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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. Problem with Future and decals - help! View Thread - Whiteley-Bolton on Sep 18, 4:19 PM
    1. My old bottle has gone thicker too - Andrew Tomlinson on Sep 18, 5:07 PM
      1. Thanks - Whiteley-Bolton on Sep 21, 6:14 PM
    2. Re: Problem with Future and decals - help! - Mike Dougherty on Oct 22, 12:35 PM
     
  2. Hairspray technique question View Thread - Toby Knight on Sep 18, 2:04 PM
    1. re hairspray - Tom Morgan on Sep 19, 10:57 AM
    2. Just do it all when ready - Michael Rinaldi on Sep 19, 1:34 PM
     
  3. Shelf life for Testors View Thread - Barry Morrison on Sep 13, 11:51 AM
    1. How's "yeah maybe..." as - bobCollignon on Sep 13, 12:24 PM
      1. Ditto on the Vallejo Shelf life - Scott Millican on Sep 14, 12:18 AM
        1. Cleaning Vallejo bottle tips... - bobCollignon on Sep 14, 12:08 PM
    2. Thanks Scott and Bob for the heads up! - Barry Morrison on Sep 15, 10:16 AM
    3. Old Testors enamels - Phil Ho on Sep 16, 8:54 AM
    4. It depends on the old cheesy saying... - Sanford Young on Sep 17, 7:08 PM
     
  4. Problem with Blacken-It View Thread - Matthew Mifsud on Sep 10, 5:22 PM
    1. Re: Problem with Blacken-It - Anthony Carlucci on Sep 15, 7:29 PM
    2. Did it work OK on the other run? - Michael Rinaldi on Sep 19, 1:31 PM
      1. Solutions... - Matthew Mifsud on Sep 21, 1:15 PM
     
  5. Vacuum forming for £5 View Thread - Calum Melrose on Sep 9, 2:53 PM
    1. Nice idea - Dave OMeara on Sep 10, 12:23 PM
     
  6. Iron Based Paints and metallic waxes? View Thread - Patrick Clark on Sep 8, 1:20 PM
    1. Have no idea of the metal paint - Dave OMeara on Sep 10, 12:25 PM
    2. I bought some iron rusting paint at Michaels - david nickels on Sep 29, 6:04 PM
     
  7. primer problem View Thread - Mike Cain on Sep 7, 9:18 PM
    1. A bit late but maybe of help. - Nicholas Perry on Feb 4, 3:22 PM
     
  8. Mixing acrylic paint..............? View Thread - Rex Ross on Aug 26, 6:57 PM
    1. No - Steve Kubik on Aug 27, 4:54 AM
      1. No.... - Rex Ross on Aug 27, 12:40 PM
    2. Not the same base - Chuck Rothman on Aug 29, 10:57 AM
     
  9. Mr. Hobby Questions... View Thread - Bob Muckley on Aug 21, 4:27 PM
    1. Mr. Desolved Putty - Miran Flores on Aug 22, 1:53 AM
      1. Another method - George Moore on Aug 26, 6:49 AM
    2. Mr Levelling Thinner - Phil Ho on Aug 25, 8:04 AM
      1. Thanks guys - Bob Muckley on Aug 25, 6:51 PM
     
  10. Any "tricks" to using Tamiya Epoxy Putty (Sooth Type)? View Thread - Matt Ponas on Aug 14, 12:34 PM
    1. Epoxy putty - Dave Foster on Aug 16, 10:25 PM
    2. Re: Any "tricks" to using Tamiya Epoxy Putty (Sooth Type)? - Mike Moore on Aug 17, 9:37 AM
    3. Thanks for the tips! - Matt Ponas on Aug 19, 12:14 AM
     
  11. Advice needed on adhesives View Thread - Al Fisher on Aug 9, 1:24 PM
    1. What I'd do.... - bobCollignon on Aug 9, 3:36 PM
      1. Gator Glue - Chuck Rothman on Aug 18, 3:21 PM
        1. I like it, a lot.... - bobCollignon on Aug 20, 3:26 PM
     
  12. Gaianotes gcolor-86040 T-01s LACQUER THINNER View Thread - Whiteley-Bolton on Aug 6, 4:53 PM
    1. Re: Gaianotes gcolor-86040 T-01s LACQUER THINNER - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on Aug 8, 1:28 AM
      1. All much of a muchness - Whiteley-Bolton on Aug 8, 6:44 AM
     
