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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. what is PVA glue? View Thread - Brian Alfano on Aug 29, 2007, 7:25 PM
    1. Re: what is PVA glue? - Aidrian Bridgeman-Sutton on Aug 29, 2007, 10:43 PM
     
  2. Tanks during wintertime View Thread - Dennis Brändle on Aug 27, 2007, 11:21 AM
    1. Weather and Weathering - Jason Bobrowich on Aug 27, 2007, 12:20 PM
    2. One suggestion - roy chow on Aug 28, 2007, 9:06 AM
    3. I might add.. - Jody Smith on Aug 28, 2007, 5:06 PM
    4. Wet & dry earth/mud - Danny Egan on Sep 9, 2007, 12:10 PM
     
  3. Panic stricken paint problem... View Thread - Chris Storch on Aug 25, 2007, 11:27 AM
    1. Re: Panic stricken paint problem... - Rick Nelson on Aug 25, 2007, 4:11 PM
      1. Thanks Rick... - Chris Storch on Aug 27, 2007, 9:05 PM
     
  4. Best solution for chrome View Thread - Peter Sisung on Aug 19, 2007, 5:04 PM
    1. The best... - bobCollignon on Aug 19, 2007, 5:49 PM
    2. Depends.. - Jody Smith on Aug 19, 2007, 6:57 PM
    3. Substitute plastic if possible... - Clair Greenwood on Aug 19, 2007, 7:14 PM
    4. Great suggestions gents. - Peter Sisung on Aug 20, 2007, 8:55 AM
      1. About Alclad! - Jose Duran on Aug 31, 2007, 12:13 PM
        1. Actually.... - Peter Sisung on Sep 1, 2007, 11:19 AM
          1. Watch out for the Alclad base - david nickels on Sep 11, 2007, 12:08 PM
            1. I found Tamiya TS laquers an excellent base for Alclad Chrome. - Kevin Johnson on Sep 14, 2007, 4:48 PM
    5. Alclad II Chrome - david nickels on Sep 11, 2007, 12:07 PM
    6. Re: Best solution for chrome - Rob Plas on Oct 21, 2007, 4:11 AM
     
  5. How to make clear periscopes? View Thread - Dennis Brändle on Aug 17, 2007, 12:46 PM
    1. Some approaches... - bobCollignon on Aug 17, 2007, 7:34 PM
    2. Try this... - Kingston Wong on Aug 18, 2007, 1:04 PM
      1. Re: Try this... - Matt Leese on Aug 22, 2007, 3:30 PM
     
  6. How to shred a tire? View Thread - Glenn Gerson on Aug 17, 2007, 7:20 AM
    1. Re: How to shred a tire? - Matt Leese on Aug 17, 2007, 7:25 AM
    2. My guess...... - Clair Greenwood on Aug 17, 2007, 8:12 AM
    3. How about a hollow casting? - Robert Lockie on Aug 17, 2007, 11:55 AM
     
  7. Maintenance on an Iwata compressor View Thread - Steve Dowty on Aug 15, 2007, 7:23 PM
    1. Re: Maintenance on an Iwata compressor - Matt Leese on Aug 16, 2007, 6:39 AM
     
  8. problem with priming resin kit View Thread - Mike Cain on Aug 14, 2007, 5:52 PM
    1. Re: problem with priming resin kit - Greg H on Aug 14, 2007, 8:30 PM
      1. Resin - primer - Andrew Deeley on Sep 5, 2007, 5:28 AM
     
  9. what dilution for master oils??? ...except of a turpentine View Thread - jiri skarka on Aug 14, 2007, 12:17 PM
    1. Try some Turpenoid - Clair Greenwood on Aug 14, 2007, 2:33 PM
    2. Re: what dilution for master oils??? ...except of a turpentine - Vladimir Grigoriev on Aug 15, 2007, 4:50 AM
    3. Re: what dilution for master oils??? ...except of a turpentine - Maarten Weers on Oct 23, 2007, 5:31 AM
     
  10. Model Master thinner, what to use View Thread - Larry Copey on Aug 12, 2007, 9:33 AM
    1. I use Mineral Spirits on MM - Jeff Nolan on Aug 12, 2007, 9:15 PM
      1. Proper thinner is a relative term.... - Clair Greenwood on Aug 13, 2007, 8:04 AM
    2. What type of paint? - david nickels on Sep 11, 2007, 1:19 PM
     
  11. Paint jars View Thread - MOORE George on Aug 12, 2007, 9:03 AM
    1. Re: Paint jars - Dan Argent on Aug 14, 2007, 4:27 AM
     
