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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. Washes View Thread - Matthew Stirling on Jul 31, 2015, 3:50 AM
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  3. Mixing cups View Thread - Matthew Stirling on Jul 8, 2015, 5:54 PM
    1. Just go to a medical supply store and get the little pill cups....... - Ron Hetherington on Jul 9, 2015, 10:32 PM
      1. But I like living dangerously by using the wife's tea cups. - Brian Colburn on Jul 15, 2015, 12:29 AM
    2. I use soda and water bottle caps - David Nickels on Jul 18, 2015, 4:31 PM
      1. My problem, with caps are the threads. - Matthew Stirling on Jul 20, 2015, 2:17 AM
        1. Not sure how that is a problem - David Nickels on Jul 27, 2015, 1:59 PM
    3. resin mixing cups - Anonymous on Jul 22, 2015, 12:27 PM
    4. Medical supply cups - Eric McClure on Jul 22, 2015, 9:40 PM
    5. My point is, if you drink creamer, the cups are free. - Matthew Stirling on Aug 2, 2015, 12:30 AM
    6. Cups - Owen R Auer on Sep 7, 2015, 11:22 PM
     
  4. How to thin acrylics? View Thread - Patrick Vinas on Jul 6, 2015, 4:43 PM
    1. I think it's a case of... - Andrew Tomlinson on Jul 6, 2015, 5:22 PM
    2. Some things are meant to be. - Matthew Stirling on Jul 6, 2015, 9:55 PM
     
  5. Latest printables View Thread - Federico Collada on Jul 6, 2015, 12:10 PM
    1. Thanks for this - Chris Grove on Jul 12, 2015, 4:38 PM
     
  6. Resin casting: pattern/master preparation. View Thread - Greg Knowles on Jun 28, 2015, 5:44 PM
    1. To prime or not to prime..... - Matt Leese on Jun 30, 2015, 7:15 AM
      1. Thanks Matt... - Greg Knowles on Jun 30, 2015, 7:20 PM
        1. Re: Thanks Matt... - Matt Leese on Jul 1, 2015, 6:08 AM
     
  7. Solder Type View Thread - Matthew Stirling on Jun 25, 2015, 7:32 AM
    1. liquid solder? - Timo de Porto on Jun 25, 2015, 9:06 AM
      1. It comes in a syringe. - Matthew Stirling on Jun 25, 2015, 4:10 PM
        1. Re: It comes in a syringe. - Timo de Porto on Jun 29, 2015, 9:17 AM
          1. Dos it need a seperate flux? - Bryan Krueger on Jul 21, 2015, 3:19 PM
    2. Flux? What are you using as flux? - Harry Dente on Jun 25, 2015, 11:44 AM
      1. No flux needed, with the liquid solder. - Matthew Stirling on Jun 25, 2015, 4:10 PM
        1. ive found that - david nickels on Jun 28, 2015, 9:48 AM
          1. This is what I use. It does state "paste". - Matthew Stirling on Jun 29, 2015, 12:09 AM
            1. new to me - thanks - david nickels on Jul 3, 2015, 4:45 PM
    3. Whatever you do, do NOT use acid core or acid flux. - Brian Colburn on Jul 15, 2015, 12:20 AM
      1. You still have to use a soldering iron, but the result is fairly good. - Matthew Stirling on Jul 15, 2015, 11:34 PM
     
  8. wrong thread; please delete View Thread - Matthew Stirling on Jun 20, 2015, 9:07 AM
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  10. Question: Solder vs. super glue? View Thread - Greg Jacobson on Jun 2, 2015, 8:46 PM
    1. Super Glue - Matthew Stirling on Jun 3, 2015, 10:54 AM
      1. Re: Super Glue - Greg Jacobson on Jun 3, 2015, 3:53 PM
    2. CA glue - david nickels on Jun 7, 2015, 9:05 PM
     