  13. Airbrush Problem View Thread - Whiteley-Bolton on Jul 30, 9:41 AM
    1. I had the same issue - Steve Kubik on Jul 30, 6:32 PM
      1. Re: I had the same issue - Whiteley-Bolton on Jul 30, 6:42 PM
        1. Rid myself of mine too. - bobCollignon on Jul 31, 1:53 PM
          1. Re: Rid myself of mine too. - Whiteley-Bolton on Jul 31, 3:43 PM
            1. Agreed - roy chow on Aug 1, 7:02 PM
              1. Re: Agreed - Mike Dougherty on Aug 4, 3:15 AM
                1. Same here - Michael McDonald on Sep 9, 8:49 PM
              2. Airbrushing heaven - Whiteley-Bolton on Aug 6, 6:49 AM
     
  14. Help me improve my finishes. View Thread - Ralph Koziarski on Jul 28, 11:49 PM
    1. Hi Ralph - Steve Kubik on Jul 29, 5:25 AM
      1. Re: Hi Ralph - Ralph Koziarski on Jul 29, 8:28 PM
        1. okay, I see one problem - Steve Kubik on Jul 29, 9:46 PM
          1. Oh yeah, I use Future - Ralph Koziarski on Jul 30, 12:02 AM
            1. Well, I'm not sure what to call it - Steve Kubik on Jul 30, 12:20 AM
              1. An alternative to pigments - Jon Hayward on Aug 4, 3:52 AM
                1. Great Video - Ralph Koziarski on Aug 10, 10:14 PM
    2. Re: Help me improve my finishes. - Mike Dougherty on Aug 4, 3:20 AM
     
  15. gloss coat View Thread - greg jones on Jul 24, 12:33 PM
    1. It is.... - Kingston Wong on Jul 25, 7:59 PM
      1. Actually it is...... - Scott Millican on Jul 26, 1:05 AM
      2. Quite a while - Phil Ho on Jul 27, 7:51 AM
    2. Re: gloss coat - Mike Dougherty on Aug 4, 3:28 AM
     
  16. Dragon's M4A1 DV idler - pay attention View Thread - Martin Hotze on Jul 10, 8:30 AM
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  18. tamiya thinner View Thread - greg jones on Jul 3, 3:23 PM
    1. Re: tamiya thinner - Phil Ho on Jul 4, 8:12 AM
    2. Absolutely! - Steve Kubik on Jul 8, 12:32 AM
     
  19. Removing release agent for resin parts View Thread - Llew Hamdi on Jul 2, 12:57 PM
    1. Mold Release - Miran Flores on Jul 2, 5:21 PM
      1. Vinegar - Mike Whone on Jul 22, 11:39 AM
     
  20. Painting whole model View Thread - Przemyslaw Sobusik on Jun 28, 1:49 PM
    1. Re: Painting whole model - Glen Burns on Jun 29, 1:53 AM
      1. Re: Painting whole model - Przemyslaw Sobusik on Jun 29, 2:43 AM
        1. painting in pieces... - Jon Hayward on Aug 4, 3:58 AM
    2. Lots of articles for ideas - Warren Kuntz on Jul 2, 4:45 AM
     
  21. Weathering Die-Cast View Thread - chad perkins on Jun 25, 9:06 PM
    1. Weathering Diecast - Miran Flores on Jun 25, 10:07 PM
      1. Re: Weathering Diecast - chad perkins on Jun 26, 10:23 AM
        1. "John Deere" 1940's panel truck... - bobCollignon on Jun 26, 2:23 PM
          1. Stripper brand - mitchdavis on Jun 26, 4:40 PM
            1. Just old fashioned... - bobCollignon on Jun 26, 10:57 PM
    2. A couple of coats of Testors Dullcote - Michael Rinaldi on Jun 29, 10:47 PM
      1. Mike great to see your stuff again... - bobCollignon on Jul 1, 12:42 PM
     
