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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. How do I paint finei lines from an iwata hp-c? View Thread - Rob on Sep 24, 3:24 AM
    1. You can't, not with the needle set up that is in it......... - Ron Hetherington on Sep 24, 7:58 PM
      1. Also, you have to watch your paint mix & air pressure... - Ron on Sep 24, 8:01 PM
        1. I figured out the needle - Rob on Sep 25, 11:02 AM
      2. installing .2 needle - Rob on Sep 25, 9:11 AM
        1. Here is the link to Coast.... - Ron on Sep 25, 7:21 PM
          1. thanks Ron! - Rob on Sep 26, 4:18 PM
     
  2. Friulmodel > final weathering View Thread - Michael Rinaldi on Sep 24, 12:45 AM
    1. Thanks! - Marcel Jussen on Sep 24, 2:04 AM
    2. Great! - Sam Dwyer on Sep 24, 5:03 PM
      1. camera settings - - Michael Rinaldi on Sep 26, 6:45 PM
    3. wowwww - ronnie romero on Sep 30, 1:16 AM
     
  3. Help!! (real) dust problem! View Thread - Audi Asri on Sep 23, 10:30 AM
    1. Drill them out with a pin vise - Frank Michaels on Sep 24, 5:15 AM
    2. Dust? - Vinnie Branigan on Sep 24, 12:17 PM
      1. Aha! - Audi Asri on Sep 25, 9:47 AM
     
  4. Mr Surfacer?? View Thread - David Hale on Sep 23, 8:09 AM
    1. Mr. Surfacer - Jay Benson on Sep 23, 11:48 AM
      1. Thanks - David Hale on Sep 23, 3:47 PM
      2. Mr Surfacer 500 - Glenn Ryder on Sep 29, 12:01 AM
     
  5. Help with resin detail sets View Thread - Rob James on Sep 22, 9:40 AM
    1. Resin - Matt Leese on Sep 22, 12:31 PM
    2. Sawing/ sanding of resin-health hazard - Marwin Albertema on Sep 23, 5:08 AM
      1. Cancer? - Rob Plas on Sep 27, 2:07 AM
        1. Cancer/Resin - John Smith on Sep 30, 9:08 PM
          1. Re: Cancer/Resin - Rob Plas on Oct 1, 1:20 PM
     
  6. Floquil RR enamel questions... View Thread - Eric Stanford on Sep 20, 6:55 PM
    1. well...sorta, but... - Greg H on Sep 20, 9:01 PM
    2. Floquil - John Barnicoat on Sep 20, 9:32 PM
     
  7. Is Tamiya's XF-60.... View Thread - Roy A. Schlicht on Sep 19, 5:46 PM
    1. Sure! - Jeff Andrews on Sep 19, 8:32 PM
     
  8. Vallejo thinner substitute View Thread - Johan Kosander on Sep 19, 6:22 AM
    1. demineralised water N/T - pascal bastiaens on Sep 19, 2:00 PM
      1. Does it work OK? n/t - Johan Kosander on Sep 19, 2:50 PM
        1. Windex - Jon Baker on Sep 19, 3:57 PM
          1. oops typo - Jon Baker on Sep 19, 3:58 PM
     
  9. bolt details View Thread - miguel dela rama on Sep 18, 11:09 AM
    1. Re: bolt details - Jakko Westerbeke on Sep 19, 5:05 AM
      1. Re: bolt details - miguel dela rama on Sep 19, 10:39 AM
        1. Plastruct rod - Dan Hay on Sep 19, 12:08 PM
    2. Re: bolt details - Stephan Bock on Sep 21, 6:19 AM
    3. The easiest way! - Matthew Toms on Sep 27, 4:13 PM
     
  10. Color used for dry brush View Thread - Yue Ma on Sep 18, 12:07 AM
    1. Dry Brushing - Mark Dunck on Sep 20, 8:47 AM
      1. Thanks! Here is one more thing.... - Yue Ma on Sep 20, 11:21 AM
        1. Here is what I do - Mark Dunck on Sep 20, 6:21 PM
          1. WOW! - Yue Ma on Sep 21, 1:12 AM
     
  11. Painting rubber pads on tracks View Thread - David Simon on Sep 17, 6:06 PM
    1. Re: Painting rubber pads on tracks - Jakko Westerbeke on Sep 18, 5:24 AM
    2. Charcoal - Pat McGrath on Sep 19, 7:32 AM
     
