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Tips on painting plastic figures.
BOYS' LIFE Nov 1966 (v.56#11) pg. 70

A look at plastic models in kit form and suggestions on how to assemble and finish different types of models.
BOYS' LIFE Nov 1973 (v.63#11) pg. 10

Tips on painting military soldier miniatures.
BOYS' LIFE Oct 1977 (v.67#10) pg. 82

How to paint models with an air brush. Photos show the basic operation of a beginner's kit. Includes tips on preparing the surface to be painted.
BOYS' LIFE Oct 1978 (v.68#10) pg. 65

How to "weather" a model with mud, rust, dirt and paint.
BOYS' LIFE Mar 1979 (v.69#3) pg. 71

How to apply and finish decals on models so they won't flake off.
BOYS' LIFE Oct 1979 (v.69#10) pg. 70

How to make smooth model seams.
BOYS' LIFE Jun 1980 (v.70#6) pg. 67

Finishing canopies. Three ways to color in those hard-to-paint window areas on model airplanes.
BOYS' LIFE Oct 1981 (v.71#10) pg. 72

Make those model parts stick. Tips on painting and attaching those fragile external parts found on plastic models.
BOYS' LIFE Mar 1982 (v.72#3) pg. 62

Camouflage made easy. An authentic camouflage scheme can be added to your model with either brush or spray paint.
BOYS' LIFE Feb 1984 (v.74#2) pg. 62

Tips on spray painting plastic models.
BOYS' LIFE Aug 1984 (v.74#8) pg. 64

Disguising decals. Learn how to apply decals to plastic models so they look like they were painted on.
BOYS' LIFE Dec 1984 (v.74#12) pg. 71

How to create a "weathering finish" for models.
BOYS' LIFE Apr 1985 (v.75#4) pg. 64

Techniques to create a "soft-edge" camouflage pattern on models.
BOYS' LIFE Sep 1985 (v.75#9) pg. 77

Tips that make sanding a plastic model easier.
BOYS' LIFE Feb 1986 (v.76#2) pg. 57

Two-tone paint job for plastic models. Some tips.
BOYS' LIFE Dec 1987 (v.77#12) pg. 70

Tips on painting a plastic model of the SR-71 "Blackbird" spy plane so that it looks like the real thing.
BOYS' LIFE May 1988 (v.78#5) pg. 59

Camouflage tricks. Easy techniques for painting military models with camouflage patterns.
BOYS' LIFE Jun 1991 (v.81#6) pg. 64

Tips on adding rustlike paint to your models to add realism.
BOYS' LIFE Aug 1994 (v.84#8) pg. 62

Tips on using liquid mask when painting plastic models.
BOYS' LIFE Oct 1996 (v.86#10) pg. 53

How to give plastic models a realistic look using modeler's foil.
BOYS' LIFE Nov 1996 (v.86#11) pg. 56

How to paint plastic models with a brush.
BOYS' LIFE Jul 1997 (v.87#7) pg. 55

How to assemble and paint miniature soldiers.
DECORATING & CRAFT IDEAS Oct 1976 (v.7#1) pg. 52

Stenciling in miniature. Decorate miniature house floors and walls with the Colonial America patterns given here.
DECORATING & CRAFT IDEAS Jan-Feb 1982 (v.13#1) pg. 42

Miniature stencil patterns for a floor and stenciled furniture. Also instructions for making a miniature embroidery stand complete with a miniature cross stitch.
DECORATING & CRAFT IDEAS Nov 1982 (v.13#9) pg. 97

Tip shows how to make a tiny paint roller for painting miniatures.
DOLLHOUSE MINIATURES Sep 1997 (v.27#9) pg. 71

As good as gold. Techniques for applying composition leaf and gold foil to miniatures.
DOLLHOUSE MINIATURES Oct 1997 (v.27#10) pg. 45

Tip shows how to make a drying rack for miniature painted objects.
DOLLHOUSE MINIATURES Oct 1997 (v.27#10) pg. 71

Advice on alternatives to water-based stains for use on basswood.
DOLLHOUSE MINIATURES Feb 1998 (v.28#2) pg. 61

