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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. PTO shermans concrete and wood extra-protection View Thread - francis lochon on Dec 30, 2003, 4:07 AM
    1. Iwo Jima Shermans.... - Chris Cahill on Dec 30, 2003, 9:54 PM
      1. Helpfull answer, - francis Lochon on Dec 31, 2003, 7:56 AM
      2. Cairo extra-protection - francis Lochon on Jan 3, 2004, 4:33 AM
     
  2. Mud creation View Thread - Matt Hunt on Dec 29, 2003, 7:58 AM
    1. mud - Bob Collignon on Dec 29, 2003, 10:56 AM
      1. bob c's mud - bill kiernan on Dec 31, 2003, 9:48 AM
    2. Spackle - Steve Kubik on Dec 30, 2003, 5:49 AM
      1. Re: Spackle - Matt Hunt on Dec 30, 2003, 10:41 AM
     
  3. problem with washes - please help View Thread - Yves Blavier on Dec 29, 2003, 7:18 AM
    1. Try This... - Ian Barraclough on Dec 29, 2003, 10:46 AM
      1. Thanks, + couple more questions then - Yves Blavier on Dec 30, 2003, 3:38 AM
        1. In answer to your questions. - Ian Barraclough on Dec 30, 2003, 5:13 AM
        2. yes you can use enamels - bill kiernan on Dec 31, 2003, 9:51 AM
          1. Thanks - yves blavier on Jan 5, 2004, 4:19 AM
    2. Danger with using enamel thinner. - Phil Fisher on Jan 8, 2004, 3:05 AM
     
  4. Snow . . . View Thread - Jerry Spires on Dec 27, 2003, 5:35 PM
    1. Just Finished a Project with Snow - JK Benson on Dec 27, 2003, 6:47 PM
     
  5. Shading on the king tiger View Thread - Max Fischer on Dec 27, 2003, 5:32 PM
    1. Re: King Tiger stuff - Jerry Spires on Dec 27, 2003, 5:38 PM
    2. Max, no dumb questions.... - Scott Gentry on Dec 27, 2003, 6:14 PM
      1. Sorry about that - Max fischer on Dec 27, 2003, 6:22 PM
        1. Max, you got me wrong... I didn't mean - Scott Gentry on Dec 27, 2003, 11:37 PM
          1. Ohh ok . - Max Fischer on Dec 28, 2003, 2:46 PM
            1. Sure can. Paint scratches can also be replicated by... - Scott Gentry on Dec 28, 2003, 5:45 PM
              1. do you have. - Max Fischer on Dec 28, 2003, 7:08 PM
    3. For some reason i cant reach you - Max Fischer on Dec 29, 2003, 9:12 PM
      1. Preshading - Brian Speerly on Jan 8, 2004, 4:17 PM
     
  6. a+b epxoy putty View Thread - Talino Bruno on Dec 24, 2003, 5:51 PM
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  8. Casting simple parts from available part View Thread - Jonathan Gibson on Dec 24, 2003, 10:09 AM
    1. Simple casting - Tony Frey on Dec 24, 2003, 6:51 PM
    2. Squashmold - charles Kelley on Dec 25, 2003, 8:03 PM
    3. Thanks for the Responses! - Jonathan Gibson on Dec 26, 2003, 8:44 AM
    4. Foil and sprue - Marshall William on Dec 28, 2003, 1:37 PM
     
  9. My glossy Humbol paint View Thread - Jaffe Lam on Dec 22, 2003, 5:41 AM
    1. Glossy Hunbrol paint - Ken Neil on Dec 22, 2003, 12:05 PM
    2. I agree - James Duncan on Dec 23, 2003, 9:33 AM
      1. Re: I agree - Jaffe Lam on Dec 23, 2003, 12:18 PM
     
  10. Spraying Pastels with an Airbrush View Thread - Eric Euerlings on Dec 20, 2003, 6:45 PM
    1. Try using finely ground powders,aka "pigments"....a well known - Manuel Della Valle on Dec 20, 2003, 9:01 PM
      1. uncomplete message - Manuel Della Valle on Dec 20, 2003, 9:51 PM
     
