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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. Painting tip, stains with acrylic washes View Thread - Federico Collada on Jan 28, 2013, 11:19 AM
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  3. How to make a mini orbital sander View Thread - Federico Collada on Jan 21, 2013, 12:44 PM
    1. Works - Owen R Auer on Jan 21, 2013, 5:07 PM
    2. Thank you for sharing - Jim Simmonds on Mar 6, 2013, 2:16 AM
     
  4. Tip View Thread - Owen R Auer on Jan 20, 2013, 1:06 AM
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  6. AK earth effects + paster = not fixed? View Thread - Roland Aßmann on Jan 17, 2013, 9:23 AM
    1. Some questions..... - Mig Jimenez on Jan 18, 2013, 4:22 AM
      1. No patience? - Roland Aßmann on Jan 18, 2013, 6:05 AM
        1. I usually add PVA to mud mixes to make stick.. - Andrew Tomlinson on Feb 2, 2013, 11:27 AM
          1. enamel plus PVA? - Roland Aßmann on Feb 3, 2013, 6:50 PM
     
  7. Painting Sherman Roadwheels and running gear...before or after construction? View Thread - Rob Siebelt on Jan 12, 2013, 3:24 PM
    1. Done it both ways - Eric McClure on Jan 13, 2013, 8:54 PM
    2. Depends on your skill or preferences - david nickels on Jan 14, 2013, 10:50 AM
    3. I prefer to prepaint.... - Brian Colburn on Feb 9, 2013, 3:14 AM
     
  8. Deleted View Thread - Simon Barnes on Jan 5, 2013, 1:45 PM
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  10. Vallejo frustrations View Thread - Richard Isner on Jan 1, 2013, 12:18 PM
    1. No Primer = Your Results - Scott Millican on Jan 2, 2013, 12:43 AM
      1. I use the Tamiya fine spray primers - david nickels on Jan 2, 2013, 4:15 PM
    2. Numerous coats... - Frank michaels on Jan 2, 2013, 10:47 PM
      1. Seems like the health benefit to the lungs.... - Richard Isner on Jan 5, 2013, 1:05 AM
        1. Maybe not so bad - david nickels on Jan 10, 2013, 8:40 AM
     
  11. What to do when Humbrol matt cote fails? View Thread - Phil on Dec 29, 2012, 10:38 PM
    1. Vallejo Matt varnish ! - Andrew Tomlinson on Jan 8, 2013, 2:27 PM
     
  12. I think I did something stupid...Vallejo Acrylics Question View Thread - Justin Pockar on Dec 24, 2012, 6:57 PM
    1. use their own Airbrush thinner nt - david nickels on Dec 24, 2012, 8:43 PM
      1. Thanks David - Justin pockar on Dec 25, 2012, 8:06 PM
        1. the Model Air stuff is much thinner out of the bottle - david nickels on Dec 26, 2012, 3:15 PM
          1. Thanks again, David n/t - justin pockar on Dec 26, 2012, 5:20 PM
    2. Vallejo Airbrush Thinner - Scott Millican on Dec 26, 2012, 11:20 AM
      1. note that Vallejo does have an alcohol based range of paints - david nickels on Dec 26, 2012, 3:16 PM
        1. Liquid Gold - Scott Millican on Dec 27, 2012, 12:55 PM
      2. Thanks, Scott - justin pockar on Dec 26, 2012, 5:22 PM
     
  13. Mr. Surfacer 500 vs. Tamiya Liquid Surface Primer? View Thread - Christian Pålsson on Dec 23, 2012, 11:26 AM
    1. No advice anyone??? - Christian Pålsson on Dec 26, 2012, 11:08 AM
      1. I don't use the Gunze stuff - david nickels on Dec 26, 2012, 3:18 PM
        1. Thx... - Christian Pålsson on Dec 28, 2012, 12:09 PM
    2. Mr. Surfacer - Bret Kinman on Dec 27, 2012, 3:01 AM
      1. Hmm... - Christian Pålsson on Dec 28, 2012, 12:12 PM
        1. No worries w/ the Iwata - Jim Clark on May 16, 2013, 4:47 PM
    3. Another alternative.... - Brian Colburn on Feb 9, 2013, 3:21 AM
     
