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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. Rustall View Thread - Tom Terblanche on Mar 9, 9:25 AM
    1. Check Your mail !! N/T - Philip Jan van Sandwijk on Mar 9, 10:11 AM
    2. The Real Deal Works - Paul Quattro on Mar 12, 6:29 PM
      1. Thanks - Tom Terblanche on Mar 14, 3:01 PM
     
  2. What is this part? View Thread - Paul C. Anagnostopoulos on Mar 9, 9:15 AM
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  4. mudguards damage View Thread - Jeroen Bonenkamp on Mar 9, 5:49 AM
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  6. Blacken It or Rail Weathering Solution for Fruils View Thread - David McKeever on Mar 8, 9:46 PM
    1. Yes! - Will Pecoul on Mar 8, 11:23 PM
      1. what do you clean your trax with? - chad perkins on Mar 9, 9:24 AM
        1. anything with a 'kick' - Will Pecoul on Mar 10, 9:08 PM
    2. RWS - Torsten Becker on Mar 9, 5:28 AM
    3. Blacken It - Frank Froment on Mar 9, 7:53 PM
      1. Model Expo has it--nt - D. McKeever on Mar 10, 12:53 PM
      2. MicroMark as well (n/t) - Will Pecoul on Mar 10, 9:10 PM
    4. Blacken it replacement - Bryan Barnes on Mar 10, 10:32 AM
     
  7. Tips on making canves tarps View Thread - Dan Reed on Mar 8, 10:54 AM
    1. Thin Foil - John Boyton on Mar 8, 11:38 AM
    2. Milliput? - Rick James on Mar 8, 5:34 PM
    3. Another Technique - Rob Bridges on Mar 9, 12:27 AM
      1. Re: Another Technique - Dan Reed on Mar 9, 10:59 AM
     
  8. Buying an airbrush.....need some help!!! View Thread - Mick Hill on Mar 8, 4:11 AM
    1. Re: Buying an airbrush.....need some help!!! - chad perkins on Mar 8, 8:16 AM
    2. re. Buying an airbrush - Mike Land on Mar 8, 9:39 AM
    3. Re: Buying an airbrush.....need some help!!! - Mick Hill on Mar 8, 1:54 PM
     
  9. Help with weathering and washes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! View Thread - Neilson Eznack on Mar 7, 8:47 PM
    1. Here's what I do. - Steve Kubik on Mar 8, 12:46 AM
     
  10. Thomas Lin View Thread - Tommy Andersson on Mar 7, 1:24 PM
    1. Also, Thomas... - Rob Bilinski on Mar 7, 2:48 PM
      1. I am not Thomas Lin - Tommy Andersson on Mar 7, 2:57 PM
        1. I realize that..... - Rob Bilinski on Mar 7, 3:49 PM
     
  11. Fuse wire? View Thread - Gary Cunningham on Mar 6, 1:35 PM
    1. fuse wire - Alex Hodges on Mar 6, 3:12 PM
      1. A different meaning of Fuse. - Paul Quattro on Mar 9, 8:22 AM
    2. fuse wire - Gary Cunningham on Mar 6, 3:28 PM
    3. more info - Gary Cunningham on Mar 6, 3:33 PM
      1. fuse wire - Alex Hodges on Mar 6, 4:09 PM
    4. In days of yore....... - clive harman on Mar 6, 4:26 PM
      1. telephone extension cord - Alex Hodges on Mar 6, 5:08 PM
        1. Maybe the UK uses a different grade..... (n/t) - clive harman on Mar 6, 6:11 PM
    5. It might be Fuselink wire - Edward Bernardo on Mar 6, 5:13 PM
    6. Why not ask him ??? - clive harman on Mar 6, 6:29 PM
      1. What Gauge? - Chris Benson on Mar 7, 8:03 AM
    7. Fly tieing lead wire - Ted Paone on Mar 7, 9:16 AM
      1. Fly tieing wire - Martin Mickleburgh on Mar 8, 6:50 AM
        1. To tie your fly.... - Ted Paone on Mar 10, 10:42 AM
        2. Fly tying wire in UK - John Tapsell on Mar 13, 8:33 AM
          1. Addendum - John Tapsell on Mar 13, 8:34 AM
    8. Solder Wire - kirk guinee on Mar 7, 12:36 PM
      1. Ribbon Cable - Tom Terblanche on Mar 9, 9:22 AM
    9. Fuse wire = bus wire or USB cable wire - Myles Grady on Mar 9, 2:05 PM
    10. In the UK - John Harris on Mar 17, 2:46 AM
     
