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Striker
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Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 11:41 AM UTC
I paint a lot of wargame figures besides models and my bush water can get a bit slopped around when I'm in my groove. To help stop water creeping around the desk I use inverted plastic lids from things like sour cream and yogurt as coasters with a lip. I have them under my rinse waters. They also get collected for putty and glue palettes.
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Posted: Friday, July 18, 2014 - 02:00 AM UTC
"Braille scale" trees or full armatures for larger scales, beautify your lawn and make some trees:
Wee (dy) Trees
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Posted: Friday, July 18, 2014 - 01:57 AM UTC

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here are a lot of printables you can download and use them for your scenes, vehicles, etc.

http://www.fcmodeltips.com/search/label/descargas%20downloads

I hope you like them



Mr. Collada,

Very much so - Thank you!
retiredyank
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Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014 - 09:49 AM UTC
Dried grape stems make for great bush and tree branches. So long as you like grapes, they are "free".
rebelsoldier
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Arizona, United States
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Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014 - 07:32 AM UTC
thanks for the tips! I save the seals from coffee cans, they work well for some metal work.

reb
hockeybrianboy
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Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014 - 12:09 PM UTC
I would think you could use rubber O rings (REAL rubber on your tank, how fancy ). Shaping them correctly could be a challenge but they're really cheap.
Philbouq
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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 05:24 PM UTC
Thanks a lot Matt
retiredyank
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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 09:04 AM UTC

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This isn't quite "free", but cheap. If you need a piece of rubber, I found that the foam rubber koozies are perfect. I cut a section off and save the rest, for when the cut section wears out.


Excuse-me but what are "koozies" ?
(I'm a Frenchy)



They are rubber/vinyl slips to keep canned drinks cold.
Philbouq
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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 07:45 AM UTC

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This isn't quite "free", but cheap. If you need a piece of rubber, I found that the foam rubber koozies are perfect. I cut a section off and save the rest, for when the cut section wears out.


Excuse-me but what are "koozies" ?
(I'm a Frenchy)
retiredyank
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Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013 - 01:00 AM UTC
This isn't quite "free", but cheap. If you need a piece of rubber, I found that the foam rubber koozies are perfect. I cut a section off and save the rest, for when the cut section wears out.
retiredyank
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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 03:48 AM UTC

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OK

here are a lot of printables you can download and use them for your scenes, vehicles, etc.

http://www.fcmodeltips.com/search/label/descargas%20downloads

I hope you like them



:| You will have to resize them, for 1:35. As is, they print ~1:16.
freddietello
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Alicante, Spain / España
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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 01:07 AM UTC
OK

here are a lot of printables you can download and use them for your scenes, vehicles, etc.

http://www.fcmodeltips.com/search/label/descargas%20downloads

I hope you like them
SuperSandaas
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Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 03:41 PM UTC
A trick I used when I made a lot of wargaming terrain was to buy a small pot of textured white wall paint. Cost about the equivalent of 5 dolars for half a litre. Beats using glue and sand or similar metodes, and looks just like sandstone when liberally washed with a brownish water color when dry... Would work on dioramas or for building up a real muddy effect on armoured vehicles in larger scales. Often you can buy sample pots of water based wall paints really cheap as well, for any large scale dioramas.
chazbo38
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Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013 - 07:20 PM UTC
Sorry I forgot to tell about 15 paint brushes 15 differant sizes used by nail folks.Paid $3.87 incl shipping
retiredyank
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Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 01:28 AM UTC

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I thought this was the best deal I ever made and I paid 5 bucks incl. shipping from some nail art store on E Bay.Its agreat deal for 10 bucks.


I'm glad you got a good deal, but what are you talking about?
Slimedog1
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Posted: Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 10:25 PM UTC
Soda bottle caps...glue figs on them to paint.
chazbo38
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Posted: Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 01:01 PM UTC
I thought this was the best deal I ever made and I paid 5 bucks incl. shipping from some nail art store on E Bay.Its agreat deal for 10 bucks.
retiredyank
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Posted: Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 12:02 AM UTC
Single serving cream containing are excellent for use as paint cups. I've mixed enamels, lacquers and acrylics in them. So, grab some of those creamers from the local gas station/convenience store.
chazbo38
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Posted: Wednesday, January 02, 2013 - 06:00 PM UTC
Ace Hardware has $1.00 Pkg of rubber bands that are the best size assortment youll find.Not free but great value.
spacewolfdad
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Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 - 05:18 AM UTC
Hi,

My wife is really into scented wax tarts that need melting with tea lights, these come in a metal container which appears to be a soft white metal (possibly aluminium) and is excellent for making fenders and other items on AFV's. I reckon it could be used for inspection hatches for aircraft as well.
plastickjunkie
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Florida, United States
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Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 07:33 AM UTC
These have not been mentioned:

Potato chip bags: Some come with a chrome interior that will make fantastic mirrors when punched out with a miniature punch. Headlights when the punched disc is sandwhished between the clear lens and the light body.

Reflective metallic green or blue Chip bags: Great for simulating periscope lenses in armor. Just cut to size and use clear parts cement for the lens.

Wine bottle label foil: Some wine bottles may have metal foil cap wraps that are great for making tarps, slings, fenders, etc.

Q Tips with plastic handles: These plastic handles are hollow and when held over a candle and stretched, they make tons of turnbuckles for WWI airplane rigging. The hollow cavity remains so thread can be inserted and CA'd in place.
Muftyman
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Praha, Czech Republic
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Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2012 - 02:06 AM UTC
The individual containers for disposable contact lenses make great receptacles for holding small amounts of CA glue when using with an applicator (I use a length of fuse wire with a small loop twisted in the end - and capillary does the rest).
flyboy92187
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Posted: Thursday, April 07, 2011 - 04:28 AM UTC
Oh, one more thought; Beer bottle caps... Not only is it good to savor a tasty brew while working on a model, the caps work well for putting putty in for sealing gaps. Usually they have a rubber seal, so once the putty dries, just tap it out, it does not stick. I also use them for putting drops of super glue in for working with pe and other small parts.
flyboy92187
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Posted: Thursday, April 07, 2011 - 04:26 AM UTC
I work at a cell phone store, so when I sell cases, customers always throw out the packaging. So, I have taken to saving the foam that maintains their shape in the package. It is excellent to use as a base to stick toothpicks in that hold landing gear or other small parts. It is a soft easily workable foam, and it works great for putting in landing gear bays for masking while painting, as well as open cockpits. So, if you get a cell phone case, save the foam that is on the inside!!!