Cutting Glass

Written by Bruce Johnson

Using real glass can add another level of realism to your models, however, real glass can be really difficult to cut. In the past, I’ve read about using a carbide scratch awl or a diamond point...

Getting More out of Your Laser Kit

Written by Shawn Branstetter

Last year I purchased an excellent kit from Kitwood Hill Models. The laser kits are quite nice and very easy to assemble! Most laser kits are pretty much just plywood shapes which resemble walls and...

Cement Bottle Hack

Written by Joseph Kreiss

Yes, I'm like thousands of modelers who have watched in horror as a full, uncapped bottle of styrene cement took a slow-mo tumble, spilling it's expensive contents onto the workbench. I've also seen...

True Grit

Written by Joseph Kreiss

We had to replace the old and crumbling driveway and a couple sections of walkway at our house this past fall. Because we live in the Midwest, known for snowy and cold winters, melting ice on the...

Polishing Your Rails

Written by Shawn Branstetter

Liquid nail polish remover with Acetone does more than remove nail polish. It is useful for removing paint, both enamel and acrylic. I have used it on both plastic and metal with excellent results,...

Cheap Disposable Brushes

Written by Edward Traxler

There are those times when modelers need a paint brush for something other than paint. Most of the time these materials will end up destroying our brushes. I have found a source of disposable brushes...

Simple and Effective Rusting

Written by Gene Kruger

I came across a rusting technique a few years ago using a Rust Antiquing Set from Sophisticated Finishes. This is a two-part system used by interior designers and architects to age items such as iron...

Quick and Easy Railing Jigs

Written by Edward Traxler

Arriving at the point in my trestle build where I needed to add the posts, railings and toe boards so I made up a couple of really simple jigs to help me position these items. Jigs are a necessity...

Adding Realistic Holes in Plastic Models

Written by Shawn Branstetter

Most of us build plastic kits but all of us deal with the same issue; the plastic walls are way to thick in most cases. There is a perfectly good reason for this and it is due to the mold making...

An ACC & CA Glue Applicator

Written by Edward Traxler

When using Super Glue, also known as Cyano-Acrylate or CA for short, it helps to be able to precisely apply the stuff. The thin CA is particularly hard to apply with any precision from the bottle. I...

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