Article Directory: How-to

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

“Tin-Canning” Submarine Hull: Does Anyone Know How to Do It? Need Some Feedback?

1st thing I would like to say is "These are not my models". They are the pictures of a model I-400 JPN Sub made by "Hyun Soo Kin". I am making the same model using the Tamiya 1/350 I-400 Sub model. I also have the Infinity Detail-Up PE kit wi[...]

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. Al[...]

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 scale Caribbean air cargo diorama featurin[...]

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 with some kind of resin based glue i.e.[...]

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 a suitable CAD package that was capable of 3D modelling, simpl[...]

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 site). This figures is a 1/35 scale Knigh[...]

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 Tamiya X-1 Step 3 - Ring - Alclad Alumin[...]

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 colours - Humbrol 127[...]

[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 that hard once[...]

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 took her out in the garden fo[...]