Techniques for using Testors' Visions AirPainter decorating system for painting miniatures to suggest shingles, siding, bricks and paving stones.
DOLLHOUSE MINIATURES Mar 1998 (v.28#3) pg. 46

Decoupage furniture. How to turn inexpensive miniatures into elegant furnishings by using colored paper napkins for a decoupaged finish.
DOLLHOUSE MINIATURES Nov 1998 (v.28#11) pg. 65

Two recipes for formulas that will add an aged appearance to wood.
DOLLHOUSE MINIATURES Dec 1998 (v.28#12) pg. 15

Aging with elegance. Finishing ideas to turn new miniatures into elegant antiques with character and history. Part 1.
DOLLHOUSE MINIATURES May 1999 (v.29#5) pg. 52

Aging with elegance. Part 2.
DOLLHOUSE MINIATURES Jun 1999 (v.29#6) pg. 45

Using the thin aluminum foil found on some candy bars to achieve metal finishes on plastic models. Use to simulate chrome, tread plate, etc.
FINESCALE MODELER Mar 1989 (v.7#3) pg. 32

Tip on modifying a spring clothespin to hold small plastic parts for painting.
FINESCALE MODELER Mar 1989 (v.7#3) pg. 75

Tip on using a double-decker lazy susan when painting plastic models.
FINESCALE MODELER May 1989 (v.7#4) pg. 74

Tip on using chinagraph pencils to simulate oil streaks, rust, etc.
FINESCALE MODELER May 1989 (v.7#4) pg. 76

Tip on using foam earplugs to mask openings when painting plastic models.
FINESCALE MODELER Nov 1989 (v.7#7) pg. 80

Finishing school for plastic kit models. Lesson 2. Preparing to paint. Washing and priming the model.
FINESCALE MODELER Dec 1989 (v.7#8) pg. 34

Finishing school for plastic kit models. Lesson 3. Modeling paints. Preparing the paint, types of paint, thinners, etc.
FINESCALE MODELER Jan 1990 (v.8#1) pg. 24

Finishing school for plastic kit models. Lesson 4. Brush painting.
FINESCALE MODELER Feb 1990 (v.8#2) pg. 28

Finishing school for plastic kit models. Lesson 5. Painting with spray cans.
FINESCALE MODELER Mar 1990 (v.8#3) pg. 24

Tip on removing chrome plating without damaging plastic.
FINESCALE MODELER Mar 1990 (v.8#3) pg. 78

Finishing school for plastic kit models. Lesson 6. Safety with glues, paints and thinners. Includes building a ventilated spray booth.
FINESCALE MODELER May 1990 (v.8#4) pg. 42

Tip on masking compound curves (noses, cowlings, drop tanks, etc.) with a plastic bag when spray painting.
FINESCALE MODELER Sep 1990 (v.8#6) pg. 78

Finishing school for plastic kit models. Lesson 7. Basic airbrushing. Getting started with the ideal paint applicator.
FINESCALE MODELER Nov 1990 (v.8#7) pg. 42

Finishing school for plastic kit models. Lesson 8. Advanced airbrushing. Camouflage, masking techniques, soft blended lines, etc.
FINESCALE MODELER Dec 1990 (v.8#8) pg. 42

Finishing school for plastic kit models. Lesson 9. Airbrushing natural metal finishes.
FINESCALE MODELER Jan 1991 (v.9#1) pg. 42

Finishing school for plastic kit models. Lesson 11. Basic weathering.
FINESCALE MODELER Mar 1991 (v.9#3) pg. 34

Finishing school for plastic kit models. Lesson 12. Dealing with disasters (cracked paint, warpage, bad decals, ...).
FINESCALE MODELER May 1991 (v.9#4) pg. 50

Comparing commercially available spray booths for use when painting models. Includes instructions on building your own spray booth.
FINESCALE MODELER Feb 1992 (v.10#2) pg. 34
Added Info FINESCALE MODELER Mar 1992 (v.10#3) pg. 68

