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Swap tips and techniques, show your latest builds/WIPs, post kit reviews and discuss the latest kits!

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Leader: /u/Draggin_Ballz1990

Dates: 21st January 2023 - 22nd September 2023.

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    Dates: 17th June 2023 - 17 June 2024

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    Dates: 1st January 2024 - 6th of June 2024

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    The subreddit dedicated to the hobby of plastic model kit building and painting.

    Swap tips and techniques, show your latest builds/WIPs, post kit reviews and discuss the latest kits!

    And much more!

    USEFUL TOOLS AND SITES

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    Our friends:

    /r/modelcars - for your automotive needs.

    /r/MaschinenKrieger - gritty future war machines.

    /r/gunpla - if you love your Gundam models!

    /r/warhammer - for you Warhammer nuts!

    /r/minipainting - devoted to the art of painting miniatures

    /r/72scale - Braille scale!

    /r/1_700shipbuilders - very small ships

    /r/dioramas - dioramas, vignettes, and tiny landscapes

    /r/SciFiModels- Live long and prosper at this Sci Fi related sub!

    /r/modeltrains - Rolling stock and landscapes and more.

    /r/Scalemodel - Another scale model sub

    /r/scalemodelling - Another one!

    /r/plasticmodelling - Showing the best modelling pics from around the web

    /r/resinkits - Our resin loving buddies

    /r/TerrainBuilding - Terraform your tabletop

    /r/Kitbash - mix and match for unique builds

    /r/metalearth - Little foldy metal kits

    /r/modelexchange - buy, sell, trade

    /r/brushforhire - Model commissions and builders for hire.


    REFERENCE IMAGES

    A bank of images mainly for weathering reference and other such inspiration

    GENERAL EFFECTS REFERENCE

    ARMOUR REFERENCE ALBUM

    AVIATION REFERENCE ALBUM

    NAVAL REFERENCE ALBUM

    PrimePortal Reference Albums - Armour, Aircraft, Ground Forces, Naval

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    Back at the bench

    Going to clean up some areas with white but here’s the gist of the avenger, too darn humid yesterday to start laying down color. I working from light to dark over this starting with white, then light blue, and finally dark blue. I guess we’ll see if this turns out.

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    2024/06/24
    13:11 UTC

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    Best Base Materials for real running water?

    So I want to begin work on a model that contains real water and an a small pump that creates an endless recirculating waterfall. This will be a huge project. Does anyone have any ideas for materials to craft a custom size and detailed base with that would both be waterproof/watertight and hold up over time? Thank you!

    2 Comments
    2024/06/24
    13:00 UTC

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    WWI plane for beginners?

    I have a little experience in modelling - mostly making Rubicon's model tanks, though I never painted them.

    Looking for a WW1 plane kit to model. I found this kit by Eduard - would it be appropriate for a (near) beginner?

    https://www.eduard.com/eduard/plastic-kits/profipack/aircraft/1-72/fokker-d-vii-%28oaw%29-1-72.html

    21 Comments
    2024/06/24
    07:38 UTC

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    Anyone know where I can get a custom laser engraving plaque for diorama?

    I have just finished my 1/700 scale diorama of the Doolittle raid taking off from USS Hornet and want to get a plaque made up for it - around 20mm x 100mm (~3/4" x 4"). I would want to upload an .eps of the correct typography so Im thinking a custom laser engraving but dont want to spend too much. shouldnt cost more than around $15-$20?!?

    BTW Im in Sydney Aus

    any thoughts welcome

    1 Comment
    2024/06/24
    04:28 UTC

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    Steel ball bearings for paint mixing?

    Can you just use BBs? I have pellets for a pellet gun, would that work if the goal is to provide agitation? Do they have to be a specific type or kind to be effective?

    13 Comments
    2024/06/24
    01:20 UTC

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    What paint should I use for my MAZ-537G?

    I just got a Trumpeter MAZ-537G. I've never fully completed a model, with paint and everything, but I hope to with this one. Which paint color should I use? I've tried searching things like "MAZ 537 paint color" or "Russian Green Paint Color" but I haven't found anything I'm happy with. If anyone has any info on this it'd be much appreciated.

    1 Comment
    2024/06/24
    00:25 UTC

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    I’ve had this tank unbuilt for like 10 years so decided to finally complete him

    Eventually will try camouflaging but leaving as is for now

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    2024/06/24
    00:04 UTC

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    AH-6J “Barber 51”

    Finally finished this, took about 6 months from start to end. Took the first glamour shots today and was happy how this one turned out. Still working on a Mogadishu Airport base for the final images.

    3 Comments
    2024/06/23
    22:59 UTC

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    Trumpeter 1/32 1S12/P-40 'Long Track' Radar Vehicle; The Radar Dish wasn't as Challenging as I thought It would be.

    2 Comments
    2024/06/23
    21:32 UTC

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    Which finihs should I use if I don't own an airbrush?

    Hello,

    What would be a good finish to use if I don't have an airbrush? I assume brushing on a finish is out of the question so I'm looking for something in a can. I think I need a gloss that i can put over my decals so they blend in, and then a matte. Thanks!

    EDIT:
    Will something like Mr. TopCoat Flat work to blend in the decals, or do I really need both gloss and flat?

    7 Comments
    2024/06/23
    21:24 UTC

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