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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. need help with gouache colors View Thread - D McKeever on Nov 21, 2012, 10:12 AM
    1. anyone, anyone? - D. McKeever on Nov 24, 2012, 11:36 AM
      1. Another thought ... - Andrew Tomlinson on Nov 25, 2012, 4:04 AM
    2. Some experience with gouache paint - Justin Pockar on Nov 29, 2012, 12:28 PM
      1. thanks - D McKeever on Dec 1, 2012, 9:05 AM
    3. FWIW they should be diluted. - Michael Adams on Dec 3, 2012, 4:21 PM
      1. thanks - D McKeever on Dec 3, 2012, 7:10 PM
     
  2. turpenoid vs white spirits View Thread - john franklin on Nov 14, 2012, 8:22 PM
    1. no - david nickels on Nov 15, 2012, 3:43 PM
      1. Thank you - J Franklin on Nov 16, 2012, 7:51 AM
     
  3. Need help giving my models a flat finish View Thread - Jeffrey DeRosa on Nov 4, 2012, 1:56 PM
    1. Finish - Owen R Auer on Nov 4, 2012, 6:19 PM
    2. Dullcoat rattle cans.... - Scott Dimmick on Nov 5, 2012, 9:38 AM
    3. Re: Need help giving my models a flat finish - Fred A. Berganio on Nov 5, 2012, 12:29 PM
    4. A different approach - Steve Kubik on Nov 15, 2012, 6:32 PM
     
  4. matt finish View Thread - ian foster on Nov 4, 2012, 1:52 PM
    1. Vallejo does work well! - Andrew Tomlinson on Nov 6, 2012, 4:42 PM
      1. Thankyou - ian foster on Nov 10, 2012, 10:41 AM
     
  5. Rusted tracks using pigments View Thread - frederico on Nov 2, 2012, 5:28 AM
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  7. Blue Tac masks View Thread - Federico Collada on Oct 29, 2012, 11:55 AM
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  9. Soldering View Thread - Clayton Sokoll on Oct 29, 2012, 4:32 AM
    1. no, don't let it dry - MarlinHenderson on Nov 2, 2012, 1:45 PM
     
  10. Easy flags View Thread - frederico on Oct 21, 2012, 2:30 PM
    1. Great and easy idea! Thanks. - Andrew Tomlinson on Oct 25, 2012, 2:46 PM
     
  11. basic evergreen products for scratchbuilding View Thread - Dennis Braendle on Oct 16, 2012, 3:38 AM
    1. Sheets, strips and rods - Ted Paone on Oct 16, 2012, 2:55 PM
      1. or - Owen R Auer on Oct 23, 2012, 12:46 PM
     
  12. Touch-n-flow applicator clogged View Thread - mitch davis on Oct 15, 2012, 2:04 PM
    1. Fire! - Ted Paone on Oct 16, 2012, 2:47 PM
    2. Never - Owen R Auer on Oct 23, 2012, 12:48 PM
    3. Super glue applicator - Chris Grove on Oct 23, 2012, 3:23 PM
      1. Applicator breakage - Chris Grove on Nov 5, 2012, 12:49 PM
     
  13. Free french civilian signs for your dioramas View Thread - frederico on Oct 7, 2012, 2:33 PM
    1. thank you nt - david nickels on Oct 7, 2012, 7:13 PM
    2. Re: Free french civilian signs for your dioramas - John Murcutt on Oct 9, 2012, 6:39 PM
     
  14. Tightening tension on turret traverse View Thread - D. McKeever on Sep 26, 2012, 6:36 PM
    1. Either add a thin band of sticky tape to the turret ring - - Andrew Tomlinson on Oct 3, 2012, 5:23 PM
      1. Re: Either add a thin band of sticky tape to the turret ring - - D.McKeever on Oct 19, 2012, 11:33 AM
    2. Re: Tightening tension on turret traverse - chad perkins on Oct 24, 2012, 5:30 PM
     
  15. can you re-work dried tamiya putty View Thread - Carter Latham on Sep 25, 2012, 9:48 AM
    1. Depends on the putty - Andrew Albrecht on Sep 26, 2012, 11:50 AM
    2. for practical purposes no - david nickels on Sep 30, 2012, 1:00 PM
      1. ok, thanks I'll look for it - carter Latham on Sep 30, 2012, 9:34 PM
     