  12. humbrol thinners View Thread - chad perkins on Mar 6, 12:35 PM
    1. humbrol thinners - Rick James on Mar 7, 5:16 PM
    2. Humbrol thinner and Tamiya putty - jamesmorgan on Mar 7, 8:52 PM
     
  13. Tying camoflage color together? View Thread - jan abrahamsson on Mar 6, 3:01 AM
    1. Toning down 3-colour camo - Paul Wright on Mar 6, 12:20 PM
      1. Thanks...sounds - jan abrahamsson on Mar 6, 2:26 PM
     
  14. Untitled View Thread - TIM C on Mar 6, 12:59 AM
    1. NEED HELP ON PUTTY !! - TIM C on Mar 6, 1:01 AM
      1. And your full name and email adress - Rob Plas on Mar 6, 2:23 AM
        1. Tricks on using Putty - TIM GAN on Mar 6, 9:49 AM
          1. Better stop using green putty - Rob Plas on Mar 6, 5:10 PM
    2. Filling - Rick James on Mar 7, 5:37 PM
      1. acetone - Ron Smith on Mar 8, 3:40 AM
     
  15. xtracolour enamel paint View Thread - Victor Lee on Mar 4, 11:47 AM
    1. xtracolour - martin chapman on Mar 4, 4:40 PM
      1. cheap cellulose thinners? - phil mann on Mar 5, 4:27 AM
        1. thinners - martin chapman on Mar 5, 4:32 PM
          1. Thanks. - philip mann on Mar 6, 4:59 AM
     
  16. M8 Warped mudguard, HELP ! View Thread - Robert Lamos on Mar 3, 5:00 PM
    1. You can... - Rob Bridges on Mar 3, 8:59 PM
      1. I'd try... - Robert Lamos on Mar 4, 1:31 PM
     
  17. Oil paint ? View Thread - Alan Bessler on Mar 2, 3:31 PM
    1. My 2 cents on OD - Steve Kubik on Mar 3, 7:48 AM
      1. Thanks Steve.. - Alan Bessler on Mar 3, 8:45 AM
     
  18. Acrylics for Figure painting View Thread - Tom Moon on Mar 2, 12:25 PM
    1. Tom, try... - Dave O'Hara on Mar 2, 3:04 PM
      1. Re: Tom, try... - alex hodges on Mar 3, 1:12 PM
        1. I don't know, Alex; but... - Dave O'Hara on Mar 3, 7:08 PM
          1. Same source of paints - David Nickels on Mar 4, 7:55 AM
            1. Hmmm...so I guess we'll have to... - Dave O'Hara on Mar 4, 8:30 PM
    2. I've been using... - Ron Smith on Mar 3, 1:17 AM
    3. Tom, go with the best.............. - Jody kelm on Mar 6, 9:51 AM
     
  19. Drybrush first? View Thread - Alan Bessler on Mar 2, 10:40 AM
    1. That's whayt I will do ! - Philip Jan van Sandwijk on Mar 2, 1:32 PM
     
  20. repost of manus' panther View Thread - Talino Bruno on Mar 2, 5:34 AM
    1. Track painting method - M. Gallagher on Mar 3, 10:23 AM
      1. Should be schokaladenbraun, not schokalenbraun (n/t) - M. Gallagher on Mar 3, 10:24 AM
     
  21. Future Thinning? View Thread - Brandon Hopkins on Mar 1, 5:06 PM
    1. No thinner needed - Steve Kubik on Mar 2, 6:37 AM
     
