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24 Apr 2010 Paper Camouflage Masks. Posted by Sav.

N/A N/A Paper Camouflage Masks Using paper are often a good idea for complex or small camouflage patterns because the paper is easy to cut into the correct shape.
 

22 Apr 2010 Preshading Your Models. Posted by Sav.

N/A N/A Preshading Your Models While building Academy's 1/72nd scale Hawker Tempest I thought it would be a good time to perhaps put something up on how I do my preshading. The basic idea of pre shading is to highlight the panel lines in a dark colour before the standard colour is applied. Then the main color is slowly 'layered' ocer the dark lines until the darker lines are only just showing through.
 

12 Dec 2009 Aicraft Stands From old CDs. Posted by Sav.

N/A N/A Aicraft Stands From old CDs Ok here's one that I came up with while trying to find a decent way to create a stand with stuff that's just lying around. The idea is very simple, use the CD as a flat base and cut out a plastic stand from the CD case and mount it into the base.
 

16 Nov 2009 Holding small parts for spraying. Posted by AJ.

Hi guys, this is my first article here so be gentle :) A quick tip for those who like to spray those tiny parts in the smaller scales. I use those small alligator clips to clamp onto a small area of the piece which doesn't need to be sprayed. These come in all different sizes and generally have a tight enough grip to hold the part in place while getting sprayed. For bits like fu
 

20 Aug 2009 Improving Clear Parts. Posted by Sav.

N/A N/A Improving Clear Parts I've only really used this technique on canopies but there's no reason why you couldn't use it on any clear part. When you get your new kit, the chances are that the canopy has a number of smudges, scrapes and small scratches all of which contribute towards lowering the authenticity of the glass affect. First you need to give the canopy a decent clean in soapy water to remove an
 

23 Jul 2009 Hold small parts after spraying. Posted by Sav.

N/A N/A Hold small parts after spraying One of the tricky things with spraying smaller parts is figuring out what to do with them after they're sprayed. Toothpicks and similar items are great for gluing onto parts like fuel tanks to act as handles while your spraying but where do you put it after your done? I've found poly/pot scrubs to be great for this sort of thing. I place the flat scrubbing cloth on the bench and use it
 

16 Jun 2009 Removing Small Parts from the Sprue. Posted by Sav.

N/A N/A Removing Small Parts from the Sprue Who hasn't been in the situation where they are removing some impossibly small part from the sprue and it either snaps and gleefully jumps into the waiting maws of the Carpet Monster to be forever lost - or you slip and impale yourself on your newly loaded hobby knife blade. The answer was really quite simple, but very effective and came from being... well, lazy. I was using my new Drem
 

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