  22. windshields View Thread - Doug Bauer on Jun 20, 2:15 PM
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  24. Photo-Etch without a hold & fold View Thread - Tom Rigg on Jun 17, 2:33 AM
    1. Re: Photo-Etch without a hold & fold - Glen Burns on Jun 17, 7:36 AM
    2. Re: Photo-Etch without a hold & fold - Chuck Rothman on Jun 17, 11:48 AM
      1. re: clamps - Tom Rigg on Jun 17, 12:06 PM
    3. All the time - Roy Chow on Jun 17, 2:34 PM
      1. The Small Shop "Bug".... - bobCollignon on Jun 21, 10:44 AM
    4. Re: Photo-Etch without a hold & fold - chad perkins on Jun 26, 10:27 AM
      1. "The BUG"... - bobCollignon on Jun 26, 2:04 PM
     
  25. Using Vallejo Satin instead of Future ?? View Thread - ERIK ROBERSON on Jun 16, 4:32 PM
    1. Vallejo Varnishes - John Murcutt on Jun 16, 6:19 PM
      1. Badger Vega 2000 - 20-15 psi ? - ERIK ROBERSON on Jun 21, 11:18 AM
    2. Satin Experience - Mike Carroll on Jun 16, 9:37 PM
    3. Just gloss it - Scott Millican on Jun 17, 12:27 AM
    4. Varnish after and before - Miguel Jimenez Mig on Jun 17, 4:55 AM
      1. Thanx Guys !! - ERIK ROBERSON on Jun 21, 3:36 AM
        1. man oh man - greg jones on Jun 24, 10:11 PM
          1. satin - Jon Hayward on Aug 4, 4:01 AM
     
  26. problem with pen marks View Thread - Matthew Mifsud on Jun 14, 6:31 PM
    1. Re: problem with pen marks - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on Jun 14, 6:36 PM
      1. Solution? - Matthew Mifsud on Jun 15, 1:25 AM
        1. Solution ? - Harald Hartwig on Jun 15, 11:21 AM
          1. Re: Solution ? - Glen Burns on Jun 15, 8:42 PM
    2. Success! - Matthew Mifsud on Jun 18, 6:20 PM
     
  27. Acrylics as filters? View Thread - Stuke Sowle on Jun 9, 3:27 PM
    1. Heck yes! - Michael Kirchoff on Jun 9, 3:53 PM
    2. Re: Acrylics as filters? - John Murcutt on Jun 9, 6:21 PM
      1. DVD 'Acrylic Weathering' - Harald Hartwig on Jun 10, 8:18 AM
        1. Great! - Stuke Sowle on Jun 10, 1:24 PM
     
  28. 100 degree heat wave and priming View Thread - D. McKeever on Jun 7, 11:04 PM
    1. Hey 'D', remember me! - Michael Kirchoff on Jun 8, 3:42 PM
      1. My experience is the same - Michael Rinaldi on Jun 8, 4:05 PM
        1. Re: My experience is the same - D. McKeever on Jun 8, 4:42 PM
          1. Total opposite for me - Glen Burns on Jun 9, 6:16 AM
          2. Hey David (McKeever) - Michael Kirchoff on Jun 9, 12:57 PM
            1. Hugs and kisses.... - Andy King on Jul 24, 4:19 PM
     
  29. Friulmodel Track/Blacken-it refresher View Thread - Michael Rinaldi on Jun 7, 2:49 PM
    1. patina - D. McKeever on Jun 7, 11:07 PM
      1. I have used other brands - Michael Rinaldi on Jun 8, 3:44 PM
        1. Re: I have used other brands - D. McKeever on Jun 8, 3:52 PM
          1. You would really need to run some tests - Michael Rinaldi on Jun 8, 4:01 PM
            1. Re: You would really need to run some tests - D. McKeever on Jun 8, 4:44 PM
              1. Rusty tracks - Michael Rinaldi on Jun 9, 1:57 PM
                1. Re: Rusty tracks - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on Jun 14, 6:32 PM
    2. Outstanding! Thanks Mike - Kip Rudge on Jun 8, 1:45 PM
    3. Ah! vinegar - james wolfe on Jul 23, 9:32 PM
     
  30. sealer coat View Thread - Doug Bauer on Jun 7, 2:38 PM
    1. Re: sealer coat - Glen Burns on Jun 7, 6:35 PM
     
