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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. Recommendation for soldering iron, other pe tools. View Thread - Michael McDonald on Oct 4, 2006, 3:20 PM
    1. A small cheap iron should be fine - John Barnicoat on Oct 4, 2006, 8:37 PM
      1. Thanks for the advice. - Michael McDonald on Oct 5, 2006, 12:15 AM
      2. dollar store - Francois on Nov 8, 2006, 8:02 PM
    2. I like my Xacto - Bob Muckley on Oct 11, 2006, 11:49 AM
      1. Thanks Bob. - Michael McDonald on Oct 20, 2006, 9:45 AM
     
  2. how do I clean the tamiya zimmerit tool? View Thread - Perry Lockhart on Oct 2, 2006, 2:10 PM
    1. What kinda putty did you use ? - Doug Kinder on Oct 2, 2006, 10:50 PM
      1. thanks Doug! Im using the tamiya putty - Perry Lockhart on Oct 3, 2006, 6:32 PM
     
  3. Thinning MR. Dissolved Putty ? View Thread - Stirling Lowery on Oct 1, 2006, 4:55 PM
    1. I have used Testors Liquid cement with sucess. N/T/ - John F. Steinman on Oct 2, 2006, 9:56 AM
    2. Laquer thinner or Mr. Color thinner (laquer thinner) nt - david nickels on Oct 2, 2006, 11:56 AM
      1. Thanks Guys ! - Stirling Lowery on Oct 3, 2006, 7:37 AM
     
  4. Airbrush - starting off View Thread - Dorian Anderson on Oct 1, 2006, 12:54 PM
    1. Airbrushing - Jason Bobrowich on Oct 1, 2006, 7:07 PM
    2. Re: Airbrush - starting off - Carlos Tapia on Oct 3, 2006, 12:45 PM
      1. Wow, thanks Carlos! - Dorian Anderson on Oct 12, 2006, 4:16 AM
        1. Re: Wow, thanks Carlos! - Carlos Tapia on Oct 13, 2006, 1:03 PM
     
  5. MIG Pigments question View Thread - Erik Welch on Sep 28, 2006, 11:05 PM
    1. Mig's Article - Sven Frisch on Sep 29, 2006, 1:31 PM
      1. Link - Erik Welch on Sep 29, 2006, 4:10 PM
      2. good stuff! - Perry Lockhart on Oct 2, 2006, 2:16 PM
     
  6. Message for Dave Parker! View Thread - Darren Greenwood on Sep 27, 2006, 11:59 AM
    1. Re jack block - David Parker on Sep 28, 2006, 1:53 AM
    2. Re: Message for Dave Parker! - Darren Greenwood on Sep 28, 2006, 1:14 PM
     
  7. Weathering for metal track links View Thread - Chris A. on Sep 26, 2006, 7:50 PM
    1. I sent an article....... - Adam Wilder on Sep 27, 2006, 8:51 AM
      1. Thanks. - Chris A. on Sep 27, 2006, 9:55 PM
     
  8. How to use MIG Pigments and Resin properly? View Thread - Dennis Brändle on Sep 26, 2006, 2:34 AM
    1. Natural process... - Miguel Jimenez Mig on Sep 26, 2006, 11:10 AM
      1. Thanks for the answer of a true master! - Dennis Brändle on Sep 26, 2006, 9:59 PM
      2. Intriguing Idea - Jim Fredd on Sep 27, 2006, 2:03 PM
     
  9. Thinner for Gunze Sangyo Mr. Metal - help! View Thread - J Keehan on Sep 25, 2006, 8:36 AM
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  11. UK rresin and rtv supplier View Thread - Gary Watson on Sep 23, 2006, 8:32 AM
    1. UK Sources - clive harman on Sep 23, 2006, 8:06 PM
      1. Cheers - Gary Watson on Sep 24, 2006, 5:13 PM
     