  12. iwata airbrush and compressor View Thread - Ian Fisher on Sep 16, 5:26 PM
    1. Airbrush/Compressor - Ron Hetherington on Sep 17, 2:13 PM
    2. airburshing - Jeff Andrews on Sep 18, 10:11 AM
    3. Another Eclipse fan here - Steve Eslinger on Sep 23, 1:57 PM
     
  13. Soviet tank colours View Thread - Mats Isgren on Sep 15, 3:49 PM
    1. T 55 Colours - ian sadler on Sep 16, 5:19 AM
      1. Any colour as long it is green will be correct - Mats Isgren on Sep 16, 8:30 AM
        1. real story - rich on Sep 30, 3:44 PM
     
  14. Friulmodel/Blacken-it solution > step by step View Thread - Michael Rinaldi on Sep 14, 10:31 PM
    1. More easy is difficult! - Filipe Ferreira on Sep 15, 5:18 AM
     
  15. Weathering powders on tracks View Thread - Ted Nichols on Sep 13, 10:14 PM
    1. My way. - Mark Minnis on Sep 14, 7:39 AM
    2. My Way :) - Ron Hetherington on Sep 17, 2:21 PM
     
  16. Building sand shield strips info needed View Thread - Alan Bessler on Sep 12, 12:34 PM
    1. Me 2 - Jeff Andrews on Sep 12, 5:21 PM
      1. Yes - Alan Bessler on Sep 19, 10:24 AM
    2. I use Evergreen plastic strip.... - Dave O'Hara on Sep 12, 8:29 PM
      1. Thanks Dave I'll give it a go. - Alan Bessler on Sep 12, 11:50 PM
     
  17. Commonwealth AFV Color View Thread - Jeff Whorl on Sep 12, 7:07 AM
    1. Re: Commonwealth AFV Color - Bryan Gray on Sep 13, 8:05 AM
      1. Thanks Bryan... - Jeff Whorl on Sep 17, 8:32 PM
     
  18. Tamiya High Grade Double Action Airbrush question help View Thread - Mark on Sep 12, 1:34 AM
    1. It may need the adapter - Brett Barrow on Sep 12, 9:01 PM
    2. May need air pressure - Andrew Albrecht on Sep 13, 1:49 PM
    3. Adapter not included? - Rod O'Brien on Sep 19, 5:07 PM
     
  19. Royal Model German bicycle set View Thread - Dan Reed on Sep 11, 10:49 AM
    1. Some tips... - Steve Kansa on Sep 13, 11:14 AM
      1. Re: Some tips... - Dan Reed on Sep 13, 9:20 PM
        1. Try sending the email again, it didn't go through... - Steve Kansa on Sep 13, 11:25 PM
          1. Re: Try sending the email again, it didn't go through... - Dan Reed on Sep 14, 9:07 AM
     
  20. Glaze prior to applying oil washes View Thread - Andrew Lang on Sep 10, 6:42 PM
    1. Windex - Jon Baker on Sep 11, 4:29 AM
     
  21. Old Ward Files never die View Thread - ian sadler on Sep 10, 9:14 AM
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  23. Need help with Mud and water View Thread - Scott Dimmick on Sep 10, 7:46 AM
    1. Gel...... - Frank Sullivan on Sep 10, 9:21 AM
      1. Also Woodland Scenics has - Tim Ridout on Sep 13, 12:50 AM
     
  24. Friulmodel track assembly > step by step View Thread - Michael Rinaldi on Sep 10, 5:28 AM
    1. Great Article - Chris Salak on Sep 10, 10:45 AM
    2. Great article Michael! - Mike Land on Sep 10, 10:22 PM
    3. Friul virgin? Read this article! - Glenn Ryder on Sep 19, 12:04 AM
      1. Thanks guys > - Michael Rinaldi on Sep 20, 9:12 PM
        1. Any suggestions on how to quickly cut the brass pins to lenth? - Rocke Lindemann on Sep 27, 4:19 PM
          1. pre-cutting brass rod - - Michael Rinaldi on Oct 4, 10:15 PM
     
  25. putting together track links View Thread - mike sims on Sep 8, 9:39 PM
    1. about 9 posts below yours... - Steve Youschak on Sep 8, 10:40 PM
      1. thanks - mike sims on Sep 9, 10:46 PM
     
