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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. Important Notice - Image copyright View Thread - Missing-Lynx Team on Mar 11, 2005, 8:35 AM
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  3. What is the best thing to simulate rope? View Thread - Andy Lock on Mar 10, 2005, 1:10 PM
    1. Model ship rigging thread.. - Alan Bessler on Mar 10, 2005, 1:19 PM
      1. Model Ship Rigging - Andy Lock on Mar 10, 2005, 1:48 PM
        1. Think ? F&F carry it nt - Alasdair K Johnston on Mar 11, 2005, 4:07 AM
          1. F&F - Andy Lock on Mar 11, 2005, 7:11 PM
     
  4. Any hints for hinges? View Thread - John Shimek on Mar 9, 2005, 10:01 PM
    1. Fine Scale Modeler - Pat Alexander on Mar 10, 2005, 4:29 AM
      1. Re: Fine Scale Modeler - John Shimek on Mar 10, 2005, 7:57 PM
      2. Probable solution... - John Shimek on Mar 10, 2005, 10:42 PM
     
  5. 1/35 Zimmerit technique View Thread - M. Gallagher on Mar 9, 2005, 6:41 PM
    1. Thanks for Posting... - nick cortese on Mar 9, 2005, 11:00 PM
    2. Gotta try it someday ! - Yann Jouault on Mar 10, 2005, 4:57 AM
      1. The watch repair guy... - M. Gallagher on Mar 10, 2005, 11:10 AM
      2. The Alkett waffle pattern - M. Gallagher on Mar 10, 2005, 11:45 AM
    3. Thanks Manus! - Mike Land on Mar 10, 2005, 9:41 PM
    4. Thanks, Manus! - Dave O'Hara on Mar 11, 2005, 10:00 PM
     
  6. Bubbling and burnt paint View Thread - Scott Dimmick on Mar 8, 2005, 2:37 PM
    1. Burnt Paint - Mike Kirchoff on Mar 8, 2005, 4:41 PM
     
  7. Aftermarket zim recommendations: Panther A/Tiger II(P) View Thread - Peter Dahl on Mar 8, 2005, 1:31 PM
    1. For the Panther A... - Matthew Toms on Mar 8, 2005, 2:33 PM
     
  8. base coat? View Thread - Antony Lowe on Mar 8, 2005, 9:29 AM
    1. another question - Antony Lowe on Mar 8, 2005, 10:07 AM
      1. To answer both... - Matthew Toms on Mar 8, 2005, 2:28 PM
        1. what about Mr surfacer? - Antony Lowe on Mar 9, 2005, 8:17 AM
          1. Mr. Surfacer - Matthew Toms on Mar 9, 2005, 11:06 AM
            1. so its best to.. - Antony Lowe on Mar 9, 2005, 11:28 AM
              1. OK - Matthew Toms on Mar 9, 2005, 9:56 PM
     
  9. Washes! What's best ? View Thread - Russell on Mar 8, 2005, 8:09 AM
    1. Washes - Rick Purdy on Mar 8, 2005, 12:55 PM
      1. Hold It! - Matthew Toms on Mar 8, 2005, 1:56 PM
        1. Disagreement - Rick Purdy on Mar 8, 2005, 5:13 PM
          1. Thanks - Anonymous on Mar 9, 2005, 12:48 AM
    2. Depends - Matthew Toms on Mar 8, 2005, 2:05 PM
      1. After further review................. - Rick Purdy on Mar 8, 2005, 5:45 PM
    3. Another opinion - Dave Foster on Mar 8, 2005, 8:01 PM
      1. Well said! - Rick Purdy on Mar 8, 2005, 10:52 PM
        1. Thank you Rick - Dave Foster on Mar 8, 2005, 11:38 PM
          1. Future floor polish, is there an equivalent? - russellhunter on Mar 11, 2005, 4:37 PM
            1. Future..... - Rick Purdy on Mar 13, 2005, 1:20 PM
            2. Johnsons Kleer Down Under - Dave Foster on Mar 15, 2005, 2:39 PM
     