  16. The easiest way to damage a camouflage View Thread - Federico Collada on Sep 23, 2012, 3:24 PM
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  18. How to rust an exhaust easily View Thread - frederico on Sep 21, 2012, 11:24 AM
    1. Looks good, but - Steve Kubik on Sep 21, 2012, 9:51 PM
      1. I used to do it that way, too, but... - Doug Bauer on Sep 23, 2012, 4:24 PM
     
  19. Tamiya paint chipping over Tamiya Surface Primer? View Thread - Scott Dimmick on Sep 21, 2012, 8:18 AM
    1. Base coat - Owen R Auer on Sep 21, 2012, 11:46 AM
      1. Didn't want it to chip! - Scott Dimmick on Sep 21, 2012, 12:03 PM
        1. Duh - Owen R Auer on Sep 21, 2012, 6:42 PM
    2. I notice a difference in surface - david nickels on Sep 25, 2012, 8:24 AM
     
  20. Daylight Desk lamp £14.99 View Thread - Gary Whelan on Sep 19, 2012, 12:50 PM
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  22. waterbased hairspray brands in t he US View Thread - D. McKeever on Sep 14, 2012, 9:26 PM
    1. All hairsprays are water soluble - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on Sep 16, 2012, 1:00 AM
      1. Thanks - David McKeever on Sep 16, 2012, 5:00 PM
        1. Re: Thanks - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on Sep 16, 2012, 7:28 PM
    2. I would get - Owen R Auer on Sep 20, 2012, 12:03 AM
      1. Thanks - D. McKeever on Sep 22, 2012, 4:46 PM
     
  23. Hairspray technique question View Thread - John Franklin on Aug 29, 2012, 9:28 PM
    1. Re: Hairspray technique question - Kevin Weiler on Aug 30, 2012, 5:03 PM
    2. You can seal it - Owen R Auer on Sep 9, 2012, 9:01 PM
     
  24. Rust stains .... View Thread - Andy Jasinski on Aug 27, 2012, 7:29 AM
    1. You tube - Owen R Auer on Sep 20, 2012, 12:05 AM
     
  25. Tamiya airbrush View Thread - Ebbe Bergman on Aug 24, 2012, 5:11 AM
    1. Re: Tamiya airbrush - Marc Brandes on Aug 24, 2012, 4:35 PM
    2. HG Superfine - Andrew Albrecht on Aug 24, 2012, 11:06 PM
    3. Thanks - Ebbe Bergman on Aug 25, 2012, 11:21 AM
     
  26. Metal tracks newbie View Thread - Kevin Kish on Aug 23, 2012, 9:12 PM
    1. Maybe - Steve Kubik on Aug 24, 2012, 4:41 AM
    2. metal tracks - Ebbe Bergman on Aug 24, 2012, 5:05 AM
     
  27. How do small rivets ... View Thread - Andy Jasinski on Aug 12, 2012, 1:05 PM
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  29. turpenoid View Thread - John Franklin on Aug 6, 2012, 1:01 PM
    1. Turpenoid - Mike Carrroll on Aug 6, 2012, 1:59 PM
      1. Not in person only over phone - John Franklin on Aug 6, 2012, 2:54 PM
    2. Try an art supply store - david nickels on Aug 7, 2012, 1:39 PM
    3. Re: turpenoid - Jerry Stokes on Aug 7, 2012, 7:35 PM
     
  30. Aber clamps View Thread - Clayton Sokoll on Aug 1, 2012, 5:12 AM
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  32. Casting Materials Question View Thread - Chris Ballance on Jul 22, 2012, 12:25 PM
    1. casting - Andrew Lee on Jul 22, 2012, 2:40 PM
      1. Rethinking - Chris Ballance on Jul 22, 2012, 3:12 PM
     
  33. Realistic rivets View Thread - Mike Gardella on Jul 16, 2012, 2:11 PM
    1. Great Idea! - Terry Barrett on Aug 18, 2012, 6:04 PM
      1. What does this "besding" tool... - Cpt. C. Sosebee, USA (Ret) on Aug 18, 2012, 11:48 PM
        1. Here's where I got mine - Terry Barrett on Aug 19, 2012, 10:10 AM
        2. Beading tool - Ted Paone on Aug 26, 2012, 10:48 PM
     
