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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. 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
     
  2. 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
     
  3. 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
     
  4. 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
     
  5. 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
     
  6. 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
     
  7. sealer coat View Thread - Doug Bauer on Jun 7, 2:38 PM
    1. Re: sealer coat - Glen Burns on Jun 7, 6:35 PM
     
  8. 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
     
  9. 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
     
  10. 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
     
  11. 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
     
  12. 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
     
  13. 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
     
  14. 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
     
  15. 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
     
  16. 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
     
  17. Re: AMPS results View Thread - Anonymous on Apr 25, 3:45 AM
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  19. 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
     
  20. 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
     
  21. 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
     
  22. 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
     
  23. 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
     
  24. 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
     
  25. 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
     
  26. 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
     
  27. 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
     
  28. 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
     
  29. 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
     
  30. Dry Fitting parts View Thread - Llew Hamdi on Mar 29, 3:08 PM
    1. Best technique - Dave Foster on Mar 29, 3:27 PM
     
  31. Stippling Tutorial?? View Thread - MarcusP on Mar 23, 4:36 AM
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  33. Varnish calamity View Thread - David Wormell on Mar 8, 5:39 AM
    1. deleted - Harald Hartwig on Mar 8, 7:45 AM
      1. Re: deleted - David Wormell on Mar 10, 5:42 AM
        1. pardon me - Harald Hartwig on Mar 10, 6:11 AM
    2. Re: Varnish calamity - Fred A. Berganio on Mar 9, 3:02 PM
      1. Re: Varnish calamity - David Wormell on Mar 9, 6:33 PM
     
  34. Hasegawa Modeling Punch, instructions? Cautions? View Thread - Mike Duguay on Mar 7, 7:52 PM
    1. Re: Hasegawa Modeling Punch, instructions? Cautions? - BK on Mar 14, 5:01 PM
    2. Mmmmm... I' afraid that.... - antonio perdices on Mar 22, 2:07 PM
      1. I think that is the other tool - Mike Duguay on Apr 2, 7:14 AM
     
  35. Hasegawa mirror finishes for periscopes (???) View Thread - Tim Lingle on Feb 14, 3:30 PM
    1. Re: Hasegawa mirror finishes for periscopes (???) - Glen Burns on Feb 14, 5:17 PM
    2. Yet again... - Scott Dimmick on Feb 15, 9:59 AM
      1. Hey Scott....what color do you have? - Tim Lingle on Feb 15, 12:06 PM
     
  36. Cobblestone Color Variations. View Thread - Peter Yoon on Feb 9, 1:12 PM
    1. Google... - Jesse Naughton on Feb 11, 11:02 AM
      1. I'd suggest using an old dining plate as an artists palet... - Brian Colburn on Feb 24, 9:16 PM
     
  37. Seeking "quick" technique for painting tracks w/Tamiya acrylics View Thread - Tim Lingle on Feb 4, 5:16 PM
    1. Track painting - Dave Foster on Feb 4, 10:09 PM
    2. Floquil... - Frank Michaels on Feb 5, 9:06 AM
      1. Floquil - MIke Carroll on Feb 5, 11:55 AM
      2. Floquil is perfect for the job - Adam Kuller on Feb 11, 4:44 AM
      3. Formula has changed - Aidrian Bridgeman-Sutton on Feb 11, 11:57 AM
    3. Here is a "quickie" that I use... BTW this is using nothing but Tamiya paints - wes brooner on Mar 27, 2:34 AM
     
  38. Hexagon punch and die sets View Thread - Paul R. Miles on Jan 29, 8:57 PM
    1. Roll Models, USA - bobCollignon on Jan 30, 2:52 PM
      1. Try - Joe Bevans on Feb 4, 5:48 PM
     
  39. Oil paint washes question View Thread - Walter Schneider on Jan 24, 8:19 PM
    1. Easy fix - Michael Kirchoff on Jan 24, 10:56 PM
    2. Thank you Michael, I appreciate the advice. - Walter Schneider on Jan 25, 8:36 AM
    3. another thing.... - chad perkins on Feb 15, 1:23 PM
     