  22. Which primer? View Thread - Paul C. Anagnostopoulos on Mar 1, 1:21 PM
    1. Good stuff to try.... - Ron Glass on Mar 1, 5:05 PM
      1. PS - Ron Glass on Mar 1, 5:08 PM
      2. Mr. Surfacer - Paul C. Anagnostopoulos on Mar 2, 11:30 AM
        1. Not sure... - Ron Glass on Mar 2, 9:56 PM
        2. it is..... - Ron Smith on Mar 3, 1:18 AM
        3. it is..... - Ron Smith on Mar 3, 1:19 AM
    2. Try automotive spray primer - Sam Dwyer on Mar 1, 5:37 PM
    3. Alclad - Ron Smith on Mar 2, 1:25 AM
    4. Floquil - Eric McClure on Mar 2, 6:32 PM
    5. Model Master - Matt Grzybinski on Mar 3, 9:31 AM
    6. Plasti-kote Automotive Sandable Primer - Ken Hartlen on Mar 7, 12:27 PM
     
  23. manus's panther View Thread - talino on Mar 1, 3:41 AM
    1. OK, but... - M. Gallagher on Mar 1, 5:45 PM
     
  24. Tamiya acrylics airbrushing help!!!!!!!! View Thread - Neilson on Feb 28, 7:07 PM
    1. Re: Tamiya acrylics airbrushing help!!!!!!!! - Keith Petersen on Feb 28, 7:21 PM
    2. Re: Tamiya acrylics airbrushing help!!!!!!!! - Nicolas Dross on Mar 1, 2:31 PM
      1. Re: Re: Tamiya acrylics airbrushing help!!!!!!!! - Nicolas Dross on Mar 1, 2:32 PM
     
  25. Choosing the right Vallejo paints View Thread - Juha Uusikartano on Feb 28, 11:42 AM
    1. ...contiued - Juha Uuiskartano on Feb 28, 12:50 PM
      1. vallejo conversion chart - pascal bastiaens on Feb 28, 5:04 PM
        1. OK, thanks - Juha Uusikartano on Mar 1, 9:29 AM
     
  26. Fruil Tips? View Thread - Dan Fisher on Feb 27, 4:55 PM
    1. Don't Use the Wire - Try Pins Instead - David Gilliand on Feb 27, 8:37 PM
    2. re. Friul Tips - Mike Land on Feb 27, 8:43 PM
    3. the way i do it....... - chad perkins on Feb 28, 7:56 AM
      1. Was there a different system at one time? - Ian Stapley on Feb 28, 12:08 PM
        1. The old way - John Lam on Feb 28, 12:54 PM
    4. I did mine like this... easy.... - Brandon Hopkins on Feb 28, 7:49 PM
      1. Me Too - Michael Humphries on Mar 3, 12:21 AM
    5. Fruils? Use staples - D. McKeever on Mar 1, 3:48 AM
     
  27. The colour under the fenders View Thread - Emre Bayramli on Feb 27, 4:23 PM
    1. Emre, I've simply... - Dave O'Hara on Feb 27, 10:44 PM
    2. Emre, I got notification of... - Dave O'Hara on Feb 28, 12:14 PM
     
  28. The colour under the fenders View Thread - Emre Bayramli on Feb 27, 4:22 PM
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  30. Applying decals..... View Thread - Travis Bailey on Feb 27, 2:04 PM
    1. Re: Applying decals..... - Dan Fisher on Feb 27, 4:47 PM
     
  31. My Airbrush...my friend....my foe!!! View Thread - Brian N. Stanley on Feb 27, 10:38 AM
    1. Clean Clean Clean - David Nickels on Feb 27, 11:33 AM
    2. Re: My Airbrush...my friend....my foe!!! - Keith Petersen on Feb 27, 2:39 PM
    3. Don't over maintanence your brush though!!! - Ron Hetherington on Feb 28, 1:16 AM
    4. Airbrush cleaning - martin chapman on Mar 2, 4:58 PM
     
  32. Vallejo model color/air View Thread - Martin Wilson on Feb 27, 7:01 AM
    1. Check your mail! (n/t) - Jos van Hooff on Feb 27, 2:49 PM
      1. Jos.......AV software kicked your mail....... - Martin Wilson on Feb 27, 5:48 PM
      2. Re: Check your mail! (n/t) - Crunchy on Feb 27, 7:10 PM
     
