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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. Techniques for Backened Brass Ammo Casings View Thread - Jonathan Gibson on Jul 30, 2010, 5:20 PM
    1. Blackening Cartriddges - Miran Flores on Jul 30, 2010, 5:38 PM
      1. Blacken-it - bobCollignon on Jul 30, 2010, 6:26 PM
    2. Thanks for the Advice - Jonathan Gibson on Jul 31, 2010, 11:28 AM
     
  2. Ok when your finished showing us the steps of a technique View Thread - Stephen Crane on Jul 29, 2010, 6:50 PM
    1. And it's, "you're", not "your", in your title ... :) - Michael Kirchoff on Aug 1, 2010, 8:07 AM
      1. love it...sharp - bob mack on Sep 4, 2010, 11:14 AM
     
  3. lacquer thinners View Thread - mp robinson on Jul 22, 2010, 9:16 PM
    1. Tamiya thinning - Eric McClure on Jul 25, 2010, 9:21 PM
    2. Laquer Thinners - Stephen Crane on Jul 26, 2010, 8:56 AM
      1. Be careful as to what type of Laquer thinner you use..... - Roy A. Schlicht on Jul 26, 2010, 1:38 PM
    3. "Pebbly" problem... - bobCollignon on Jul 26, 2010, 12:34 PM
      1. Re: "Pebbly" problem... - Glen Burns on Jul 28, 2010, 5:02 AM
        1. still have the pebble problem even at lowest PSI - mp robinson on Aug 7, 2010, 3:09 PM
    4. Lacquer Thinners - Dave OMeara on Aug 1, 2010, 10:32 AM
    5. Pebbling/Retardent - Iain Hamilton on Sep 13, 2010, 9:11 PM
     
  4. Oil paints washed on flat clear? View Thread - Alex Chee on Jul 21, 2010, 4:32 AM
    1. Generally speaking - Kip Rudge on Jul 21, 2010, 11:45 AM
      1. Lacquers will strip acrylics - Jon Greenwood on Jul 22, 2010, 2:08 PM
     
  5. lighter shades for chipping for Schwarzgrau and Dunkelgelb View Thread - David McKeever on Jul 18, 2010, 3:23 PM
    1. Re: lighter shades for chipping for Schwarzgrau and Dunkelgelb - Jon Greenwood on Jul 20, 2010, 10:12 AM
      1. I am using vallejos - David McKeever on Jul 20, 2010, 2:40 PM
        1. Re: I am using vallejos - Jon Greenwood on Jul 20, 2010, 10:03 PM
          1. thanks - David McKeever on Jul 21, 2010, 4:30 PM
    2. Lighten' em' up - Iain Hamilton on Sep 13, 2010, 9:18 PM
     
  6. Alternative to Hobby Paints & Primers View Thread - Manny Carpio on Jul 12, 2010, 8:14 AM
    1. Yes to a point - Aidrian Bridgeman-Sutton on Jul 13, 2010, 1:43 PM
    2. Re: Alternative to Hobby Paints & Primers - Mike Dougherty on Sep 6, 2010, 9:42 PM
     
  7. Fruilmodel track question View Thread - Steven Adkins on Jul 10, 2010, 11:05 AM
    1. Re: Fruilmodel track question - Glen Burns on Jul 10, 2010, 11:29 PM
     
  8. Clear coat questions View Thread - Richard Agers on Jul 10, 2010, 9:16 AM
    1. It's a function of the clear coat - Aidrian Bridgeman-Sutton on Jul 13, 2010, 1:47 PM
     
  9. Where do I find chain small enough for caps on smoke dischargers? View Thread - Michael Lee Smith on Jul 8, 2010, 1:59 AM
    1. Chain - Dave Foster on Jul 8, 2010, 6:18 PM
      1. PE is probably the way to go... - Dan Capuano on Jul 8, 2010, 7:30 PM
    2. Try a Model RR Shop - Marc Reusser on Jul 13, 2010, 2:34 AM
      1. Re: Try a Model RR Shop - Glen Burns on Jul 21, 2010, 7:15 PM
    3. chain comment - Greg Jones on Sep 6, 2010, 8:58 AM
     
  10. Any US equivalent for this glue?? View Thread - Michael Lee Smith on Jun 30, 2010, 1:36 PM
    1. name has changed - Harald Hartwig on Jun 30, 2010, 8:23 PM
    2. UMM Model Supplies ... - George Bradford on Jul 1, 2010, 11:57 AM
      1. Great Link ! - ERIK ROBERSON on Jul 18, 2010, 11:03 PM
     