  14. Washes for a newbie. View Thread - Phil on Dec 23, 2012, 12:43 AM
    1. What i do - Bret Kinman on Dec 23, 2012, 9:04 AM
    2. Humbrol thinner will work - Dave OMeara on Dec 23, 2012, 10:36 AM
    3. Careful on the type Turp - Bob on Jan 16, 2013, 11:52 AM
     
  15. Cheap... and good looking... tow cables View Thread - Marc Rocca on Dec 14, 2012, 12:01 PM
    1. How flexible are they? - Owen R Auer on Dec 15, 2012, 12:19 PM
      1. Once they're are annealed... - Marc Rocca on Dec 15, 2012, 12:52 PM
        1. Source?? - Stefan Krakow on Dec 18, 2012, 3:16 PM
          1. Availability - Marc Rocca on Dec 20, 2012, 8:46 AM
            1. Yes, it works - Maplins in UK have it cheap too ! - Andrew Tomlinson on Dec 22, 2012, 12:32 PM
              1. Easiest way to get the plastic off... - Marc Rocca on Dec 26, 2012, 3:03 PM
    2. Very pleased with the way these worked out - Marc Rocca on Jan 10, 2013, 7:55 PM
      1. That is a good suggestion, thanks - Robert Arance on Apr 14, 2013, 10:25 AM
     
  16. New tip for photoetched View Thread - Federico Collada on Dec 9, 2012, 5:22 AM
    1. Decal fix - George Moore on Dec 10, 2012, 6:57 AM
    2. Couple of others - Scott Millican on Dec 10, 2012, 11:16 PM
     
  17. Use of AK interactive etc, and use of Tile Grout... View Thread - Andrew Tomlinson on Dec 8, 2012, 4:03 AM
    1. "acrylic fluid" - Jesse Naughton on Dec 20, 2012, 7:42 AM
     
  18. Uses for Tincture Bottles View Thread - Bill Apple on Dec 6, 2012, 4:59 PM
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  20. Dragon teeth template View Thread - Federico Collada on Nov 27, 2012, 12:49 PM
    1. Excellent! - Steve Kubik on Dec 1, 2012, 8:08 PM
     
  21. Anyone tried dishwasher Rinse Aid as a flow enhancer - View Thread - Andrew Tomlinson on Nov 24, 2012, 2:31 PM
    1. Re: Anyone tried dishwasher Rinse Aid as a flow enhancer - - Jon Greenwood on Nov 27, 2012, 4:48 AM
    2. washes - King David on Apr 16, 2013, 10:28 AM
     
  22. Masking acrylics View Thread - David Igel on Nov 23, 2012, 12:07 AM
    1. Tamiya masking tape..........NT - Scott Millican on Nov 23, 2012, 11:11 AM
    2. Silly Putty - Steve Kubik on Nov 23, 2012, 6:44 PM
     
  23. 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
     
  24. 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
     
  25. 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
     
  26. 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
     
  27. Rusted tracks using pigments View Thread - frederico on Nov 2, 2012, 5:28 AM
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  29. Blue Tac masks View Thread - Federico Collada on Oct 29, 2012, 11:55 AM
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  31. 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
     
  32. 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
     
  33. 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
     
  34. 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
     
  35. 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
     
  36. 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
     
  37. 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
     
  38. The easiest way to damage a camouflage View Thread - Federico Collada on Sep 23, 2012, 3:24 PM
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  40. 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
     
  41. 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
     
  42. Daylight Desk lamp £14.99 View Thread - Gary Whelan on Sep 19, 2012, 12:50 PM
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  44. 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
     
  45. 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
     
  46. 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
     
  47. 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
     
  48. 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
     
  49. How do small rivets ... View Thread - Andy Jasinski on Aug 12, 2012, 1:05 PM
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  51. 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
     
  52. Aber clamps View Thread - Clayton Sokoll on Aug 1, 2012, 5:12 AM
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  54. 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
     
  55. 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
     
  56. 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
     
  57. 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
     
  58. 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
     
  59. 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
     
  60. 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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