  11. Zimmerit? View Thread - Henk Manuels on Dec 20, 2003, 3:17 AM
    1. Re: Zimmerit? - Jakko Westerbeke on Dec 20, 2003, 5:48 AM
    2. Re: Zimmerit? - Stuart Dalgarno on Dec 20, 2003, 10:19 PM
      1. Thank you - Henk Manuels on Dec 21, 2003, 2:50 AM
    3. Foolish Nazis - James Duncan on Dec 23, 2003, 9:38 AM
      1. It did not burn - Alasdair Johnston on Dec 25, 2003, 4:35 AM
        1. I think, it wasn't foolish - Matthias Rigling on Jan 2, 2004, 8:38 AM
     
  12. Individual track link problems View Thread - Eddie on Dec 19, 2003, 10:14 AM
    1. Self-adhesive tape - Robert Lockie on Dec 19, 2003, 2:56 PM
      1. Re: Self-adhesive tape - Matt Clemente on Dec 19, 2003, 11:43 PM
    2. Try this method - Brian Huyler on Dec 30, 2003, 9:23 AM
     
  13. safety with miliput? View Thread - Bruce Goff on Dec 18, 2003, 11:18 PM
    1. Re: safety with miliput? - Jakko Westerbeke on Dec 19, 2003, 6:12 AM
      1. Thanks Jakko, - Bruce Goff on Dec 19, 2003, 12:35 PM
    2. epoxy safety - bill kiernan on Dec 20, 2003, 3:51 PM
    3. Re: safety with miliput? - Fred A. Robinson on Dec 25, 2003, 9:10 AM
     
  14. Aztek nozzle decision View Thread - Karsten Richartz on Dec 18, 2003, 3:22 PM
    1. nozzle - Johan Detruyer on Dec 21, 2003, 3:24 PM
      1. Thnks 4 the info, helps a great deal. Merry Xmas n/t - Karsten Richatrz on Dec 22, 2003, 3:31 PM
     
  15. Cheapest Etch Mate View Thread - Gareth Mc Gauley on Dec 17, 2003, 4:29 PM
    1. PE bending - Ray MacMillan on Dec 17, 2003, 8:53 PM
    2. cheapest etch mate is in every ones tool box - ian sadler on Dec 18, 2003, 6:34 AM
      1. Historex - Fred Ng on Dec 18, 2003, 7:21 AM
      2. When can we get a review of this? - Rudy Maher on Dec 20, 2003, 5:27 PM
      3. Who needs brass anyways - A McBain on Dec 20, 2003, 7:35 PM
        1. up and at-them...lol - Chris Cahill on Dec 27, 2003, 4:16 PM
    3. Door Hinge - Steve Coladonato on Dec 18, 2003, 10:19 AM
      1. Thanks to everyone - Gareth Mc Gauley on Dec 18, 2003, 3:12 PM
    4. home made PE bender - mike drysdale on Dec 20, 2003, 6:47 AM
     
  16. Tips on using Mr. White Putty for zimmerit needed. View Thread - Von Bargen Martin on Dec 17, 2003, 3:18 PM
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  18. Rene Murillo - Merkava Mk. I (early) View Thread - Jaffe Lam on Dec 17, 2003, 10:22 AM
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  20. Painting resin bottles View Thread - alan tong on Dec 13, 2003, 5:49 PM
    1. bottles - jack fisher on Dec 14, 2003, 12:20 AM
    2. Another way.... - Doug Bauer on Dec 15, 2003, 7:06 PM
    3. Another way..... - Frank Sullivan on Dec 18, 2003, 12:56 AM
     
  21. 5 Minute Epoxy glues View Thread - Gareth Mc Gauley on Dec 13, 2003, 2:31 PM
    1. Gareth - Von Bargen Martin on Dec 13, 2003, 4:07 PM
      1. Martin - Gareth Mc Gauley on Dec 13, 2003, 5:15 PM
        1. Gareth - Von Bargen Martin on Dec 14, 2003, 5:30 AM
          1. Thanks... - Gareth Mc Gauley on Dec 14, 2003, 5:29 PM
    2. In America.... - Matt Clemente on Dec 14, 2003, 9:17 AM
      1. Thanks Matt - Gareth Mc Gauley on Dec 14, 2003, 5:30 PM
        1. Re: Thanks Matt - Matt Clemente on Dec 15, 2003, 9:42 PM
          1. Thanks - Gareth Mc Gauley on Dec 17, 2003, 3:09 PM
            1. Re: Thanks - Matt Clemente on Dec 17, 2003, 10:03 PM
     