  11. Good wash for yellow vehicles? View Thread - Jeff Hamblen on Jun 23, 2010, 12:27 PM
    1. An answer .... - Michael Kirchoff on Jun 27, 2010, 11:29 AM
    2. Prime for Yellow - Iain Hamilton on Sep 13, 2010, 9:26 PM
     
  12. HOW To: Making Workable Hinges Griffon Style !! View Thread - ERIK ROBERSON on Jun 23, 2010, 12:09 PM
    1. Very Cool, thanks for that! - Michael Lee Smith on Jun 25, 2010, 12:04 AM
      1. No problem ! Hope this Helps - ERIK ROBERSON on Jun 25, 2010, 11:10 AM
    2. Nice little SBS - Dave OMeara on Jun 27, 2010, 2:56 PM
      1. Re: Nice little SBS - ERIK ROBERSON on Jun 27, 2010, 6:43 PM
     
  13. Compendium How to DVDs View Thread - David McKeever on Jun 21, 2010, 1:29 PM
    1. FAQ are Superior - Jon Greenwood on Jun 21, 2010, 6:19 PM
      1. Re: FAQ are Superior - David McKeever on Jun 21, 2010, 7:49 PM
    2. Realistic Armor Techniques Marcus Nicholls - Pat Alexander on Jun 21, 2010, 9:19 PM
      1. Re: Realistic Armor Techniques Marcus Nicholls - David McKeever on Jun 21, 2010, 10:16 PM
        1. Yes - Pat Alexander on Jun 22, 2010, 1:59 AM
          1. Thanks - David McKeever on Jun 22, 2010, 9:47 AM
     
  14. Airhose adapter question View Thread - Toby Knight on Jun 13, 2010, 4:59 PM
    1. Re: Airhose adapter question - John Murcutt on Jun 19, 2010, 5:58 AM
    2. A few to get you started.... - clive harman on Jun 21, 2010, 1:59 PM
      1. Thanks for all the comments - Toby Knight on Jun 23, 2010, 5:31 AM
     
  15. Voyager 35058 View Thread - Oliver van Hettinga on Jun 9, 2010, 12:58 PM
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  17. Mig Pigments and Alcohol View Thread - Brad Main on Jun 9, 2010, 9:05 AM
    1. Alcohol - George Moore on Jun 9, 2010, 4:35 PM
    2. pigments - Adam Wilder on Jun 15, 2010, 9:12 AM
      1. Re: pigments - Brad Main on Jun 15, 2010, 9:16 AM
        1. Pigments - Adam Wilder on Jun 17, 2010, 4:30 AM
          1. Re: Pigments - Glen Burns on Jun 24, 2010, 4:10 AM
    3. Alcohol is the problem. - Marc Reusser on Jul 13, 2010, 2:30 AM
     
  18. if you have a sonicare toothbrush... View Thread - Brian Lockwood on Jun 4, 2010, 11:14 AM
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  20. Stripping enamels? View Thread - Rob James on May 25, 2010, 3:05 AM
    1. Re: Stripping enamels? - Mark Rethoret on May 25, 2010, 1:11 PM
    2. Stripping - Dave Foster on May 25, 2010, 3:34 PM
    3. Stripping Paint - Iain Smyth on May 27, 2010, 11:09 AM
    4. Thank you - Mike Starmer on May 28, 2010, 3:04 PM
    5. Re: Stripping enamels? - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on May 28, 2010, 5:18 PM
      1. My experience with ELO... - bobCollignon on May 28, 2010, 9:32 PM
        1. Re: My experience with ELO... - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on May 28, 2010, 10:02 PM
          1. Yeah... - bobCollignon on May 29, 2010, 9:28 PM
    6. Re: Stripping enamels? - Mike Dougherty on Jun 3, 2010, 12:46 PM
    7. mr. color thinner ...works like tarn x - bob mack on Sep 4, 2010, 11:31 AM
     
  21. Jagdpanther in 3 colored camo View Thread - Kritsada Eampaisan on May 24, 2010, 9:58 PM
    1. gread idea - Patrick Mondria on May 25, 2010, 3:14 PM
    2. Question - roy chow on May 29, 2010, 11:07 PM
     