  10. Embossing photoetch View Thread - Steve Dowty on Mar 7, 2005, 4:37 PM
    1. Fiskars Embossing Tools - Matthew Toms on Mar 7, 2005, 5:20 PM
      1. Thanks Matt...But-- - Steve Dowty on Mar 7, 2005, 5:45 PM
        1. Not scribing... - Matthew Toms on Mar 7, 2005, 10:49 PM
     
  11. the perfect newbie kit? View Thread - John Taylor on Mar 7, 2005, 6:55 AM
    1. armor - Jeff Andrews on Mar 7, 2005, 10:40 AM
    2. Similar thread - roy chow on Mar 7, 2005, 6:04 PM
    3. My recommendations - Ian Stapley on Mar 11, 2005, 6:14 AM
     
  12. Canvas Cover for half track View Thread - Jonathan Quek on Mar 7, 2005, 4:06 AM
    1. Dark Grey or German Field green n/t - Miguel Jimenez on Mar 7, 2005, 12:01 PM
    2. Canvas Colours - ian sadler on Mar 7, 2005, 3:04 PM
      1. Canvas colour vs tactical point of view - Jonathan Quek on Mar 9, 2005, 11:58 PM
     
  13. Questions on Halftrack assembly/painting View Thread - Mark Dunck on Mar 6, 2005, 9:03 AM
    1. Use a mask... - Frank Michaels on Mar 7, 2005, 5:13 AM
      1. Thankx, I was overthinking the problem N/T - Mark Dunck on Mar 8, 2005, 10:56 AM
     
  14. When to do what? View Thread - Brian Balkwill on Mar 6, 2005, 4:44 AM
    1. Zimmerit - Mike Kirchoff on Mar 6, 2005, 5:53 AM
      1. Many thanks - Brian Balkwill on Mar 7, 2005, 3:34 AM
     
  15. I did some whitewashing tonight! View Thread - David E. O'Hara on Mar 5, 2005, 10:23 PM
    1. Check out my posting on Constructive Comments... - David E. O'Hara on Mar 5, 2005, 10:48 PM
     
  16. Bonding vinyl tracks View Thread - Pat Clark on Mar 5, 2005, 12:27 PM
    1. Re: Bonding vinyl tracks - Russell on Mar 8, 2005, 8:13 AM
     
  17. Annoying airbrush problem View Thread - Christopher Cooper on Mar 4, 2005, 8:27 PM
    1. water, water, everywhere... - Greg H on Mar 5, 2005, 12:12 AM
      1. moisture trap... - Christopher Cooper on Mar 5, 2005, 1:33 AM
        1. moisture trap... - Mark Cooper on Mar 5, 2005, 10:45 AM
          1. Thanks! - Christopher Cooper on Mar 7, 2005, 12:31 AM
    2. Re: Annoying airbrush problem - ron widera on Mar 8, 2005, 1:20 PM
      1. compressed gas tank - John Franklin on Mar 9, 2005, 5:16 PM
        1. Re: compressed gas tank - ron widera on Mar 10, 2005, 9:44 AM
    3. I get paint spitting and what I do.. - Mark Pieters on Mar 9, 2005, 11:12 PM
     
  18. Filters and washes View Thread - Albert Yu on Mar 4, 2005, 3:41 PM
    1. Filters and more - Miguel Jimenez on Mar 9, 2005, 4:56 AM
      1. Filter Recommendations? - Pat Clark on Mar 11, 2005, 8:49 AM
     
  19. Hong Kong Hobby stores View Thread - Greg on Mar 4, 2005, 8:02 AM
    1. Welcome to Hong Kong - Jaffe Lam on Mar 7, 2005, 11:44 AM
     
