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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. Modeling armor penetrations? View Thread - Jerrold Gustafson on Aug 1, 2014, 5:55 AM
    1. Really Depends.... - Jonathan Gibson on Aug 1, 2014, 10:13 PM
    2. Here's One From the Master... - Mercer61 on Aug 23, 2014, 12:05 AM
     
  2. Work surface - glass tips needed View Thread - Andrew Deeley on Jul 18, 2014, 8:53 AM
    1. Re: Work surface - glass tips needed - Fred A. Berganio on Jul 18, 2014, 12:26 PM
    2. What about - Owen R Auer on Jul 18, 2014, 1:10 PM
    3. Endurance - Matt Nethery on Jul 18, 2014, 6:20 PM
      1. I've an old shelf from a TV rack - so may try that :-) - Andrew Tomlinson on Jul 21, 2014, 4:19 PM
    4. Old Glass Tabletop - Ted Paone on Jul 21, 2014, 8:39 PM
      1. THXS guys - Andrew Deeley on Jul 22, 2014, 3:49 AM
    5. Glass slab - Robert Lockie on Sep 18, 2014, 10:49 AM
     
  3. saw with convex blade? View Thread - george burrough on Jun 26, 2014, 2:36 PM
    1. Re: saw with convex blade? - Terry Margerum on Jun 27, 2014, 3:15 AM
      1. many thanks - george burrough on Jun 27, 2014, 12:49 PM
     
  4. Metal Tracks for Tamiya M2 Bradley View Thread - ray vermillion on Jun 21, 2014, 3:52 PM
    1. 84 shoes on the left and 82 on the right - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on Jun 22, 2014, 1:17 AM
     
  5. Beginners PE questions View Thread - dan troup on Jun 18, 2014, 5:45 PM
    1. well - jack fisher on Jun 19, 2014, 1:07 AM
    2. Re: Beginners PE questions - Capt. C. Sosebee, USA (Ret) on Jun 19, 2014, 9:32 AM
    3. Recommendations - Matt Nethery on Jul 9, 2014, 6:58 AM
      1. Glue - Andrew Deeley on Jul 18, 2014, 8:44 AM
     
  6. I may have discovered the hot water View Thread - Roberto Vidotto on Jun 13, 2014, 3:21 AM
    1. *I* almost understood --- - dan troup on Jun 18, 2014, 7:30 PM
    2. Re: I may have discovered the hot water - Jon Greenwood on Jun 19, 2014, 6:48 AM
    3. AAC glue - john franklin on Jun 22, 2014, 10:45 AM
      1. Or ACC glue? - Robert Lockie on Sep 18, 2014, 10:52 AM
     
  7. Kneadatite issue View Thread - Eric McClure on Jun 10, 2014, 11:13 PM
    1. Kneadatite - Bryan Krueger on Jul 10, 2014, 3:41 PM
     
  8. Scratched paint View Thread - George Proulx on Jun 4, 2014, 2:48 PM
    1. Paint brush - Matt Nethery on Jun 5, 2014, 12:08 PM
    2. Colored Pencils - John Charvat on Jun 5, 2014, 1:11 PM
     
  9. Drilling PhotoEtch- Recommended Tools/Approach View Thread - Jonathan Gibson on Jun 2, 2014, 9:37 PM
    1. Recomendation... - Capt. C. Sosebee, USA (Ret) on Jun 3, 2014, 9:45 AM
      1. Drilling Small Holes - Jonathan Gibson on Jun 3, 2014, 6:53 PM
    2. Re: Drilling PhotoEtch- Recommended Tools/Approach - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on Jun 5, 2014, 4:57 PM
    3. Drill away! - roy.chow on Jun 7, 2014, 7:46 AM
     
  10. Plastic Cement View Thread - Matt Nethery on May 25, 2014, 9:22 AM
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  12. Airbrush Woes View Thread - John Dillon on May 23, 2014, 4:27 PM
    1. Gasket - Matt Nethery on May 24, 2014, 2:24 AM
     
