
     
  18. Ripped / Damaged Seats View Thread - Andy Lock on Jul 14, 2007, 8:23 AM
    1. no I missed that - Clair Greenwood on Jul 14, 2007, 10:14 AM
      1. i use tissue paper - robert maxwell on Aug 15, 2007, 4:56 PM
     
  19. Orange peel? Dust? View Thread - David McKeever on Jul 7, 2007, 9:59 PM
    1. What I did.... - Matthew Mifsud on Jul 8, 2007, 4:07 AM
      1. Re: What I did.... - David McKeever on Jul 8, 2007, 1:24 PM
     
  20. question with airbursh nozzle View Thread - Nathan Xu on Jul 7, 2007, 9:43 AM
    1. This might help you a bit - Jeff Nolan on Jul 9, 2007, 9:22 PM
     
  21. Issues with archer dry transfers View Thread - David McKeever on Jul 6, 2007, 11:52 AM
    1. Maybe a bad set - James Guld on Jul 6, 2007, 8:15 PM
      1. Re: Maybe a bad set - David McKeever on Jul 7, 2007, 9:51 PM
     
  22. Tamiya's Steyr 1500: Articulating the front wheels View Thread - Ian MacAulay on Jul 5, 2007, 1:49 PM
    1. Turning of the wheels - Ted Paone on Jul 6, 2007, 12:38 PM
     
  23. Airbrush dilemma... View Thread - Jody Smith on Jul 2, 2007, 10:21 AM
    1. Paasche is a good choice - Clair Greenwood on Jul 2, 2007, 3:31 PM
      1. Thanks... - Jody Smith on Jul 2, 2007, 9:32 PM
    2. Re: Airbrush dilemma... - Matt Leese on Jul 3, 2007, 6:36 AM
      1. One thing for sure - Jody Smith on Jul 3, 2007, 8:59 AM
        1. Hi Jody... - Brian N. Stanley on Jul 3, 2007, 9:39 AM
    3. Iwata ... - Doug Kinder on Jul 3, 2007, 12:39 PM
    4. I have both... - Butch Menchaca on Jul 4, 2007, 12:12 AM
    5. Thank you all... - Jody Smith on Jul 4, 2007, 9:24 AM
      1. bad aztek - Nemanja Mijatovic on Jul 4, 2007, 11:14 AM
        1. Go with the Iwata, you'll be disappointed with the Aztek - Ian MacAulay on Jul 5, 2007, 7:00 PM
        2. More bad Aztek - Michael McDonald on Jul 6, 2007, 9:41 AM
          1. You could look at Grex AB's - Tony Hogan on Jul 6, 2007, 3:05 PM
    6. Get the Iwata,bad move Aztec !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - Alan Bessler on Jul 7, 2007, 10:17 AM
    7. Ive been most satisfied with an Iwata Eclipse that I bought from... - Clifford Leverette on Jul 9, 2007, 9:15 PM
      1. Great advise........... - Alan Bessler on Jul 10, 2007, 5:48 PM
     
  24. orange peel... View Thread - Matthew Mifsud on Jun 30, 2007, 1:41 PM
    1. I try to carefully rub... - Adam Wilder on Jul 1, 2007, 12:09 PM
      1. Tamiya clear..... - Matthew Mifsud on Jul 1, 2007, 6:37 PM
    2. Orange Peel? - Ross Jarvis on Jul 2, 2007, 7:14 AM
    3. Re: orange peel... - Butch Menchaca on Jul 4, 2007, 12:37 AM
    4. Not Orange peel...But try this.. - Kingston Wong on Aug 17, 2007, 12:28 PM
     
  25. Attaching PE w/ Mr.Surfacer+Tamiya Cement? View Thread - Shon Stephens on Jun 29, 2007, 11:16 AM
    1. attaching PE with Tamiya glue - james mcfarland on Jun 30, 2007, 5:25 PM
      1. Thanks - Shon Stephens on Jul 1, 2007, 2:23 PM
     
  26. Recommended OptiVISOR? View Thread - Shon Stephens on Jun 29, 2007, 11:13 AM
    1. Optivisor - bobCollignon on Jul 2, 2007, 3:30 PM
    2. Optivisor - Keith Lammiman on Jul 2, 2007, 3:33 PM
     
  27. New Airbrush View Thread - Byron on Jun 25, 2007, 3:48 PM
    1. Please use your first and last name as requested above Byron.... - Adam Wilder on Jun 25, 2007, 5:29 PM
    2. New airbrush - Bill Smithson on Jun 26, 2007, 1:27 PM
      1. Thanks !! n/t - Byron Leal on Jun 28, 2007, 6:15 PM
    3. Byron i would suggest buying an Iwata ....... - Doug Kinder on Jun 28, 2007, 8:45 PM
    4. I have the 360... - Clarence Prigent on Jul 2, 2007, 11:39 AM
     
  28. 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
     
  29. 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
     
  30. 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
     
  31. 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
     
  32. 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
     
  33. 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
     
  34. 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
     
  35. 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
     
  36. 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
     
  37. 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
     
  38. 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
     
  39. 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
     
  40. 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
     
  41. 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
     
  42. 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
     
  43. 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
     
  44. 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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  46. 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
     
  47. 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
     
  48. 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
     
  49. 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
     
  50. 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
     
  51. 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
     
  52. 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
     
  53. 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
     
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