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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. 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
     
  2. 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
     
  3. 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
     
  4. 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
     
  5. 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
     
  6. Creating Masks for Numerals View Thread - D McKeever on Mar 17, 2012, 6:26 PM
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  8. 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
     
  9. 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
     
  10. 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
     
  11. 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
     
  12. 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
     
  13. 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
     
  14. 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
     
  15. 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
     
  16. Airbrushing - Best Beginners book or DVD? View Thread - Marcus Pollard on Jan 10, 2012, 5:21 PM
    1. Marcus, check your email (N/T) - Aripin L. Sunardi on Jan 10, 2012, 9:20 PM
     
  17. Russian armour texture View Thread - Andy Barnett on Jan 8, 2012, 10:37 PM
    1. I use Tamiya Liquid Surfacer - david nickels on Jan 9, 2012, 9:02 AM
    2. Re: Russian armour texture - Andy Jasiński on Jan 16, 2012, 5:51 AM
     
  18. Best blades for scratchbuilding View Thread - Jim Simmonds on Jan 2, 2012, 5:40 PM
    1. Scratching - Dave Foster on Jan 2, 2012, 8:36 PM
      1. Thanks - Jim Simmonds on Jan 3, 2012, 2:09 AM
    2. Blades - George Moore on Jan 3, 2012, 6:13 AM
      1. Cheers - Jim Simmonds on Jan 5, 2012, 5:17 PM
     
  19. Behavior of Tamiya acrylics thinned with lacquer thinners View Thread - Benjamin Wainer on Dec 25, 2011, 12:36 PM
    1. I have thinned Tamiya acrylic paints for years - David Nickels on Dec 26, 2011, 1:30 PM
      1. Re: I have thinned Tamiya acrylic paints for years - Benjamin Wainer on Dec 28, 2011, 2:10 PM
        1. Perhaps... - david nickels on Dec 28, 2011, 5:54 PM
        2. Warning about "Household" Lacquer Thinners - Scott Dimmick on Dec 31, 2011, 10:33 PM
          1. Never had an issue - david nickels on Jan 2, 2012, 11:24 AM
    2. I mostly use water as my thinner............ - Ron Hetherington on Feb 21, 2012, 1:22 AM
      1. Re: I mostly use water as my thinner............ - nathan laporte on Mar 18, 2012, 10:56 AM
    3. Re: Behavior of Tamiya acrylics thinned with lacquer thinners - nathan laporte on Mar 18, 2012, 10:02 AM
     
  20. Finding lost parts in carpet View Thread - Doug Bauer on Dec 22, 2011, 3:33 PM
    1. Office Carpet Protecter - Richard Nicoletti on Dec 23, 2011, 12:36 PM
      1. Or..... - Stevie Gibson on Feb 15, 2012, 5:47 PM
        1. Even more OR - Bill on Feb 20, 2012, 1:12 AM
    2. Are you kidding? - Owen R Auer on May 12, 2012, 10:39 PM
     
  21. Stripping acrylic primer with Tam paint on ? View Thread - Andrew Tomlinson on Dec 11, 2011, 11:09 AM
    1. Ultrasonic Cleaner & Windex - Richard Nicoletti on Dec 13, 2011, 11:37 AM
      1. Thanks. Good idea. - Andrew Tomlinson on Dec 17, 2011, 1:28 PM
     
  22. Separating long, thin piece of resin from carrier View Thread - Michael McDonald on Dec 8, 2011, 12:31 PM
    1. #11 Xacto - Joe Bevans on Dec 8, 2011, 4:24 PM
      1. Will do. Thanks a million. n/t - Michael McDonald on Dec 8, 2011, 7:08 PM
     
  23. Are odorless mineral spirit fumes harmful if breathed in? View Thread - Peter Sisung on Dec 7, 2011, 10:20 PM
    1. Yes - Sean Lynch on Dec 10, 2011, 8:38 AM
      1. That about answers it... - Peter Sisung on Dec 11, 2011, 9:10 PM
        1. odor in itself can be useful - david nickels on Dec 16, 2011, 11:04 AM
     
  24. Silly Putty question View Thread - Mike Gardella on Nov 28, 2011, 10:10 AM
    1. Reusing Silly Putty - Ted Paone on Nov 30, 2011, 5:52 PM
      1. Thank you - Mike Gardella on Dec 1, 2011, 10:09 AM
     
