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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. Guache white wash View Thread - Shane O. Maloney on May 28, 2006, 4:26 PM
    1. Re: Guache white wash - Mike Gardella on May 30, 2006, 2:43 PM
    2. Another possibly gouache - James Guld on Jun 1, 2006, 5:55 PM
     
  2. metalizer cloth View Thread - Thomas Delmotte on May 26, 2006, 2:42 PM
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  4. My Way of Approaching Washes View Thread - Dmitry Kiyatkin on May 24, 2006, 9:41 PM
    1. Nice work Dimitry..... - Adam O'Brien on May 24, 2006, 11:37 PM
      1. Great to see this type of help - Michael Rinaldi on May 25, 2006, 8:56 PM
    2. Very useful - Pat McGrath on May 25, 2006, 12:55 PM
    3. RE: Approaching Washes - Chuck Willis on May 25, 2006, 1:07 PM
     
  5. What oil paints for fading View Thread - Rob Feehan on May 23, 2006, 10:23 AM
    1. Some other colors - david nickels on May 23, 2006, 3:38 PM
      1. Thanks David - Rob Feehan on May 24, 2006, 3:49 PM
        1. Oil paint fading - Michael Rinaldi on May 25, 2006, 9:18 PM
          1. Thanks Mike - Rob Feehan on Jun 16, 2006, 11:21 AM
     
  6. Fixing large PE pieces View Thread - Michael Lowe on May 22, 2006, 4:15 PM
    1. Large PE parts - Adam Wilder on May 24, 2006, 2:47 AM
      1. Thanks - Mickky on May 24, 2006, 6:19 PM
     
  7. Advice on snow in tracks, wheels, and on the tank View Thread - Matt Flegal on May 21, 2006, 6:17 PM
    1. Try here - I haven't tried but it looks interesting. - Jeff Hamblen on May 26, 2006, 2:10 PM
      1. Thanks, looks interesting [NT] - Matt Flegal on May 27, 2006, 2:35 AM
     
  8. Desperate help for washes and filters View Thread - Dorian Anderson on May 20, 2006, 12:45 PM
    1. Wash's..... - Steve Wedgner on May 22, 2006, 7:37 AM
      1. Thanks - Dorian Anderson on May 22, 2006, 8:22 AM
        1. Wash's..... - Steve Wedgner on May 22, 2006, 9:15 AM
          1. Thanks again - Dorian Anderson on May 22, 2006, 3:29 PM
            1. Wash's..... - Steve Wedgner on May 23, 2006, 3:43 AM
    2. Some help... - Dmitry Kiyatkin on May 22, 2006, 2:17 PM
      1. Amazing model - Dorian Anderson on May 22, 2006, 3:44 PM
     
  9. salt chipping View Thread - Doug Bauer on May 19, 2006, 10:10 PM
    1. Re: salt chipping - Carlos Tapia on May 20, 2006, 5:13 AM
      1. Thanks, Carlos - Doug Bauer on May 20, 2006, 12:26 PM
      2. Salt chipping - Bill on Jul 16, 2006, 10:41 PM
     
  10. Ejector pin marks in the most conspicuous place... View Thread - Pat Hensley on May 19, 2006, 3:25 AM
    1. If I remember right............. - Dan Rosecrans on May 21, 2006, 10:47 PM
      1. What I mean is................... - Dan Rosecrans on May 21, 2006, 11:07 PM
        1. Re: What I mean is................... - Hensley, Pat on May 21, 2006, 11:30 PM
     
  11. Resin Newbie View Thread - mark holoboski on May 18, 2006, 12:30 PM
    1. a couple suggestions... - Andrew Albrecht on May 18, 2006, 12:54 PM
    2. saw and snip - david nickels on May 18, 2006, 4:59 PM
     
  12. Painting with Mr. Surfacer View Thread - Tom Radigan on May 17, 2006, 1:30 PM
    1. You need to use toluene or toluol to clean your brushes - Kevin Johnson on May 17, 2006, 4:25 PM
    2. Re: Painting with Mr. Surfacer - Jon Greenwood on May 17, 2006, 7:38 PM
     
