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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. Zimmerit for Tiger (P)? View Thread - Keith Busch on Nov 29, 2004, 11:18 PM
    1. The Tiger I (P) did not have zimmerit. - Kingston on Dec 17, 2004, 10:36 PM
     
  2. Decal and Transfers storage View Thread - Lester Senn on Nov 28, 2004, 1:15 PM
    1. Decal and Transfer Storage - Richard_E on Nov 29, 2004, 4:04 PM
      1. Decal Storage my method - ian sadler on Nov 30, 2004, 2:27 PM
        1. I put my decals in page protectors. - Kingston on Dec 17, 2004, 10:39 PM
     
  3. Washed my PE parts and ready to paint. Any primer needed? View Thread - James Smith on Nov 27, 2004, 11:08 PM
    1. Car acrylic primer - Matt Hunt on Nov 29, 2004, 7:43 AM
    2. straight to paint - David Parker on Nov 30, 2004, 3:13 AM
      1. Even if you use - Alasdair Johnston on Nov 30, 2004, 11:57 AM
      2. Me too... - James Smith on Nov 30, 2004, 7:27 PM
    3. Tamiya White Metal Primer - Steven Milstone-Turner on Dec 5, 2004, 10:34 PM
     
  4. Looking to Super detail my first tank View Thread - Peter Mosca on Nov 27, 2004, 8:14 PM
    1. PZ IV Super detail help - Josh Black on Dec 5, 2004, 6:39 PM
      1. Thanks Josh, that's great feedback n/t - Peter Mosca on Dec 6, 2004, 4:30 AM
     
  5. Washing PE parts that have been glued together? View Thread - James Smith on Nov 27, 2004, 3:10 AM
    1. 8 down none across - Alasdair Johnston on Nov 27, 2004, 4:42 AM
      1. Forgot to thank you for that, thanks! So none of those would wreck a CA bond? n/t - James Smith on Nov 27, 2004, 6:25 AM
        1. They dont for me... - Alasdair Johnston on Nov 27, 2004, 10:14 AM
          1. Thanks, and Australia won, so... WE WON! - James Smith on Nov 27, 2004, 6:17 PM
            1. I know....and RSA beat us ...BIG TIME - alasdair on Nov 28, 2004, 3:31 AM
     
  6. Minwax Polycrylic View Thread - Brian Dwight on Nov 26, 2004, 7:57 PM
    1. I've bought some.... - Mark Fergel on Dec 1, 2004, 1:06 PM
     
  7. Tips for Testors Acrylic View Thread - Ricardo Haddad on Nov 26, 2004, 8:15 AM
    1. Here is what I use.. - Walter Schneider on Dec 1, 2004, 12:15 PM
      1. Thanks, Walter! (n/t) - Ricardo Haddad on Dec 2, 2004, 12:38 PM
     
  8. Advice on compressor purchase View Thread - Ian Reading on Nov 26, 2004, 3:18 AM
    1. Re: Advice on compressor purchase - Anonymous on Nov 26, 2004, 11:35 AM
     
  9. display cases View Thread - Rob Lafferty on Nov 25, 2004, 5:08 AM
    1. I bought mine at Ikea. - Frank Kuhn on Nov 25, 2004, 11:03 AM
    2. Ikea display cases - Ian Reading on Nov 27, 2004, 3:21 AM
    3. Look for stores like jewlers that are going out of business.......... - Ron Hetherington on Nov 27, 2004, 3:54 PM
     
  10. A call for all Aussies: Best product to use to attach PE? View Thread - James Smith on Nov 25, 2004, 2:42 AM
    1. And while we are at it, any preperation needed for PE before painting? - James Smith on Nov 25, 2004, 4:04 AM
      1. See a few posts down - Alasdair Johnston on Nov 26, 2004, 8:44 PM
     