  22. Lightening dark yellow? View Thread - Mark Rethoret on May 23, 2010, 5:06 PM
    1. Re: Lightening dark yellow? - Joseph R. Zrodlowski on May 28, 2010, 5:07 PM
      1. Thanks - Mark Rethoret on May 31, 2010, 1:45 PM
     
  23. Tamiya spray can Primer and Clear View Thread - Alex Chee on May 23, 2010, 5:29 AM
    1. Re: Tamiya spray can Primer and Clear - Evan Carder on May 23, 2010, 8:26 AM
      1. Thanks - Alex Chee on May 23, 2010, 9:22 AM
    2. Be careful... - Scott Dimmick on May 26, 2010, 10:44 AM
    3. Tamiya Fine White - Frank Cunningham on May 27, 2011, 7:10 PM
     
  24. Simulating concrete armor View Thread - Alan Weller on May 7, 2010, 7:49 PM
    1. concrete armour - Stewart Roy on May 13, 2010, 10:37 AM
     
  25. MIG Productions DVD volume 2, Modulation..... View Thread - Glen Phelan on May 4, 2010, 6:12 PM
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  27. BADGER 250 AIR BRUSH, INPUT NEEDED View Thread - Manny Carpio on Apr 30, 2010, 10:46 PM
    1. you can do that.... - Brett Barrow on May 1, 2010, 10:15 AM
      1. Re: you can do that.... - Manny Carpio on May 2, 2010, 8:25 AM
        1. Badger opinion... - bobCollignon on May 3, 2010, 12:57 PM
          1. SPRAY GUN - Manny Carpio on May 8, 2010, 3:29 PM
     
  28. humbrol satin varnish attacking paint View Thread - will roles on Apr 29, 2010, 1:46 PM
    1. Cleaned the model... - bobCollignon on May 3, 2010, 1:03 PM
     
  29. Milliput Help View Thread - Scott Millican on Apr 25, 2010, 11:35 PM
    1. Tarp making - Bill.curtis on Apr 26, 2010, 8:57 AM
    2. Try corn starch.... - Wes Brooner on May 22, 2010, 1:24 PM
      1. Re: Try corn starch.... - Glen Burns on Jun 4, 2010, 7:15 PM
     
  30. Hairspray technique?? View Thread - Ron Hotwick on Apr 25, 2010, 6:07 PM
    1. some links - Harald Hartwig on Apr 25, 2010, 7:30 PM
    2. I've been experimenting with this technique recently.... - Wayne Bowman on Apr 25, 2010, 10:29 PM
    3. For a more visual reference - Scott Millican on Apr 25, 2010, 11:36 PM
      1. Thanks....... - Ron Hotwick on Apr 26, 2010, 4:18 PM
     
  31. Fennek Side Window Screens - Looking for ideas View Thread - Wayne Bowman on Apr 24, 2010, 10:42 AM
    1. Fennek sidescreens - Chris Grove on Apr 27, 2010, 10:02 AM
      1. Thanks Chris. - Wayne Bowman on Apr 28, 2010, 9:11 PM
    2. Another tip - Marc Mercier on Apr 30, 2010, 8:15 AM
      1. Thanks Marc. - Wayne Bowman on May 4, 2010, 4:49 PM
    3. Hey,Wayne........... - Dan Rosecrans on May 2, 2010, 4:19 PM
    4. I used. - Mike Starmer on May 23, 2010, 3:46 PM
    5. check out the ends of some plastic bags - jamie sumner on Jun 1, 2010, 10:28 AM
     
  32. Ye Olde 1/25th Tiger View Thread - Gary Barling on Apr 22, 2010, 7:22 PM
    1. Re: Ye Olde 1/25th Tiger - Gary Barling on Apr 22, 2010, 7:27 PM
     
  33. Airbrush/Compressor problems View Thread - Toby Knight on Apr 22, 2010, 9:21 AM
    1. Sounds like - Scott Millican on Apr 22, 2010, 11:57 AM
      1. It's fitted with a pressure regulator - Post amended - Toby Knight on Apr 23, 2010, 9:19 AM
        1. Re: It's fitted with a pressure regulator - Post amended - Glen Burns on Jun 4, 2010, 7:17 PM
          1. Compressor probs - Toby Knight on Jun 5, 2010, 2:13 PM
            1. Re: Compressor probs - Glen Burns on Jun 5, 2010, 8:31 PM
              1. Re: Compressor probs - Glen Burns on Jun 5, 2010, 8:34 PM
                1. Compressor probs - Toby Knight on Jun 6, 2010, 9:41 AM
     
