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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. Painting over black basecoat View Thread - Andrew Rodwell on Aug 9, 3:23 AM
    1. spray the complete model....... - Niels Henkemans on Aug 9, 7:10 AM
      1. Painting over black basecoat - Andrew Rodwell on Aug 11, 9:16 AM
    2. watch for color bleed or shift - david nickels on Aug 9, 8:30 AM
      1. Painting over black basecoat - Andrew Rodwell on Aug 12, 6:17 AM
    3. It might have been better to start with a brown overall - Kevin Johnson on Aug 9, 5:38 PM
      1. Painting over black basecoat - Andrew Rodwell on Aug 12, 6:18 AM
     
  2. Soldering Basics View Thread - TJ Whelan on Aug 6, 10:24 PM
    1. there is hope - Stephen Kostelak on Aug 7, 3:26 AM
    2. The name of the problem - Jari Lievonen on Aug 7, 9:37 AM
    3. Sounds like a heat problem. - Andrew Albrecht on Aug 7, 1:00 PM
    4. Thanks - TJ Whelan on Aug 7, 10:02 PM
      1. other option - Niels Henkemans on Aug 8, 6:48 AM
        1. Re: other option - Tomasz Gronczewski on Sep 3, 2:26 PM
     
  3. How to make louvered part View Thread - Sam Bagby on Aug 6, 8:52 AM
    1. Easiest solution - Niko Asposalo on Aug 6, 3:03 PM
    2. I use some veery thin (say 0,05mm) or.. - Fabio Bianchi on Aug 15, 3:30 PM
     
  4. PVA? Please Help Me!!! View Thread - Bob Yack on Aug 5, 11:26 PM
    1. Re: PVA? Please Help Me!!! - Rod Crisman on Aug 6, 12:03 AM
      1. Thank you. - Bob Yack on Aug 6, 9:30 PM
        1. You're welcome! - Rod Crisman on Aug 7, 8:48 AM
     
  5. Title support View Thread - ARQUILLE Stephane on Aug 4, 7:04 PM
    1. Love that site! - Peter Sisung on Aug 4, 8:15 PM
    2. That Famo wheel..... - Owen R Auer on Aug 7, 12:09 PM
    3. Re: Title support - ARQUILLE Stephane on Aug 14, 4:24 PM
     
  6. alternatives for Milliput ? View Thread - Johan Detruyer on Aug 4, 3:01 PM
    1. try "Apoxie Scuplt" - Bob Muckley on Aug 5, 10:43 PM
      1. Try This stuff! - Bob Yack on Aug 5, 11:40 PM
     
  7. Please tell me the color of the Jerry cans View Thread - Bob Yack on Aug 3, 12:22 PM
    1. German equipment - roy chow on Aug 3, 12:44 PM
      1. Thanks - Bob yack on Aug 4, 12:00 AM
     
  8. Tamiya paint question View Thread - Eric McClure on Aug 2, 9:31 PM
    1. Clear coats - david nickels on Aug 3, 8:36 AM
    2. Re: Tamiya paint question - Bob Muckley on Aug 5, 10:47 PM
      1. Can you decal on semigloss? - Eric McClure on Aug 6, 6:12 PM
        1. Re: Can you decal on semigloss? - Rod Crisman on Aug 7, 8:54 AM
     
  9. M60 Belts View Thread - Roger Claeps on Jul 29, 1:29 PM
    1. Ammunition Belts - Jason Bobrowich on Jul 30, 1:08 AM
      1. Re: Ammunition Belts - rdclaeps on Jul 30, 1:12 PM
    2. If you want three dimensional belts...... - clive harman on Jul 31, 6:24 AM
    3. plastic belts - david nickels on Jul 31, 9:19 AM
      1. Re: plastic belts - rdclaeps on Jul 31, 12:58 PM
     
  10. Question regarding Part Photo Etch and Solder. View Thread - Dave Morris on Jul 28, 4:58 PM
    1. you can solder it........ - Niels Henkemans on Jul 28, 8:34 PM
    2. Another solution - Marc Brandes on Jul 29, 5:59 AM
    3. please try ! - yasuyuki watanabe on Jul 29, 7:37 PM
      1. Thanks for the help guys........ - Dave Morris on Aug 1, 4:26 PM
     