  12. Photography question. View Thread - Bob Yack on Sep 21, 2006, 1:42 AM
    1. Should be in the In Focus forum - Andy Molyneaux on Sep 21, 2006, 4:45 AM
      1. Thanks! - Bob Yack on Sep 21, 2006, 8:08 PM
     
  13. Pigments aplication View Thread - Paulo Lopes on Sep 20, 2006, 4:54 AM
    1. Add another coat - Andy Molyneaux on Sep 20, 2006, 8:06 AM
     
  14. What kind of photo Etchs Tools View Thread - Nathan Xu on Sep 17, 2006, 7:23 PM
    1. Tools - david nickels on Sep 18, 2006, 9:03 AM
    2. PE Tool basic sets - roy chow on Sep 20, 2006, 11:32 AM
    3. Hold n Fold in Aus - Bob johnston on Sep 26, 2006, 11:41 AM
    4. PE Tools - Patrice DEBUCQUOY on Sep 27, 2006, 3:28 AM
     
  15. Setting Dragon Magic tracks before fixing to wheels View Thread - DarylGrant on Sep 14, 2006, 1:10 PM
    1. Re: Setting Dragon Magic tracks before fixing to wheels - Ross Jarvis on Sep 15, 2006, 8:24 AM
      1. Thx mate I will give that a go - DarylGrant on Sep 21, 2006, 4:17 PM
     
  16. Panther Camo View Thread - Mark Dunck on Sep 6, 2006, 2:06 PM
    1. Practice first - Warren Kuntz on Sep 8, 2006, 6:00 AM
     
  17. Which Mr. Surfacer for cast textures? View Thread - Dennis Brändle on Sep 5, 2006, 10:25 AM
    1. I prefer 500 personally n/t - Robert Lockie on Sep 5, 2006, 1:21 PM
    2. Mr Surfacer... - Nick Cortese on Sep 8, 2006, 10:27 AM
     
  18. Best way to paint wheels/tires View Thread - Patrick Vinas on Sep 3, 2006, 5:29 PM
    1. A couple of options - Eric McClure on Sep 3, 2006, 6:56 PM
      1. Re: A couple of options - Jakko Westerbeke on Sep 4, 2006, 5:08 AM
      2. I like the thinned paint idea - Patrick Vinas on Sep 4, 2006, 7:57 AM
        1. What I do - Mark Dunck on Sep 6, 2006, 2:23 PM
          1. Thanks Mark - Patrick Vinas on Sep 6, 2006, 9:24 PM
            1. what i do - Shane K on Sep 11, 2006, 6:30 AM
              1. Great tip - Patrick Vinas on Sep 13, 2006, 3:36 PM
     
  19. Camo nets for modern tanks View Thread - Michal Bartusiak on Sep 3, 2006, 5:08 PM
    1. Camo nets - Dan Hay on Sep 4, 2006, 12:10 AM
    2. Cam Nets - Jason Bobrowich on Sep 4, 2006, 12:31 PM
      1. Thanks :) - Michal Bartusiak on Sep 4, 2006, 4:44 PM
        1. No Problem - Jason Bobrowich on Sep 4, 2006, 5:50 PM
     
  20. those blooming tracks.... View Thread - Victor Wolfsbergen on Sep 1, 2006, 5:42 PM
    1. indeed difficult..... - Niels Henkemans on Sep 1, 2006, 7:31 PM
    2. A helpful thread... - Stuke Sowle on Sep 1, 2006, 10:06 PM
    3. Not a big deal - david nickels on Sep 2, 2006, 9:27 AM
      1. Thanks guys ! - victor wolfsbergen on Sep 3, 2006, 1:03 PM
    4. You can assemble whole lot and then spray - Brian Balkwill on Sep 23, 2006, 3:14 AM
     
  21. Stowage color ? View Thread - Bob Yack on Sep 1, 2006, 5:18 PM
    1. Depends on what country, box, time period, etc. - david nickels on Sep 2, 2006, 9:22 AM
      1. Thanks!!!! - Bob Yack on Sep 6, 2006, 10:47 PM
    2. British ones - Robert Lockie on Sep 2, 2006, 10:42 AM
      1. Thanks - Bob Yack on Sep 6, 2006, 11:07 PM
     