  13. AK interactive paint problems View Thread - David Igel on May 8, 2014, 4:58 PM
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  15. Flat tyres View Thread - Andy Barnett on May 7, 2014, 4:46 AM
    1. Should work - Robert Lockie on May 7, 2014, 10:30 AM
      1. How about a screw up through the base into the hub? - Andrew Tomlinson on May 8, 2014, 3:45 PM
        1. Re: How about a screw up through the base into the hub? - Andy Barnett on May 8, 2014, 10:29 PM
          1. The wire trick worked when I ... - Andrew Tomlinson on May 10, 2014, 10:45 AM
     
  16. Making Milliput Zimm Stick View Thread - Scott S. on Apr 29, 2014, 9:17 AM
    1. Re: Making Milliput Zimm Stick - Nacho Roces on Apr 29, 2014, 12:40 PM
      1. Thanks! - Scott S. on Apr 29, 2014, 2:47 PM
    2. Thin the Greenstuff with Bottle Glue - - Andrew Tomlinson on Jun 13, 2014, 3:23 PM
     
  17. Mini art bldgs View Thread - James Wolfe on Apr 28, 2014, 3:26 PM
    1. Strengthen them... - Andrew Tomlinson on Apr 28, 2014, 5:37 PM
     
  18. How do you paint inside? View Thread - Dave Johannsen on Apr 16, 2014, 3:34 PM
    1. Paint booth - Matt Nethery on Apr 17, 2014, 2:25 PM
      1. Thank you, Matt - Dave Johannsen on Apr 18, 2014, 7:25 AM
        1. Re: Thank you, Matt - James Wolfe on Apr 28, 2014, 3:29 PM
     
  19. painting and decaling brass View Thread - George Proulx on Apr 9, 2014, 5:28 PM
    1. Probably put on a decent gloss varnish - Andrew Tomlinson on Apr 13, 2014, 3:33 PM
      1. paint? - George Proulx on Apr 13, 2014, 10:26 PM
        1. Paint - Matt Nethery on Apr 14, 2014, 5:48 AM
          1. Artillery shells - not bullet cartridges - George Proulx on Apr 26, 2014, 1:44 PM
        2. Two birds with one stone - Tony Bell on Apr 23, 2014, 10:17 AM
          1. Grit - Matt Nethery on Apr 23, 2014, 2:21 PM
     
  20. Cutting Resin View Thread - Matt Nethery on Mar 24, 2014, 2:02 PM
    1. I've found the... - Capt. C. Sosebee, USA (Ret) on Mar 24, 2014, 8:19 PM
      1. Method - Matt Nethery on Mar 24, 2014, 10:27 PM
        1. or cut to the chase - david nickels on Mar 29, 2014, 4:54 PM
      2. Agree with the Above - Matt Leese on Mar 25, 2014, 6:11 AM
    2. I Use the Same Method for Plastic. Don't Know About Resin Though (n/t). - AndrĂ© Lutti on Mar 25, 2014, 8:46 AM
    3. Dread - Matt Nethery on Mar 25, 2014, 6:01 PM
      1. Mask - Ian Howes on Apr 3, 2014, 4:34 AM
     
  21. I have a series of How-To modeling videos posted here... View Thread - Paul Budzik on Mar 18, 2014, 3:20 PM
    1. Liked them all - Owen R Auer on Mar 19, 2014, 8:45 PM
      1. Thanks Owen, Appreciate the comments, What I think... - Paul Budzik on Mar 19, 2014, 10:15 PM
        1. Rivets - Owen R Auer on Mar 20, 2014, 12:23 PM
     
  22. Easy way to put small hard-to-see sprue/rod rivets on... View Thread - Andrew Tomlinson on Mar 16, 2014, 6:05 AM
    1. I've heard - Owen R Auer on Mar 16, 2014, 12:10 PM
      1. oh yeah it does big time - david nickels on Mar 18, 2014, 9:15 AM
        1. Thanks guys... obviously your eyes are better than mine! :-) - Andrew Tomlinson on Mar 20, 2014, 6:11 PM
          1. glasses! - david nickels on Mar 22, 2014, 8:42 PM
            1. Yuuuup - Owen R Auer on Mar 22, 2014, 9:43 PM
              1. Optivisor - Matt Nethery on Mar 23, 2014, 7:47 AM
     