  11. Liquid Solder View Thread - Matthew Stirling on Jun 2, 2015, 4:06 AM
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  13. easy DIY clear headlight lenses View Thread - david nickels on May 31, 2015, 7:12 PM
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  15. Pigments recommendations View Thread - Eric McClure on May 16, 2015, 8:09 PM
    1. I really like Vallejo pigments - david nickels on May 20, 2015, 9:09 AM
    2. Doc O'Brien's from MicroMark - Matthew Stirling on May 21, 2015, 9:50 AM
      1. I threw away all my pastels - david nickels on May 21, 2015, 4:10 PM
        1. I tried chalk and they wouldn't adhere, even with fixer. - Matthew Stirling on May 21, 2015, 5:35 PM
          1. same here and... - david nickels on May 22, 2015, 9:34 AM
            1. They're best on groundwork... - Andrew Tomlinson on May 27, 2015, 5:08 PM
        2. Re: I threw away all my pastels - Ken Abrams on Jun 4, 2015, 1:00 PM
      2. Doc O'briens - Ken Abrams on Jun 4, 2015, 1:12 PM
        1. They don't disappear, under a clear coat like pastels do. - Matthew Stirling on Jun 15, 2015, 11:07 AM
    3. Well - Eric McClure on May 29, 2015, 9:04 PM
     
  16. Vallejo Model Air help View Thread - Walter Schneider on May 16, 2015, 7:47 AM
    1. This link may help. - George Proulx on May 16, 2015, 5:45 PM
      1. Good info but.... - Walter Schneider on May 16, 2015, 10:24 PM
        1. Have you looked at the Vallejo web site? - david nickels on May 20, 2015, 9:15 AM
    2. XF-60 : Khaki; XF-63 : German Braun Violet - Matthew Stirling on May 21, 2015, 9:51 AM
     
  17. joining plastic card and plexiglas View Thread - Ian Howes on Apr 14, 2015, 3:12 AM
    1. They do make glue for Plexiglass - david nickels on Apr 16, 2015, 8:25 PM
    2. As David said ,,, Weldon #4 ... - Paul Budzik on May 5, 2015, 10:04 PM
    3. Thanks to you all - Ian Howes on May 7, 2015, 2:17 AM
     
  18. Respirator fun View Thread - Ben on Apr 13, 2015, 6:04 AM
    1. I know how you must feel. - Ian Howes on Apr 14, 2015, 2:59 PM
    2. Big Box Stores - George Proulx on Apr 19, 2015, 4:18 PM
    3. Tamiya non-solvent glue... - Andrew Tomlinson on Apr 22, 2015, 5:19 PM
      1. I have used the Gunze lemon glue - david nickels on Apr 26, 2015, 6:46 PM
    4. try using your - Timo de Porto on Jun 25, 2015, 9:12 AM
     
  19. Does this varnish look good? View Thread - Robert Villaverde on Apr 3, 2015, 9:22 AM
    1. Varnish - Fred A. Berganio on Apr 5, 2015, 11:48 AM
    2. Testors DullCote looks the same. Just mix it well. - Matthew Stirling on Apr 7, 2015, 7:56 PM
    3. Humbrol Matt is very thick... - Bryan Krueger on Apr 14, 2015, 3:55 PM
     
  20. Using Stretched Sprue for Weld Beads View Thread - Steve Pilbeam on Mar 21, 2015, 8:46 AM
    1. Stretched sprue - Chris Grove on Mar 21, 2015, 11:41 AM
    2. Thanks Steve! - Mike Penton on Mar 22, 2015, 12:51 AM
      1. Sorry Mike - Steve Pilbeam on Mar 22, 2015, 2:05 PM
    3. Profiles - Scott Fraser on Apr 2, 2015, 2:37 PM
     