  22. Sculpey for sandbags and a question about T54E1 tracks View Thread - Jeff Whorl on Dec 13, 2003, 11:29 AM
    1. Watch putting uncooked sculpey on plastic - Dana J Nield on Dec 15, 2003, 8:56 AM
      1. Thanks ... - Jeff Whorl on Dec 15, 2003, 11:54 AM
     
  23. Great, simple Figure base View Thread - Ryan Spindell on Dec 12, 2003, 5:25 PM
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  25. paint tracks ?? View Thread - mike bros on Dec 12, 2003, 2:08 AM
    1. Re: paint tracks ?? - Jakko Westerbeke on Dec 12, 2003, 5:30 AM
    2. Painting Tracks - James Duncan on Dec 12, 2003, 10:33 AM
    3. painting and weathering tracks - Josh Cooman on Dec 23, 2003, 9:20 PM
     
  26. Pastel Work View Thread - Jerry Spires on Dec 11, 2003, 7:10 PM
    1. Re: Pastel Work - Matt Clemente on Dec 11, 2003, 7:27 PM
      1. Thanks much! - Jerry Spires on Dec 11, 2003, 7:40 PM
    2. Another option - JK Benson on Dec 12, 2003, 10:04 AM
    3. Sealer - James Duncan on Dec 12, 2003, 10:37 AM
     
  27. colours of cromwell engine bay View Thread - mike bros on Dec 11, 2003, 12:22 PM
    1. cromwell engine day colours - ian sadler on Dec 12, 2003, 2:04 PM
     
  28. Hard edge camo help View Thread - James Duncan on Dec 11, 2003, 8:58 AM
    1. RE:hard edge.. - Josh Cooman on Dec 25, 2003, 9:04 PM
     
  29. Tamiya XF 57 Buff - What is it good for? View Thread - Jeff Andrews on Dec 9, 2003, 4:54 PM
    1. Re: Tamiya XF 57 Buff - What is it good for? - Matt Clemente on Dec 9, 2003, 5:14 PM
    2. Tires - Robert Skipper on Dec 9, 2003, 8:13 PM
    3. Dust - James Duncan on Dec 11, 2003, 8:59 AM
     
  30. Tamiya Flat Base-What is iy good for? (n/t) View Thread - Eran Kaufman on Dec 9, 2003, 6:31 AM
    1. Tamiya - Matt Leese on Dec 9, 2003, 7:39 AM
      1. Very small amount + Vallejo = dead flat uniforms n/t - David Grummitt on Dec 9, 2003, 3:41 PM
    2. Flat base - James Duncan on Dec 11, 2003, 9:01 AM
     
  31. Took a 6 month break View Thread - alan tong on Dec 8, 2003, 11:24 PM
    1. Use a lighter - Jaffe_WH_Lam on Dec 9, 2003, 1:55 AM
    2. A lighter might be dangerous... - Peter Nissinen on Dec 9, 2003, 3:10 AM
    3. Paint solvent - Ron Glass on Dec 9, 2003, 7:30 AM
      1. I use acetone... - Tim Whistler on Dec 9, 2003, 10:17 AM
    4. Opening paint jars - Charles Harrison on Dec 9, 2003, 9:01 AM
    5. Re: Took a 6 month break - alan tong on Dec 10, 2003, 11:08 AM
      1. This always works for me - Lee Dobson on Dec 10, 2003, 5:42 PM
        1. Nutcracker! - Chris Benson on Dec 13, 2003, 11:41 AM
    6. WD-40 - amflores on Dec 20, 2003, 2:10 PM
     
  32. Need help putting together old fruil. tracks together.. View Thread - Yves Laliberté on Dec 8, 2003, 10:03 PM
    1. Use the Wire Luke! - Matt Clemente on Dec 8, 2003, 10:09 PM
      1. I think these are a little different... - Ron Glass on Dec 8, 2003, 10:53 PM
      2. sorry , I wasn't clear......but.. - Yves Laliberté on Dec 8, 2003, 11:47 PM
        1. Old Friul track assembly - Robert Lockie on Dec 9, 2003, 5:42 AM
          1. thanks, I'll give it a try tonight..... - Yves Laliberté on Dec 9, 2003, 2:12 PM
     