  26. Airbrush Dilemma View Thread - Dave Beattie on Sep 8, 12:00 AM
    1. airbrushing - Jeff Andrews on Sep 8, 4:10 PM
    2. I second the Iwata Recommendation - Brian Speerly on Oct 12, 12:27 PM
     
  27. plaster for a base? View Thread - Olof Dahlstedt on Sep 7, 5:34 PM
    1. Go for it ,Olaf!!! - Rick Purdy on Sep 7, 11:26 PM
      1. I mean Olof! sorry!....................N/T - Rick Purdy on Sep 7, 11:52 PM
        1. np - Olof Dahlstedt on Sep 8, 5:14 AM
    2. I don't recomend you! - Miguel Jimenez on Sep 8, 4:54 AM
    3. Plaster additives - Pat McGrath on Sep 9, 4:58 AM
      1. Yes, good complementary advices! n/t - Miguel Jimenez on Sep 9, 12:09 PM
     
  28. Workshops in Toronto View Thread - Sherry at Hornet Hobbies on Sep 7, 2:21 AM
  29.  
  30. Help with rubber tires View Thread - Dan Reed on Sep 6, 9:44 AM
    1. Rubber tyres Answers - ian sadler on Sep 6, 2:06 PM
    2. What I do - Mark Dunck on Sep 9, 8:11 AM
      1. Re: What I do - Dan Reed on Sep 9, 9:28 AM
     
  31. problem with airbrushing View Thread - brett gibson on Sep 5, 5:17 AM
    1. This happens when the paint drys before it hits the model - John F. Steinman on Sep 7, 12:12 PM
     
  32. technical airbrush question re Iwata View Thread - Graeme Dunkley on Sep 3, 10:00 AM
    1. sears! - Ruslan KH on Sep 3, 11:35 AM
     
  33. Filters..?? View Thread - Jan Abrahamsson on Sep 3, 4:46 AM
    1. Simple answer - Steve Eslinger on Sep 3, 1:24 PM
      1. Ok, thanks Ill have a go what - Jan Abrahamsson on Sep 4, 5:58 AM
        1. Sepia - Jay Benson on Sep 5, 7:04 PM
     
  34. individual links View Thread - lastofsix on Sep 1, 7:34 PM
    1. PLEASE, read posting guidelines... - Greg H on Sep 1, 9:37 PM
      1. sorry - Eric on Sep 2, 3:11 PM
    2. Glad you came to the best site on the web!! - Steve Campbell on Sep 2, 5:32 AM
      1. thanks - lastofsix on Sep 2, 3:04 PM
        1. Please use full name when posting - missing-lynx team on Sep 3, 4:53 AM
    3. Another option - Robert Lockie on Sep 3, 6:09 AM
      1. RE: Another option - Alan Wong on Sep 3, 12:25 PM
      2. Re: Another option - Eric Jones on Sep 3, 11:37 PM
    4. A way to assemble Indy Links - Robert Blokker on Sep 15, 6:42 AM
      1. A great tip! - Ian Stapley on Sep 21, 12:35 PM
     
  35. 2 questions View Thread - Olof Dahlstedt on Aug 31, 5:22 PM
    1. Weld Seams - Vinnie Branigan on Aug 31, 6:10 PM
      1. and..... - Jack Fisher on Aug 31, 9:17 PM
    2. Milliput method - Frank Glackin on Sep 4, 5:37 AM
     
  36. Debonding epoxy putty ?? View Thread - Jack Roach on Aug 31, 4:57 PM
    1. mmmm.....might get ugly guy....... - Rick Purdy on Sep 1, 12:13 PM
      1. Time for the Dremel... - Jack Roach on Sep 1, 12:59 PM
     
  37. Dull Cote not getting dull View Thread - Goetz Siepmann on Aug 30, 2:08 PM
    1. Dull - Vinnie Branigan on Aug 30, 4:12 PM
    2. Re: Dull Cote not getting dull - Stuart Dalgarno on Aug 30, 10:53 PM
    3. Gunge/Tamiya Mix - Jay Benson on Aug 31, 10:51 AM
    4. Thanks guys - Goetz Siepmann on Sep 3, 3:50 PM
    5. Humbrol - Frank Glackin on Sep 4, 5:42 AM
     
  38. Smoke. View Thread - Phil Goodwin on Aug 29, 10:46 PM
    1. Dry Ice? n/t - John F. Steinman on Aug 31, 10:50 PM
    2. RE:Smoke - Mark Dunck on Sep 1, 10:37 AM
     