  34. Drying Time for Oils Used for Weathering View Thread - Jonathan Gibson on Apr 12, 2010, 5:42 PM
    1. Depends on use and technique... - Mike Roof on Apr 13, 2010, 12:10 PM
      1. Thanks for the Insight - Jonathan Gibson on Apr 13, 2010, 9:44 PM
    2. oil washes - greg on Apr 13, 2010, 10:40 PM
      1. dried and.... - bobCollignon on Apr 14, 2010, 1:42 PM
        1. 1 last thought... - bobCollignon on Apr 14, 2010, 1:53 PM
     
  35. Friul Track: Final Connection View Thread - Gary Barling on Apr 8, 2010, 11:22 PM
    1. Not really as you said - Jeff Nolan on Apr 10, 2010, 2:40 PM
    2. I figured this - jack fisher on Apr 11, 2010, 5:52 PM
      1. Re: I figured this - Gary Barling on Apr 11, 2010, 7:58 PM
        1. +1... - Mike Roof on Apr 11, 2010, 11:00 PM
          1. Re: +1... - Gary Barling on Apr 12, 2010, 7:43 PM
    3. idler - greg on Apr 13, 2010, 10:41 PM
      1. Re: idler - Gary Barling on Apr 16, 2010, 2:18 PM
     
  36. Oil fading questions View Thread - Evan Carder on Apr 8, 2010, 3:31 PM
    1. Try these links - ray vermillion on Apr 9, 2010, 11:12 PM
      1. Thanks Ray - Evan Carder on Apr 10, 2010, 9:04 AM
     
  37. Issues w/Extreme Power, 2 Part Epoxy View Thread - Manny Carpio on Apr 7, 2010, 9:15 PM
    1. Try taking it back - Owen R Auer on Apr 11, 2010, 1:43 AM
      1. Re: Try taking it back - Glen Burns on Apr 18, 2010, 12:13 AM
     
  38. Gator Grip Acrylic Hobby Glue Question View Thread - ray vermillion on Apr 4, 2010, 6:46 PM
    1. Re: Gator Grip Acrylic Hobby Glue Question - John Murcutt on Apr 6, 2010, 9:00 AM
      1. no strong joint to anything - Harald Hartwig on Apr 16, 2010, 7:07 PM
        1. Re: no strong joint to anything - Glen Burns on Apr 18, 2010, 12:15 AM
     
  39. MB Models SU-100 warped View Thread - Michael Baker on Apr 2, 2010, 1:33 PM
    1. Hot water...... - Kingston Wong on Apr 2, 2010, 6:57 PM
    2. hot hair dryer - Carter Latham on Apr 17, 2010, 9:12 PM
     
  40. Embossing Photoetch View Thread - Matthew Mifsud on Mar 28, 2010, 7:44 PM
    1. You are not really doing anything wrong - Aidrian Bridgeman-Sutton on Mar 30, 2010, 11:17 PM
     
  41. Dragon Magic tracks View Thread - Chris Storch on Mar 24, 2010, 11:06 AM
    1. Re: Dragon Magic tracks - John Murcutt on Mar 25, 2010, 4:56 PM
      1. Thanks John... - Chris Storch on Mar 29, 2010, 4:18 AM
        1. I use good old Testor's... - Gary Cunningham on Mar 29, 2010, 8:37 PM
      2. Fine thread. - Jody Smith on Aug 31, 2010, 3:07 PM
     
  42. Glen Phelan,conversion chart......... View Thread - Dan Rosecrans on Mar 23, 2010, 12:27 AM
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  44. MIG Filter Questions View Thread - Richard Agers on Mar 15, 2010, 12:18 PM
    1. My Experience with MIG Filters - Jonathan Gibson on Mar 15, 2010, 7:33 PM
     
  45. Alternative tow cables... View Thread - Kingston Wong on Mar 14, 2010, 1:20 AM
    1. Tow cables - Dave Foster on Mar 14, 2010, 3:00 AM
      1. From Where?? - Kingston Wong on Mar 14, 2010, 4:10 AM
        1. Scrounging - Dave Foster on Mar 14, 2010, 2:35 PM
          1. Be on the lookout for - Chaz Spaulding on Mar 16, 2010, 4:42 PM
    2. Fly tying wire.... - Gary Cunningham on Mar 14, 2010, 8:11 PM
      1. Fly tying wire.... - Kingston Wong on Mar 14, 2010, 9:45 PM
        1. fly wire size - Gary Cunningham on Mar 19, 2010, 10:23 PM
    3. Model Ship Nylon Rope - Kent Hopper on Mar 20, 2010, 2:27 AM
      1. Nylon good - Chris Grove on Mar 22, 2010, 7:42 AM
    4. I've used copper too, but... - Kent Hopper on Mar 20, 2010, 2:30 AM
    5. Tow cable.......... - Dan Rosecrans on Mar 22, 2010, 9:49 PM
     