  33. creating winter wash and rust View Thread - luke stuart on Feb 26, 11:51 PM
    1. Well...... - Martin Wilson on Feb 27, 6:51 AM
      1. Sorry meant to add.... - Martin Wilson on Feb 27, 7:22 AM
    2. white and rust - franck edet on Feb 27, 8:28 AM
    3. Rust - Mike James on Feb 28, 1:22 PM
     
  34. Anyone use Mona Lisa Thinner for washes?? View Thread - Richard Grosshans on Feb 26, 4:32 PM
    1. Mona Lisa thinner - Steve Kubik on Feb 27, 4:18 AM
    2. Moi aussi! - Richard Sharpe on Feb 27, 9:15 AM
    3. Excellent... - Richard Grosshans on Feb 27, 11:14 AM
     
  35. Thinner for enemal paints ? View Thread - Tim C on Feb 26, 1:57 PM
    1. Enamel thinners - Rick James on Feb 26, 5:21 PM
      1. Re: Enamel thinners - TIM c on Feb 27, 12:15 AM
        1. Mineral vs enamel thinners - Rick James on Feb 27, 9:11 AM
          1. Thanx - Tim C on Feb 27, 3:43 PM
     
  36. looking for ice... View Thread - Allen White on Feb 26, 9:56 AM
    1. Here is a link - Martin Wilson on Feb 27, 6:55 AM
    2. Re: looking for ice... - ronny noben on Feb 27, 9:14 AM
     
  37. Using Mr Surfacer for zimmerit View Thread - Gary Cunningham on Feb 25, 7:47 PM
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  39. Aber instructions View Thread - Paul C. Anagnostopoulos on Feb 25, 1:05 PM
    1. Aber instructions... - Hugo Luyten on Feb 25, 6:28 PM
      1. Well, duh! - Paul C. Anagnostopoulos on Feb 25, 6:48 PM
     
  40. Glue for photo etch...*!#¤%&+½½!!! View Thread - jan abrahamsson on Feb 25, 12:28 PM
    1. thick CA glue - David Nickels on Feb 25, 4:28 PM
      1. i second that....... - chad perkins on Feb 25, 6:42 PM
    2. Wal Mart??? - Bruce Barber on Feb 26, 1:17 PM
    3. super glues - roy chow on Feb 26, 1:55 PM
    4. Thanks guys, Ive found it on... - jan abrahamsson on Feb 27, 5:52 AM
     
  41. airbrush problem View Thread - Nezar AL Abbas on Feb 24, 10:20 AM
    1. Time for surgery - Rick James on Feb 24, 4:40 PM
    2. Check the tube... - Frank michaels on Feb 25, 5:51 AM
      1. Thank's n/t - Nezar AL Abbas on Feb 26, 5:15 PM
     
  42. How to do the dish detergent paint chipping? View Thread - Steve MacMaster on Feb 23, 9:23 PM
    1. Anyone know what I'm talking about...? NTXT - Steve M on Feb 25, 6:40 PM
    2. huh? - John B on Feb 25, 7:17 PM
      1. Thanks, I really want an... - Steve on Feb 26, 12:39 PM
      2. Look at Constructive comments - J.Sterbacek on Feb 26, 12:46 PM
    3. Here is another way - Martin Wilson on Feb 27, 7:11 AM
      1. Thanks Martin! - Steve on Feb 28, 11:20 AM
    4. Detergent Wash - Anders Ryberg on Feb 28, 3:08 PM
     
  43. Birds/Russian Front 1943 View Thread - James Guld on Feb 23, 9:01 PM
    1. A crow!! Attention, unlike in Western Europe, - Alexei on Feb 24, 2:58 AM
    2. A crow!! Attention, unlike in Western Europe, - Alexei on Feb 24, 3:00 AM
    3. A crow!! Attention, unlike in Western Europe, - Alexei on Feb 24, 3:00 AM
    4. A crow!! Attention, unlike in Western Europe, - Alexei on Feb 24, 3:01 AM
    5. A crow!! Attention, unlike in Western Europe, - Alexei on Feb 24, 3:01 AM
    6. Bird droppings - Robert Lockie on Feb 24, 8:40 AM
      1. Re:Bird droppings - James Guld on Feb 24, 9:30 AM
        1. More than you wanted to know about bird droppings - george allen on Feb 24, 9:32 PM
    7. Does anyone remember the old diorama... - David Nickels on Feb 25, 9:20 AM
      1. I still have the Magazine... - Brian N. Stanley on Feb 25, 12:48 PM
        1. "Patriotic Pigeon" - Tom Nelson on Feb 26, 8:30 PM
     