  39. Tamiya yellow View Thread - Ebbe Bergman on Aug 29, 2:55 PM
    1. Re:Tamiya yellow - James Guld on Aug 29, 6:59 PM
     
  40. Trouble with dry transfers View Thread - G.J. Knol on Aug 29, 2:26 PM
    1. bad bunch, contatc archer/supplier - Wouter Siepman on Aug 29, 3:03 PM
    2. Removing dry transfer - Mike Starmer on Aug 29, 3:29 PM
     
  41. Pre-coat?!!! View Thread - Ebbe Bergman on Aug 29, 4:30 AM
    1. Re: Pre-coat?!!! - Jakko Westerbeke on Aug 29, 5:13 AM
    2. Tamiya Primer - Jay Benson on Aug 29, 9:45 AM
    3. Cunning solution - Robert Lockie on Aug 29, 12:15 PM
     
  42. RHPS track assembly technique ? View Thread - James Guld on Aug 28, 10:49 AM
    1. Two hands and some patience - Marwin Albertema on Sep 10, 8:31 AM
     
  43. how to make zimmerit ?? View Thread - erwin on Aug 24, 6:52 AM
    1. Zimmerit - Jeff Andrews on Aug 24, 1:11 PM
     
  44. So what do you guys wear, when you're modelling / painting? View Thread - Trevor Aldred on Aug 23, 2:46 PM
    1. clothes - Johan Detruyer on Aug 23, 3:22 PM
    2. Spaghetti straps & evening gloves! - Greg H on Aug 23, 4:47 PM
    3. Jeweller's apron - Pat McGrath on Aug 23, 5:44 PM
      1. Jeweller's apron drawback - Robert Lockie on Aug 24, 6:00 AM
      2. You may look silly butttttt - Dave Schemel on Aug 27, 8:01 AM
      3. A Possible Apron Fix? - MichaelHumphries on Aug 29, 12:58 AM
    4. Choice of attire - Gary Cunningham on Aug 23, 9:15 PM
    5. Panties and a bra ... - Ken Neil on Aug 23, 11:58 PM
    6. West German army hooded field jacket, dappled camo - Bruce Goff on Aug 24, 12:48 AM
    7. When I was young - Thorsten Wieking on Aug 24, 6:34 AM
    8. Thanks Guys - that's all raised a smile!! - Trevor Aldred on Aug 24, 4:12 PM
    9. Should be wearing armoured breeches - Sean Dunnage on Aug 29, 7:56 AM
      1. owch - that sounds painful!!! - but I bet you can sing real high notes!! - (n/t) - Trevor Aldred on Aug 31, 5:42 PM
    10. A bathrobe on one occasion. - Ian Stapley on Sep 21, 12:29 PM
     
  45. How to texture with Mr. Surfacer? View Thread - Rob Asbury on Aug 22, 8:05 AM
    1. Isn't it supposed to be thinned? - Rob James on Aug 22, 10:14 PM
    2. Try stirring it to even out the consistency - Robert Lockie on Aug 23, 3:46 AM
    3. Here's one of my techniques - Steve Eslinger on Aug 23, 12:40 PM
      1. Cool idea! n/t - Larry Bates on Sep 21, 1:03 AM
     
  46. painting faces! View Thread - rob harvey on Aug 19, 1:56 PM
    1. Faces article - Rick Minichiello on Aug 19, 2:19 PM
    2. Rob, I have.... - Dave O'Hara on Aug 19, 2:21 PM
      1. cheers guys!this response applies to both of you! - rob harvey on Aug 19, 3:43 PM
        1. sorry that supposed to mean can you both read it please!lol - rob harvey on Aug 19, 3:56 PM
        2. No! No! No! - Dave O'Hara on Aug 19, 5:30 PM
    3. Go to Figures DG and... - Dave O'Hara on Aug 19, 5:34 PM
      1. many many thanks!-guys like you Dave who make it a pleasure to use these forums - rob harvey on Aug 19, 5:51 PM
        1. Many your welcomes! - Dave O'Hara on Aug 20, 2:43 PM
    4. Face Painting by Angus Creighton - Ron Hetherington on Aug 23, 4:44 PM
     