  11. "correct" humbrol thinner View Thread - travis bailey on Nov 24, 2004, 1:43 PM
    1. Thinners - Vinnie Branigan on Nov 24, 2004, 6:00 PM
    2. I use lighter fluid - Ricardo Haddad on Nov 26, 2004, 8:11 AM
     
  12. Etched parts - when to "apply"? View Thread - Jens Kiaerskou on Nov 24, 2004, 10:02 AM
    1. During construction - James Duncan on Nov 24, 2004, 11:17 AM
      1. Hey James - Von Bargen Martin on Nov 24, 2004, 4:24 PM
    2. I don't think I would try Aber for my first PE Project. - Mark Minnis on Nov 24, 2004, 11:28 AM
      1. Disagree....sorry - Alasdair Johnston on Nov 25, 2004, 11:04 AM
        1. What to wash with? - James Smith on Nov 25, 2004, 6:34 PM
          1. Hi James - Alasdair Johnston on Nov 26, 2004, 5:39 AM
    3. Thank you for your responses - Jens Kiaerskou on Nov 27, 2004, 12:18 PM
     
  13. What are "etched" parts View Thread - Jerry Morrison on Nov 23, 2004, 4:10 PM
    1. Re: What are "etched" parts - Anonymous on Nov 23, 2004, 6:23 PM
     
  14. What glue? View Thread - Jerry Morrison on Nov 23, 2004, 12:43 PM
    1. re: What glue? - Nick Cortese on Nov 23, 2004, 5:19 PM
    2. Glue - Jeff Andrews on Nov 23, 2004, 7:13 PM
     
  15. Acylic RAL 8000, 7027, and RAL8020 View Thread - Eric Scurlock on Nov 21, 2004, 12:32 AM
    1. This may help - Jon Baker on Nov 27, 2004, 1:52 PM
      1. Thanks! - Eric Scurlock on Nov 29, 2004, 12:52 AM
     
  16. Vallajo Model Air paint ? View Thread - Alan Bessler on Nov 20, 2004, 6:04 PM
    1. Re: Vallajo Model Air paint ? - John F. Steinman on Nov 20, 2004, 7:02 PM
      1. Re: Vallajo Model Air paint ? - Folgado on Nov 24, 2004, 10:24 AM
     
  17. glueing tiny parts View Thread - David Simon on Nov 20, 2004, 5:08 PM
    1. tiny parts - Jeff Andrews on Nov 20, 2004, 9:05 PM
    2. Re: glueing tiny parts - Jakko Westerbeke on Nov 21, 2004, 5:31 AM
    3. What I do . .. . - Jerry Spires on Dec 2, 2004, 5:05 PM
     
  18. Interior color for T34 headlamps? View Thread - Dan Reed on Nov 20, 2004, 11:39 AM
    1. I would say silver with a wash of black, at least this is what I do and I'm happy...n/t - Ron hetherington on Nov 20, 2004, 11:50 PM
     
  19. Opinions on Iwata compressors View Thread - rob galassi on Nov 18, 2004, 8:07 PM
    1. Iwata compressors - Mike Land on Nov 19, 2004, 4:45 PM
    2. Iwata Smart Jet - Carl Walter on Nov 20, 2004, 9:18 AM
    3. Iwata Studio jet- - James Duncan on Nov 24, 2004, 11:21 AM
     
  20. Zimmerit View Thread - Robert Lewis on Nov 18, 2004, 11:02 AM
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  22. What's the Best FS Match for Modern Soviet Green ? View Thread - André Lutti on Nov 18, 2004, 10:42 AM
    1. Soviet Green best is - ian sadler on Nov 18, 2004, 1:59 PM
      1. OK, ... - André Lutti on Nov 19, 2004, 12:22 PM
    2. Vallejo Russina Green works well - James Duncan on Nov 24, 2004, 11:22 AM
    3. André, my approach.... - Ricardo Haddad on Nov 26, 2004, 8:25 AM
     