  23. Chrome View Thread - Federico Collada on Mar 10, 2014, 4:45 AM
    1. Thanks for posting - Jim Simmonds on Mar 11, 2014, 4:52 PM
     
  24. Glossy Rubber View Thread - Ian Barraclough on Mar 5, 2014, 3:27 PM
    1. you try Testors Clear Flat Lacquer - david nickels on Mar 7, 2014, 12:22 PM
    2. Weather with Pigments and Washes - Jonathan Gibson on Mar 9, 2014, 11:30 AM
     
  25. How to make snow? View Thread - Jerrold Gustafson on Mar 1, 2014, 7:45 PM
    1. Chalk - Matt Nethery on Mar 2, 2014, 4:24 AM
    2. Trying different things.... - Brian N Stanley on Mar 2, 2014, 6:17 PM
      1. There are several products out there, that will work - Anderson, Merrill on Mar 3, 2014, 2:40 PM
    3. I like the Hudson and Allan stuff - david nickels on Mar 5, 2014, 8:58 AM
      1. Just got done using Woodland Scenics Snow... - Brian N Stanley on Mar 9, 2014, 9:29 PM
     
  26. White Spirits vs Turpenoid.... View Thread - Brian N Stanley on Feb 12, 2014, 11:46 PM
    1. totally different products although - david nickels on Feb 15, 2014, 6:38 PM
     
  27. How to Create Battle Damage View Thread - Matt Nethery on Feb 10, 2014, 9:50 PM
    1. Re: How to Create Battle Damage - George Proulx on Feb 11, 2014, 1:24 PM
      1. Shell scuff - Matt Nethery on Feb 12, 2014, 8:04 AM
        1. Soldering irons are too hot - Anderson, Merrill on Feb 27, 2014, 7:44 PM
          1. I've used a method I heard of in Military Modelling: - Rick Lowe on May 26, 2014, 9:37 PM
     
  28. Cutting Etch View Thread - Matt Nethery on Feb 4, 2014, 7:23 PM
    1. No zimm at Kursk! - Richard Isner on Feb 4, 2014, 11:16 PM
      1. Follow up to my response - Richard Isner on Feb 4, 2014, 11:24 PM
        1. Kit - Matt Nethery on Feb 5, 2014, 3:16 AM
          1. Or use a thin saw blade - various versions available.,, - Andrew Tomlinson on Feb 5, 2014, 12:55 PM
          2. The Tiger P was not used at Kursk - david nickels on Feb 5, 2014, 8:48 PM
          3. More follow ups..... - Richard Isner on Feb 6, 2014, 1:18 AM
            1. If you did want to use one - david nickels on Feb 6, 2014, 8:50 AM
              1. Update - Matt Nethery on Feb 10, 2014, 10:04 AM
                1. Just make sure you have the right kit - david nickels on Feb 12, 2014, 7:05 PM
    2. No Etch Needed - Matt Nethery on Feb 6, 2014, 8:26 AM
    3. Deployment - Matt Nethery on Feb 7, 2014, 11:54 AM
      1. None in North Africa...but they may have been promised - Richard Isner on Feb 7, 2014, 8:39 PM
        1. 653 - Matt Nethery on Feb 8, 2014, 7:16 AM
          1. as a command tank it probably - david nickels on Feb 12, 2014, 7:07 PM
     
  29. What is Best adhesive for Cavalier Zimmerit View Thread - Bob Carvo on Feb 3, 2014, 6:23 PM
    1. super glue tough - jack fisher on Feb 3, 2014, 8:48 PM
    2. Super glue works - Owen R Auer on Feb 4, 2014, 5:40 PM
    3. Use two glues - roy chow on Feb 7, 2014, 1:23 PM
    4. 5 minute epoxy thinned with alcohol - Jeremy Moore on Feb 9, 2014, 9:45 AM
     
