Article Directory: How-to

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

Borrowing Your Spouse’s Stuff: Using the Silhouette Cameo

I am sure it’s no secret that there is a great deal of overlap in the tools and techniques used by various hobbies. For instance, scenery and weathering techniques and tools designed for model railroading work equally well for our models. Wit[...]

How to pack a model.

I'm off to the IPMS nationals tomorrow and I'm taking the Horton with me. Ithought long and hard about whether I should ship it next day or take it with me as carry-on. The questions I asked myself were- 1, do I ship it and have it get destroyed[...]

1931 Rolls-Royce Monogram 1/24

After a very long pause on this hobby I'm trying to re-start it. Have a lot of kits still on their original boxes, different types and scales. I'm now assembling and painting the model listed on the title (and at the same time starting also the[...]

“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[...]