  22. What to do next ??? View Thread - Paulo Lopes on Aug 30, 2006, 5:15 AM
    1. Shine is good. - Dmitry Kiyatkin on Aug 30, 2006, 9:43 AM
     
  23. Question about "misting" View Thread - Andy Lock on Aug 28, 2006, 5:55 PM
    1. Re: Question about "misting" - Von Bargen Martin on Aug 29, 2006, 11:56 AM
    2. another way - Lashclone on Sep 19, 2006, 7:33 AM
     
  24. Liquid Primer View Thread - Andy Spencer on Aug 22, 2006, 9:34 PM
    1. Hmmmmm - david nickels on Aug 23, 2006, 9:14 AM
      1. Under Water? - Owen R Auer on Aug 23, 2006, 4:52 PM
        1. not really - david nickels on Aug 23, 2006, 5:11 PM
        2. everything is relative...... - Niels Henkemans on Aug 23, 2006, 5:22 PM
     
  25. Removing paint and Future wax coats from old kit View Thread - MJ Whitney on Aug 22, 2006, 10:43 AM
    1. Re: Removing paint and Future wax coats from old kit - Carlos Tapia on Aug 23, 2006, 4:02 PM
    2. Removing paint - Nemanja Mijatovic on Aug 24, 2006, 1:56 PM
    3. stripping - David Schemel on Aug 29, 2006, 10:02 AM
    4. simple green - dave cummings on Aug 29, 2006, 12:35 PM
    5. Thanks All! n/t - MJ Whitney on Aug 29, 2006, 6:19 PM
     
  26. Tamiya Stug IV wheel problem View Thread - Patrick Vinas on Aug 20, 2006, 6:48 PM
    1. You might try... - Andrew Albrecht on Aug 20, 2006, 8:57 PM
    2. Better option - david nickels on Aug 21, 2006, 9:11 AM
      1. Thank-you! - Patrick Vinas on Aug 21, 2006, 6:13 PM
        1. Another good inexpensive fix - david nickels on Aug 22, 2006, 8:42 AM
     
  27. Help wanted with Aber Panther front fender construction. View Thread - Mike Duguay on Aug 20, 2006, 1:16 PM
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  29. choosing the right airbrush ,begineers guide to airbrushing View Thread - andy inman on Aug 17, 2006, 4:57 PM
    1. Some suggestions - roy chow on Aug 17, 2006, 5:39 PM
      1. thank you for your input roy cheers - andy inman on Aug 19, 2006, 2:20 PM
        1. Starter Airbrush and air supply - Ted Paone on Sep 22, 2006, 6:08 PM
     
  30. Painting tracks View Thread - Andrew Rodwell on Aug 17, 2006, 6:58 AM
    1. Tracks take on the color of the area the tank operates in - david nickels on Aug 17, 2006, 8:36 AM
      1. Track painting - Andrew Rodwell on Aug 25, 2006, 3:43 AM
        1. No Fear, Try this... - Dmitry Kiyatkin on Aug 30, 2006, 9:41 AM
     
  31. Vallejo / Lifecolour Compatibility ? View Thread - Stirling Lowery on Aug 14, 2006, 8:16 PM
    1. why not try them - david nickels on Aug 15, 2006, 8:18 AM
     
  32. Help: Airbrushing in narrow spaces. How? View Thread - Alberto Flores on Aug 13, 2006, 6:11 AM
    1. did you - bryan kennedy on Sep 1, 2006, 1:43 PM
      1. Re: did you - Alberto Flores on Sep 2, 2006, 5:43 AM
     
  33. New tool for weld beads View Thread - James Guld on Aug 12, 2006, 2:18 PM
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  35. Squadron Putty View Thread - Tim Eckford on Aug 11, 2006, 10:48 AM
    1. Thinning Squadron Green Stuff - Robert Price on Aug 12, 2006, 7:18 AM
    2. tinning putty - Johan Detruyer on Aug 12, 2006, 4:35 PM
     