  47. 1:72 scale kit help wanted View Thread - Jerry Spires on Aug 19, 1:29 PM
    1. 1/72nd scale tanks - David Maynard on Aug 20, 7:19 AM
      1. Thank you (n/t) - Jerry Spires on Aug 20, 2:08 PM
    2. 1/72nd scale tanks - David Maynard on Aug 20, 7:19 AM
    3. Come to the Light side, Jerry! - Alan Covey on Aug 21, 8:41 PM
     
  48. Removing paint? View Thread - Rob James on Aug 18, 11:57 PM
    1. What I Use! - Jeff Andrews on Aug 19, 9:40 AM
    2. Windex... - Nick Cortese on Aug 19, 9:40 AM
      1. Windex? - Jeff Andrews on Aug 19, 9:56 AM
        1. Re: Windex... - Nicola Cortese on Aug 19, 11:09 AM
    3. Re: Removing paint? - stuart dalgarno on Aug 20, 10:24 AM
    4. Re: Removing paint? - stuart dalgarno on Aug 20, 10:25 AM
    5. Re: Removing paint? - stuart dalgarno on Aug 20, 10:26 AM
    6. TSP works well - Anthony Yu on Aug 24, 3:01 PM
      1. Nail varnish remover - Ian Stapley on Sep 21, 12:32 PM
    7. The quickest and most painless way... - Michael Fredriksen on Aug 27, 11:23 AM
    8. Removing Paint ? - Alberto Flores on Sep 22, 4:23 PM
      1. Windex - Bruce Creelman on Oct 7, 12:53 AM
     
  49. Cheap PE replacement parts View Thread - Eric McClure on Aug 18, 10:04 PM
    1. Now your're cookin'! - Rick Purdy on Aug 18, 10:37 PM
     
  50. "Frosted" acrylic flat coat? View Thread - David Bridges on Aug 18, 12:01 PM
    1. tamiya flat base - Steve Eslinger on Aug 18, 12:40 PM
      1. Roger that... - David Bridges on Aug 18, 2:19 PM
     
  51. Airbrushing View Thread - Mark on Aug 18, 8:24 AM
    1. Aibrush: - Magnus Skjoelsvold on Aug 18, 12:04 PM
      1. Airbrushing - Mark on Aug 18, 12:13 PM
        1. You need a moisture trap - Steve Eslinger on Aug 18, 12:48 PM
          1. Airbrushing - Mark on Aug 18, 1:28 PM
            1. a couple of answers - Steve Eslinger on Aug 19, 2:33 PM
              1. Re: a couple of answers - Mark Adams on Aug 19, 3:21 PM
    2. MARK - please use your full name when posting - missing-lynx team on Aug 19, 7:30 AM
    3. Some questions - Jeff Andrews on Aug 19, 9:53 AM
      1. Airbrushing - Mark Adams on Aug 19, 3:48 PM
        1. Ok then.... - Jeff Andrews on Aug 19, 5:40 PM
          1. Needle - Jeff Andrews on Aug 19, 5:44 PM
          2. Airbrushing - Mark Adams on Aug 20, 4:12 AM
            1. e-mail - Jeff Andrews on Aug 20, 9:08 AM
    4. If you are trying to get perfect lines with out splatter, it won't happen... - Ron Hetherington on Aug 22, 2:52 PM
      1. Airbrushing - Anonymous on Aug 22, 5:39 PM
      2. I'm confused (not a novel experience) - Steve Eslinger on Aug 23, 12:50 PM
        1. I used to use the thinner, but I started thinking........ - Ron Hetherington on Aug 23, 5:10 PM
          1. Hmmm, still scratching my head - Steve Eslinger on Aug 24, 9:53 AM
          2. Serendipity - Steve Eslinger on Aug 24, 10:11 AM
            1. info - Jeff Andrews on Aug 24, 12:38 PM
          3. When most of the top modelers use something other than Thinner, there's something to.... - Ron Hetherington on Aug 24, 2:16 PM
            1. I agree about top modelers - Steve Eslinger on Aug 24, 3:14 PM
              1. Cleaning.......... - Ron Hetherington on Aug 25, 4:02 PM
                1. Good stuff from Dave C. - Steve Eslinger on Aug 26, 8:47 AM
                  1. Thanks Steve, it was a fun discussion & Dave straightened me out on the thinner....n/t - Ron Hetherington on Aug 26, 8:04 PM
     
  52. 150 or 155? View Thread - eric hanson on Aug 17, 5:39 PM
    1. I have it, like it - Brett Barrow on Aug 28, 3:32 PM
     
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