  20. What thinner for Mr Surfacer, if any at all necessary ? View Thread - DidierCammoski on Mar 4, 2005, 7:37 AM
    1. Mr. Surfacer .. - Mike Kirchoff on Mar 4, 2005, 8:38 AM
      1. Many thanks.... - DidierCammoski on Mar 4, 2005, 9:48 AM
    2. Solvents for Mr Surfacer - Chris Salak on Mar 4, 2005, 10:46 AM
    3. Acetone is the way to go - used it many times ..... N/T - Randy Riley on Mar 4, 2005, 12:48 PM
      1. Ok gents, that's mind convergence ! - DidierCammoski on Mar 4, 2005, 2:40 PM
     
  21. Please explain more on "Filters" View Thread - Randy Riley on Mar 3, 2005, 5:29 PM
    1. Re: Please explain more on "Filters" - Daniel Sample on Mar 3, 2005, 6:38 PM
      1. It's still kind of "fuzzy" to me - Randy Riley on Mar 4, 2005, 11:34 AM
        1. Don't worry, here the replies... - Miguel Jimenez on Mar 4, 2005, 2:07 PM
          1. Many thanks for the clarification MIG! - Randy Riley on Mar 4, 2005, 2:56 PM
     
  22. Upgrade to Tamiya Super Fine airbrush? View Thread - Mike Kirchoff on Mar 3, 2005, 5:01 PM
    1. Good brush - Randy Riley on Mar 3, 2005, 5:26 PM
    2. Next question ... - Mike Kirchoff on Mar 4, 2005, 7:28 AM
      1. fittings needed? - Randy Riley on Mar 4, 2005, 12:45 PM
        1. Thanks, Randy - Mike Kirchoff on Mar 5, 2005, 8:36 AM
          1. hose - John Franklin on Mar 8, 2005, 12:40 PM
    3. A470...not so fine - T ito Costa P on Mar 9, 2005, 9:07 AM
     
  23. Acrylic Flow Improver! View Thread - Jeff Andrews on Mar 3, 2005, 11:23 AM
    1. Re: Acrylic Flow Improver! - John Barnicoat on Mar 3, 2005, 4:15 PM
    2. Acrylic Flow Improver! - Kevin (Bluey) on Mar 4, 2005, 3:09 AM
    3. Flow improver - Tom Herling on Mar 5, 2005, 7:26 AM
      1. Re: Flow improver - John Barnicoat on Mar 5, 2005, 4:46 PM
     
  24. Tamiya SuperFine Airbrush problem View Thread - Carrie Daniels on Mar 1, 2005, 5:11 PM
    1. Re: Tamiya SuperFine Airbrush problem - John Barnicoat on Mar 1, 2005, 6:38 PM
      1. Re: Tamiya SuperFine Airbrush problem - Carrie Daniels on Mar 2, 2005, 10:23 AM
        1. Re: Tamiya SuperFine Airbrush problem - John Barnicoat on Mar 2, 2005, 5:00 PM
    2. paint build up? - Scott Dimmick on Mar 2, 2005, 3:36 PM
    3. Bent Needle - Rob Bridges on Mar 3, 2005, 12:12 AM
      1. Also..... - Rob Bridges on Mar 3, 2005, 12:23 AM
    4. Good Suggestions - more to come! - Carrie Daniels on Mar 3, 2005, 5:20 PM
     
  25. Calling all Danes - where to buy brass plates? View Thread - lennard grahn on Mar 1, 2005, 1:32 PM
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  27. Gum Ka Zimm tool - help needed View Thread - Brian Balkwill on Mar 1, 2005, 8:29 AM
    1. Zimmerit ridges - Robert Lockie on Mar 1, 2005, 8:35 AM
      1. Number of teeth - Brian Balkwill on Mar 1, 2005, 2:13 PM
        1. More difficult - Robert Lockie on Mar 3, 2005, 5:04 AM
          1. Good Idea - Brian Balkwill on Mar 3, 2005, 5:12 AM
            1. Got it - Brian Balkwill on Mar 5, 2005, 6:06 AM
     