  25. slow cure ca unusally runny View Thread - D. McKeever on Nov 28, 2011, 12:13 AM
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  27. Solution for stripping Enamels View Thread - Jim Simmonds on Nov 27, 2011, 1:36 PM
    1. sounds good - david nickels on Nov 28, 2011, 7:56 PM
      1. Re: sounds good - Jim Simmonds on Nov 29, 2011, 12:23 PM
        1. In the US... - david nickels on Nov 29, 2011, 1:22 PM
          1. owen degreasers...Balkans - Marko Milosevic on Dec 28, 2011, 7:05 AM
     
  28. Calling Mr. Dave Parker.... I have a question on the PZIV you did... View Thread - Ron Hetherington on Nov 10, 2011, 1:39 PM
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  30. What color for chipping? View Thread - Scott Woodward on Nov 6, 2011, 8:48 PM
    1. Tamiya Hull Red - Ian Barraclough on Nov 7, 2011, 2:41 PM
     
  31. Making Mud...... What to use to make it stick??? View Thread - Ron Hetherington on Nov 1, 2011, 12:13 PM
    1. Plaster - Scott Millican on Nov 2, 2011, 12:11 AM
    2. Arcylic Resin - Jonathan Gibson on Nov 3, 2011, 4:51 PM
    3. Mud mix - Mike Starmer on Nov 4, 2011, 5:02 AM
      1. Come On, Mike...! - Frank Michaels on Nov 21, 2011, 6:59 AM
     
  32. Bulges in Rubber Tyres View Thread - Ian Barraclough on Oct 26, 2011, 4:29 AM
    1. Also - Owen R Auer on Nov 3, 2011, 8:16 PM
     
  33. Second thread on why Future...... What's wrong with Model Air's.. View Thread - Ron Hetherington on Oct 22, 2011, 4:35 PM
    1. Good point - I think 'cos it was cheap ! - Andrew Tomlinson on Oct 23, 2011, 3:44 PM
    2. Re: Second thread on why Future...... What's wrong with Model Air's.. - Mike Dougherty on Oct 28, 2011, 9:07 PM
    3. d - Rick Lawler on Dec 19, 2013, 1:05 AM
     
  34. Going to start painting my Tigers, if I don't plan on making another, but... View Thread - Ron Hetherington on Oct 18, 2011, 8:29 PM
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  36. Whats wrong with using Testors Dull and Gloss Coats???? View Thread - Ron Hetherington on Oct 18, 2011, 8:21 PM
    1. Humidity... - bobCollignon on Oct 19, 2011, 11:08 AM
      1. Alternative Flat Coat? - Fred A. Berganio on Oct 21, 2011, 10:58 AM
        1. My old fav was... - bobCollignon on Oct 21, 2011, 12:51 PM
          1. Re: My old fav was... - Fred A. Berganio on Oct 22, 2011, 2:34 PM
    2. Re: Whats wrong with using Testors Dull and Gloss Coats???? - Mike Dougherty on Oct 22, 2011, 12:26 PM
      1. Re: Whats wrong with using Testors Dull and Gloss Coats???? - Fred A. Berganio on Oct 22, 2011, 2:35 PM
        1. Re: Whats wrong with using Testors Dull and Gloss Coats???? - Mike Dougherty on Oct 28, 2011, 9:07 PM
     
  37. Tips for painting Panzer Grey? View Thread - Walter Schneider on Oct 12, 2011, 11:07 PM
    1. Lighter Grey - Steve Kubik on Oct 13, 2011, 6:57 AM
      1. Hello Steve - Walter Schneider on Oct 13, 2011, 8:55 AM
        1. Yes - Steve KUbik on Oct 13, 2011, 9:40 PM
    2. Experiement - Steven Brown on Oct 14, 2011, 8:46 AM
      1. Thanks Steve. - Walter Schneider on Oct 14, 2011, 10:01 PM
    3. Well for starters German Panzer Grey is... - Roy A. Schlicht on Oct 16, 2011, 1:15 PM
      1. Thank you Roy! - Walter Schneider on Oct 16, 2011, 6:39 PM
     
