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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. Mentor wanted--Seattle Area View Thread - Erik Zikos on Jul 7, 2004, 11:07 PM
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  3. Matt varnish on transparant surface View Thread - Johan Detruyer on Jul 6, 2004, 2:30 PM
    1. Will frost it n/t - David Nickels on Jul 6, 2004, 2:43 PM
     
  4. Painting webbing straps on Dragon 1/35 scale figures View Thread - Mark Morgan on Jul 5, 2004, 11:24 PM
    1. picky stuff - Rick Purdy on Jul 5, 2004, 11:59 PM
     
  5. What is a Pin Wash? View Thread - Mark Minnis on Jul 5, 2004, 7:35 AM
    1. definition - Rick Purdy on Jul 5, 2004, 1:29 PM
      1. Thanks (NT) - Mark Minnis on Jul 6, 2004, 1:49 PM
     
  6. Photoetch tool - cheap View Thread - Justin Pockar on Jul 5, 2004, 1:35 AM
    1. Posting images - Robert Lockie on Jul 5, 2004, 5:31 AM
      1. God Bless you,Mr. Lockie! - Rick Purdy on Jul 5, 2004, 2:41 PM
        1. Don't thank me - the words are all James's - Robert Lockie on Jul 5, 2004, 5:41 PM
    2. Great idea - Johnny Barnes on Jul 9, 2004, 9:24 PM
     
  7. How to make tarpaulins. View Thread - Rob James on Jul 4, 2004, 10:44 PM
    1. The kleenex is better than you would think - Hans Haase on Jul 4, 2004, 11:51 PM
    2. Another tip - Jay Benson on Jul 5, 2004, 10:46 AM
    3. Tarp - Jerry Spires on Jul 14, 2004, 3:50 PM
      1. Alcohol? - Steve Kubik on Jul 20, 2004, 6:22 AM
        1. Re: Alcohol? - Jerry Spires on Jul 20, 2004, 10:04 AM
     
  8. Drybrushing OD View Thread - Larry Dunn on Jul 4, 2004, 5:29 PM
    1. No Tamiya color, but... - Gunnar Baeumer on Jul 6, 2004, 6:59 AM
    2. Acrylics don't drybrush as well as enamels or oils - Steve Eslinger on Jul 6, 2004, 10:08 AM
     
  9. Gunze Flat DISASTER! View Thread - Alan Covey on Jul 3, 2004, 9:49 PM
    1. All is NOT lost... - Hans Haase on Jul 3, 2004, 10:57 PM
    2. More Details....and Dullcote tips??? - Alan Covey on Jul 4, 2004, 2:03 PM
      1. Testors Dullcote - Jerry Spires on Jul 20, 2004, 10:10 AM
     
  10. Basic Oil Paint Colors? View Thread - Richard Nicoletti on Jul 3, 2004, 4:39 PM
    1. oil choices for beginners........... - Rick Purdy on Jul 3, 2004, 6:43 PM
      1. Thanks, Rick! You've been very helpful. - Richard Nicoletti on Jul 5, 2004, 12:24 PM
     
  11. What is scale effect ? View Thread - Alan R Bessler on Jul 3, 2004, 10:27 AM
    1. Alan - Von Bargen Martin on Jul 3, 2004, 11:24 AM
      1. Thanks for your help.. - Alan R Bessler on Jul 3, 2004, 1:49 PM
      2. Aircraft colors/scale effect - Alan R Bessler on Jul 3, 2004, 3:30 PM
        1. Alan - Von Bargen Martin on Jul 3, 2004, 6:49 PM
          1. Great,thanks a lot... - Alan R Bessler on Jul 3, 2004, 7:29 PM
      3. Im not quite... - Janne Nilsson on Jul 4, 2004, 2:28 AM
    2. but is it real? - John Barnicoat on Jul 4, 2004, 12:53 AM
      1. John - Von Bargen Martin on Jul 4, 2004, 5:59 AM
    3. Martin - John Barnicoat on Jul 6, 2004, 8:33 PM
      1. color debate - Rick Purdy on Jul 8, 2004, 5:09 PM
     
  12. Airbrushing on the cheap View Thread - Pat McGrath on Jul 2, 2004, 2:44 PM
    1. Alan - Von Bargen Martin on Jul 3, 2004, 11:23 AM
      1. Oops, wrong thread... - Von Bargen Martin on Jul 3, 2004, 11:24 AM
    2. I have - Ed Bernardo on Jul 3, 2004, 11:46 AM
    3. Re: Airbrushing on the cheap - Bruno COLLIN on Jul 6, 2004, 12:23 PM
     