Airbrush tips from the experts. Thirteen experienced modelers share information on their equipment, paints, and techniques.
FINESCALE MODELER Mar 1992 (v.10#3) pg. 50

Using Parafilm "M" (a plastic film used in labs to seal the mouths of chemistry glassware) as a masking medium when painting models.
FINESCALE MODELER Feb 1993 (v.11#2) pg. 30

Detailing and weathering using artist quality watercolors.
FINESCALE MODELER Nov 1993 (v.11#7) pg. 42

Tip on masking with silkspan and spraying with an airbrush to replicate different-colored metal panels.
FINESCALE MODELER Jan 1994 (v.12#1) pg. 65

Tip on masking curved lines when painting plastic models.
FINESCALE MODELER Jan 1994 (v.12#1) pg. 74

Guide to acrylic modeling paints. What is available and tips on their application with both brush and airbrush.
FINESCALE MODELER Feb 1994 (v.12#2) pg. 34

Tip on using oil paints on plastic models.
FINESCALE MODELER Feb 1994 (v.12#2) pg. 69

Tip on detailing your models with charcoal pencils.
FINESCALE MODELER Feb 1994 (v.12#2) pg. 77

Tip on painting photoetched parts without clogging up open areas.
FINESCALE MODELER Jul 1994 (v.12#5) pg. 64

Tip on removing factory-applied chrome on plastic model parts.
FINESCALE MODELER Jul 1994 (v.12#5) pg. 64

Tip on using white glue to mask attachment pins and holes on plastic models prior to painting.
FINESCALE MODELER Jul 1994 (v.12#5) pg. 67

How to use Parafilm "M" plastic film to mask a camouflage pattern when painting a model.
FINESCALE MODELER Nov 1994 (v.12#7) pg. 78

The five best model-detailing tips. (1) Airbrushing shadows. (2) Accentuating control surfaces on plastic models. (3) Adding caked "mud" and other stains. (4) Simulating damaged sheet metal bodies on auto models. (5) Highlighting and weathering armor.
FINESCALE MODELER Dec 1994 (v.12#8) pg. 62

Homemade gunmetal paint.
FINESCALE MODELER Jan 1995 (v.13#1) pg. 75

Tip on determining the exact line where a decal and paint must meet.
FINESCALE MODELER Jan 1995 (v.13#1) pg. 75

Tip on exposing flaws in your filling and sanding before applying natural-metal finishes to plastic models.
FINESCALE MODELER Feb 1995 (v.13#2) pg. 8

Tip on sealing the edge of masking tape where two colors meet.
FINESCALE MODELER Feb 1995 (v.13#2) pg. 8

Achieving realistic chipped paint on the leading edges or other high-wear areas on aircraft and military vehicles.
FINESCALE MODELER Mar 1995 (v.13#3) pg. 82

Tip on concealing a paint touch-up on a glossy finish.
FINESCALE MODELER Mar 1995 (v.13#3) pg. 108

Tip on improving paint adhesion to photoetched brass.
FINESCALE MODELER Mar 1995 (v.13#3) pg. 108

Tip on removing chrome plating from plastic parts.
FINESCALE MODELER Apr 1995 (v.13#4) pg. 66

Tip on making transparent modeling paint from food coloring and "Future" floor wax.
FINESCALE MODELER May 1995 (v.13#5) pg. 63

Tip on stripping chrome-plated plastic.
FINESCALE MODELER Sep 1995 (v.13#7) pg. 64

Tip on applying dry transfers to Bare-Metal Foil before applying foil to model.
FINESCALE MODELER Nov 1995 (v.13#8) pg. 68

Basic airbrushes. A survey of seven starter airbrushes for modelers.
FINESCALE MODELER Jan 1996 (v.14#1) pg. 32

Tip on preparing the thin foil from a candy bar for application to a model.
FINESCALE MODELER Jan 1996 (v.14#1) pg. 65

Tip on attaching paper masks for painting soft-edge camouflage schemes.
FINESCALE MODELER Jan 1996 (v.14#1) pg. 66

Basic airbrushing techniques. Using your airbrush to paint better models, especially camouflage paint jobs.
FINESCALE MODELER Feb 1996 (v.14#2) pg. 30