  23. What Kind of Paint is Better Suited to Use as Base Color for Vinyl Tracks ? View Thread - André Lutti on Nov 18, 2004, 10:35 AM
    1. Vinyl track painting best advice - ian sadler on Nov 18, 2004, 2:01 PM
      1. Tracks - Vinnie Branigan on Nov 18, 2004, 6:48 PM
    2. Oh....and wash them properly with a mild detergent. N/T - Vinnie Branigan on Nov 18, 2004, 6:49 PM
    3. Thank You ... - André Lutti on Nov 24, 2004, 6:06 AM
    4. Primer with a hot thinner- - James Duncan on Nov 24, 2004, 11:24 AM
     
  24. This is probably a dumb question, but....... View Thread - Rob Lafferty on Nov 18, 2004, 2:22 AM
    1. Modern IR Filters are black. NT - MArk Minnis on Nov 18, 2004, 7:25 AM
    2. Definitely black - Robert Lockie on Nov 18, 2004, 10:30 AM
      1. Re: Definitely black - Rob Lafferty on Nov 18, 2004, 4:03 PM
     
  25. Beginner's weathering question View Thread - Richard E on Nov 16, 2004, 6:39 PM
    1. Oils - Matt Hunt on Nov 17, 2004, 7:51 AM
    2. Use the post shading method- - James Duncan on Nov 24, 2004, 11:26 AM
     
  26. How to make hooks for schurzen? View Thread - James Smith on Nov 16, 2004, 6:32 PM
    1. Schurzen mountings - Matthew Toms on Nov 17, 2004, 6:15 PM
      1. Thanks Matthew, order some PE schurzen n/t - James Smith on Nov 21, 2004, 7:05 PM
     
  27. Decal View Thread - Snowolf on Nov 16, 2004, 12:06 AM
    1. Re: Decal - Rob Lafferty on Nov 16, 2004, 12:10 AM
      1. Re: Decal - Snowolf on Nov 16, 2004, 3:04 AM
        1. Please use your full name and a valid email address when posting - missing-lynx team on Nov 16, 2004, 4:12 AM
        2. Re: Decal - Rob Lafferty on Nov 20, 2004, 2:04 AM
    2. A couple of things - Steve Eslinger on Nov 16, 2004, 5:02 PM
      1. minor correction - Steve Eslinger on Nov 16, 2004, 5:07 PM
        1. a little more........ - Rick Purdy on Nov 17, 2004, 12:11 AM
          1. Re: a little more........ - Snowolf on Nov 17, 2004, 10:48 PM
     
  28. T-34 fuel drums View Thread - Rob Lafferty on Nov 15, 2004, 11:30 PM
    1. nevermind - Rob Lafferty on Nov 16, 2004, 2:30 AM
    2. I have the set in stock... - Janic Dube on Nov 16, 2004, 9:50 AM
    3. Mig Productions T-34 Damaged fuel drums - Paco Bofarull on Nov 17, 2004, 1:52 PM
     
  29. Problems with airbrushing Polly-Scale paints View Thread - Reinhard Borchardt on Nov 15, 2004, 3:50 PM
    1. Same thing has happened to me Reinhard... - Dan Capuano on Nov 15, 2004, 9:20 PM
      1. Hmmm... - Reinhard Borchardt on Nov 16, 2004, 3:53 PM
      2. primer - Ken on Nov 28, 2004, 7:59 PM
    2. Interesting - Jeff Andrews on Nov 16, 2004, 6:44 PM
    3. Here's a fix or two.... - Kevin Wheeler on Nov 20, 2004, 2:14 AM
      1. Future - Dusty Burman on Nov 22, 2004, 10:37 PM
     
  30. Where has my weathering gone? View Thread - Peter Hall on Nov 15, 2004, 8:10 AM
    1. PMIA - Vinnie Branigan on Nov 15, 2004, 11:57 AM
     