  13. Driving me bananas!!! View Thread - paul garrity on May 16, 2006, 5:29 PM
    1. "Tinning the tip" - Owen R Auer on May 16, 2006, 9:30 PM
    2. In addition... - david nickels on May 17, 2006, 1:12 PM
      1. Re: In addition... - paul garrity on May 17, 2006, 5:47 PM
        1. Tinning - david nickels on May 18, 2006, 8:48 AM
    3. Sounds like..... - Kevin(Bluey) Brenton on May 19, 2006, 7:47 AM
      1. Soldering Fluid=Liquid Flux - david nickels on May 19, 2006, 9:36 AM
     
  14. M4 afv club tracks cause suicide... View Thread - Jerry Jenkins on May 16, 2006, 2:33 PM
    1. Did you remove the teeth from the sprue? - Kevin Johnson on May 17, 2006, 4:33 PM
      1. thanks - Jerry Jenkins on May 18, 2006, 4:55 AM
        1. Thanks for the kind words. - Kevin Johnson on May 19, 2006, 5:42 PM
     
  15. Who sells MiG FAQ Book (in English)? View Thread - Dmitry Kiyatkin on May 15, 2006, 3:00 PM
    1. F.A.Q book in English - Carlos Tapia on May 15, 2006, 4:43 PM
    2. Amazon.com - Mike Land on May 15, 2006, 5:19 PM
     
  16. Fixing pastels? View Thread - Dorian Anderson on May 15, 2006, 10:41 AM
    1. Re: Fixing pastels? - Miguel Jimenez Mig on May 16, 2006, 5:04 PM
      1. Fantastic reply! - Dorian Anderson on May 17, 2006, 5:30 AM
     
  17. Iwata or Tamyia airbrush with Humbrol ? View Thread - Elliott Winthrop on May 13, 2006, 10:58 PM
    1. Humbrol......... - Steve Wedgner on May 17, 2006, 4:32 AM
      1. Many thanks for your help Steve - elliott winthrop on May 18, 2006, 7:07 PM
     
  18. Those Magnifying Clippy things !! View Thread - Gav on May 13, 2006, 2:10 AM
    1. Clippy things - Bill Smithson on May 13, 2006, 6:03 AM
      1. Re: Clippy things - Gav on May 14, 2006, 2:34 AM
        1. Clippy things - Bill Smithson on May 14, 2006, 6:40 AM
    2. Re: Those Magnifying Clippy things !! - Ross Jarvis on May 15, 2006, 8:37 AM
      1. All Sorted - Gav on May 16, 2006, 4:31 AM
     
  19. Best way to prime photoetch... View Thread - Duarte Folgado on May 8, 2006, 11:01 AM
    1. Re: Best way to prime photoetch... - paulgarrity on May 8, 2006, 5:52 PM
      1. Try soaking PE in a 20% solution of lemon juice for a couple of hours - Mike Witous on May 12, 2006, 1:09 AM
        1. White vinager also works - Rick Purdy on May 17, 2006, 10:39 AM
    2. No Primer! - Matthew Toms on May 12, 2006, 10:26 PM
     
  20. making my own photo etch View Thread - Tim Sloan on May 5, 2006, 8:45 PM
    1. eerrrr.. - Tim Sloan on May 5, 2006, 9:01 PM
    2. Micro Mark - david nickels on May 6, 2006, 4:41 PM
    3. Printed ciruit board manufacturers - Dan Hay on May 6, 2006, 6:11 PM
    4. This modeling company do custom frets - Andrew D Bunney on May 9, 2006, 9:15 PM
     
  21. Making styrene circles View Thread - Tim Sloan on May 4, 2006, 9:50 AM
    1. One of these - Andrew Hall on May 4, 2006, 10:17 AM
      1. Perfect - Tim Sloan on May 4, 2006, 12:29 PM
        1. Re: Perfect - Jakko Westerbeke on May 5, 2006, 4:57 AM
    2. X-Acto..... - Greg H on May 4, 2006, 5:11 PM
    3. Re: Making styrene circles - Ross Jarvis on May 5, 2006, 7:11 AM
    4. Do it backwards - Ted Paone on May 5, 2006, 11:27 AM
      1. Thanks - Tim Sloan on May 5, 2006, 11:40 AM
    5. circle template... - Nick Cortese on May 5, 2006, 2:26 PM
    6. Dividers? - Dusty Burman on May 8, 2006, 1:08 PM
     