  38. Cutting thin strips of styrene View Thread - Jim Simmonds on Oct 6, 2011, 2:29 AM
    1. Cutting strips - George Moore on Oct 6, 2011, 4:12 AM
    2. Curling - Dave Foster on Oct 6, 2011, 3:43 PM
    3. Styrene Strips - Chuck Rothman on Oct 7, 2011, 12:55 PM
      1. Strips - Dave Foster on Oct 7, 2011, 4:07 PM
      2. Because....... - Chris Grove on Oct 7, 2011, 5:09 PM
    4. Here you go,Jim,Chris........ - Dan Rosecrans on Oct 7, 2011, 10:27 PM
      1. Thanks all - Jim Simmonds on Oct 8, 2011, 9:39 AM
    5. Or you can use this .... - Aripin L. Sunardi on Apr 30, 2012, 5:48 AM
    6. Re: Cutting thin strips of styrene - Anonymous on Aug 16, 2012, 10:40 AM
     
  39. How to paint a rabbit? View Thread - Herman Luyendijk on Sep 24, 2011, 10:52 AM
    1. Painting a rabbit. - Jay Pare on Jan 18, 2012, 9:44 AM
     
  40. life color View Thread - Luis Pitarch Carrión on Sep 21, 2011, 9:17 AM
    1. Re: life color - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on Sep 21, 2011, 4:52 PM
      1. ok - Luis Pitarch Carrión on Sep 21, 2011, 5:37 PM
     
  41. How do you make a 9/32" hole in .02" plastic sheet? View Thread - Steve Williams on Sep 18, 2011, 7:51 PM
    1. Hi Steve......... - Dan Rosecrans on Sep 19, 2011, 4:05 AM
    2. Re: How do you make a 9/32" hole in .02" plastic sheet? - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on Sep 19, 2011, 9:34 AM
    3. How do you make ... - Harald Hartwig on Sep 19, 2011, 8:51 PM
    4. Re: How do you make a 9/32" hole in .02" plastic sheet? - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on Sep 21, 2011, 4:58 PM
    5. No Good Answer - Rob Ervin on Sep 28, 2011, 8:56 AM
    6. Making holes in thin plastic - Anonymous on Sep 30, 2011, 9:43 AM
    7. Making holes in thin plastic - Ron Lebert on Sep 30, 2011, 9:44 AM
    8. Making holes in thin plastic - Ron Lebert on Sep 30, 2011, 9:45 AM
    9. OOPS! - Ron Lebert on Sep 30, 2011, 9:48 AM
    10. A punch - Chuck Rothman on Oct 7, 2011, 12:50 PM
    11. Use a tube... - Shane Weier on Oct 10, 2011, 8:10 PM
     
  42. Problem with Future and decals - help! View Thread - Whiteley-Bolton on Sep 18, 2011, 4:19 PM
    1. My old bottle has gone thicker too - Andrew Tomlinson on Sep 18, 2011, 5:07 PM
      1. Thanks - Whiteley-Bolton on Sep 21, 2011, 6:14 PM
    2. Re: Problem with Future and decals - help! - Mike Dougherty on Oct 22, 2011, 12:35 PM
     
  43. Hairspray technique question View Thread - Toby Knight on Sep 18, 2011, 2:04 PM
    1. re hairspray - Tom Morgan on Sep 19, 2011, 10:57 AM
    2. Just do it all when ready - Michael Rinaldi on Sep 19, 2011, 1:34 PM
     
  44. Shelf life for Testors View Thread - Barry Morrison on Sep 13, 2011, 11:51 AM
    1. How's "yeah maybe..." as - bobCollignon on Sep 13, 2011, 12:24 PM
      1. Ditto on the Vallejo Shelf life - Scott Millican on Sep 14, 2011, 12:18 AM
        1. Cleaning Vallejo bottle tips... - bobCollignon on Sep 14, 2011, 12:08 PM
    2. Thanks Scott and Bob for the heads up! - Barry Morrison on Sep 15, 2011, 10:16 AM
    3. Old Testors enamels - Phil Ho on Sep 16, 2011, 8:54 AM
    4. It depends on the old cheesy saying... - Sanford Young on Sep 17, 2011, 7:08 PM
     