  36. apoxie sculpt and maid o metal help! View Thread - Richard pagan on Aug 11, 2006, 7:00 AM
    1. Richerd, check your e-mail(n/t) - Paul Alderton on Aug 11, 2006, 8:57 AM
     
  37. How do you paint winter white washes in 1/35 scale? View Thread - Perry Lockhart on Aug 10, 2006, 8:23 PM
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  39. Moments of truth #1 - time to weather my tanks View Thread - Magnus Schmauch on Aug 10, 2006, 11:14 AM
    1. Some replies - Miguel Jimenez Mig on Aug 10, 2006, 11:40 AM
     
  40. Painting over black basecoat View Thread - Andrew Rodwell on Aug 9, 2006, 3:23 AM
    1. spray the complete model....... - Niels Henkemans on Aug 9, 2006, 7:10 AM
      1. Painting over black basecoat - Andrew Rodwell on Aug 11, 2006, 9:16 AM
    2. watch for color bleed or shift - david nickels on Aug 9, 2006, 8:30 AM
      1. Painting over black basecoat - Andrew Rodwell on Aug 12, 2006, 6:17 AM
    3. It might have been better to start with a brown overall - Kevin Johnson on Aug 9, 2006, 5:38 PM
      1. Painting over black basecoat - Andrew Rodwell on Aug 12, 2006, 6:18 AM
     
  41. Soldering Basics View Thread - TJ Whelan on Aug 6, 2006, 10:24 PM
    1. there is hope - Stephen Kostelak on Aug 7, 2006, 3:26 AM
    2. The name of the problem - Jari Lievonen on Aug 7, 2006, 9:37 AM
    3. Sounds like a heat problem. - Andrew Albrecht on Aug 7, 2006, 1:00 PM
    4. Thanks - TJ Whelan on Aug 7, 2006, 10:02 PM
      1. other option - Niels Henkemans on Aug 8, 2006, 6:48 AM
        1. Re: other option - Tomasz Gronczewski on Sep 3, 2006, 2:26 PM
     
  42. How to make louvered part View Thread - Sam Bagby on Aug 6, 2006, 8:52 AM
    1. Easiest solution - Niko Asposalo on Aug 6, 2006, 3:03 PM
    2. I use some veery thin (say 0,05mm) or.. - Fabio Bianchi on Aug 15, 2006, 3:30 PM
     
  43. PVA? Please Help Me!!! View Thread - Bob Yack on Aug 5, 2006, 11:26 PM
    1. Re: PVA? Please Help Me!!! - Rod Crisman on Aug 6, 2006, 12:03 AM
      1. Thank you. - Bob Yack on Aug 6, 2006, 9:30 PM
        1. You're welcome! - Rod Crisman on Aug 7, 2006, 8:48 AM
     
  44. Title support View Thread - ARQUILLE Stephane on Aug 4, 2006, 7:04 PM
    1. Love that site! - Peter Sisung on Aug 4, 2006, 8:15 PM
    2. That Famo wheel..... - Owen R Auer on Aug 7, 2006, 12:09 PM
    3. Re: Title support - ARQUILLE Stephane on Aug 14, 2006, 4:24 PM
     
  45. alternatives for Milliput ? View Thread - Johan Detruyer on Aug 4, 2006, 3:01 PM
    1. try "Apoxie Scuplt" - Bob Muckley on Aug 5, 2006, 10:43 PM
      1. Try This stuff! - Bob Yack on Aug 5, 2006, 11:40 PM
     
  46. Please tell me the color of the Jerry cans View Thread - Bob Yack on Aug 3, 2006, 12:22 PM
    1. German equipment - roy chow on Aug 3, 2006, 12:44 PM
      1. Thanks - Bob yack on Aug 4, 2006, 12:00 AM
     