  11. scrathbuilding question View Thread - Talino Bruno on Jul 27, 2:56 PM
    1. Depends on the PE set. - Kevin Johnson on Jul 27, 3:36 PM
    2. to PE or not to PE - david nickels on Jul 28, 4:55 PM
     
  12. A handy tool my Wifey brought home. View Thread - Sean Dunnage on Jul 26, 9:29 PM
    1. Never mind - Sean Dunnage on Jul 27, 5:51 AM
      1. It's OK - Rick Purdy on Jul 27, 7:53 AM
        1. yeah but - david nickels on Jul 27, 2:53 PM
      2. Whoa! Not so quick there . . . - Warren Dickinson on Aug 2, 9:41 AM
     
  13. Paint stripping old vinyl tracks? View Thread - Tim James on Jul 25, 12:20 AM
    1. Castrol Super Clean - david nickels on Jul 25, 12:15 PM
    2. You might try Chameleon product as a alternative... - Carlos Tapia on Aug 3, 12:27 PM
     
  14. How make raised weld seems on Shermans View Thread - Bob Yack on Jul 24, 3:50 PM
    1. Re: How make raised weld seems on Shermans - Mike Gardella on Jul 24, 4:19 PM
      1. Thank you!!! - Bob Yack on Jul 25, 5:27 AM
    2. evergreen! - rob galassi on Jul 24, 7:42 PM
      1. Thanks!! - Bob Yack on Jul 25, 5:26 AM
    3. One easier step - roy chow on Jul 25, 10:34 PM
    4. more than one weld seam - Cliff Leverette on Jul 31, 4:27 PM
      1. Thanks guys - Bob Yack on Aug 3, 12:10 AM
     
  15. Mr Surfacer...what is it? View Thread - Steve Kubik on Jul 23, 1:52 PM
    1. Re: Mr Surfacer...what is it? - Ross Jarvis on Jul 24, 7:34 AM
      1. You can also thin it with Tamiya super thin glue. - Kevin Johnson on Jul 27, 3:38 PM
    2. Google finds helpful info - Steven Brown on Jul 24, 8:10 AM
    3. Basically its a liquid putty - david nickels on Jul 24, 9:37 AM
    4. Thanks, Guys - Steve kubik on Jul 26, 6:44 AM
     
  16. how to paint burnt out tanks? View Thread - sunil prasanna on Jul 23, 1:35 PM
    1. Some advices - Miguel Jimenez Mig on Jul 24, 3:52 AM
    2. Additional advice - Dan Hay on Jul 24, 10:41 PM
    3. thanks guys - sunil prasanna on Jul 27, 12:59 PM
     
  17. Filters with Vallejo... View Thread - Cadu Souza on Jul 23, 12:23 PM
    1. Re: Filters with Vallejo... - Ross Jarvis on Jul 24, 7:43 AM
      1. white spirit - Frans Brakus on Jul 24, 9:28 AM
    2. mix - Trevor Horton on Jul 24, 1:47 PM
    3. Thanks!! - Cadu Souza on Jul 25, 3:57 PM
     
  18. Brush painting plastic w/AGAMA paints View Thread - Magnus Schmauch on Jul 20, 10:46 AM
    1. Try.... - Miguel Jimenez Mig on Jul 20, 10:52 AM
    2. Common with some acrylics - david nickels on Jul 20, 2:39 PM
    3. Thanks! - This is how I did it (and it worked) - Magnus Schmauch on Jul 21, 3:25 AM
     
  19. PLEASE HELP washes View Thread - graham scollick on Jul 19, 9:19 PM
    1. Washes - Bill Smithson on Jul 20, 5:10 PM
    2. responce to wash - Jim Krause on Jul 27, 1:49 AM
     
  20. Questions For Adam Wilder On Mud and Track Colour View Thread - Tim Eckford on Jul 16, 6:57 PM
    1. I am going to need to get some photos together for you - Adam Wilder on Jul 17, 3:22 PM
      1. Me too, please - Andy Lock on Jul 17, 6:17 PM
        1. That makes 3 of us - Ralph Koziarski on Jul 19, 1:57 PM
    2. Working on it..... and thanks. - Adam Wilder on Jul 20, 5:25 PM
    3. Dear Tim, Andy and Ralph - Adam Wilder on Jul 23, 2:55 AM
      1. Thanks alot Adam - Tim Eckford on Jul 23, 9:44 AM
        1. Thanks Adam... - Andy Lock on Jul 23, 1:44 PM
      2. thanks very much nt - Ralph Koziarski on Jul 25, 4:32 PM
     