  31. Verlinden Ford GAA V8 Engine for M4A3 Sherman View Thread - Mark Cobham on Nov 15, 2004, 3:43 AM
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  33. Making really wet mud to put on AFVs? View Thread - James Smith on Nov 15, 2004, 1:38 AM
    1. Re: Making really wet mud to put on AFVs? - Jakko Westerbeke on Nov 15, 2004, 5:24 AM
      1. Mud.... - Vinnie Branigan on Nov 15, 2004, 12:00 PM
    2. Thanks guys! n/t - James Smith on Nov 16, 2004, 6:28 PM
     
  34. To Solder or not? View Thread - John Sekas on Nov 14, 2004, 11:27 AM
    1. just tried it,, some thoughts. - Mike Duguay on Nov 14, 2004, 12:45 PM
    2. Re: To Solder or not? - Rob Lafferty on Nov 14, 2004, 11:02 PM
    3. A technique worth learning - Andrew Hall on Nov 15, 2004, 4:18 PM
    4. some thoughts... - Steve Kansa on Nov 15, 2004, 7:33 PM
    5. Thank You Mike, Rob, Andrew, and Steve!! - John Sekas on Nov 16, 2004, 7:19 PM
    6. Soldering- - James Duncan on Nov 24, 2004, 11:32 AM
      1. What do you mean by "tin" the iron? - andre sousa on Nov 25, 2004, 12:08 PM
        1. Tinning the Iron - Cliff Wignell on Dec 13, 2004, 3:39 PM
     
  35. how to Verlinden wheels with snow chains to Tamyia m8 View Thread - John Keogh on Nov 12, 2004, 11:31 AM
    1. Re: how to Verlinden wheels with snow chains to Tamyia m8 - Robert Lafferty on Nov 12, 2004, 2:43 PM
      1. Re verlinden snow chain wheels - John keogh on Nov 13, 2004, 4:46 AM
        1. Re: Re verlinden snow chain wheels - Jakko Westerbeke on Nov 13, 2004, 5:27 AM
          1. Re: Re verlinden snow chain wheels - Rob Lafferty on Nov 13, 2004, 6:40 PM
            1. reVerlinden snow chain wheels - John Keogh on Nov 14, 2004, 5:30 AM
     
  36. friulmodel tracks View Thread - Rob Lafferty on Nov 12, 2004, 12:25 AM
    1. Blacken-it - Ian Stapley on Nov 12, 2004, 7:49 AM
    2. Here you go Rob... - Mike Land on Nov 12, 2004, 7:54 PM
      1. thanks! - Rob Lafferty on Nov 12, 2004, 11:17 PM
     
  37. color of the primer coat? View Thread - Gary Hoyt on Nov 11, 2004, 1:22 PM
    1. primers?! - Greg H on Nov 11, 2004, 5:17 PM
    2. Primers- some more - Rick Purdy on Nov 11, 2004, 6:42 PM
    3. primer - Rob Lafferty on Nov 12, 2004, 3:21 AM
     
  38. How to make a flag View Thread - Tim Schneider on Nov 10, 2004, 2:14 PM
    1. This might help you..... - Janic Dube on Nov 10, 2004, 3:28 PM
    2. I saw an article once, can't remember where, that showed how to make one with putty... - Ron Hetherington on Nov 10, 2004, 7:31 PM
      1. Try Using Lead foil. - Mark Minnis on Nov 12, 2004, 9:39 AM
    3. Thanks for all of the responses. This is just the info I needed! - Tim on Nov 12, 2004, 3:20 PM
     
  39. Tamiya airbrush trigger spring problems View Thread - Mike Duguay on Nov 10, 2004, 9:51 AM
    1. Ditto with my Tamiya HG - Chris Salak on Nov 10, 2004, 10:51 AM
    2. Try super lube - Steve Eslinger on Nov 12, 2004, 9:05 AM
      1. Ditto use the super lube saves you alot of proplems. - Alan Bessler on Nov 12, 2004, 2:25 PM
    3. I had the same trouble with my Iwata.... - Kevin Wheeler on Nov 13, 2004, 2:50 AM
    4. Beeswax on the needle - Graeme Davidson on Nov 15, 2004, 2:45 PM
     