  44. making cammo nets for modern brit armour View Thread - mike drysdale on Feb 23, 12:27 PM
    1. camo nets - jack fisher on Feb 26, 10:59 PM
      1. Re: camo nets - Robert Peters on Mar 10, 8:27 PM
     
  45. One piece carrier film decals??? View Thread - Clint Shepherd on Feb 23, 12:06 PM
    1. I would think.... - Scott Dimmick on Feb 23, 6:58 PM
    2. Continous Film Decals - Dana J Nield on Feb 23, 10:31 PM
    3. Thanks guys, and one more... - Clint Shepherd on Feb 25, 7:01 PM
      1. Application - Dana J Nield on Feb 26, 8:52 AM
        1. Thanks Dana!! n/t - Clint Shepherd on Feb 26, 2:32 PM
     
  46. punch & die View Thread - theovandepeppel on Feb 23, 10:40 AM
    1. Depends... - Robert Lockie on Feb 24, 8:37 AM
     
  47. Removing chrome from plastic parts. View Thread - Pat Couch on Feb 22, 5:29 PM
    1. Chrome?? - Richard Tellejohn on Feb 22, 6:51 PM
    2. chrome removal- - Don Campbell on Feb 22, 8:04 PM
      1. Thanks - Pat Couch on Feb 27, 5:26 PM
     
  48. Which Air Compressor? View Thread - David Kazanjian on Feb 21, 1:27 AM
    1. Compressor/airbrush help - James Guld on Feb 23, 9:13 PM
      1. Thanks! - a further question, please - David E. Kazanjian on Feb 23, 10:59 PM
     
  49. How much do I have to thin Tamiya X22 Clear? Any other (better) products? View Thread - Lukas Friedli on Feb 20, 5:26 PM
    1. I like Model Master Acryl - Ken Hartlen on Feb 20, 8:36 PM
     
  50. Workable hinges View Thread - D. McKeever on Feb 20, 1:52 PM
    1. PE bender not necessary - Ken Hartlen on Feb 20, 3:14 PM
     
  51. Weathering with artists oils View Thread - Andrew Ottaway on Feb 20, 9:52 AM
    1. Look at it like enamel colors, just better. - Lukas Friedli on Feb 20, 5:11 PM
      1. Set the "rules" aside. - Ulf Andersson on Feb 22, 7:38 AM
        1. Thanks - Andrew Ottaway on Feb 23, 7:18 PM
     
  52. How to??? ... Worn Out Color on AFV View Thread - Jirka Skarka on Feb 20, 9:22 AM
    1. Well, normaly through drybrushing but a simpel method it - Lukas Friedli on Feb 20, 5:17 PM
     
  53. Which first? View Thread - Alan Bessler on Feb 19, 4:46 PM
    1. Re: Which first? - Richard Tellejohn on Feb 19, 6:25 PM
    2. future - dirk lehaen on Feb 20, 4:35 AM
      1. Re: future - Richard Tellejohn on Feb 20, 7:01 AM
        1. Johnson's 'Kleer' in Europe methinks...n/t - gordon cobban on Feb 20, 8:02 AM
          1. sorry, 'Klear'........n/t - gordon cobban on Feb 20, 2:48 PM
      2. Johnsons klear - martin chapman on Feb 20, 4:50 PM
        1. Klear - Richard Alsop on Feb 24, 8:09 AM
        2. Klear - Richard Alsop on Feb 24, 8:11 AM
     
  54. Where to get "Railweathering Solution" or how's the name of the subsitut? (Friul Tracks) View Thread - Lukas Friedli on Feb 19, 2:19 PM
    1. rail weathering solution? - Greg H on Feb 19, 7:58 PM
      1. Re: rail weathering solution? - chad perkins on Feb 20, 7:52 AM
        1. THIS IS IT!!!! thanks sooo much! n/t - Lukas Friedli on Feb 20, 5:05 PM
     
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