  30. Perfect Gloss Coat View Thread - Matt Nethery on Jan 31, 2014, 5:44 PM
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  32. Pigments, fixers, washes...Oh My! View Thread - Brian N Stanley on Jan 29, 2014, 9:06 PM
    1. My own opinion .... - Michael Kirchoff on Jan 30, 2014, 6:34 PM
    2. Mig washes... - Steve Finley on Feb 21, 2014, 12:35 AM
     
  33. Decanting Textured Paint View Thread - Matt Nethery on Jan 28, 2014, 10:14 AM
    1. Its pretty gritty - david nickels on Jan 29, 2014, 9:49 AM
     
  34. To elevate your modelling desk, or for poor eyesight, make a portable 'riser'... View Thread - Andrew Tomlinson on Jan 27, 2014, 3:52 PM
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  36. The right 1/35 MG 34 ammo? View Thread - Coen Septer on Jan 25, 2014, 6:46 AM
    1. 2nd Generation... - Erik Gideonse on Jan 25, 2014, 3:19 PM
      1. Hi Erik - Coen Septer on Jan 26, 2014, 4:26 AM
      2. For the PE sets - Anderson, Merrill on Jan 31, 2014, 6:37 PM
     
  37. Bigger copper wire sizes.......... View Thread - Dan Rosecrans on Jan 17, 2014, 1:12 AM
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  39. Hobby Color = Mr. Color?? View Thread - Gert Mons on Jan 2, 2014, 2:51 AM
    1. german shop - Robert Kru on Jan 3, 2014, 8:07 AM
    2. Not interchangeable - Benjamin Wainer on Jan 11, 2014, 10:02 PM
    3. Paints - david nickels on Jan 29, 2014, 9:50 AM
     
  40. Punching through 10 thou brass PE? View Thread - Greg Knowles on Dec 31, 2013, 7:39 AM
    1. Punch and Die set - Chris Grove on Dec 31, 2013, 10:16 AM
      1. Thanks Chris.... - Greg Knowles on Jan 1, 2014, 6:38 PM
     
  41. Color bleeding through... View Thread - Brian N. Stanley on Dec 30, 2013, 5:52 PM
    1. Cure - Matt Nethery on Jan 10, 2014, 12:13 PM
     
  42. Problem with Tamiya Polyester putty not hardening View Thread - Nacho Roces on Dec 15, 2013, 4:16 PM
    1. 2 Part Putty - Jon Greenwood on Dec 23, 2013, 8:49 PM
     
  43. "Decanting"(?) Hairspray.... View Thread - Brian N Stanley on Dec 14, 2013, 6:38 PM
    1. Re: "Decanting"(?) Hairspray.... - George Proulx on Dec 15, 2013, 2:40 PM
    2. Why bother? - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on Dec 21, 2013, 4:04 AM
      1. good point! - George Proulx on Dec 21, 2013, 11:11 PM
    3. Thanks Guys... - Brian N. Stanley on Dec 22, 2013, 12:07 PM
    4. Straw - Jim Carswell on Jan 21, 2014, 8:33 PM
     
  44. Wash problem, what brands to use? View Thread - Phil on Nov 23, 2013, 8:54 PM
    1. Wash problems - Russ Hammond on Nov 24, 2013, 12:56 PM
      1. Re: Wash problems - Phil on Nov 24, 2013, 7:23 PM
        1. Washes - Russ Hammond on Nov 24, 2013, 10:58 PM
      2. back 2 base-ix brushes in US - Kevin J. McNichols on Dec 5, 2013, 11:20 PM
    2. Full names please when posting chaps - David Parker on Dec 5, 2013, 2:10 PM
     
  45. German PzKw Fenders - Modeled Damage with Pliers? View Thread - Scott Shaulis on Nov 20, 2013, 1:24 PM
    1. Re: German PzKw Fenders - Modeled Damage with Pliers? - Jerrold Gustafson on Nov 24, 2013, 11:44 AM
      1. or thick tape. Or use rounded electrical ones... - Andrew Tomlinson on Nov 24, 2013, 12:44 PM
    2. Thanks for the Tips! Can Do! - Scott Shaulis on Nov 27, 2013, 8:49 PM
    3. Re: Thanks for the Tips! Can Do! - Anonymous on Nov 27, 2013, 8:49 PM
    4. Metal fenders,............... - Andy Fettes on Jan 26, 2014, 5:16 PM
     
