Tips och tekniker

Artiklar med tips och tekniker


Text, Images Lars Befring   One of those annoying little problems when one wants to rivet a surface is how to get equal spacing between those rivet-lines that don’t have any supporting panel-line. This is one way to do it. This nifty little trick was something I learned while drafting […]

Equal distances between rivet lines


by Charles Metz with contributions by others as noted I believe it goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: scribing panel lines on a model is a technique that requires some experience to get right. Four distinct issues arise in scribing a plastic model: Choosing the tool to use; […]

Scribing Panel Lines


text and drawings by Martin Waligorski model photos by Peter Alsterberg Not only D-Day   Many aircraft color schemes require painting multicolor stripes of different kinds. The most well-known examples are of course D-Day stripes, but the stripe markings were widely used on other occasions. Multicolor Reich’s Defense tail bands […]

Painting Stripes



by Frank Spahr Masking – Aaargh! I read a posting titled as above of these days at this site’s message forum, and it pretty well sums up my feelings to this point. Masking is tricky, tedious, unnerving and often not quite predictable. Any modeller has to face masking problems now […]

Masking Canopies


by Frank Spahr Filling Being a dentist by profession, and modeller by interest, I have been using some tools and materials from dental supply that I think might be interesting for other readers of these pages. What can dentistry do for the modeller? Quite a lot, actually, apart from dental […]

What Dentistry Can Do for the Modeller


by Roy Hauer The following article is being reprinted from the newsletter of Austin Model Cars Club. Used with the permission of the editor.   Being an avid user of an airbrush I was always hassled by the wife with smelling the fumes when I would clean my airbrush. I […]

Airbrush Cleaner & Thinner Recycler



by Peter Ibes, IPMS Netherlands This article was first published in ‘Modelbouw in Plastic’ – a magazine of IPMS Netherlands . Used with permission of the Editor. Winter Camouflage for Luftwaffe aircraft When Germany invaded Russia in June 1941, the Luftwaffe Generalstab thought that the war would be over before […]

Painting Realistic Winter Camouflage


Tech Tips from IPMS Stockholm Här är några tips för de modellbyggare som vill förbättra sin grundläggande teknik att bygga plastmodeller. Kanske håller du på att brottas med en av din första projekt. Kanske har du byggt flera, men vill ta ett steg till. Några små insatser kan göra mycket […]

Snabbguide för att nå bättre resultat


by Frank Spahr Sometimes one comes across an odd material that prompts experimenting. In some cases this results in one of those esoteric technologies that we all are so accustomed with. Here is one very simple way of modelling structured walls, like those covered with stones or bricks.   Epafit […]

Brick Walls at a Snap



by Martin Waligorski based on the discussion forum posting by Rickard Malmborg Modern kits built and painted as per instructions reflect the original in pristine condition. In contrast, real world objects most often show the effect of aging and weathering. For example, surfaces become bleached, tarnished, painted, scuffed, corroded, knicked, […]

Shading and Enhancing Panel Lines


by Martin Waligorski Seat belts are the most prominent cockpit detail of many aircraft models. During recent years kit manufacturers recognized this, trying to provide seat belts within the basic kit. A common solution is to include seat belt decals. Sadly, because of the decals’ flat appearance this solution is […]

Making the Most of Decal Seat Belts


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by Martin Waligorski I’m sure that many fellow model builders out there will agree that masking and painting wheel hubs of vehicles, road wheels of AFVs or aircraft is an ungrateful task. If you are lucky enough to model large-scale modern kit it may contain wheel hubs and tires as […]

Masking Wheels



by Göran Nordin   I was quite surprised when a fellow modeller more experienced than myself approached me at one of our club meetings and asked (a rookie like me) how I had managed to get my Chieftain Mk.5 so muddy and weathered. He also inquired whether I would like […]

Hit The Dirt, Modellers!


by Martin Waligorski Many vintage and not-so-vintage aircraft had their landing or navigational lights incorporated in the wing leading edge, its lower surface or the surface of the fuselage, with the transparent glazing flush with the aircraft’s skin, a good example being this photo of the Hawker Hurricane. Also, camera ports […]

Landing Lights From Cello Tape


by Martin Waligorski In the first part of this article (click here for part one ) I described a few techniques to produce scale markings by painting rather then decals. I have also shown examples from my own modelling table, where these techniques coupled with a bit of patience produced […]

Don’t Rely On Decals, Part Two