  22. Reducing decals/transfers View Thread - Mark Levine on May 4, 2006, 5:58 AM
    1. Works well - david nickels on May 5, 2006, 8:39 AM
      1. Thanks - Mark Levine on May 5, 2006, 4:24 PM
     
  23. hold n'fold 5.5 tool clamps View Thread - Talino Bruno on May 3, 2006, 6:32 PM
    1. Can I help - Alasdair Johnston (AJ) on May 4, 2006, 11:08 AM
     
  24. What steps needed to repaint a section? View Thread - Cliff on May 3, 2006, 4:47 PM
    1. Posting guidelines - Adam Wilder on May 4, 2006, 4:58 PM
      1. Sorry! - Cliff Bickel on May 4, 2006, 6:30 PM
        1. Right at the top of this page, item #1 - Peter Dahl on May 5, 2006, 5:34 PM
    2. What I'd do... - rob galassi on May 5, 2006, 7:51 AM
      1. How to remove the paint? - Cliff Bickel on May 5, 2006, 12:39 PM
        1. My 2 cent's........ - Steve Wedgner on May 6, 2006, 6:18 AM
     
  25. Mr. Masking-Sol View Thread - Doug Bauer on May 1, 2006, 11:51 PM
    1. Not easy - david nickels on May 3, 2006, 4:33 PM
     
  26. removing dry transfers from model View Thread - Eyal Rein on May 1, 2006, 3:15 AM
    1. Re: removing dry transfers from model - Mike Gardella on May 1, 2006, 10:24 AM
    2. Not real easy - david nickels on May 1, 2006, 12:00 PM
    3. A solution - Eyal Rein on May 1, 2006, 3:49 PM
    4. About as easy to paint over and re-apply them. - Ray Gustafson on May 1, 2006, 3:57 PM
     
  27. Bending Thin Resin View Thread - ray vermillion on May 1, 2006, 12:57 AM
    1. Re: Bending Thin Resin - Mike Gardella on May 1, 2006, 10:26 AM
    2. hair drier - Dan Hay on May 1, 2006, 12:59 PM
     
  28. Still another wash question- View Thread - Ted Nichols on Apr 29, 2006, 3:39 PM
    1. Wash's....... - Steve Wedgner on May 3, 2006, 4:33 AM
     
  29. I've snow idea......... View Thread - Shane Gowan on Apr 28, 2006, 7:51 PM
    1. Snow - Kevin Brenton on May 1, 2006, 2:01 AM
      1. Re: Snow - Chris Knoth on May 7, 2006, 10:49 AM
      2. Re: Snow - Ben Joyce on Jul 11, 2006, 11:47 AM
     
  30. how I make my own scrathbuilt buildings View Thread - Perry Lockhart on Apr 28, 2006, 1:02 PM
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  32. Tamiya XF-70 Dark Green2? View Thread - Jeff Hamblen on Apr 26, 2006, 1:24 PM
    1. Its not what you think - david nickels on Apr 27, 2006, 4:40 PM
     
  33. making barbed wire View Thread - jim on Apr 25, 2006, 6:05 AM
    1. Re: making barbed wire - Ross Jarvis on Apr 25, 2006, 8:32 AM
      1. Heres a link - Ross Jarvis on Apr 25, 2006, 10:10 AM
      2. Re: making barbed wire - John Hobson on Apr 26, 2006, 5:24 PM
    2. Re: making barbed wire - Barber ,Bruce on Apr 25, 2006, 10:28 AM
    3. thanks to all barbed wire replys - jim on Apr 29, 2006, 2:49 AM
    4. thanks to all barbed wire replys - jim on Apr 29, 2006, 2:52 AM
     
  34. tamiya extra thin cement.......... View Thread - Steve Wedgner on Apr 25, 2006, 4:20 AM
    1. Why not just try it? Play around with the glue first. - david nickels on Apr 25, 2006, 10:40 AM
    2. Cement preferable to CA - roy chow on Apr 26, 2006, 12:28 PM
      1. Thank's Dave /Roy........ - Steve Wedgner on Apr 26, 2006, 12:50 PM
     