  21. Anyone here use the IWATA SPRINT JET... View Thread - Pat Hensley on Jul 15, 8:05 PM
    1. I have one.. - Brandon Hopkins on Jul 30, 2:45 PM
     
  22. Clear coat before blending? View Thread - John Bonanni on Jul 15, 12:07 AM
    1. no problems but - david nickels on Jul 15, 9:12 AM
    2. Clear coats - Adam Wilder on Jul 15, 2:13 PM
    3. Thanks Guys... - John Bonanni on Jul 15, 10:12 PM
     
  23. How much mud on undercarriages? View Thread - Martin Persson on Jul 13, 11:35 AM
    1. About Th [----- ] is much - Alasdair Johnston (AJ) on Jul 14, 6:59 AM
    2. Tank Mud - Jason Bobrowich on Jul 14, 5:51 PM
    3. Pretty Muddy - Michael Humphries on Jul 15, 1:13 AM
    4. Look at construction equipment - roy chow on Jul 15, 11:02 AM
    5. Thanks... - Martin Persson on Jul 18, 4:49 PM
     
  24. gmc canvas View Thread - Ben Joyce on Jul 11, 11:55 AM
    1. You might ask in the Braille group - david nickels on Jul 11, 12:03 PM
    2. Re: gmc canvas - Chris Knoth on Jul 12, 11:16 AM
    3. Tissue paper - Mike Starmer on Jul 16, 1:45 PM
     
  25. PE and vinegar question View Thread - Mike Gardella on Jul 10, 12:31 PM
    1. Not definite but... - Andrew Albrecht on Jul 10, 2:25 PM
    2. PE and vinegar question----- - Dany Mc Donald on Jul 10, 4:52 PM
    3. Re: PE and vinegar question - Kevin Brenton on Jul 11, 12:40 AM
      1. Thanks - Mike Gardella on Jul 12, 10:00 AM
     
  26. Vallejo Air and Oil Washes? View Thread - John Bonanni on Jul 8, 2:34 PM
    1. Yes.... - Eric Euerlings on Jul 9, 3:05 AM
     
  27. removal of super glue View Thread - gregory higdon on Jul 6, 7:16 PM
    1. sandpaper - david nickels on Jul 7, 8:43 AM
     
  28. How to clean Aztek airbrushes? View Thread - Deniz PELVAN on Jul 4, 5:35 AM
    1. Re: How to clean Aztek airbrushes? - Paul Alderton on Jul 4, 5:38 PM
      1. Do you use cellulose thinners for both enamels and acrylics? - Deniz PELVAN on Jul 4, 9:23 PM
        1. Re: Do you use cellulose thinners for both enamels and acrylics? - Paul Alderton on Jul 5, 3:53 AM
        2. I use laquer/cellulose thinner also - david nickels on Jul 5, 3:36 PM
    2. Cleaning.... - Kip Rudge on Jul 5, 9:18 AM
    3. thanks a lot guys... - Deniz PELVAN on Jul 5, 7:10 PM
    4. Re: How to clean Aztek airbrushes? - Kevin Brenton on Jul 6, 8:47 AM
     
  29. RLM 81 equivalent with Tamiya Paints View Thread - Alan Bessler on Jul 3, 11:55 AM
    1. Aircraft coloring - Niko Asposalo on Jul 3, 1:34 PM
      1. Thanks...... - Alan Bessler on Jul 4, 11:38 AM
    2. Alan.... - Scott Dimmick on Jul 10, 12:29 PM
    3. RLM # acryic paints - paul brown on Jul 20, 9:26 AM
     
  30. waterslide decals View Thread - rob tison on Jun 26, 5:19 AM
    1. Decal's...... - Steve Wedgner on Jun 26, 6:33 AM
    2. Decal set and sol - david nickels on Jun 26, 9:37 AM
     
