Modeling Spitfire cockpits: Building a compass

One of the more visible and distinctive elements that is easily visible in either a closed or open canopy configuration of the Spitfire is the compass. Unlike many aircraft that had the compass mounted in the instrument panel, directly facing the pilot, the Spitfire had a horizontally mounted compass, hanging just below the instrument panel. Though some kits already have a

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Simulating wood grain

AgapeModels.com forum member Eric Larson posted this excellent tutorial on his method for simulating wood grain. Judging by the results so far on his Wingnut Wings LVG (see picture to the left), I’d say he’s gotten it right! Since I started posting WIP photos of my Wingnut LVG 4 months ago, I have received numerous queries here, and from other

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Step-by-Step: Homemade sanding sticks

Agape forum member Ken (icekj) shared this handy technique for building your own sanding sticks. It lets you get exactly the grit you want, and saves you money. Thanks for sharing this Ken! Store bought sanding sticks are costly.  They are hard to find in the 800+ grits that I prefer to work with.  Some sanding sticks do not hold

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Natural Metal Finishes, Pt. I: Clean Finishes

AgapeModels.com forum member Pruz- otherwise known as Al- posted some great tips for achieving a natural metal finish (NMF). Today, he outlines steps for a clean, natural metal finishes using painted methods. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy Christian fellowship and modeling discussion, I invite you to join our forums! Getting good results for an NMF starts with

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Scribing panel lines

When I was modeling as a teen, in the late 70’s, I built mostly Monogram kits. I don’t ever recall paying much attention to the panel lines at the time, as my goal was to slap ’em together, get it on the shelf, and move on to the next kit. When I got back into the hobby in 2006, I

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Modeling Techniques: Wood grains

My local IPMS club, Lafayette Scale Modelers, holds it’s meetings each month at Hayes Hobby House in Fayetteville, NC, USA. We always hold a raffle, and I’ve been blessed to win a few kits. This last meeting I won Eduard’s 1/48 Albatross D.V Weekend Edition. I normally don’t build WWI aircraft, but I decided to give it a try. The

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Drybrushing aircraft cockpits

One of the most effective ways to make small details “pop” is a technique known as drybrushing. Though a very simple technique, it can add life and realism that can take an average build to being a show winner. And it’s so simple that practically any modeler already has all the tools at hand to use this technique. Will Nichols

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