  35. How to do decals? View Thread - Roger Cockburn on Apr 23, 2006, 4:53 PM
    1. Decals.... - Eric McClure on Apr 23, 2006, 5:53 PM
      1. Got it! - Roger Cockburn on Apr 24, 2006, 9:33 AM
        1. Re: Got it! - Jakko Westerbeke on Apr 25, 2006, 4:57 AM
    2. Decal trim - Mike Starmer on Apr 28, 2006, 2:34 PM
    3. decals - James Guld on May 24, 2006, 10:17 PM
     
  36. repair to scratched canopy View Thread - george burrough on Apr 22, 2006, 4:54 PM
    1. toothpaste - Mike Land on Apr 22, 2006, 5:06 PM
      1. when canopies are windscreens - george burrough on Apr 22, 2006, 5:10 PM
        1. I get it! n/t - Mike Land on Apr 22, 2006, 5:16 PM
        2. Instead - Owen R Auer on Apr 22, 2006, 10:56 PM
    2. Some other choices..... - clive harman on Apr 23, 2006, 2:43 AM
    3. Repairing clear parts made "easy" - Steven Brown on Apr 24, 2006, 7:49 AM
     
  37. Painting wood handles View Thread - D. McKeever on Apr 21, 2006, 8:10 PM
    1. re. Painting wood handles - Mike Land on Apr 22, 2006, 5:14 PM
     
  38. Resin & PE View Thread - Michael Lowe on Apr 20, 2006, 1:15 PM
    1. Re: Resin & PE - Mike Gardella on Apr 21, 2006, 10:12 AM
      1. Resin & PE - Michael Lowe on Apr 21, 2006, 5:08 PM
     
  39. Acrylic removal help needed View Thread - Simon Barnes on Apr 20, 2006, 3:31 AM
    1. Oven cleaner - Andy fettes on Apr 20, 2006, 5:00 AM
    2. what paint is it? - david nickels on Apr 20, 2006, 12:02 PM
      1. Oops!!! - Simon Barnes on Apr 21, 2006, 1:08 AM
    3. If you have any PE on the model... - Randy Riley on May 12, 2006, 4:37 PM
     
  40. Rust product problem View Thread - Andrew Johnson on Apr 19, 2006, 4:31 PM
    1. To rust or not too rust - Glenn Gerson on Apr 20, 2006, 11:42 AM
    2. Rust never sleeps unless you're a cat named Rusty - Glenn Gerson on Apr 20, 2006, 2:57 PM
    3. Instant rust - sean lynch on Apr 20, 2006, 11:51 PM
      1. Rusting out - Glenn Gerson on Apr 21, 2006, 10:48 AM
    4. Rust - Kevin(Bluey)Brenton on Apr 21, 2006, 9:33 AM
      1. Real rust: Please tell me more! - Dorian Anderson on May 15, 2006, 9:29 AM
     
  41. Saw Blades for cutting metal View Thread - David McKeever on Apr 18, 2006, 8:59 AM
    1. Dremel Cutting Disc - david nickels on Apr 18, 2006, 9:50 AM
      1. Absent a dremel tool - David McKeever on Apr 18, 2006, 10:21 AM
        1. tools.... - Rick Purdy on Apr 18, 2006, 2:22 PM
        2. Well if you need to buy a tool... - david nickels on Apr 19, 2006, 11:25 AM
          1. I will probably get a dremel soon - D. McKeever on Apr 21, 2006, 8:11 PM
    2. Saw Blades for cutting metal - Kevin(Bluey)Brenton on Apr 21, 2006, 9:39 AM
     
  42. Painting resin problem View Thread - dave williams on Apr 16, 2006, 7:35 AM
    1. painting resin 101 - Greg H on Apr 16, 2006, 11:26 AM
      1. Thanks Greg - dave williams on Apr 16, 2006, 11:29 AM
      2. leaching resin - george burrough on Apr 20, 2006, 4:41 PM
    2. Re: painting resin problem - Mike Gardella on Apr 17, 2006, 1:14 PM
      1. Thanks Mike! - Dave Williams on Apr 17, 2006, 1:34 PM
        1. Re: Thanks Mike! - Mike Gardella on Apr 17, 2006, 3:57 PM
     