  31. Does Blacken-it damage Fruilis View Thread - Richard Isner on Jun 3, 11:35 PM
    1. Rinse - Owen R Auer on Jun 5, 1:06 PM
    2. Correct - Tom Ferris on Jun 6, 9:42 AM
    3. Thanks, Gentlemen! - Richard Isner on Jun 6, 10:11 PM
      1. Vinegar bath - ERIK ROBERSON on Jul 11, 1:28 AM
     
  32. Silent Air compressor View Thread - Abdallah Husseini on May 31, 9:36 PM
    1. Re: Silent Air compressor - Mike Gardella on Jun 1, 2:09 PM
    2. TCP compressors - Tom Morgan on Jun 3, 9:12 AM
     
  33. Muddy foot prints? View Thread - Stefan Bernet on May 24, 5:22 PM
    1. Re: Muddy foot prints? - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on May 24, 5:26 PM
      1. Thanks for the input - Stefan Bernet on May 26, 5:10 AM
    2. Decals - Sven Hall on Jun 13, 12:57 AM
    3. Footprints - King David on Apr 16, 10:22 AM
     
  34. Cleaning brass View Thread - Michael McDonald on May 21, 12:08 PM
    1. Vinegar - Dave Foster on May 21, 5:18 PM
      1. Thanks a lot. n/t - Michael McDonald on May 21, 9:31 PM
     
  35. more cost effective way to create pins for friuls. View Thread - D. McKeever on May 10, 6:47 PM
    1. Track Pins - Miran Flores on May 11, 1:36 AM
    2. What's wrong with the wire Fruil provides? (nt) - Kip Rudge on May 11, 12:05 PM
    3. Headpins - Mike Whone on May 19, 11:39 AM
      1. music wire - James Wolfe on May 27, 2:31 AM
     
  36. Aluminum Barrel Oxidation View Thread - Matthew Malogorski on May 4, 5:21 PM
    1. If it's aluminium then probably not - Jolyon Ralph on May 4, 6:42 PM
    2. Re: Aluminum Barrel Oxidation - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on May 4, 7:13 PM
    3. Aluminium - Dave Foster on May 4, 8:14 PM
    4. Gunze Mr. Metal Primer - John Murcutt on May 12, 7:13 PM
    5. Thanks to everyone - Matthew Malogorski on May 12, 9:18 PM
      1. Occam's Razor - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on May 24, 5:24 PM
     
  37. LF online source of paint USA View Thread - Bill Apple on Apr 27, 1:51 PM
    1. Sprue Brothers - ERIK ROBERSON on Apr 27, 3:10 PM
    2. While I am not in the US - Scott Millican on Apr 28, 12:08 PM
     
  38. A Good SBS for painting the Spider Web pattern on an Elephant ? View Thread - ERIK ROBERSON on Apr 26, 12:18 AM
    1. Re: A Good SBS for painting the Spider Web pattern on an Elephant ? - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on May 4, 7:22 PM
     
  39. Help Request: Vallejo Model Air View Thread - Nicolas Nicolaou on Apr 25, 4:41 AM
    1. Model Air - Michael Kirchoff on Apr 25, 5:32 AM
    2. Mixing Acrylic Paints - Bill.Curtis on Apr 25, 11:31 AM
      1. Re:Acrylics - Nicolas Nicolaou on Apr 26, 1:52 PM
     
  40. Re: AMPS results View Thread - Anonymous on Apr 25, 3:45 AM
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  42. Which grade of pencil for steel tools View Thread - D, McKeever on Apr 22, 10:28 PM
    1. soft pencil looks best - Mark Neville on Apr 24, 3:21 AM
      1. sticks - James Wolfe on Apr 25, 3:42 AM
        1. Re: sticks - D, McKeever on Apr 25, 9:04 PM
          1. Powder the graphite first... - bobCollignon on Apr 27, 12:26 PM
     
  43. Aves Apoxie Sculpt View Thread - Brian_D on Apr 22, 12:17 PM
    1. The best I'v ever used - Ken Neil on Apr 23, 1:51 AM
     