  21. Who is the maker of that Mud in a jar stuff?? Not the MIG stuff, but the other stuff... View Thread - Ron Hetherington on Mar 17, 2015, 8:36 PM
    1. Mud in a Pot - Stefan Zadziuk on Mar 17, 2015, 9:10 PM
      1. YES...THANKS!!! Knew it was mud in a ...... but could not remember what..nt - Ron Hetherington on Mar 18, 2015, 1:02 AM
    2. EZ or Easy Mud - david nickels on Mar 18, 2015, 5:53 PM
     
  22. Storage ideas for styrene rods, strip etc View Thread - Jim Simmonds on Mar 13, 2015, 4:13 PM
    1. Rack for evergreen storage - Chris Grove on Mar 13, 2015, 5:05 PM
      1. Thanks Chris - Jim Simmonds on Mar 14, 2015, 3:42 AM
      2. Strip and rod storage - george moore on Mar 16, 2015, 10:16 PM
        1. Thanks George - Jim Simmonds on Mar 17, 2015, 3:30 PM
    2. I'm Not That Ambitious - Mike Penton on Mar 14, 2015, 2:00 AM
      1. Thanks Mike - Jim Simmonds on Mar 14, 2015, 3:40 AM
        1. Stock organizer - Matt Leese on Mar 19, 2015, 6:17 AM
          1. Like it! - Jim Simmonds on Mar 19, 2015, 2:27 PM
            1. Evergreen etc storage - John Franklin on May 11, 2015, 8:24 PM
    3. Storage - Andrew Deeley on Mar 30, 2015, 4:42 PM
     
  23. Alumilite Slow-Set 7 spotted in Hobby Lobby! View Thread - Richard Isner on Mar 5, 2015, 11:52 PM
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  25. Washing before assembling and painting View Thread - Chris Grove on Mar 2, 2015, 5:21 AM
    1. I use Dawn - Matt Nethery on Mar 2, 2015, 7:32 AM
    2. Cleaning - Dave Foster on Mar 2, 2015, 2:17 PM
    3. Washing - Chris Grove on Mar 3, 2015, 5:32 AM
     
  26. Painting Milliput View Thread - George Proulx on Feb 23, 2015, 2:32 PM
    1. I would recommend using self-etching primer. - Matt Nethery on Feb 24, 2015, 10:17 PM
      1. Re: I would recommend using self-etching primer. - George Proulx on Feb 25, 2015, 12:02 AM
    2. Did you use any baby powder or oils - Bryan Krueger on Feb 27, 2015, 1:08 PM
     
  27. Making washes View Thread - James Morgan on Feb 17, 2015, 2:47 PM
    1. Well, that's how I started and still do... - Andrew Tomlinson on Feb 17, 2015, 2:52 PM
      1. Gloss - James Morgan on Feb 17, 2015, 2:59 PM
    2. Thinned paint works - Matt Nethery on Feb 17, 2015, 6:50 PM
     
  28. Blue-tack with superglue View Thread - Peter Imberg on Feb 15, 2015, 1:48 AM
    1. Thank you, for posting this. - Matt Nethery on Feb 15, 2015, 6:50 AM
     
  29. 1/35 taps, fittings etc View Thread - Jim Simmonds on Feb 9, 2015, 1:48 PM
    1. Re: 1/35 taps, fittings etc - tony zadro on Feb 9, 2015, 3:58 PM
      1. Thanks - Jim Simmonds on Feb 10, 2015, 1:00 PM
    2. Use Model Car Stuff - Ian Barraclough on Feb 13, 2015, 12:29 PM
      1. Thanks Ian n/t - Jim Simmonds on Feb 20, 2015, 3:05 PM
        1. Fittings - Matt Leese on Feb 25, 2015, 9:05 AM
     
  30. Aligning truck frames? View Thread - Peter Stankiewicz on Feb 7, 2015, 8:29 PM
    1. I would recommend using an F clamp - Matt Nethery on Feb 7, 2015, 9:43 PM
      1. I'll try it - Peter Stankiewicz on Feb 8, 2015, 12:14 AM
     