  31. I still can't weather undercarriages properly View Thread - Anonymous on Jun 25, 8:53 PM
    1. Mud..... - Steve Wedgner on Jun 26, 3:59 AM
    2. Mig's article - roy chow on Jun 26, 11:25 AM
      1. So pigments are the key? - Ralph Koziarski on Jun 26, 12:53 PM
        1. Methods - roy chow on Jun 26, 10:16 PM
        2. Mud..... - Steve Wedgner on Jun 27, 8:31 AM
          1. thanks n/t - Ralph Koziarski on Jul 19, 2:01 PM
     
  32. How to simulate wood grain into sheet plastic? View Thread - Dan Reed on Jun 25, 3:26 PM
    1. Wood...... - Steve Wedgner on Jun 26, 4:10 AM
     
  33. US Marines Forest Green View Thread - Tom Radigan on Jun 24, 10:45 AM
    1. Well Testors Dark Green is a military color - david nickels on Jun 24, 4:12 PM
     
  34. how much base View Thread - dave cummings on Jun 23, 11:03 PM
    1. stirred not shakened - dave cummings on Jun 23, 11:07 PM
    2. I would just - david nickels on Jun 24, 10:35 AM
    3. Re: how much base - Kevin Brenton on Jun 26, 8:58 AM
     
  35. how much base View Thread - dave cummings on Jun 23, 11:03 PM
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  37. Question about working with Milliput View Thread - Steve Dowty on Jun 23, 9:24 PM
    1. I just keep a small bowl of water nearby.. - tim whistler on Jun 30, 4:54 PM
      1. Thanks, Tim - Steve Dowty on Jul 3, 9:50 PM
        1. never tried - ti whistler on Jul 20, 7:27 PM
    2. Epoxy Putty Tricks - Chuck Wise on Jul 30, 5:48 PM
     
  38. blending colors View Thread - gregory higdon on Jun 20, 8:18 PM
    1. Blanding a camo (text and photos) - Adam Wilder on Jun 21, 2:17 PM
      1. Question - Trevor Horton on Jun 21, 11:53 PM
        1. Dust - Adam Wilder on Jun 22, 1:56 PM
     
  39. Sylmasta and gun barrels View Thread - MOORE George on Jun 19, 3:52 AM
    1. Re: Sylmasta and gun barrels - Kevin ( Bluey) Brenton on Jun 24, 8:12 AM
     
  40. Spraying and thinning future View Thread - Andre Sousa on Jun 18, 9:58 AM
    1. The Complete Future link - Mike Carroll on Jun 18, 1:03 PM
    2. Future - david nickels on Jun 19, 8:55 AM
     
  41. Help-Newbie View Thread - Sunil Dev Prasanna on Jun 16, 2:28 AM
    1. Re: Help-Newbie - Jakko Westerbeke on Jun 16, 4:59 AM
      1. Thank you. - Sunil Dev Prasanna on Jun 16, 5:45 AM
     
  42. Spraying Gunze and Vallajo? View Thread - Alan Bessler on Jun 15, 6:02 PM
    1. Another paint ? - Alan Bessler on Jun 15, 6:10 PM
    2. Re: Spraying Gunze and Vallajo? - John Barnicoat on Jun 15, 6:45 PM
      1. Thanks John - Alan Bessler on Jun 15, 7:30 PM
      2. Gunze has several thinners - david nickels on Jun 15, 8:50 PM
        1. Thanks very much David........... - Alan Bessler on Jun 16, 11:33 AM
    3. airbrushing Vallejo's - Randy Riley on Jun 20, 4:25 PM
      1. Thinning Vallejo............ - Steve Wedgner on Jun 21, 3:55 AM
      2. As Steve said... - Eric Euerlings on Jul 9, 3:14 AM
     