  44. Mr. Dissolved Putty for attaching PE? View Thread - Dave Johannsen on Apr 20, 9:08 PM
    1. No - Owen Auer on Apr 21, 12:22 PM
      1. Re: No - Glen Burns on Apr 21, 6:31 PM
    2. Thanks Owen and Glen - Dave Johannsen on Apr 22, 7:50 AM
      1. Irrepairable? - Owen Auer on Apr 22, 11:50 AM
        1. Re: Irrepairable? - Dave Johannsen on Apr 22, 12:41 PM
    3. Re: Mr. Dissolved Putty for attaching PE? - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on May 4, 7:38 PM
     
  45. Blacken-It Alternative View Thread - D. McKeever on Apr 19, 7:20 PM
    1. Black Patina - Lucien Pretl on Apr 20, 8:20 AM
      1. Re: Black Patina - D. McKeever on Apr 20, 11:39 AM
     
  46. Best means of adding Stars to rear of Sherman tanks View Thread - David DaSilva on Apr 15, 10:55 AM
    1. Mask - Owen R Auer on Apr 15, 1:06 PM
      1. Re: Mask - Glen Burns on Apr 16, 1:17 AM
        1. Thank Glen! - David DaSilva on Apr 16, 7:46 AM
      2. Thanks Owen! - David DaSilva on Apr 16, 7:51 AM
        1. Don't do archer - roy chow on Apr 18, 2:09 PM
     
  47. best method for cleaning airbrush View Thread - D. McKeever on Apr 15, 1:16 AM
    1. Try some airbrush cleaner - Scott Millican on Apr 15, 11:36 AM
     
  48. Mud on winter vehicles View Thread - Dennis Braendle on Apr 12, 6:16 PM
    1. Re: Mud on winter vehicles - Glen Burns on Apr 12, 11:19 PM
      1. Thanks, I'll try it out! N/T - Dennis Braendle on Apr 14, 5:40 AM
     
  49. Gluing Vinyl to Plastic View Thread - Jonathan Gibson on Apr 11, 5:33 PM
    1. Vinyl - Dave Foster on Apr 11, 5:46 PM
    2. Weld-On #1802 Glue - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on Apr 11, 9:14 PM
      1. Re: Weld-On #1802 Glue - Glen Burns on Apr 12, 11:20 PM
        1. "...sprately..."?? n/t - Doug Bauer on Apr 18, 1:15 PM
          1. Re: "...sprately..."?? n/t - Glen Burns on Apr 18, 5:51 PM
     
  50. Cleaning/Preparing Friuls??? View Thread - Paul Kirchner on Apr 10, 8:15 PM
    1. Those dreaded bubbles .... - Michael Kirchoff on Apr 11, 11:22 PM
      1. Re: Those dreaded bubbles .... - Glen Burns on Apr 12, 11:21 PM
        1. Re: Those dreaded bubbles .... - D. McKeever on Apr 15, 1:11 AM
    2. Bubbles, hate them... - wes brooner on Apr 17, 12:35 PM
    3. Surface tension! - Marcus Nicholls on Nov 6, 4:24 AM
     
  51. Dried mud effect???? View Thread - Robert Frazier on Mar 31, 12:54 PM
    1. Source - roy chow on Apr 1, 3:25 PM
    2. Re: Dried mud effect???? - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on Apr 3, 7:16 PM
      1. Re: Dried mud effect???? - Glen Burns on Apr 4, 5:56 PM
    3. Talc and paint - Mike Starmer on Apr 9, 4:31 PM
      1. Re: Talc and paint - Glen Burns on Apr 12, 11:22 PM
      2. I've had bad luck with this... - Scott Dimmick on Apr 21, 8:58 AM
    4. Dried Mud - Iain Hamilton on May 10, 9:58 AM
    5. pigments + varnish! - Jon Hayward on Aug 4, 4:05 AM
     
  52. Varnish to make white off-white? View Thread - Ron Owen Hayes on Mar 30, 1:17 PM
    1. Re: Varnish to make white off-white? - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on Apr 3, 8:15 PM
      1. Apologies for the late reply but... - Ron Owen Hayes on Apr 5, 8:43 AM
        1. Re: Apologies for the late reply but... - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on Apr 5, 10:49 AM
     
  53. Dry Fitting parts View Thread - Llew Hamdi on Mar 29, 3:08 PM
    1. Best technique - Dave Foster on Mar 29, 3:27 PM
     
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