  34. Help please, matt varnish View Thread - David Wormell on Jul 5, 2012, 6:42 AM
    1. probably not - david nickels on Jul 9, 2012, 1:37 PM
      1. Ta - David Wormell on Jul 9, 2012, 7:51 PM
        1. Didn't work - David Wormell on Jul 29, 2012, 7:39 PM
          1. try this david - mark bush on Aug 4, 2012, 3:21 AM
     
  35. Painting with oils....... View Thread - Ron Hetherington on Jun 27, 2012, 7:31 PM
    1. Re: Painting with oils....... - Martin McGowan on Jul 1, 2012, 8:16 PM
     
  36. Re: make pipes in section that you want View Thread - pumo fabrice calogero on May 27, 2012, 6:24 AM
    1. Very nice simple technique NT - Dave OMeara on May 29, 2012, 9:34 AM
    2. Pipes - Chris Grove on May 29, 2012, 4:15 PM
      1. And some blue ones have a 3 armed strengthener in the middle! - Andrew Tomlinson on May 29, 2012, 5:04 PM
    3. cotton bud - calogero pumo on May 29, 2012, 5:29 PM
     
  37. Rough finish View Thread - Anonymous on May 16, 2012, 2:48 PM
    1. Re: Rough finish - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on May 20, 2012, 2:52 PM
    2. EZ Off Oven Cleaner - roy chow on May 27, 2012, 1:39 AM
    3. Orange skin... - Dany Mc Donald on Jun 3, 2012, 10:06 PM
    4. denatured alcohol - peter nepio on Jul 29, 2012, 8:48 AM
    5. laquer thinner - mark bush on Aug 4, 2012, 3:24 AM
     
  38. Use a Pyrogravure to make holes in tarps to feed or thread tie-downs through View Thread - Andrew Tomlinson on May 9, 2012, 4:38 PM
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  40. Battle damage to resin? View Thread - Scott Dimmick on May 9, 2012, 12:01 PM
    1. Little resin experience, but... - justin pockar on May 10, 2012, 2:00 PM
     
  41. Pigments View Thread - Darren Greenwood on Apr 30, 2012, 12:55 PM
    1. Look no further than this here site - John Murcutt on May 3, 2012, 5:33 PM
     
  42. Primer?? View Thread - Kingston Wong on Apr 22, 2012, 12:23 AM
    1. If you thin it - Dave OMeara on Apr 25, 2012, 9:14 AM
      1. Saw some Vallejo primer - Kingston Wong on Apr 30, 2012, 12:30 AM
        1. Can't answer - Dave OMeara on Apr 30, 2012, 6:51 AM
          1. Thanks Dave...N/T - Kingston Wong on May 1, 2012, 2:34 AM
        2. Yes! - Scott Millican on May 4, 2012, 11:54 PM
    2. Mr Surfacer 1200 from the rattle can... - Jeremy Moore on May 12, 2012, 6:19 PM
     
  43. Question on Airbrush Depot TC-20T View Thread - Drew Gleason on Apr 16, 2012, 8:27 PM
    1. Airbrush Depot TC-20 troubles - Jim on Sep 26, 2012, 9:30 PM
     
  44. Help Darkening a Paint Scheme View Thread - Manny Carpio on Apr 11, 2012, 7:52 AM
    1. A wash of thin dark umber may help - - Andrew Tomlinson on Apr 11, 2012, 6:52 PM
     
  45. My technique of real scratches and defects on the paint .. View Thread - Andy Jasinski on Apr 9, 2012, 4:56 PM
    1. Very nice technique. NT - Dave OMeara on Apr 9, 2012, 8:30 PM
    2. Big tank website - Doug Bauer on Apr 16, 2012, 2:53 PM
    3. Very Nice, but..... - Kingston Wong on May 1, 2012, 2:41 AM
    4. I translated the English lame :) - Andy Jasinski on May 3, 2012, 7:24 AM
      1. step by step rust... - Andy Jasinski on May 23, 2012, 9:51 AM
    5. Small parts... - Andy Jasinski on Jun 21, 2012, 6:20 AM
     
  46. A Tip For Using Washes From A Pot... View Thread - Ian Barraclough on Apr 1, 2012, 7:53 AM
    1. Washes, etc. - Miran Flores on Apr 3, 2012, 12:46 PM
      1. Nuts and BB's - Owen R Auer on May 12, 2012, 10:36 PM
     