  13. Aber German Tool Clasps View Thread - Chris Johnson on Jul 1, 2004, 1:31 PM
    1. Aber - Jim Cichy on Jul 1, 2004, 4:55 PM
      1. That's The Ticket Then - Chris Johnson on Jul 2, 2004, 1:39 PM
    2. About years - Zatsepin Igor on Jul 2, 2004, 8:08 AM
     
  14. chiped paint// Q for Ian S View Thread - Dave Darrell on Jun 29, 2004, 2:57 PM
    1. Hi Dave - ian sadler on Jun 30, 2004, 4:37 AM
    2. An article I wrote that appeared in FSM........ - Martin Wilson on Jun 30, 2004, 8:21 PM
     
  15. "Regular" Vallejo Acrylic paint for airbrushing. View Thread - Kevin J. McNichols on Jun 29, 2004, 12:00 AM
    1. Yes, no problems - Steve Eslinger on Jun 29, 2004, 9:44 AM
    2. Thin Modelcolor well - Jon Baker on Jun 30, 2004, 2:46 PM
     
  16. Problem with stretched sprue weld beads... View Thread - James Smith on Jun 28, 2004, 9:16 PM
    1. Pyrogravure? - Bruce Goff on Jun 29, 2004, 12:36 AM
    2. Best way to simulate welds - Robert Lockie on Jun 29, 2004, 5:49 AM
    3. Another vote for epoxy putty - Steve Eslinger on Jun 29, 2004, 9:48 AM
    4. A few things to help you - Adam N. P. Wilder on Jun 29, 2004, 5:28 PM
    5. Re: Problem with stretched sprue weld beads... - Marco Iancer on Jul 3, 2004, 10:34 AM
     
  17. Oil Wash View Thread - Randy Abbott on Jun 27, 2004, 10:34 PM
    1. I don't do it - David Nickels on Jun 28, 2004, 9:03 AM
    2. No need. - Richard Nicoletti on Jul 3, 2004, 4:42 PM
    3. Not needed, but produces different results - Hans Haase on Jul 3, 2004, 11:18 PM
     
  18. painting the rubber on german panzers wheels? View Thread - Lance Peters on Jun 26, 2004, 7:42 AM
    1. Rubber on wheels etc - ian sadler on Jun 26, 2004, 8:13 AM
    2. Painting wheels - Edward Bernardo on Jun 26, 2004, 10:35 PM
    3. use an old brush..... - Christophe Van Wonterghem on Jun 27, 2004, 5:49 AM
    4. I use Edward's method as well - Steve Eslinger on Jun 29, 2004, 9:56 AM
    5. Neatness doesn't count... - TJ Whelan on Jun 29, 2004, 10:25 PM
      1. In W.W. II it could be different - David Nickels on Jul 1, 2004, 8:10 AM
     
  19. Why spray base colour over tracks etc?? View Thread - Chopper Read on Jun 26, 2004, 6:18 AM
    1. Because that is what they do - ian sadler on Jun 26, 2004, 8:11 AM
      1. I beg to differ... - Greg H on Jun 26, 2004, 5:01 PM
        1. Varies - David nickels on Jun 26, 2004, 5:28 PM
          1. Re: Varies - Jakko Westerbeke on Jun 27, 2004, 5:49 AM
            1. In my old unit, LOTS of stuff got painted that shouldn't have.... - Hans Haase on Jul 4, 2004, 1:32 AM
        2. I must differ yet again - ian sadler on Jun 27, 2004, 2:42 PM
          1. Tank paint - Rick Purdy on Jun 27, 2004, 5:27 PM
            1. Paint and vehicles - Paul Smith on Jul 2, 2004, 9:24 AM
    2. I prefer - Edward Bernardo on Jun 26, 2004, 10:39 PM
    3. It all depended on time and the CO. - Kevin J. McNichols on Jun 29, 2004, 12:16 AM
      1. The real scheme and pattern........... - Rick Purdy on Jun 29, 2004, 12:54 PM
      2. I have seen natural wood handles on a lot of tools - Hans Haase on Jul 4, 2004, 11:45 PM
    4. In my experience - Steve Allen on Jul 1, 2004, 9:38 AM
    5. Individual choice? - Ian Stapley on Jul 30, 2004, 3:08 PM
     
  20. German tank camo colour?? View Thread - Antony Lowe on Jun 24, 2004, 12:30 PM
    1. An article I wrote - Martin Wilson on Jun 30, 2004, 8:22 PM
     
  21. Getting rid of that shine? View Thread - Chopper Read on Jun 24, 2004, 12:22 PM
    1. shine-B-gone - Rick Purdy on Jun 25, 2004, 10:53 AM
    2. Re: getting rid of that shine - Edward Bernardo on Jun 27, 2004, 9:16 AM
     