  28. White wash question... View Thread - Dave O'Hara on Feb 28, 2005, 9:38 PM
    1. Well... there is this. - Jeff Andrews on Mar 1, 2005, 2:08 AM
      1. Thanks, Jeff! - Dave O'Hara on Mar 1, 2005, 9:58 AM
    2. Hi Dave - Carlos Tapia on Mar 1, 2005, 12:43 PM
      1. Thanks, Carlos! - Dave O'Hara on Mar 1, 2005, 2:47 PM
    3. winterwash - Johan Detruyer on Mar 1, 2005, 2:29 PM
      1. your real question - Johan Detruyer on Mar 1, 2005, 2:30 PM
        1. Thanks, Johan! - Dave O'Hara on Mar 1, 2005, 2:49 PM
     
  29. Stretching sprue but you can also do this View Thread - ian sadler on Feb 28, 2005, 1:56 PM
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  31. washing View Thread - Byron on Feb 25, 2005, 8:00 PM
    1. generaly speaking........... - Rick Purdy on Feb 25, 2005, 11:09 PM
    2. Washes ... - Mike Kirchoff on Feb 25, 2005, 11:58 PM
      1. Washing - Byron Leal on Feb 28, 2005, 8:06 PM
        1. Washes - Mike Kirchoff on Feb 28, 2005, 10:26 PM
    3. I'm still with the old group of a full wash. I like to give my models a - Ron Hetherington on Feb 26, 2005, 8:24 PM
     
  32. Help with remodelling existing weld seams? View Thread - Dany Mc Donald on Feb 25, 2005, 11:51 AM
    1. Weld seams - Dan Hay on Feb 26, 2005, 12:58 PM
      1. Thanks from me too - Steve Dowty on Feb 26, 2005, 3:20 PM
    2. Thank's Dan and... - Dany Mc Donald on Feb 26, 2005, 3:41 PM
      1. Interlocking weld beads - Dan Hay on Feb 26, 2005, 7:55 PM
    3. Yep testing. - Dany Mc Donald on Feb 26, 2005, 9:38 PM
     
  33. Is Vallejo Model Colour ok for airbrushing ? View Thread - Andy Lock on Feb 24, 2005, 6:50 PM
    1. Absolutely! - Mike Kirchoff on Feb 24, 2005, 8:50 PM
    2. Yes! and... - Miguel Jimenez on Feb 25, 2005, 4:06 AM
      1. Re: Yes! and... - Andy Lock on Feb 25, 2005, 12:50 PM
        1. Model Color varnishes - Mike Kirchoff on Feb 25, 2005, 11:46 PM
        2. What I means.... - Mig Jimenez on Feb 26, 2005, 2:41 PM
          1. I second the varnish problem - Kyle Novak on Mar 2, 2005, 2:25 PM
            1. Cleaning airbrush - MIck O'Riordan on Mar 8, 2005, 1:45 PM
      2. I airbrush varnish all the time.. - Brandon Hopkins on Mar 9, 2005, 7:43 PM
     
  34. Anyone tried soldering the pin ends on Friul track? View Thread - Robert Lockie on Feb 24, 2005, 4:18 PM
    1. Not recommended. - Rob James on Feb 24, 2005, 8:31 PM
      1. white metal is lead - ruslan KH on Feb 24, 2005, 11:01 PM
        1. So... you can still solder it - David Nickels on Feb 25, 2005, 9:34 AM
          1. Tony Greenland does.... - Jon Greenwood on Feb 25, 2005, 11:00 AM
            1. thx - Ruslan KH on Feb 25, 2005, 12:17 PM
              1. Re: thx - Bob Griffin on Mar 1, 2005, 1:14 PM
                1. Where do you buy carrs flux ? - andre sousa on Mar 2, 2005, 12:20 PM
     