  47. Tamiya paint question View Thread - Eric McClure on Aug 2, 2006, 9:31 PM
    1. Clear coats - david nickels on Aug 3, 2006, 8:36 AM
    2. Re: Tamiya paint question - Bob Muckley on Aug 5, 2006, 10:47 PM
      1. Can you decal on semigloss? - Eric McClure on Aug 6, 2006, 6:12 PM
        1. Re: Can you decal on semigloss? - Rod Crisman on Aug 7, 2006, 8:54 AM
     
  48. M60 Belts View Thread - Roger Claeps on Jul 29, 2006, 1:29 PM
    1. Ammunition Belts - Jason Bobrowich on Jul 30, 2006, 1:08 AM
      1. Re: Ammunition Belts - rdclaeps on Jul 30, 2006, 1:12 PM
    2. If you want three dimensional belts...... - clive harman on Jul 31, 2006, 6:24 AM
    3. plastic belts - david nickels on Jul 31, 2006, 9:19 AM
      1. Re: plastic belts - rdclaeps on Jul 31, 2006, 12:58 PM
     
  49. Question regarding Part Photo Etch and Solder. View Thread - Dave Morris on Jul 28, 2006, 4:58 PM
    1. you can solder it........ - Niels Henkemans on Jul 28, 2006, 8:34 PM
    2. Another solution - Marc Brandes on Jul 29, 2006, 5:59 AM
    3. please try ! - yasuyuki watanabe on Jul 29, 2006, 7:37 PM
      1. Thanks for the help guys........ - Dave Morris on Aug 1, 2006, 4:26 PM
     
  50. scrathbuilding question View Thread - Talino Bruno on Jul 27, 2006, 2:56 PM
    1. Depends on the PE set. - Kevin Johnson on Jul 27, 2006, 3:36 PM
    2. to PE or not to PE - david nickels on Jul 28, 2006, 4:55 PM
     
  51. A handy tool my Wifey brought home. View Thread - Sean Dunnage on Jul 26, 2006, 9:29 PM
    1. Never mind - Sean Dunnage on Jul 27, 2006, 5:51 AM
      1. It's OK - Rick Purdy on Jul 27, 2006, 7:53 AM
        1. yeah but - david nickels on Jul 27, 2006, 2:53 PM
      2. Whoa! Not so quick there . . . - Warren Dickinson on Aug 2, 2006, 9:41 AM
     
  52. Paint stripping old vinyl tracks? View Thread - Tim James on Jul 25, 2006, 12:20 AM
    1. Castrol Super Clean - david nickels on Jul 25, 2006, 12:15 PM
    2. You might try Chameleon product as a alternative... - Carlos Tapia on Aug 3, 2006, 12:27 PM
     
  53. How make raised weld seems on Shermans View Thread - Bob Yack on Jul 24, 2006, 3:50 PM
    1. Re: How make raised weld seems on Shermans - Mike Gardella on Jul 24, 2006, 4:19 PM
      1. Thank you!!! - Bob Yack on Jul 25, 2006, 5:27 AM
    2. evergreen! - rob galassi on Jul 24, 2006, 7:42 PM
      1. Thanks!! - Bob Yack on Jul 25, 2006, 5:26 AM
    3. One easier step - roy chow on Jul 25, 2006, 10:34 PM
    4. more than one weld seam - Cliff Leverette on Jul 31, 2006, 4:27 PM
      1. Thanks guys - Bob Yack on Aug 3, 2006, 12:10 AM
     
  54. Mr Surfacer...what is it? View Thread - Steve Kubik on Jul 23, 2006, 1:52 PM
    1. Re: Mr Surfacer...what is it? - Ross Jarvis on Jul 24, 2006, 7:34 AM
      1. You can also thin it with Tamiya super thin glue. - Kevin Johnson on Jul 27, 2006, 3:38 PM
    2. Google finds helpful info - Steven Brown on Jul 24, 2006, 8:10 AM
    3. Basically its a liquid putty - david nickels on Jul 24, 2006, 9:37 AM
    4. Thanks, Guys - Steve kubik on Jul 26, 2006, 6:44 AM
     
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