  22. "fresh" Mud effect.... how to? View Thread - jirka skarka on Jun 24, 2004, 11:41 AM
    1. Fresh mud effect ...with Mig Pigments - Paco Bofarull on Jun 24, 2004, 9:09 PM
    2. Re: "fresh" Mud effect.... how to? - Ken on Jul 2, 2004, 10:09 AM
     
  23. Best paints? View Thread - Antony Lowe on Jun 23, 2004, 4:31 PM
    1. Very subjective - Steve Eslinger on Jun 24, 2004, 9:12 AM
    2. Many Thanks Steve! - Antony Lowe on Jun 24, 2004, 11:58 AM
     
  24. Old Fashioned and Looking for Tips... View Thread - Jack Roach on Jun 23, 2004, 2:38 PM
    1. Check out the articles section - Andrew Albrecht on Jun 23, 2004, 3:23 PM
      1. Thanks.... - Jack Roach on Jun 23, 2004, 5:14 PM
     
  25. soviet turret lifting rings ??? View Thread - Alan Bessler on Jun 23, 2004, 8:37 AM
    1. Lift Rings - Robert Skipper on Jun 29, 2004, 1:04 AM
      1. Thanks for your help.. - Alan R Bessler on Jul 3, 2004, 3:35 PM
     
  26. Quick tip View Thread - Ian Sadler on Jun 23, 2004, 5:51 AM
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  28. Adding kit bags to vehicles and gear straps View Thread - Mike Pabis on Jun 22, 2004, 11:57 PM
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  30. 1/76 scale ruler View Thread - Travis Bailey on Jun 22, 2004, 10:22 PM
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  32. Newbie painting View Thread - Robert Rose on Jun 21, 2004, 6:46 PM
    1. A couple of tips - Steve Eslinger on Jun 22, 2004, 12:03 PM
     
  33. Removing the shine from decals View Thread - Matt Hunt on Jun 21, 2004, 2:48 PM
    1. Never had the nerve - Robert Lockie on Jun 21, 2004, 4:04 PM
      1. Thanks - pumice - Matt Hunt on Jun 22, 2004, 5:21 AM
        1. pumice pwder....try toothpaste - Alasdair Johnston on Jun 24, 2004, 3:48 AM
    2. Here's what I've done... - Steve Youschak on Jun 27, 2004, 12:53 AM
      1. Great Tip,Steve! What a timesaver!!!!N/T - Rick Purdy on Jul 16, 2004, 11:26 PM
     
  34. Preparing Aber metal barrels for use? View Thread - James Smith on Jun 21, 2004, 4:22 AM
    1. Re: Preparing Aber metal barrels for use? - Jakko Westerbeke on Jun 21, 2004, 5:12 AM
    2. Also Rum with Wet&Dry - Alasdair K Johnston on Jun 21, 2004, 9:48 AM
      1. RUB sorry - Alasdair K Johnston on Jun 21, 2004, 9:49 AM
        1. You were right the first time.......... - Rick Purdy on Jun 21, 2004, 11:19 PM
          1. LOL Hic LOL - Alasdair Johnston on Jun 22, 2004, 4:06 AM
     
  35. Next time your in Toys R US View Thread - jack fisher on Jun 21, 2004, 12:57 AM
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  37. Underside of soft skins. . painting? View Thread - Greg Knowles on Jun 19, 2004, 5:54 PM
    1. Greg, when I was in.... - Dave O'Hara on Jun 21, 2004, 11:38 AM
     
  38. need color/combo for bare armoured steel View Thread - dominic j miele on Jun 18, 2004, 11:42 AM
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  40. Snow Build up View Thread - Jay Benson on Jun 18, 2004, 10:36 AM
    1. Well...here is some help - Alasdair K Johnston on Jun 19, 2004, 5:02 AM
     
  41. Express mask Tips View Thread - Jim Cichy on Jun 17, 2004, 8:01 PM
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  43. Attaching stowage to an open top vehicle: before or after painting? View Thread - Greg Knowles on Jun 17, 2004, 5:04 AM
    1. Re: Attaching stowage to an open top vehicle: before or after painting? - Jakko Westerbeke on Jun 17, 2004, 5:21 AM
     
  44. Acrylic Paint Expiration??? View Thread - Jerry Spires on Jun 15, 2004, 1:17 PM
    1. Every used before? - Thorsten Wieking on Jun 17, 2004, 8:20 AM
      1. No to all (n/t) - Jerry Spires on Jun 18, 2004, 5:44 PM
        1. shaken or stirred? - Thorsten Wieking on Jun 22, 2004, 6:09 AM
          1. Bingo - Jerry Spires on Jun 22, 2004, 10:44 AM
            1. Would be nice if you could keep me informed - Thorsten Wieking on Jun 23, 2004, 2:33 AM
     