  46. Advice for constructing paper models View Thread - TJ Whelan on Mar 10, 2010, 9:28 PM
    1. Rubber Cement N/T - Carl Walter on Mar 11, 2010, 10:45 AM
     
  47. Casting metal mould question View Thread - Mike Powell on Mar 10, 2010, 8:43 AM
    1. Casting - Dave Foster on Mar 12, 2010, 2:47 PM
    2. Why not use RTV Rubber - Arno Riedel on Mar 13, 2010, 6:31 AM
    3. Re: Casting metal mould question - Mike Powell on Mar 13, 2010, 10:08 AM
     
  48. Step By Step modelling guides in pdf on the net? View Thread - Andre Sousa on Mar 7, 2010, 10:07 AM
    1. Found It!!!! - Andre Sousa on Mar 7, 2010, 10:14 AM
      1. Thank You. - Aaron Hutson on Mar 26, 2010, 6:13 AM
    2. PDF Painting Guides... - Edward Behun on Mar 7, 2010, 5:22 PM
     
  49. Aztec Airbrush Question View Thread - Sean P. Gilday on Mar 3, 2010, 9:38 PM
    1. If I remember correctly......... - Scott Millican on Mar 3, 2010, 11:11 PM
      1. single/double action control - James Wolfe on Mar 8, 2010, 2:30 AM
    2. Re: Aztec Airbrush Question - John Murcutt on Mar 4, 2010, 6:34 AM
      1. Thanks N/T - Sean P. Gilday on Mar 4, 2010, 1:25 PM
    3. Ahhhh, so it was basically a trigger limiter... - Scott Millican on Mar 4, 2010, 1:02 PM
      1. I love th Aztec !!! - ERIK ROBERSON on Mar 6, 2010, 10:51 AM
        1. Yeah I know... - Scott Millican on Mar 6, 2010, 2:55 PM
     
  50. Dry or Damp/Wet modelling? View Thread - Dennis Braendle on Feb 27, 2010, 12:36 PM
    1. Re: Dry or Damp/Wet modelling? - John Murcutt on Mar 3, 2010, 6:10 PM
     
  51. Question about airbrushing/compressor.... View Thread - Edward Behun on Feb 26, 2010, 6:41 PM
    1. My way - Ziggy Eichst√§dt on Mar 1, 2010, 2:49 AM
    2. Thanks for all the advice Ziggy! n/t - Edward Behun on Mar 1, 2010, 10:58 PM
     
  52. tinting windows on vehicles View Thread - Mike Cain on Feb 19, 2010, 11:45 AM
    1. Tinting - Scott Millican on Feb 19, 2010, 12:53 PM
    2. Car Modeler Trick - Roger Sams on Feb 19, 2010, 7:26 PM
    3. Future........... - Rick Purdy on Feb 23, 2010, 4:39 AM
     
  53. Scaling of parts, scaling say 1/35 up to 1/16? View Thread - Glen Phelan on Feb 18, 2010, 9:46 AM
    1. Multiply with 2,1875 N/T - Clavs Hoffmann on Feb 18, 2010, 10:19 AM
      1. Thanks Clavs, will give that a try, another question scaling up plans... - Glen Phelan on Feb 18, 2010, 1:13 PM
        1. Yep - Matt Leese on Feb 19, 2010, 7:18 AM
          1. Great guys thanks! - Glen Phelan on Feb 19, 2010, 12:03 PM
     
  54. getting ready to start a MiniArt bldg View Thread - Carter Latham on Feb 16, 2010, 9:45 PM
    1. A couple of concepts... - Kip Rudge on Feb 17, 2010, 12:54 PM
      1. already frustrated... - Carter Latham on Feb 17, 2010, 3:53 PM
        1. Re: already frustrated... - Kip Rudge on Feb 18, 2010, 11:13 AM
    2. Quite frankly, I think they're terrible - Steve Kubik on Feb 17, 2010, 9:17 PM
      1. Thanks Steve... - Carter Latham on Feb 18, 2010, 9:20 PM
     
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