  43. toothpaste for weathering View Thread - Carlos Cafe on Apr 14, 2006, 4:10 PM
    1. Very interesting technique - Mark Dunck on Apr 15, 2006, 9:56 AM
    2. Thanks for the tip Carlos! And bythe way - awsome diorama! - Perry Lockhart on Apr 28, 2006, 12:33 PM
    3. Interesting, and a question - Marc Brandes on May 3, 2006, 2:45 PM
     
  44. Resin Tracks View Thread - Michael Lowe on Apr 13, 2006, 6:05 PM
    1. Re: Resin Tracks - Jakko Westerbeke on Apr 14, 2006, 5:14 AM
      1. Resin Tracks - Michael Lowe on Apr 14, 2006, 4:50 PM
     
  45. residue from masking...help...mayday View Thread - Mark Palmer on Apr 11, 2006, 8:38 PM
    1. Re: residue from masking...help...mayday - Dorian Anderson on Apr 13, 2006, 4:40 AM
      1. Thanks - Mark Palmer on Apr 13, 2006, 8:39 AM
    2. Residue cleanup... - SCOTT DAY on Apr 15, 2006, 3:59 PM
     
  46. Starting out - all the tricks help please View Thread - Dorian on Apr 11, 2006, 12:04 PM
    1. Some basics - roy chow on Apr 11, 2006, 4:07 PM
      1. Re: Some basics - Dorian Anderson on Apr 13, 2006, 4:27 AM
    2. Please use your full first and last name. - Adam Wilder on Apr 12, 2006, 4:28 PM
      1. Re: Please use your full first and last name. - Dorian Anderson on Apr 13, 2006, 4:26 AM
     
  47. Low cost modelling beauty & make-up tip !!!!! View Thread - clive harman on Apr 11, 2006, 11:02 AM
    1. Sand Turtles - Glenn Gerson on Apr 11, 2006, 1:27 PM
    2. Watch out - Owen R Auer on Apr 22, 2006, 10:52 PM
     
  48. Migs' filters and wash techniques (Question) View Thread - Kevin(Bluey)Brenton on Apr 8, 2006, 12:15 AM
    1. Filters and washes - Adam Wilder on Apr 8, 2006, 4:03 AM
      1. Filters and Washes - Kevin(Bluey)Brenton on Apr 8, 2006, 7:37 AM
        1. Re: Filters and Washes - Adrian Turcu on Apr 18, 2006, 2:21 AM
     
  49. Paint Chips for German Gray? View Thread - Brian N. Stanley on Apr 6, 2006, 4:19 PM
    1. Re: Paint Chips for German Gray? - John F. Steinman on Apr 6, 2006, 5:28 PM
    2. My choices and a pic - david nickels on Apr 7, 2006, 9:06 AM
    3. Thanks a bunch Guys!! - Brian N. Stanley on Apr 7, 2006, 3:40 PM
      1. My 2 cents... - Dmitry Kiyatkin on Apr 11, 2006, 10:05 PM
     
  50. Testors Dullcote questions View Thread - Andy Lock on Apr 4, 2006, 1:33 PM
    1. Dullcoat answers - Matt Grzybinski on Apr 5, 2006, 8:57 AM
      1. Dullcoat Answers - Andy Lock on Apr 7, 2006, 6:21 PM
    2. Compensating for effect on pastels . . . - Peter Dahl on Apr 6, 2006, 3:09 PM
      1. Light mist versus soak - david nickels on Apr 7, 2006, 9:09 AM
    3. dulcote before pastelling ?? - Michael walsh on Apr 10, 2006, 7:30 AM
      1. i do it in layers - david nickels on Apr 10, 2006, 8:45 AM
     
  51. Must Ven t!!! View Thread - Dmitry Kiyatkin on Apr 3, 2006, 9:49 PM
    1. If you must... - roy chow on Apr 4, 2006, 5:36 PM
    2. 10 minutes isn't bad. - Kevin Johnson on Apr 5, 2006, 2:02 PM
      1. Agree... get a good p-e bender - david nickels on Apr 6, 2006, 8:51 AM
     
  52. Spray Booths View Thread - Ian Barraclough on Apr 2, 2006, 11:12 AM
    1. Funny you should mention spray booths. - Dave Clark on Apr 5, 2006, 3:19 AM
      1. Thanks Dave... - Ian Barraclough on Apr 6, 2006, 12:52 PM
    2. spray booth - william lykins on May 6, 2006, 5:32 PM
     
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