  40. I have an airbrush. I´ll buy a new one, but wich? View Thread - Márcio Ferreira on Nov 8, 2004, 11:18 AM
    1. I used to own your same airbrush, but............. - Ron Hetherington on Nov 8, 2004, 11:29 AM
    2. Re: I have an airbrush. I´ll buy a new one, but wich? - Folgado on Nov 26, 2004, 11:43 AM
     
  41. Great wire for cables on afvs View Thread - Shane R Byrnes on Nov 8, 2004, 8:12 AM
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  43. Try play dough for camo masking View Thread - Shane R Byrnes on Nov 7, 2004, 7:05 AM
    1. Re: Try play dough for camo masking - Tim Schneider on Nov 10, 2004, 2:19 PM
      1. play dough....... - Rick Purdy on Nov 13, 2004, 12:07 AM
     
  44. advice re repainting View Thread - chriscurry on Nov 6, 2004, 6:25 PM
    1. Re: advice re repainting - Darko Simic on Nov 7, 2004, 3:18 AM
    2. Repainting, depends on how the old paint looks......... - Ron Hetherington on Nov 8, 2004, 11:38 AM
    3. darko and ron - chris curry on Nov 8, 2004, 12:51 PM
     
  45. Rommelkisten..... View Thread - Jan Abrahamsson on Nov 6, 2004, 7:49 AM
    1. Some ideas for you. - Ian Stapley on Nov 11, 2004, 6:51 AM
    2. If you want a plan of one - Robert Lockie on Nov 11, 2004, 7:46 AM
     
  46. Avoiding "tide marks"... View Thread - Chris Donovan on Nov 3, 2004, 10:20 PM
    1. Possibles........ - Rick Purdy on Nov 4, 2004, 10:25 AM
      1. Thanks - Chris Donovan on Nov 9, 2004, 5:29 AM
     
  47. M1A1 ABRAMS tracks View Thread - Rob Lafferty on Nov 2, 2004, 5:55 PM
    1. Big foot tracks? - Greg H on Nov 2, 2004, 11:06 PM
     
  48. adding turret mounted smoke morter details View Thread - Mike McGregor on Nov 1, 2004, 10:05 PM
    1. White Ensign Models - Robert Skipper on Nov 2, 2004, 5:59 PM
     
  49. suggestion for gloss clear coat View Thread - Alan Hsu on Nov 1, 2004, 4:43 PM
    1. gloss clear coats - Greg H on Nov 2, 2004, 8:57 AM
    2. Cheap?Future floor wax..............n/t - Rick Purdy on Nov 2, 2004, 11:07 AM
     
  50. Putty for Zimmerit question...again! View Thread - Dany Mc Donald on Nov 1, 2004, 4:17 PM
    1. 2 part epox. advantage - Pat McGrath on Nov 1, 2004, 4:53 PM
      1. Yes epox is nice, - Dany Mc Donald on Nov 1, 2004, 5:02 PM
        1. Re: Yes epox is nice, - Peter Newton on Nov 7, 2004, 5:11 PM
     
  51. Thanks to Mark Minnis View Thread - Robert Lockie on Nov 1, 2004, 8:19 AM
    1. Your Welcome - Mark Minnis on Nov 2, 2004, 8:05 AM
      1. Get em why you can! - John F. Steinman on Nov 3, 2004, 8:04 PM
        1. That was what I feared - Robert Lockie on Nov 4, 2004, 5:17 AM
     
  52. Chipping ideas View Thread - Rob Lafferty on Oct 30, 2004, 3:37 AM
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  54. Plastic Antennae View Thread - Josh Brewster on Oct 29, 2004, 8:50 PM
    1. Antennae - Andrew Hall on Oct 29, 2004, 10:57 PM
    2. try guitar strings Josh - Shane R Byrnes on Nov 8, 2004, 8:06 AM
     
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