  45. What color for the interior of "interior-less" vehicles View Thread - HervĂ© Charbonneau on Jun 15, 2004, 12:56 PM
    1. Interior colour - Mike Starmer on Jun 15, 2004, 2:35 PM
    2. interior-less painting - Greg H on Jun 15, 2004, 3:30 PM
    3. Charby, I'd paint it black... - Dave O'Hara on Jun 16, 2004, 7:33 PM
     
  46. Washing on Tamiya enamel View Thread - Jaffe Lam on Jun 15, 2004, 12:54 PM
    1. Paint Protection - Pat Alexander on Jun 15, 2004, 7:41 PM
     
  47. Cleaning an airbrush, And I mean cleaning.. View Thread - Charles Kelley on Jun 14, 2004, 7:26 AM
    1. Re: Cleaning an airbrush, And I mean cleaning.. - Paul Seabrook on Jun 14, 2004, 11:25 AM
      1. windex - Terry Murakami on Jun 15, 2004, 4:52 AM
    2. Dried paint - Steve Eslinger on Jun 14, 2004, 1:12 PM
      1. Badger airbrush cleaner - Matt Hunt on Jul 5, 2004, 6:15 AM
    3. Revell of Germany has ... - Manfred Littfin on Jun 15, 2004, 11:57 AM
     
  48. Micro Flat Problem View Thread - Eran Kaufman on Jun 14, 2004, 3:19 AM
    1. Thinning - David Parker on Jun 15, 2004, 4:24 AM
      1. Thanks for tip,will try (n.t) - Eran Kaufman on Jun 15, 2004, 7:51 AM
     
  49. Barracuda, how to? View Thread - Mats Hjorter on Jun 13, 2004, 9:23 PM
    1. Nets @ Mats - John Boyton on Jun 14, 2004, 3:38 AM
    2. Foil should work - Justin Pockar on Jun 16, 2004, 12:11 AM
    3. mats - John Loughman on Jun 16, 2004, 8:04 AM
     
  50. Challenger 2 anti skid View Thread - Greg Brinsdon on Jun 12, 2004, 9:40 PM
    1. non skid - davy maclean on Jun 15, 2004, 3:44 AM
     
  51. Questions about Grandt Line Bolt Heads... View Thread - Edward Behun on Jun 12, 2004, 4:40 PM
    1. Grandt Line Products, Inc - John Boyton on Jun 13, 2004, 2:45 AM
    2. They also have a website. - John F. Steinman on Jun 13, 2004, 11:22 AM
    3. Thanks for the helpful information gents! - Edward Behun on Jun 13, 2004, 7:40 PM
     
  52. Tamiya HG Airbrush Question View Thread - Terry Reed on Jun 12, 2004, 10:56 AM
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  54. Liquid Masks and Acrylics View Thread - Alberto Flores on Jun 10, 2004, 9:24 PM
    1. Mr. Mask Sol "Neo" - Brandon Hopkins on Jun 12, 2004, 2:13 AM
      1. Liquid Masks - Alberto Flores on Jun 12, 2004, 5:18 AM
        1. Re: Liquid Masks - Brandon Hopkins on Jun 12, 2004, 6:07 AM
          1. Mr. Mask Sol "neo" - Alberto Flores on Jun 13, 2004, 6:02 AM
            1. Re: Mr. Mask Sol "neo" - Brandon Hopkins on Jun 13, 2004, 4:13 PM
              1. Re: Mr. Mask Sol "neo" - Alberto Flores on Jun 14, 2004, 5:50 AM
                1. Where can I find? - David A Levy on Jun 14, 2004, 4:42 PM
     
  55. "Best" fine line with Passche H,...anyone?! View Thread - Rob McArthur on Jun 10, 2004, 7:44 PM
    1. about 4mm - jdpockar on Jun 12, 2004, 7:28 PM
     
  56. metal individual link tracks - what glue to use? View Thread - Trevor Aldred on Jun 10, 2004, 5:30 PM
    1. Two options - Robert Lockie on Jun 11, 2004, 5:35 AM
    2. Approach - David Nickels on Jun 11, 2004, 7:55 AM
    3. Thank you for the help Gents ! (n/t) - Trevor Aldred on Jun 13, 2004, 11:38 AM
     
  57. Casting numbers View Thread - Robert James on Jun 10, 2004, 6:54 AM
    1. Casting numbers - fabio sacchi on Jun 10, 2004, 8:31 AM
      1. White glue and photo etch numbers - Ted Paone on Jun 18, 2004, 5:56 AM
    2. Don't overdo it - Steve Eslinger on Jun 10, 2004, 10:33 AM
      1. Thanks - Robert James on Jun 11, 2004, 1:16 AM
     
  58. Cheehong Ahn Sherman OD paint question... View Thread - peter nepio on Jun 8, 2004, 7:37 AM
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