  31. Pigment Binder use? View Thread - George Proulx on Feb 6, 2015, 4:02 PM
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  33. Help with photo etch ! View Thread - Steve Pilbeam on Feb 2, 2015, 6:28 PM
    1. PE Support Group?... - Brian N Stanley on Feb 2, 2015, 10:10 PM
      1. Thanks Brian - Steve Pilbeam on Feb 3, 2015, 6:20 AM
    2. Proper tools, practice and a good tutorial - Bryan Krueger on Feb 3, 2015, 11:13 AM
      1. Thanks to you as well Brian - Steve Pilbeam on Feb 3, 2015, 6:32 PM
    3. P.E. 101 - Fred A. Berganio on Feb 3, 2015, 12:19 PM
      1. Cheers Fred - Steve Pilbeam on Feb 3, 2015, 6:38 PM
    4. A little further out there... - John Lam on Feb 4, 2015, 10:29 AM
      1. Cheers John ! - Steve Pilbeam on Feb 4, 2015, 11:38 AM
        1. tape - Peter Stankiewicz on Feb 7, 2015, 8:20 PM
          1. What Great Idea - Steve Pilbeam on Feb 10, 2015, 1:37 PM
    5. Here's a tip - Jack fished on Feb 9, 2015, 8:35 PM
      1. Why Did'nt I think of this ? - Steve Pilbeam on Feb 10, 2015, 1:41 PM
        1. And which frets should be annealed?! Some not? - Andrew Tomlinson on Feb 12, 2015, 11:27 AM
          1. There is usually no need to anneal anything - david nickels on Mar 13, 2015, 4:00 PM
    6. Re: Help with photo etch ! - Tom Naylor on Aug 6, 2015, 2:32 AM
      1. Re help........ - Steve Pilbeam on Jan 22, 2016, 5:31 PM
     
  34. Airbrushing Tamiya Acrylics - Problems View Thread - Alberto Flores on Jan 17, 2015, 4:04 PM
    1. Re: Airbrushing Tamiya Acrylics - Problems - chad perkins on Jan 17, 2015, 7:38 PM
      1. Airbrushing Tamiya Acrylics - Problems - Alberto Flores on Jan 18, 2015, 10:31 AM
    2. Lower air pressure - Andrew Deeley on Jan 18, 2015, 4:44 AM
      1. Re: Lower air pressure - Alberto Flores on Jan 18, 2015, 10:39 AM
    3. Two or three issues - david nickels on Jan 21, 2015, 9:13 AM
      1. What type of lacquer thinner? - Kevin J. McNichols on Feb 6, 2015, 1:10 PM
        1. Tamiya lacquer thinner - david nickels on Feb 24, 2015, 2:17 PM
     
  35. track impressions View Thread - Andrew Deeley on Jan 15, 2015, 2:36 PM
    1. Brilliant idea ! - Andrew Tomlinson on Jan 18, 2015, 11:02 AM
      1. Glad it was useful n/t - Andrew Deeley on Jan 19, 2015, 1:31 PM
     
  36. Silly-Putty as a mask for a 3 colors cammo scheme View Thread - Alberto Flores on Jan 13, 2015, 10:38 AM
    1. it works. - Andrew Deeley on Jan 13, 2015, 1:26 PM
      1. Re: it works. - Alberto Flores on Jan 13, 2015, 1:47 PM
        1. Rolled edge - Ted Paone on Jan 14, 2015, 10:10 AM
        2. Article - Andrew Deeley on Jan 14, 2015, 11:27 AM
          1. Thanks for your help - Alberto Flores on Jan 15, 2015, 4:11 PM
            1. Sent you an email. n/t - Andrew Deeley on Jan 17, 2015, 11:05 AM
    2. Re: Silly-Putty as a mask for a 3 colors cammo scheme - Barry Beaudry on Feb 6, 2015, 7:29 PM
     
