Article Directory: How-to

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

Working jackstands

by G. Ley on December 26, 2017 in How-to -- 14 Comments

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

by Gábor Szabó on December 15, 2017 in How-to -- 8 Comments

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

by Derek Austin on October 31, 2017 in How-to -- 18 Comments

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

by David Powell on October 24, 2017 in How-to -- 9 Comments

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

by Tomáš Pelej on October 16, 2017 in How-to -- 12 Comments

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

by Josef Rössner on October 15, 2017 in How-to -- 10 Comments

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

by Louis Gardner on October 10, 2017 in How-to -- 27 Comments

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

by Johannes Gerl on October 5, 2017 in How-to -- 29 Comments

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

by Greg Kittinger on October 3, 2017 in How-to -- 10 Comments

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 […]

Ship weathering inspiration

by Ulf Lundberg on September 8, 2017 in How-to -- 15 Comments

Over the years, I’ve taken quite a few pictures of ships that I’ve traveled with, visited or seen in harbors. Apart from this being just a part of my interest in maritime things in general, they also serve me as […]