I have decided to start this page as an ongoing record of modelling materials that I have used to enhance or "cheat" effects that would normally cost a small fortune on the after-market scene of this hobby. I envisage that the majority of the materials and ideas that I put on here will be something that I have learned to use myself or something that I have learned from friends who are happy to share with the world. In either case In either case I hope that you find some of these ideas helpful to you:
Figure & parts holders
To open my page of cheap "get arounds" I thought I would start with the humble crocodile picture clip. I bought a pack of three from Ikea for under £4 and you can get them in loads of different places. They are designed for placing small photographs in the clips and using them on office desks etc. They are basically a crocodile clip with some steel wire clamped onto them and that is in turn set into a clear resin block. They are ideal for holding 1/35 figures securely in place to paint and to place them to one side to allow to dry. if you look at the build log pictures of my various 1/35 dios on this web site, you will see them employed in many of the photos.
The soft drinks can
The humble drinks can is a fantastic source of good quality aluminium sheet that has a variety of uses in modelling. I have used this to various degrees in many of my models. an example of its use is my humvee conversion where I used the foil in making the new roof section as shown in the picture. As far as advice in using soda cans is concerned; flush the can out with clean water a few times before cutting them open. Use a sharp scissors to puncture the can at the top and bottom so that you can cut it length ways up the side and them cut around the top and bottom of the can. This will leave you with a good size aluminium sheet that can be simply flattened out by placing it into an old heavy book and leaving it there for a week or so. its pre painted so a little roughing up of the surface with some emery followed by a coat of primer will give you a fantastic surface to paint onto.
Ikea Storage boxes
More tips n tricks as I find them