  37. Matt / flat varnish View Thread - Andrew Deeley on Jan 12, 2015, 8:33 AM
    1. Best not to try it... - Brian N Stanley on Jan 13, 2015, 11:50 PM
      1. THXS - Andrew Deeley on Jan 14, 2015, 11:29 AM
     
  38. Filler solution View Thread - George Proulx on Dec 28, 2014, 3:28 PM
    1. Keep going - it does work ! - Andrew Tomlinson on Dec 28, 2014, 7:59 PM
    2. Re: Melted sprue seam filler - Richard Nicoletti on Dec 31, 2014, 11:04 AM
    3. Flowing Filler - Bryan Krueger on Jan 8, 2015, 2:55 PM
      1. Re: Flowing Filler - George Proulx on Jan 8, 2015, 7:48 PM
        1. Tippex or correvtion fluid for paper might help.. - Andrew Tomlinson on Jan 18, 2015, 11:04 AM
     
  39. How to Paint Road Wheels (The Easy Way) View Thread - Matt Nethery on Dec 25, 2014, 8:20 AM
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  41. removing chrome plating? View Thread - Richard Isner on Dec 16, 2014, 7:22 PM
    1. Several methods I've heard mentioned but never tried out... - Christophe Jacquemont on Dec 16, 2014, 7:33 PM
    2. Removing chrome - george moore on Dec 17, 2014, 12:12 PM
      1. Thanks gentlemen! - Richard Isner on Dec 17, 2014, 11:46 PM
    3. Bleach - Matt Nethery on Dec 18, 2014, 4:25 AM
    4. 409 also works. n/t - Bryan Krueger on Jan 8, 2015, 2:55 PM
    5. Re: removing chrome plating? - Barry Beaudry on Feb 6, 2015, 7:32 PM
     
  42. Herbal Tea Bags in mesh View Thread - Andrew Tomlinson on Dec 14, 2014, 7:59 AM
    1. how about --- - dan troup on Dec 15, 2014, 8:13 PM
      1. Tea Pigs, Sainsbury's or Tesco Finest - Andrew Tomlinson on Dec 16, 2014, 6:40 AM
    2. YES - Aleksandar Mladenovic on Jan 6, 2015, 6:08 AM
     
  43. Dragon Early Model PantherA Idler View Thread - Rick Opich on Dec 9, 2014, 1:09 PM
    1. even kit parts have this issue - david nickels on Dec 9, 2014, 1:35 PM
      1. Re: even kit parts have this issue - Rick Opich on Dec 9, 2014, 2:08 PM
        1. Non-fits - Chris Grove on Dec 9, 2014, 2:53 PM
          1. n/t - Matt Nethery on Dec 10, 2014, 2:43 PM
     
  44. Alumilite Slow-set is good! View Thread - Richard Isner on Dec 8, 2014, 8:19 PM
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  46. Flattening Model Master Acrylic Paint? View Thread - Richard Isner on Dec 6, 2014, 7:55 PM
    1. Just spray Vallejo Matt varnish over the top... ? - Andrew Tomlinson on Dec 7, 2014, 5:06 AM
      1. Good suggestion...if you want everything flat - Richard Isner on Dec 7, 2014, 11:07 AM
        1. Model Master Flat Clear Acrylic 4636 - Matt Nethery on Dec 7, 2014, 3:38 PM
          1. Tried that with limited success - Richard Isner on Dec 7, 2014, 10:27 PM
    2. old fashioned way - david nickels on Dec 9, 2014, 1:32 PM
     
  47. Tilts or canvas truck covers? View Thread - George Proulx on Dec 3, 2014, 3:00 PM
    1. Spectacle / glasses cleaning cloths - - Andrew Tomlinson on Dec 3, 2014, 5:26 PM
    2. Doped, heavy tissue - Matt Nethery on Dec 7, 2014, 3:39 PM
    3. Re: Tilts or canvas truck covers? - Aleksandar Mladenovic on Jan 6, 2015, 6:17 AM
     