  40. Photo etched View Thread - Luc Harvey on Jan 24, 6:37 AM
    1. Re: Photo etched - Antonio Caserta on Jan 24, 11:58 AM
    2. Is it a silver/grey colour? - Jon Greenwood on Jan 24, 6:54 PM
    3. I always... - Paul Kirchner on Jan 24, 9:50 PM
    4. try this stuff - Aaron Smischney on Jan 25, 1:23 PM
    5. tank's - Luc Harvey on Jan 25, 4:24 PM
     
  41. Magic sculpt View Thread - Chris Jerrett on Jan 21, 10:49 AM
    1. Re: Magic sculpt - Thomas Jefferis on Jan 21, 11:04 AM
    2. Magic Sculpt - Grahame Bredbere on Jan 21, 11:42 AM
    3. Re: Magic sculpt - Chris on Jan 21, 2:16 PM
      1. try Petroleum Jelly... - bobCollignon on Jan 21, 4:31 PM
        1. Re: try Petroleum Jelly... - Glen Burns on Jan 23, 11:38 PM
          1. Thanks Glen - Chris Jerrett on Jan 24, 8:23 AM
            1. Re: Thanks Glen - Glen Burns on Jan 24, 3:49 PM
        2. Thanks Bob - Chris Jerrett on Jan 24, 8:23 AM
     
  42. airbrushing pigment powder View Thread - chris bryan on Jan 19, 8:49 PM
    1. Let's see now..... - Mark Rethoret on Mar 11, 1:21 PM
     
  43. MIG's Modelling FAQ Book Republished!!! View Thread - Nezar Al-Abbas on Jan 19, 11:59 AM
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  45. Frost? View Thread - Tony Bell on Jan 17, 7:25 PM
    1. How about.... - Eric Szczesniak on Jan 17, 8:04 PM
    2. Frost - Harald Hartwig on Jan 17, 11:25 PM
    3. This Works.... - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on Jan 23, 4:50 PM
     
  46. DUMB QUESTION - PHOTO ETCHED PARTS View Thread - NIALL HALL on Jan 17, 6:48 PM
    1. Dry fit - Ted Paone on Jan 29, 4:44 PM
      1. Re: Dry fit - Anonymous on Jan 30, 3:53 PM
     
  47. Mig Products ? View Thread - RFL on Jan 11, 9:48 PM
    1. Re: Mig Products ? - John Murcutt on Jan 13, 7:25 PM
      1. Thank You John ! - RFL on Jan 15, 10:10 AM
     
  48. Indy track painting help needed. View Thread - Walter Schneider on Jan 4, 9:03 AM
    1. Tracks - Andy Taylor on Jan 4, 2:23 PM
      1. Thank you Andy - Walter Schneider on Jan 4, 9:22 PM
        1. Re: Thank you Andy - Glen Burns on Jan 5, 5:34 PM
          1. Thank you Glen! - Walter Schneider on Jan 5, 10:30 PM
            1. Re: Thank you Glen! - Glen Burns on Jan 6, 4:29 PM
      2. Here's my .02 cents - wes brooner on Jan 16, 1:14 PM
        1. Thank you Wes - Walter Schneider on Jan 24, 8:13 PM
     
  49. stripping paint, specific situation..... View Thread - chad perkins on Jan 3, 3:08 PM
    1. follow up..... - chad perkins on Jan 3, 4:38 PM
      1. Re: follow up..... - Glen Burns on Jan 4, 3:14 AM
     
  50. Tamiya Paint Colors for Panzers View Thread - RFL on Dec 29, 12:00 PM
    1. Tamiya paints - Kevin Kenny on Dec 31, 8:55 PM
      1. Re: Tamiya paints - RFL on Jan 2, 8:46 AM
     
  51. what is the best way to proceed with this Dragon M-7 View Thread - F Crenshaw on Dec 21, 3:52 AM
    1. Go for it! - Iain Hamilton on Dec 21, 2:53 PM
     
  52. White Wash Practice View Thread - Iain Hamilton on Dec 20, 9:13 PM
    1. Re: White Wash Practice - Glen Burns on Dec 22, 6:16 PM
     
  53. Mixing of Acrylic gloss and flat paint View Thread - Alex Chee on Dec 19, 12:56 AM
    1. Re: Mixing of Acrylic gloss and flat paint - Glen Burns on Dec 19, 5:01 PM
      1. Of course! - Iain Hamilton on Dec 20, 9:13 PM
     
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