  33. Drilling track-links, barrels, etc. View Thread - Rob McArthur on Dec 8, 2003, 5:41 PM
    1. Pin vise and drill index - Mark Cooper on Dec 8, 2003, 6:24 PM
      1. Can I buy retail? - Rob McArthur on Dec 8, 2003, 8:25 PM
        1. Retail - Mark Cooper on Dec 9, 2003, 9:03 AM
      2. Yeah Pin Vise - Matt Clemente on Dec 8, 2003, 9:12 PM
    2. Drill sizes - Robert Lockie on Dec 9, 2003, 10:34 AM
    3. Anyone have neat ideas to find centers in 1/35 barrels? - John Steinman on Dec 10, 2003, 1:02 PM
      1. Getting centered - Ted Paone on Dec 10, 2003, 1:35 PM
        1. Thats what I have been doing - John Steinman on Dec 10, 2003, 4:06 PM
          1. The blade - James Duncan on Dec 11, 2003, 9:03 AM
      2. Assuming they are injection-moulded, it's easy - Robert Lockie on Dec 12, 2003, 10:22 AM
     
  34. Dry brushing - what is it???? View Thread - Paul on Dec 8, 2003, 11:18 AM
    1. dry brushing - Andrew Albrecht on Dec 8, 2003, 12:08 PM
    2. Also, try the search function. Lot's of info there. n/t - Ulf Andersson on Dec 8, 2003, 5:16 PM
      1. Thanks! - Paul on Dec 9, 2003, 5:27 AM
        1. posting guidelines - missing-lynx team on Dec 9, 2003, 5:50 AM
     
  35. Smoke-Stains on biuldings View Thread - Tim williams on Dec 7, 2003, 2:21 PM
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  37. Airbrush splatter View Thread - Rob Amey on Dec 6, 2003, 10:46 AM
    1. spalt....er - jack fisher on Dec 7, 2003, 1:41 AM
    2. Do what Jack suggests, and also add a retarder - Scott Gentry on Dec 7, 2003, 1:17 PM
     
  38. footprints on veh's does it work????????????? View Thread - andy inman on Dec 5, 2003, 5:30 PM
    1. Footprints - Tim williams on Dec 7, 2003, 1:48 PM
     
  39. NVA Armor green View Thread - Bob Robertson on Dec 5, 2003, 4:28 PM
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  41. M4 Sherman, US 1st Armored Regiment, N. Africea View Thread - Pete Melichar on Dec 5, 2003, 7:16 AM
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  43. Simulated gunfire View Thread - Mike Jones on Dec 4, 2003, 2:37 PM
    1. Gunfire - Robert Skipper on Dec 4, 2003, 4:11 PM
    2. Dioramas book............... - Brian Fendley on Dec 4, 2003, 11:11 PM
    3. Muzzle flash - Tim williams on Dec 7, 2003, 2:00 PM
     
  44. SUGGESTIONS ON HARD EDGE CAMO SCHEMES???? View Thread - mark Nasim on Dec 3, 2003, 1:58 PM
    1. Mask it off with..................... - Lee Dobson on Dec 4, 2003, 12:23 AM
     
  45. Glitched job using Matt Spray! View Thread - Yang Weiqiang on Dec 3, 2003, 8:59 AM
    1. Re: Glitched job using Matt Spray! - Jakko Westerbeke on Dec 4, 2003, 8:41 AM
      1. Thsk Jakko...so what my old dad said about lacquer was true afterall! - yang weiqiang on Dec 4, 2003, 8:19 PM
    2. Had exact same problem... - Kyle Novak on Dec 5, 2003, 3:48 PM
     
  46. Please help photoetched View Thread - Radix on Dec 2, 2003, 5:24 AM
    1. Superglue is very good.... - Tim Whistler on Dec 2, 2003, 12:10 PM
    2. posting guidelines - missing-lynx team on Dec 3, 2003, 5:13 AM
     
  47. First step in weathering white metal tracks View Thread - Manuel Della Valle on Nov 30, 2003, 12:29 PM
    1. And TAKE CARE !! - Alasdair Johnston on Nov 30, 2003, 2:06 PM
      1. You're right Alasdair - Manuel Della Valle on Nov 30, 2003, 5:18 PM
        1. neutralising agents - Andrew James on Dec 19, 2003, 7:29 AM
    2. White metal weathering - Rick Purdy on Dec 21, 2003, 3:42 PM
     
