Tips och tekniker

Artiklar med tips och tekniker

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

by Martin Waligorski This article describes a few techniques I have tried and used to paint markings on scale models. I hope to show that you don’t need to rely solely on decals for giving that final touch to your model. In fact, many types of markings can be easily […]

Don’t Rely On Decals, Part One

by Bruce Grinstead   This article has first appeared in Post Strike – the newsletter of IPMS Ottawa ( Published here with kind permission of the Editor – Ed.   This article is a brief overview of painting a figure face… intended as a guideline so that you can start […]

Painting a Face

by Christopher Holland Building houses for braille scale is kind of tricky. Although there are lots of injection-moulded plastic buildings from the world of railway modelling, they tend to be expensive and often a bit to small – the HO railroad scale being 1/87 as compared to 1/72 or 1/76 […]

Building Houses in Braille Scale

text: Uschi van der Rosten Images: Uschi van der Rosten Transcribed by Lars Befring with permission by Uschi van der Rosten   Eduard PE instrument panel, burnished with UvdR-1 burnishing agent and partly polished.   More panels! A blue print has been printed and fit to size, working as a guide for panel […]

Horten Go-229 in 1/72 by Uschi van der Rosten

by Dennis Glas   This material has been first published on the home page of IPMS London, Canada. Used by kind permission of the copyright owner (Ed.)   My latest modelling project is an M4A3E8 Sherman in 1/35 scale. Many of the cast parts found on Sherman tanks were adorned […]

Chemical Etching

by Christopher Holland Convincing groundwork is a necessary ingredient of any diorama. This article is a small guide to the for those who are new to the diorama making. I will concentrate on the techniques, not the artistics. Like many others, I have learnt a lot from Shepherd Paine’s book […]

Making Diorama Groundwork

Tech Tips by Magnus Fridsell As your aircraft modelling skills improve, you will probably sooner or later feel the urge to produce your own cockpit canopies. Those included in the kits are usually injection-moulded and in a state-of-the art modern kit it often means good enough. However, once you start […]

Moulding Canopies

by Omami Omami is a Japanese modeller and webmaster of the J-Model Works site. For publication in IPMS Stockholm magazine the original article from Omami’s site has been expanded and refined (Ed.)   Replicating elements of nature in miniature is one of the more tricky aspects of modelling, requiring not […]

Realistic Sea Bases

About Reversing Decal Silvering by Rafi Ben-Shahar   A nice but somewhat old model from my display cabinet… …upon closer inspection sadly displays decal ageing problems. Note the visible decal film around the swastika on the fin. It wasn’t there when the model was new! A view from slightly different […]

Ageing Models, Silvering Decals and Biological Warfare

Tech Tips by Fredrik Lundbeck   It was peculiar to the Eastern Front of the World War II that most military equipment had to be re-camouflaged for winter conditions. This is because prolonged periods with all-covering deep snow made any objects other than white clearly visible against the landscape. Both […]

Detergent Wash

by Tony Bell Having only recently attempted my first WWI aircraft model, I went through a learning experience in some new techniques. Rigging and and replicating varnished wood in particular required an approach that I haven’t tried before. This article describes shortly the technique I have read about and developed […]

The Look of Varnished Wood

by Martin Waligorski   Like many modellers, every once in a while I work from scale drawings. The drawings are most effective when printed in the exact scale of the model. If done so, they can be used directly for dimensional measurements by laying the model parts on top of […]

Scale Drawings Conversion Chart