  47. Tamiya primer problem View Thread - David Andrew on Mar 30, 2012, 6:05 AM
    1. Don't know about Lacquer based - Scott Millican on Mar 30, 2012, 1:34 PM
      1. I think you are right - David Andrew on Apr 2, 2012, 1:09 AM
        1. Was it mixed properly? - Scott Dimmick on Apr 4, 2012, 12:16 PM
    2. you can't paint rubber parts with solvent based paints - david nickels on Apr 5, 2012, 2:17 PM
     
  48. Millitary Zone website access?? View Thread - Marcus Pollard on Mar 25, 2012, 6:06 PM
    1. Re: Millitary Zone website access?? - John Murcutt on Apr 9, 2012, 8:23 PM
     
  49. Creating Masks for Numerals View Thread - D McKeever on Mar 17, 2012, 6:26 PM
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  51. wire insulation for 28 guage wire View Thread - DMcKeever on Mar 3, 2012, 12:33 PM
    1. Radio Shack n/t - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on Mar 11, 2012, 5:35 PM
      1. Re: Radio Shack n/t - D McKeever on Mar 17, 2012, 6:25 PM
    2. Michaels Craft Stores - Thomas Ivancso Jr. on Mar 30, 2012, 10:28 AM
     
  52. Issue with Vallejo Air paints and Hairspray......... View Thread - Ron Hetherington on Feb 21, 2012, 1:05 AM
    1. Possibly - David Parker on Feb 21, 2012, 5:25 AM
      1. Thanks Dave!! That explains everything. I think Vallejo needs to fix this issue.... - Ron Hetherington on Feb 21, 2012, 5:05 PM
    2. I had the same problem... - Scott Millican on Feb 21, 2012, 11:40 PM
     
  53. Lifecolor dust, how to use it effectively? View Thread - Mark Bretherton on Feb 15, 2012, 9:32 PM
    1. Re: Lifecolor dust, how to use it effectively? - David Parker on Feb 21, 2012, 5:15 AM
      1. Re: Lifecolor dust, how to use it effectively? - Mark Bretherton on Feb 21, 2012, 11:36 PM
        1. Re: Lifecolor dust, how to use it effectively? - David Parker on Feb 22, 2012, 6:20 AM
     
  54. Recommendations for tweezers View Thread - D. McKeever on Feb 11, 2012, 2:08 PM
    1. Hi David... - Dan Capuano on Feb 11, 2012, 7:18 PM
    2. Tweezerman - Aaron Smith on Feb 11, 2012, 10:09 PM
    3. I use these Squadron ones - david nickels on Feb 12, 2012, 9:39 AM
    4. Re: Recommendations for tweezers - Will Cawthra on Feb 12, 2012, 5:29 PM
      1. Thanks---this is what I am looking for - D McKeever on Feb 13, 2012, 8:30 PM
        1. Re: Thanks---this is what I am looking for - Will cawthra on Feb 13, 2012, 8:51 PM
          1. Re: Thanks---this is what I am looking for - D McKeever on Feb 13, 2012, 11:03 PM
            1. Tweezers - Terry Barrett on May 10, 2012, 9:56 PM
     
  55. Washes leaving grey ash like residue. Help please View Thread - Nicholas Perry on Feb 4, 2012, 3:08 PM
    1. Residue - Michael Baskette on Feb 8, 2012, 9:17 AM
      1. Thanks for the advice... - Nicholas Perry on Feb 9, 2012, 11:23 AM
     
  56. Toothbrush sander View Thread - Aaron Smith on Jan 19, 2012, 10:28 PM
    1. Thanks! - Tom Ferris on Jan 20, 2012, 12:55 PM
    2. Explain that to the SWMBO! - roy chow on Jan 21, 2012, 1:44 PM
      1. Good point Roy... - Aaron on Jan 21, 2012, 9:22 PM
    3. Rotary sanders - Andy Simpson on Apr 18, 2012, 6:37 AM
     
  57. Jig/former for tie down handles View Thread - Jim Simmonds on Jan 17, 2012, 4:22 PM
    1. Re: Jig/former for tie down handles - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on Jan 18, 2012, 12:57 AM
      1. Thank you - Jim Simmonds on Jan 18, 2012, 2:08 AM
     
  58. Northwest Short Line True Sander View Thread - Marc MERCIER on Jan 13, 2012, 1:13 PM
    1. True Sander - Chris Grove on Jan 15, 2012, 4:42 PM
    2. True Sander - Doug Bauer on Jan 17, 2012, 3:28 PM
     
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