Advanced airbrushes. A survey of seven double-action airbrushes for modelers. Includes instructions on cleaning your airbrush.
FINESCALE MODELER Mar 1996 (v.14#3) pg. 82

Chart correlates Humbrol paint numbers with paint names.
FINESCALE MODELER Dec 1996 (v.14#10) pg. 73

Tip on using Westley's Bleche-White whitewall tire cleaner to remove paint and chrome from plastic model parts.
FINESCALE MODELER Jan 1997 (v.15#1) pg. 68

Weathering with a wash. A thinned solution of gloss black and dark brown is used to accent both raised and recessed panel details and to enhance realism on plastic models. A time-honored technique is explained in detail.
FINESCALE MODELER Feb 1997 (v.15#2) pg. 32

Tip on using "Spic-and-Span" glass and multisurface cleaner to remove "Polly Scale" acrylic paint.
FINESCALE MODELER Mar 1997 (v.15#3) pg. 106

Airbrushing using acrylic model paints. An overview of available brands and the basics of airbrushing.
FINESCALE MODELER Nov 1997 (v.15#9) pg. 32

Airbrushing basics. Learning to use one of scale modeling's most essential tools. Part 1. Airbrush types, air sources, paint, and cleaning the airbrush.
FINESCALE MODELER Feb 1999 (v.17#2) pg. 30

Airbrushing basics. Part 2. Tricks, techniques, and troubleshooting.
FINESCALE MODELER Mar 1999 (v.17#3) pg. 32

Simple way to really chip the painted finish on aircraft and armor models.
FINESCALE MODELER May 1999 (v.17#5) pg. 66

Tip on removing paint and decals from models without damaging the plastic, resin, and photoetched brass parts.
FINESCALE MODELER Jul 1999 (v.17#6) pg. 64

Making and using vacuum-formed (form-fitting) stencils for repetitive painting of several identical models.
FINESCALE MODELER Sep 1999 (v.17#7) pg. 48

Painting with a spray can. How to achieve even paint coverage on models without the expense of an airbrush.
FINESCALE MODELER Nov 1999 (v.17#9) pg. 80

Masking tips and tricks. Learning how to mask between colors will help produce more realistic finishes on your models, from intricately camouflaged aircraft and armor to multicolored racing cars.
FINESCALE MODELER Dec 1999 (v.17#10) pg. 68

Tip on using a draftsman's pen to paint the identification bands on plastic parts.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Dec 1989 (v.2#1) pg. 39

Tip on using "Amberlith" to mask glossy plastic parts prior to painting.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Dec 1989 (v.2#1) pg. 39

The great acrylic paint debate. How to avoid cracking when using acrylic paint.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL May 1990 (v.2#4) pg. 24

How to get an award-winning paint job from a spray can.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Nov 1990 (v.3#1) pg. 25

Tips on creating simulated natural metal finishes on plastic models.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL May 1992 (v.4#4) pg. 14

The AutoFile. Using acrylic enamel paint to supplement the more limited color range available in plastic model paints.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Jul 1993 (v.5#5) pg. 27

The basics of painting plastic models. Looks at type of paint, method of application, etc.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Jul 1993 (v.5#5) pg. 32

Natural metal finishes the old-fashioned way. Aluminum powder is applied to slow-drying clear varnish and then polished.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Jul 1993 (v.5#5) pg. 34
Added Info IPMS/USA JOURNAL Jan 1994 (v.6#2) pg. 8

Reasons and techniques for applying a "wash" coat to a painted model.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL May-Jun 1994 (v.6#4) pg. 22

Drybrushing techniques for painting models.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1994 (v.6#5) pg. 13

How to build a forced-air drying booth for model decals and paint.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1994 (v.7#1) pg. 19

Weathering plastic models. How to simulate mud, dust, salt, paint chipping, wear, rust, exhaust smoke, and other effects.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1995 (v.7#2) pg. 24

Tips on achieving a dull finish on military models.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1996 (v.8#3) pg. 19