  46. New Super Glue View Thread - Jeff Feller on Nov 16, 2013, 8:38 PM
    1. Gorilla Glue ... - Frank michaels on Nov 20, 2013, 8:03 AM
     
  47. Any tricks in painting Dragon DS tracks View Thread - Eric McClure on Nov 11, 2013, 9:45 PM
    1. You can paint DS Tracks with enamel, too - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on Nov 13, 2013, 1:37 AM
      1. Lacquer and Enamel - Matt Nethery on Nov 16, 2013, 2:30 PM
        1. I've used Model Master Metalizer on them - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on Nov 16, 2013, 11:03 PM
     
  48. German disc camo...how to reproduce? View Thread - Talino on Nov 10, 2013, 3:49 PM
    1. There are now 2 stencil sheets out, I'm sure... - Andrew Tomlinson on Nov 11, 2013, 3:50 PM
    2. Re: German disc camo...how to reproduce? - Tony Lee on Nov 12, 2013, 3:21 PM
      1. Alliance Model Works alsomakes disc camo stencil sets n/t - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on Nov 13, 2013, 1:38 AM
      2. I use uschis - Detlev Kaczmarek on Jan 15, 2014, 4:38 PM
     
  49. Zimmerit, the easiest way View Thread - Federico on Nov 5, 2013, 3:56 AM
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  51. Winter weathering (not whitewash) View Thread - Thomas Lund on Oct 24, 2013, 10:37 PM
    1. Add various varnishes for differing wet / damp tones... - Andrew Tomlinson on Oct 25, 2013, 4:44 PM
     
  52. Glass or plastic bottles, very easy View Thread - Federico on Oct 19, 2013, 11:07 AM
    1. That's very impressive ! - Andrew Tomlinson on Oct 19, 2013, 5:46 PM
    2. Brilliant! - Jim Simmonds on Oct 20, 2013, 3:14 AM
      1. Hi Jim - Federico on Oct 20, 2013, 4:06 AM
        1. Thanks - Jim Simmonds on Oct 20, 2013, 12:23 PM
    3. cheers! - Bas Slaats on Oct 21, 2013, 4:27 PM
    4. Simple - Matt Nethery on Oct 21, 2013, 6:07 PM
    5. Re: Glass or plastic bottles, very easy - Aleksandar Mladenovic on Nov 2, 2013, 8:07 AM
     
  53. Slow down plaster / tile grout drying time with added colour View Thread - Andrew Tomlinson on Oct 7, 2013, 3:31 PM
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  55. Looking for an Article View Thread - Brad Main on Oct 2, 2013, 9:42 PM
    1. This may help - Clayton Sokoll on Oct 3, 2013, 8:26 PM
      1. Thanks nt - Brad Main on Oct 4, 2013, 12:01 AM
     
  56. Alclad II Clear Coat View Thread - Michel Van den Berghe on Sep 29, 2013, 8:33 AM
    1. Clear Coat - Matt Nethery on Sep 30, 2013, 6:18 PM
      1. Re: Clear Coat - Michel Van den Berghe on Oct 4, 2013, 9:53 AM
     
  57. weathering problems View Thread - Ian Howes on Sep 25, 2013, 10:37 AM
    1. striking - Matt Nethery on Sep 25, 2013, 11:12 AM
    2. Guess you mean 'streaking'... - Andrew Tomlinson on Sep 25, 2013, 6:26 PM
      1. streaking, yes sorry - Ian Howes on Sep 26, 2013, 2:45 AM
    3. Streaking - Matt Nethery on Sep 27, 2013, 3:14 AM
      1. Good Tip - Ian Howes on Sep 27, 2013, 5:46 AM
     
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