  45. Problem with Blacken-It View Thread - Matthew Mifsud on Sep 10, 2011, 5:22 PM
    1. Re: Problem with Blacken-It - Anthony Carlucci on Sep 15, 2011, 7:29 PM
    2. Did it work OK on the other run? - Michael Rinaldi on Sep 19, 2011, 1:31 PM
      1. Solutions... - Matthew Mifsud on Sep 21, 2011, 1:15 PM
     
  46. Vacuum forming for £5 View Thread - Calum Melrose on Sep 9, 2011, 2:53 PM
    1. Nice idea - Dave OMeara on Sep 10, 2011, 12:23 PM
     
  47. Iron Based Paints and metallic waxes? View Thread - Patrick Clark on Sep 8, 2011, 1:20 PM
    1. Have no idea of the metal paint - Dave OMeara on Sep 10, 2011, 12:25 PM
    2. I bought some iron rusting paint at Michaels - david nickels on Sep 29, 2011, 6:04 PM
     
  48. primer problem View Thread - Mike Cain on Sep 7, 2011, 9:18 PM
    1. A bit late but maybe of help. - Nicholas Perry on Feb 4, 2012, 3:22 PM
     
  49. Mixing acrylic paint..............? View Thread - Rex Ross on Aug 26, 2011, 6:57 PM
    1. No - Steve Kubik on Aug 27, 2011, 4:54 AM
      1. No.... - Rex Ross on Aug 27, 2011, 12:40 PM
    2. Not the same base - Chuck Rothman on Aug 29, 2011, 10:57 AM
     
  50. Mr. Hobby Questions... View Thread - Bob Muckley on Aug 21, 2011, 4:27 PM
    1. Mr. Desolved Putty - Miran Flores on Aug 22, 2011, 1:53 AM
      1. Another method - George Moore on Aug 26, 2011, 6:49 AM
    2. Mr Levelling Thinner - Phil Ho on Aug 25, 2011, 8:04 AM
      1. Thanks guys - Bob Muckley on Aug 25, 2011, 6:51 PM
     
  51. Any "tricks" to using Tamiya Epoxy Putty (Sooth Type)? View Thread - Matt Ponas on Aug 14, 2011, 12:34 PM
    1. Epoxy putty - Dave Foster on Aug 16, 2011, 10:25 PM
    2. Re: Any "tricks" to using Tamiya Epoxy Putty (Sooth Type)? - Mike Moore on Aug 17, 2011, 9:37 AM
    3. Thanks for the tips! - Matt Ponas on Aug 19, 2011, 12:14 AM
     
  52. Advice needed on adhesives View Thread - Al Fisher on Aug 9, 2011, 1:24 PM
    1. What I'd do.... - bobCollignon on Aug 9, 2011, 3:36 PM
      1. Gator Glue - Chuck Rothman on Aug 18, 2011, 3:21 PM
        1. I like it, a lot.... - bobCollignon on Aug 20, 2011, 3:26 PM
     
  53. Gaianotes gcolor-86040 T-01s LACQUER THINNER View Thread - Whiteley-Bolton on Aug 6, 2011, 4:53 PM
    1. Re: Gaianotes gcolor-86040 T-01s LACQUER THINNER - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on Aug 8, 2011, 1:28 AM
      1. All much of a muchness - Whiteley-Bolton on Aug 8, 2011, 6:44 AM
     
  54. Airbrush Problem View Thread - Whiteley-Bolton on Jul 30, 2011, 9:41 AM
    1. I had the same issue - Steve Kubik on Jul 30, 2011, 6:32 PM
      1. Re: I had the same issue - Whiteley-Bolton on Jul 30, 2011, 6:42 PM
        1. Rid myself of mine too. - bobCollignon on Jul 31, 2011, 1:53 PM
          1. Re: Rid myself of mine too. - Whiteley-Bolton on Jul 31, 2011, 3:43 PM
            1. Agreed - roy chow on Aug 1, 2011, 7:02 PM
              1. Re: Agreed - Mike Dougherty on Aug 4, 2011, 3:15 AM
                1. Same here - Michael McDonald on Sep 9, 2011, 8:49 PM
              2. Airbrushing heaven - Whiteley-Bolton on Aug 6, 2011, 6:49 AM
     
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