iModeler How-to

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

Scratch built 1/24 South African Aerotek Ace prototype – Part 1

My first post on iModeler (first ever post of a project online!!) and I have chosen a unique prototype built in South Africa in the late 80’s as a tandem turbine trainer replacement for the agiing South African Airforce Harvard instruction fleet[...]

How to make a convincing looking fabric covered interior using tissue paper

Most of you know that I have a soft spot in my heart for any aircraft that has two wings, and is mostly covered with fabric. Last night I had a good idea (at least I thought it was), and I wanted to share this with you all. A while ago I wr[...]

Making a simple turnable for your models.

In all the trials and errors, ways and means of modelling. One has to find Methods to be be able to stabilise your kits for paint, rigging, decals etc. And spin them around w.o. touching the plastic. I had a set up up that worked OK but with dif[...]

Moved into a new Studio.

For the first time in a little over 10 years, I have a studio/workplace that I am happy with. Custom-designed by me with IKEA components, and Wallniture shelving from Amazon. The desktop is 58.25x28.75" of tempered glass, and provides a LOT of w[...]

Wingwalk Stripes – Painted

I am building the AFV Club U-2A, which has very prominent wingwalk stripes on the wings. I have Cutting Edge decals that include wingwalk stripes, so, after painting and glossing, the wingwalk stripes were applied. First, I noticed that the bla[...]

How To: Weathering with pastel chalk.

Typically I weather my models using artist pastel chalk. With the chalk you can vary the depth of your weathering. For jet exhaust I used black, brown, light gray, and a touch of blue. Using multiple colors gives a nice blended look. The “tools”[...]

MagneStand

So to take up from where I left off in my previous article....( ) Now having a lovely flying aircraft, I needed a stand, but I couldn’t bring myself to drill holes in the lovely underside detail to accommodate the tab of the stand arm, or (shu[...]

F-4J Phantom – photo light booth demo

Hi Guys, Here are a few pics to demonstrate my simple photo studio. I took these pics inside an Ikea Fabrikor display cabinet, fairly cheap and spacious. It is also quite well sealed against dust when I use it just to hold my models and ongoin[...]

Repairing, Cleaning, and polishing clear parts and canopies.

I have had a few requests on how I get my canopies so clear looking. Many times the clear parts in kits can get scuffed in shipping if they are not protected or come loose. Also some jet canopies or bubble top aircraft can have a seam from the i[...]

Making Realistic Lights on Models

Many World War II U.S. Aircraft had three colored lights on the underside of the aircraft. The location of these was typically on the bottom center line of the fuselage or near the edge of the starboard wing tip. The purpose of these lights was [...]