  43. Painting with Testors Acryl line View Thread - Scott Dimmick on Jun 12, 8:55 PM
    1. Play with your pressure - Kip Rudge on Jun 13, 11:31 AM
    2. Thinner - david nickels on Jun 13, 5:23 PM
    3. Do I ever hate this paint. - Kevin Johnson on Jun 14, 7:38 PM
      1. Go with Gunze - david nickels on Jun 15, 8:56 AM
        1. Gunze. - Kevin Johnson on Jun 15, 3:25 PM
          1. Paint thinner can lift a lot of things - david nickels on Jun 15, 3:39 PM
        2. What the best way to airbrush............. - Alan Bessler on Jun 15, 5:58 PM
          1. laquer thinner - david nickels on Jun 15, 8:47 PM
      2. I do... - Scott Dimmick on Jun 15, 12:07 PM
        1. Nothing wrong with acryls at all - Kip Rudge on Jun 15, 12:55 PM
          1. Maybe it's the hard water and cold weather..... - Kevin Johnson on Jun 15, 3:27 PM
          2. In the end - david nickels on Jun 15, 3:40 PM
            1. Yes I prefer enamels as well. - Kevin Johnson on Jun 15, 7:37 PM
              1. Poly Scale - Dusty burman on Jun 19, 12:29 AM
                1. You seem to be doing everything right. - Kevin Johnson on Jun 21, 5:48 PM
     
  44. Turpentine questions View Thread - Trevor Horton on Jun 11, 12:40 AM
    1. Turpentine = Bad, Turpenoid = Good - Mark Dunck on Jun 11, 9:15 AM
      1. Just be sure... - Mike Land on Jun 11, 12:54 PM
        1. Turpenoid with the Blue/White lable - david nickels on Jun 12, 9:50 AM
    2. Turpenoid - Trevor Horton on Jun 11, 1:27 PM
      1. Turpinoid and Mig Powders - Mike Carroll on Jun 11, 3:52 PM
        1. MIG thinner - david nickels on Jun 12, 9:53 AM
          1. Same stuff to me... - Dmitry Kiyatkin on Jun 12, 4:24 PM
    3. Thanks! - Trevor Horton on Jun 12, 11:47 PM
      1. MIG Thinner - Adam Wilder on Jun 13, 2:28 AM
        1. Uhhhh try VLS - david nickels on Jun 13, 3:05 PM
        2. MIG Thinner question - Trevor Horton on Jun 13, 10:17 PM
          1. It is easier to do than you probably think - david nickels on Jun 14, 9:14 AM
          2. We are making it too complicated. - Dmitry Kiyatkin on Jun 14, 12:05 PM
          3. Re: MIG Thinner question - Kevin (Bluey ) Brenton on Jun 15, 8:09 PM
     
  45. making canvas covers with epoxy putty View Thread - Ralph Koziarski on Jun 8, 9:32 PM
    1. Canvas covers - Bill on Jul 16, 10:33 PM
     
  46. Rivets? View Thread - Matt Martin on Jun 8, 8:24 PM
    1. How about this? - Robert Lockie on Jun 9, 3:36 AM
      1. Thanks, Robert - matt martin on Jun 9, 8:47 PM
     
  47. Painting canvas View Thread - Martin Persson on Jun 8, 3:13 PM
    1. Canvas - Bill on Jul 16, 10:36 PM
     
  48. Problems with mud... View Thread - Cadu Souza on Jun 7, 4:52 PM
    1. I recomend you.... - Miguel Jimenez Mig on Jun 8, 8:30 AM
      1. I see... - Cadu Souza on Jun 8, 11:41 AM
     
  49. Painting White Interiors? View Thread - Scott Dimmick on Jun 5, 8:51 AM
    1. My method - david nickels on Jun 5, 9:13 AM
    2. Toned down colours. - Mike Starmer on Jun 6, 1:30 PM
     
  50. Stripping a painted model...For what it's worth.... View Thread - Tom Miller on Jun 2, 1:49 PM
    1. sound like a great idea... - Niels Henkemans on Jun 2, 3:18 PM
    2. Ditto the oven cleaner and aluminium barrel's..... - Steve Wedgner on Jun 3, 5:50 AM
    3. Another great way to strip paint - Eyal Rein on Jun 4, 1:38 AM
    4. Brake Fluid - Bill Klingbeil on Jul 18, 10:09 PM
     
  51. Guache white wash View Thread - Shane O. Maloney on May 28, 4:26 PM
    1. Re: Guache white wash - Mike Gardella on May 30, 2:43 PM
    2. Another possibly gouache - James Guld on Jun 1, 5:55 PM
     
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