  35. What is THE BEST putty? View Thread - Steve Dowty on Feb 23, 2005, 8:15 PM
    1. Re: What is THE BEST putty? - John Barnicoat on Feb 23, 2005, 9:28 PM
    2. I've just purchased Vallejo tube putty - Wouter Siepman on Feb 24, 2005, 6:02 AM
      1. Where to find Vallejo Tube Putty - Chris Salak on Feb 28, 2005, 10:50 AM
        1. don't know an online source - Wouter Siepman on Mar 1, 2005, 1:00 PM
          1. Possibly Colorado Miniatures - Chris Salak on Mar 1, 2005, 10:32 PM
            1. Sorry Mods, my email was blocked by my software - Chris Salak on Mar 1, 2005, 10:34 PM
    3. I like... - Gary Cunningham on Feb 24, 2005, 12:34 PM
    4. Re: What is THE BEST putty? - Terry Margerum on Feb 26, 2005, 12:58 PM
      1. Terry-- - Steve Dowty on Feb 26, 2005, 3:23 PM
        1. Steve try looking in anywhere that sells car products - Terry Margerum on Feb 27, 2005, 3:38 AM
    5. Putty - Dan Hay on Feb 26, 2005, 1:05 PM
    6. The good stuff. - Matthew Toms on Feb 27, 2005, 12:37 AM
    7. Putty - Jeff Andrews on Feb 27, 2005, 2:57 AM
      1. El cheapo filler........... - Rick Purdy on Feb 28, 2005, 5:20 PM
    8. Thanks to all who answered - Steve Dowty on Mar 1, 2005, 7:23 PM
     
  36. Acrylics don't stick...how to prime? View Thread - lennard grahn on Feb 23, 2005, 2:56 AM
    1. Acrylics `problems - Miguel Jimenez on Feb 23, 2005, 8:00 AM
      1. Thanks a lot - lennard grahn on Feb 24, 2005, 5:53 AM
        1. More on primers.............. - Rick Purdy on Feb 24, 2005, 9:05 AM
          1. And even more on primers... - Dan Hay on Feb 27, 2005, 6:51 AM
     
  37. Iwata Airbrush and Compressor assistance needed. View Thread - Alan Wong on Feb 22, 2005, 2:43 PM
    1. Re: Iwata Airbrush and Compressor assistance needed. - John Barnicoat on Feb 22, 2005, 6:46 PM
      1. Thanks John. N/T - Alan Wong on Feb 22, 2005, 7:16 PM
     
  38. Making tools View Thread - Kristof Tigyi on Feb 21, 2005, 7:31 PM
    1. Bracket removal - Robert Lockie on Feb 22, 2005, 12:04 PM
     
  39. Tip for paint jars View Thread - Tom Herling on Feb 20, 2005, 8:12 AM
    1. Absolutely brilliant!! - Dan Hay on Feb 23, 2005, 5:12 PM
      1. Bagpipes - Andy Talbot on Feb 24, 2005, 4:37 PM
    2. Thanks Tom! - Eddie Maige on Feb 23, 2005, 6:44 PM
     
  40. Snow-Coat....where to get and How to use View Thread - Nick Saunders on Feb 19, 2005, 3:48 AM
    1. Found it........nt - Nick Saunders on Feb 19, 2005, 4:48 AM
     
  41. copy of instructions View Thread - miles on Feb 18, 2005, 10:41 PM
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  43. Newbie question on creating the "uneven steel" texture on sauerkopf gun designs. View Thread - Gustav Wetterwik on Feb 18, 2005, 3:37 AM
    1. Re: Newbie question on creating the "uneven steel" texture on sauerkopf gun designs. - Jakko Westerbeke on Feb 18, 2005, 5:35 AM
      1. Re: Newbie question on creating the "uneven steel" texture on sauerkopf gun designs. - Gustav Wetterwik on Feb 18, 2005, 12:36 PM
        1. Zimmerit - Jakko Westerbeke on Feb 19, 2005, 5:30 AM
     
  44. need tracks View Thread - miles on Feb 16, 2005, 6:23 PM
    1. Airfix is 1/76 - David Nickels on Feb 17, 2005, 5:07 PM
      1. Re: Airfix is 1/76 - miles on Feb 18, 2005, 10:36 PM
     
  45. More Etch Mate stuff View Thread - Bill Smithson on Feb 16, 2005, 5:21 PM
    1. Planning your bending - David Nickels on Feb 17, 2005, 5:11 PM
     