  12. MMiR View Thread - Joe Stricklin on Aug 7, 2007, 1:46 PM
    1. Issue #41 - Dan Trepanier on Aug 7, 2007, 2:03 PM
     
  13. Airbrush needle accumulation View Thread - Joe Stricklin on Aug 7, 2007, 1:46 PM
    1. Nature of the beast - Andrew Albrecht on Aug 7, 2007, 2:44 PM
      1. Thanks - Joe Stricklin on Aug 7, 2007, 3:07 PM
        1. I keep a container filled with water and... - Dany Mc Donald on Aug 7, 2007, 4:48 PM
        2. RainX - Scott Dimmick on Aug 9, 2007, 8:24 AM
     
  14. airbrush ? View Thread - Alan Bessler on Aug 5, 2007, 9:10 AM
    1. possibilites - Bob yack on Aug 5, 2007, 8:26 PM
      1. Brand new needle and no double lines ? - Alan Bessler on Aug 5, 2007, 9:25 PM
        1. Needle fully in nozzle? - Bob Yack on Aug 5, 2007, 10:04 PM
          1. Thanks I'll see what happens........... - Alan Bessler on Aug 6, 2007, 4:35 PM
            1. Im thinking I may need a new nozzle............... - Alan Bessler on Aug 6, 2007, 10:07 PM
    2. Tried new needle through cleaning and.......... - Alan Bessler on Aug 7, 2007, 6:51 PM
      1. That pesky little #&^% - Bob Yack on Aug 8, 2007, 4:54 PM
        1. Yes it;s double action............ - Alan Bessler on Aug 8, 2007, 6:06 PM
          1. That has to work or it's possessed! - Bob yack on Aug 8, 2007, 10:28 PM
            1. Thanks Bob for all the help........... - Alan Bessler on Aug 12, 2007, 11:34 AM
              1. Seating the needle - Ted Paone on Aug 13, 2007, 3:40 PM
                1. Thanks I'll give it a try.................. - Alan Bessler on Aug 13, 2007, 5:48 PM
                  1. No Luck.................... - Alan Bessler on Aug 23, 2007, 5:14 PM
    3. Getting a new brush........... - Alan Bessler on Aug 26, 2007, 10:49 AM
    4. Bad new needle !!!! - Alan Bessler on Sep 9, 2007, 10:31 AM
     
  15. Windows for soft skins View Thread - Dan Argent on Aug 4, 2007, 8:52 PM
    1. Acetate.... - Jody Smith on Aug 5, 2007, 11:20 PM
      1. Re: Acetate.... - Dan Argent on Aug 6, 2007, 8:26 AM
    2. Glue - Dave Foster on Aug 24, 2007, 11:46 PM
     
  16. brown paint for scratches View Thread - james surratt on Aug 3, 2007, 11:35 PM
    1. Try this.. - Clair Greenwood on Aug 4, 2007, 9:14 AM
    2. Vallejo - Andrew Albrecht on Aug 4, 2007, 11:04 AM
    3. Thank you both - james Surratt on Aug 5, 2007, 5:56 PM
     
  17. Modern Tank Antenna Question View Thread - ray vermillion on Aug 3, 2007, 7:29 PM
    1. antenna 102 - Greg H on Aug 3, 2007, 9:28 PM
    2. Antenna Mounting Unit Springs - Jason Bobrowich on Aug 3, 2007, 9:43 PM
     
  18. Painting interleaved roadwheels? View Thread - Danny Egan on Aug 3, 2007, 6:07 PM
    1. Re: Painting interleaved roadwheels? - Dan Argent on Aug 3, 2007, 6:20 PM
    2. Re: Painting interleaved roadwheels? - Rick Nelson on Aug 3, 2007, 7:27 PM
      1. That works for me too - Robert Lockie on Aug 4, 2007, 3:16 AM
        1. Like Robert - Clair Greenwood on Aug 4, 2007, 9:24 AM
          1. Thanks everyone - Danny Egan on Aug 4, 2007, 11:43 AM
     
  19. Photo etched brass query... View Thread - Jody Smith on Aug 2, 2007, 11:10 PM
    1. Patience....infinite patience..... - Ki p Rudge on Aug 3, 2007, 10:25 AM
    2. Re: Photo etched brass query... - Anonymous on Aug 4, 2007, 8:48 AM
    3. parts that require accurate positioning - Dan Hay on Aug 10, 2007, 5:54 PM
     
  20. 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
     
  21. 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
     
  22. 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
     
  23. 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
     
  24. 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
     
  25. 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
     
  26. Masking Question View Thread - Andy Hall on Jul 22, 2007, 2:18 PM
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  28. 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
     
  29. 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
     
  30. 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
     
  31. ATT: Jody Smith & Bob Collignon, Re: Post 16 View Thread - Lyle Kitchiner on Jul 18, 2007, 10:12 AM
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  33. 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
     
  34. 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
     
  35. 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
     
  36. 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
     
  37. 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
     
  38. 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
     
  39. 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
     
  40. 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
     
  41. 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
     
  42. 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
     
  43. 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
     
  44. 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
     
  45. 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
     
  46. 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
     
  47. 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
     
  48. 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
     
  49. 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
     
  50. 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
     
  51. 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
     
  52. 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
     
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