  48. Advanced Modeler Syndrome? View Thread - Tom Herling on Nov 30, 2003, 8:15 AM
    1. I have caught it as well... - Simon Einfeldt on Nov 30, 2003, 2:37 PM
    2. Welcome to the club! - Randy Jackson on Dec 3, 2003, 7:34 PM
    3. Me Too Dammit-AMS - James Duncan on Dec 4, 2003, 10:02 AM
    4. Syndrome - FeRrEtBoY on Dec 14, 2003, 11:43 AM
     
  49. Help me pick an airbrush - Aztek A4305 vs A4702. View Thread - Jeff Andrews on Nov 29, 2003, 7:54 PM
    1. OR, here is another idea... - Scott Gentry on Nov 30, 2003, 12:56 AM
      1. Let's talk about Iwata Airbrushes. - Jeff Andrews on Nov 30, 2003, 5:47 PM
        1. Sure thing, I have an... - Scott Gentry on Nov 30, 2003, 10:44 PM
    2. Re: Help me pick an airbrush - Aztek A4305 vs A4702. - Jakko Westerbeke on Nov 30, 2003, 6:09 AM
    3. Stay away from the Aztec...buy an Iwata!!. - Barry Davis on Nov 30, 2003, 12:44 PM
    4. What im going to use it for. - Jeff Andrews on Nov 30, 2003, 4:57 PM
      1. .....Then you DEFINITELY dont want an AZTEC!!!!! - Barry Davis on Nov 30, 2003, 5:28 PM
        1. Barry - Jeff Andrews on Nov 30, 2003, 5:59 PM
          1. Jeff, try these sites or an Iwata/Medea dealer in your area... - Scott Gentry, again... on Nov 30, 2003, 10:50 PM
      2. Like the others - Steve Eslinger on Nov 30, 2003, 10:51 PM
    5. Broken Record - Gary Barling on Dec 2, 2003, 6:09 PM
      1. I just heard... - Jeff Andrews on Dec 2, 2003, 8:20 PM
    6. Re: Help me pick an airbrush - Aztek A4305 vs A4702. - Ricardo Rueda on Dec 13, 2003, 9:27 PM
    7. Aztek sucks - theghostrider142 on Dec 14, 2003, 10:08 AM
     
  50. stoage from epoxy putty?? View Thread - Gilad on Nov 29, 2003, 4:19 PM
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  52. hot rivet View Thread - Mike Sims on Nov 28, 2003, 12:51 PM
    1. Basically... - Rick Hahn on Nov 28, 2003, 2:07 PM
    2. Track joining tool - Dan Hay on Nov 29, 2003, 9:44 PM
      1. Thanks - Mike Sims on Nov 29, 2003, 10:09 PM
     
  53. How to make cooling fins/ribs in 1/35? View Thread - Rick Hahn on Nov 28, 2003, 12:32 PM
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  55. Weathering without washes or pastels tip page available View Thread - ian sadler on Nov 28, 2003, 9:47 AM
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  57. rivets,nuts,bolts & stuff View Thread - Steven Birt on Nov 28, 2003, 7:56 AM
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  59. what masking product to use? View Thread - Talino Bruno on Nov 28, 2003, 2:41 AM
    1. masks - Shane Kunze on Dec 3, 2003, 6:06 AM
    2. Humbol "Maskol" - Jaffe_Lam on Dec 7, 2003, 11:51 AM
     
  60. Painting White interiors View Thread - Scott Dimmick on Nov 27, 2003, 9:00 AM
    1. White - Robert Skipper on Nov 28, 2003, 1:02 AM
    2. Re: Painting White interiors - Richard Tellejohn on Nov 28, 2003, 5:31 PM
    3. If you´re using Humbrol... - Peter Nissinen on Dec 10, 2003, 4:13 AM
    4. White Interiors - Brad on Dec 17, 2003, 2:20 PM
     
  61. How to make your own decals (or dry transfers)...? View Thread - Bailey Chang on Nov 26, 2003, 7:50 PM
    1. Testors Custom Decal System - Matt Clemente on Nov 27, 2003, 10:36 AM
      1. Easier even - David Nickels on Dec 1, 2003, 2:42 PM
    2. The "Special" printer is..... - James L. Fowler on Dec 5, 2003, 10:12 AM
      1. Will my printer do the job? - Peter Nissinen on Dec 10, 2003, 4:09 AM
     
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