  48. Best glue for metal parts View Thread - Noel S. Ayres on Nov 29, 2014, 11:25 PM
    1. Re: Best glue for metal parts - Matt Leese on Dec 1, 2014, 8:00 AM
     
  49. Airbrush Cleaner? View Thread - Dave Parks on Nov 7, 2014, 10:08 PM
    1. Flush it with water, after cleaning with Windex. - Matt Nethery on Nov 8, 2014, 6:47 AM
    2. What airbrush make ? - Andrew Deeley on Nov 12, 2014, 7:01 AM
    3. i use lacquer thinner - david nickels on Nov 24, 2014, 10:38 AM
      1. Lacquer Thinner - Matt Nethery on Nov 25, 2014, 12:35 PM
        1. not had any issue in 20-25 years - david nickels on Nov 25, 2014, 4:02 PM
     
  50. How to glue painted parts View Thread - Matt Nethery on Oct 29, 2014, 11:45 PM
    1. Now that could be v useful ! - Andrew Tomlinson on Nov 1, 2014, 7:02 AM
    2. Use - Matt Nethery on Nov 1, 2014, 7:39 AM
     
  51. Sira Hobby weathering pigments applying technique View Thread - Piotr Wypiór on Oct 28, 2014, 4:03 PM
    1. Sirahobby - Marian Bunc on Dec 20, 2014, 10:12 AM
      1. Thanks! - Piotr Wypiór on Dec 23, 2014, 5:20 AM
     
  52. Prospective Zimmerit Strategy View Thread - Scott S. on Oct 24, 2014, 9:41 AM
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  54. Using brown water based sealant ... also coloured tile grout View Thread - Andrew Tomlinson on Oct 22, 2014, 3:13 PM
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  56. How to "paint/weather" rubber tires.... View Thread - Tim Lingle on Oct 17, 2014, 2:53 PM
    1. Don't paint them - Matt Nethery on Oct 17, 2014, 4:15 PM
    2. Re: How to "paint/weather" rubber tires.... - Aleksandar Mladenovic on Oct 19, 2014, 8:51 PM
      1. Scrub the tire - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on Oct 28, 2014, 8:51 AM
     
  57. Realistic Mud and Armour Weathering View Thread - James Morgan on Oct 6, 2014, 2:44 PM
    1. Messy but realistic - Matt Nethery on Oct 7, 2014, 8:12 AM
      1. Rust-o-leum - James Morgan on Oct 7, 2014, 10:04 AM
        1. Grit - Matt Nethery on Oct 9, 2014, 6:26 AM
          1. Try a Humbrol Service Brown or similar - - Andrew Tomlinson on Oct 14, 2014, 4:24 PM
    2. Mud - Mike Starmer on Dec 1, 2014, 3:11 PM
    3. Pigments or Weathering enamels - Tabb Tharrington on Dec 16, 2016, 11:44 AM
     
  58. Hope for the new Alumilite Slow-Set View Thread - Richard Isner on Sep 15, 2014, 12:49 AM
    1. well - Matt Leese on Sep 15, 2014, 7:02 AM
      1. Oh, Smooth-On is Awesome! - Richard Isner on Sep 16, 2014, 11:26 PM
    2. Great News... - Capt. C. Sosebee, USA (Ret) on Sep 15, 2014, 12:07 PM
     
  59. Disolving putty? View Thread - Etienne Tardivel on Aug 30, 2014, 5:39 AM
    1. Re: Disolving putty? - George Proulx on Aug 30, 2014, 2:11 PM
      1. even the dry stuff?.....................................n/t - Etienne Tardivel on Aug 30, 2014, 3:43 PM
    2. Mr. Hobby Color thinner - Robert Kru on Sep 1, 2014, 3:49 AM
      1. I will look into that, thanks.................n/t - Etienne Tardivel on Sep 1, 2014, 8:11 AM
     
  60. Cleaning Clear Parts View Thread - Matt Nethery on Aug 26, 2014, 9:31 PM
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