  46. Academy Tiger I Early with Interior View Thread - Jeff Scott on Feb 16, 2005, 1:11 PM
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  48. Where doI buy Blacken-it.n\t View Thread - Denis Wagner on Feb 16, 2005, 12:46 AM
    1. Micromark.com n/t - John F. Steinman on Feb 16, 2005, 9:03 AM
     
  49. Vallejo modelair.............a fine line? View Thread - Gary Millias on Feb 15, 2005, 7:04 AM
    1. A fine line, and capable of one too - John Barnicoat on Feb 15, 2005, 7:20 PM
      1. Thanks for the advice John, there may be hope yet....n/t - Gary Millias on Feb 16, 2005, 3:26 AM
     
  50. Questions about "annealling" (??) Photo Etch. View Thread - Brian N. Stanley on Feb 14, 2005, 11:42 AM
    1. annealing - Matt Leese on Feb 14, 2005, 11:59 AM
    2. Annealing - Pat McGrath on Feb 14, 2005, 12:46 PM
    3. Annealing - Dave Foster on Feb 14, 2005, 1:41 PM
    4. Open flame - careful! - ron widera on Feb 14, 2005, 1:45 PM
     
  51. O.K. guys, I've taken the plunge.... View Thread - Dave O'Hara on Feb 13, 2005, 8:54 PM
    1. Construction - Robert Lockie on Feb 14, 2005, 3:53 AM
      1. Thanks, Robert! - Dave O'Hara on Feb 16, 2005, 8:59 PM
    2. here you go Dave... - Mike Land on Feb 14, 2005, 5:17 PM
      1. Thanks, Mike! - Dave O'Hara on Feb 16, 2005, 9:10 PM
     
  52. Etch Mate View Thread - Bill Smithson on Feb 13, 2005, 2:50 PM
    1. And do not forget - Dave Connolly on Feb 13, 2005, 3:52 PM
    2. You can't go wrong!! - Brian N. Stanley on Feb 13, 2005, 10:56 PM
    3. Worth it - David Nickels on Feb 14, 2005, 5:05 PM
      1. Me too - Nick Saunders on Feb 15, 2005, 5:52 AM
      2. Me too - Nick Saunders on Feb 15, 2005, 5:53 AM
        1. Etch Mate now purchased!! - Bill Smithson on Feb 16, 2005, 3:51 PM
          1. Practice makes Perfect! - Brian N. Stanley on Feb 16, 2005, 4:40 PM
            1. E-M - Bill Smithson on Feb 16, 2005, 5:04 PM
     
  53. Paint colour for tyres View Thread - Andy Lock on Feb 13, 2005, 2:13 PM
    1. Tyre colour - John O'Reilly on Feb 13, 2005, 2:48 PM
    2. Tyre colour - Mike Starmer on Feb 13, 2005, 3:59 PM
      1. Re: Tyre colour - Andy Lock on Feb 13, 2005, 6:13 PM
    3. Rubber tire color - Mike Kirchoff on Feb 14, 2005, 8:33 AM
    4. Tamiya has a very nice Nato Black that is greyish and looks realy nice when done. .nt - Ron Hetherington on Feb 14, 2005, 11:17 PM
     
  54. help with acrylic paints View Thread - sunil prasanna on Feb 13, 2005, 6:17 AM
    1. Primer needed........... - Rick Purdy on Feb 13, 2005, 2:52 PM
      1. thanks btw........... - sunil prasanna on Feb 13, 2005, 11:52 PM
        1. Dust 'em up stuff........... - Rick Purdy on Feb 15, 2005, 5:09 PM
     
  55. AFV Vision Blocks...How to paint? View Thread - JC Hayes on Feb 12, 2005, 12:58 AM
    1. I use... - Alan Bessler on Feb 12, 2005, 8:23 AM
    2. I use an ordinary HB pencil - John Morrison on Apr 5, 2005, 9:40 AM
     
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