Article Directory: How-to

Modeling ideas, tips and solutions to help you work out your modelling problems.

Perfect Chrome

After I have done couple of motorcycle models I learned something about chrome. I tried a lot of paints and combinations, including Molotow, Gunze SM06 and SM08, Testors, Tamiya enamel, Vallejo Metal Color, Alclad and AK Extreme Metal paints. Also […]

Working jackstands

How many of us have asked ourselves, “just how am I going to put that gear retraction test in my diorama? What am I going to do for jackstands?” That was the very question I faced while planning my 1/48 […]

Tips and tricks: how to work with acetate canopies and windscreens – part one: glue

Many people asked me how even possible to glue clear parts especially the vacformed or just plain acetate ones onto a resin (or any other type of) kit. I see the difficulty as a resin kit can be glued only […]

3D Printing & Modelling

I have always been a bit of a gadget man and so when 3D printers first appeared on the scene some years ago it was like a moth to a flame. However, at that time I was unable to find […]

Who needs decals? Painting on a design freehand

So this isn’t a finished piece yet, but I wanted to share my approach to painting on designs. Hopefully it’s still okay to post here (if not, feel free to remove and I can repost in another part of the […]

Instruction: Nozzle staining according to Tomas

I’d like to share with you a little tutorial on how to paint nozzles on modern aircraft. For the show, I chose the Aires nozzles for the F-15E 1/48 Step 1 – Mr.Surfacer 1000 (1500) Step 2 – Glossy Black […]

Paiting F-14A

On start i painted all plane Mr.Finishing Surface 1500 Black. Next steps identical for all colors. At first i painted some places Tamiya Xf-2 White, X-4 Blue a XF-64 Red Brown and at second i painted plane very thinned camo […]

[Updated] How-to on applying WW1 Streaky Camouflage on Fokkers, or “Fokker Streaking” 101

A lot of us have a few World War 1 Fokker planes in our stash. Some of us have been thinking about just how to replicate the often seen Fokker finish………………. Here’s how I did it………………… and it’s not all […]

Model Photography – My Surprising Insight

When I first took the pictures of this Corsair, I was about to leave for the Mosonmagyarovar model show to have her participating in the championship. I got her finished in the very last minute and before I left, I […]

Plaque and Medal Display Design

Last week, my wife helped me figure out how to get the model award plaques out of my display cabinets (to make more room for the eventual migration of subjects from stash to display) and medals I’ve acquired over the […]