Masking models for painting. A look at the little known, much cursed art that everyone else seems to know more about than you.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1996 (v.8#5) pg. 15
Added Info IPMS/USA JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1996 (v.8#6) pg. 5

Use of pastel chalks for weathering plastic models.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1996 (v.9#1) pg. 42

Airbrushes. Basic information for model makers.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1996 (v.9#1) pg. 54

Tip on making your own liquid masker from Elmer's glue, food coloring and dishwashing detergent.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1997 (v.9#2) pg. 34

Modelling applications of Future Floor Wax from the S.C. Johnson Wax company.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1997 (v.9#3) pg. 38

Polly Scale acrylic hobby paints. History, test results and use recommendations for this paint. Includes a chart which equates the Polly Scale paint number to specific real-life applications on aircraft, ships, railroads, etc.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL May-Jun 1997 (v.9#4) pg. 32

Tip on using flesh tone cosmetics to paint models.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1997 (v.10#1) pg. 40

Tip on using Future floor wax to obtain a gloss finish on a model.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1997 (v.10#1) pg. 41

Chrome plating model parts. How to strip old chrome and prepare plastic or metal parts so that they can be professionally re-chromed.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1998 (v.11#1) pg. 32

Tips on using Future Floor Wax to clean up sanding scratches in metal finishes.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1998 (v.11#1) pg. 34

Learning to air brush models. One person's experience.
MODEL BOATS #473 Jul 1990 (v.40) pg. 32

Painting with an airbrush. The basic of using this valuable modeling tool.
MODEL RAILROADER Jun 1992 (v.59#6) pg. 128

A paint mixer for the workbench. An old rotisserie motor, long dowel rods and some L-brackets are combined to keep ten or more small bottles of model paint constantly mixed and ready for use.
MODEL RAILROADER Sep 1996 (v.63#9) pg. 95

Tip on coloring white latex paint with food coloring for use in painting miniatures.
NUTSHELL NEWS Feb 1990 (v.20#2) pg. 103

Tip on using white glue as a "paint" to put a matte finish on small china figurines.
NUTSHELL NEWS Nov 1990 (v.20#11) pg. 121

Painting your lady. Tips and techniques for painting a model of a San Francisco Victorian house.
NUTSHELL NEWS Aug 1991 (v.21#8) pg. 40

Tip on simulating stucco on miniature buildings.
NUTSHELL NEWS Dec 1991 (v.21#12) pg. 117

Tip on adding soot to a model fireplace or chimney.
NUTSHELL NEWS Jul 1993 (v.23#7) pg. 105

Faux finishes for miniatures. Instructions for tortoiseshell, sponge painting, comb painting, graniteware and marbleizing.
NUTSHELL NEWS Aug 1993 (v.23#8) pg. 74

Tip on texturing wood to resemble miniature stone.
NUTSHELL NEWS Jun 1995 (v.25#6) pg. 103

Decorative painting techniques for miniature walls, floors and furnishings. Looks at marbling, bambooing, vinegar painting, spattering, verdigris, rubber stamping, stenciling, floor cloths, antiquing, graining, dragging, combing, color-washing, spongework, stippling, and crackle.
NUTSHELL NEWS Nov 1995 (v.25#11) pg. 104

Technique questions and answers for miniaturists. (1) "Dirty water" washes to age exterior surfaces. (2) "Bug juice" to weather wood. (3) Aging wallpaper. (4) Making bricks from Fimo.
NUTSHELL NEWS Apr 1996 (v.26#4) pg. 32

Color it beautiful. Advice on painting a dollhouse in Victorian "Painted Lady" colors. Includes information on color combination decisions.
NUTSHELL NEWS Aug 1996 (v.26#8) pg. 16

Tip suggests use of a makeshift spit for painting small objects.
NUTSHELL NEWS Aug 1996 (v.26#8) pg. 65

How to prepare plastic miniature furniture so paint won't peel off.
NUTSHELL NEWS Feb 1997 (v.27#2) pg. 65

Fantasy on a tabletop. Tips on painting cast lead figures and setting them into realistic scenes on war game tables.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1982 (v.157#4) pg. 102