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Helpddesk is a selection of our previously published articles aimed to help you work out your modelling problems. Articles are grouped by category. 

Helpdesk categories


Color Charts
Tech Tips 
 

Aircraft Reference
Armor Reference 
 

Camouflage and Markings
Photo Albums
 

Color Charts

These classic modeller's color charts are now hosted by IPMS Stockholm. Part one covers authentic air force colors and Federal Standard 595 color matching table. Part two -  model paint brands and conversions.

Urban Fredriksson's Color Reference Charts - Part I
Urban Fredriksson's Color Reference Charts - Part II

No longer associated with this site, but possibly still useful:
Federal Standard 595 Color Server

Tech Tips

Articles devoted to modelling techniques

Model construction

Tech Tips: Scribing Panel Lines
Tech Tips: What Dentistry Can Do for a Modeller (Part 1)
Tech Tips: What Dentistry Can Do for a Modeller (Part 2)  
Tech Tips: Making the Most of Decal Seat Belts 
Tech Tips: Rigging in Scale 
Tech Tips: Chemical Etching
Tech Tips: Moulding Canopies 
Tech Tips: How to Assemble Individual-Blade Propellers  
Tech Tips: Using Microballoons and Superglue for Filling Seams in Plastic Models
Tech Tips: Casting Model Parts in Metal - A Way to Stronger Models
Tech Tips: Rigging a World War I Aircraft
Tech Tips: Good to Know About Superglue
Tech Tips: Improving Clear Parts With Future Floor Wax
Tech Tips: Aircraft In a Day: How to Actually Finish a Model in 24 Hours (Part 1 - Construction)
Tech Tips: Aircraft In a Day: How to Actually Finish a Model in 24 Hours (Part 2 - Painting)
Tech Tips: Aircraft In a Day: How to Actually Finish a Model in 24 Hours (Part 3 - Finishing)

Tech Tips: Snabbguide för att nå bättre resultat (in Swedish only)

Diorama/base construction

Tech Tips: Brick Walls at a Snap 
Tech Tips: Building Houses in Braille Scale
Tech Tips: Making Diorama Groundwork 
Tech Tips: Realistic Sea Bases

Painting techniques

Tech Tips: Masking Canopies  
Tech Tips: Painting Realistic Winter Camouflage
Tech Tips: Painting Stripes  
Tech Tips: Masking Wheels 
Tech Tips: Don't Rely On Decals (Part 1)
Tech Tips: Don't Rely On Decals (Part 2)
Tech Tips: Don't Rely On Decals (Part 3) 
Tech Tips: Model Car Painting with Real Automotive Paints
Tech Tips: Painting a Face 
Tech Tips: The Look of Varnished Wood
Tech Tips: Natural Metal for the Masses
Tech Tips: Finding a Perfect Match (With FS Color Server)

Weathering

Tech Tips: Shading and Enhancing Panel Lines
Tech Tips: Hit the Dirt, Modellers!  
Tech Tips: Weathering AFVs - Step by Step 
Tech Tips: Detergent Wash 
Tech Tips: Using Chalk-Based Pastels and Blending Sticks

Workshop tips

Tech Tips: Airbrush Cleaner & Thinner Recycler 
Tech Tips: Scale Drawings Conversion Chart 
Tech Tips: Digital Montage Photography
Tech Tips: Keeping Your Airbrush Shiny and Clean
Tech Tips: Airbrush Cleaning Pictorial


Aircraft Reference

During the years we have assembled a sizeable collection of walkaround-style photo essays on different aircraft types. These, and associated aircraft reference material can be found below listed by country of origin in alphabetical order.

For aircraft camouflages see the next section. 

Germany

Fieseler Fi 156 Storch in Detail
Focke-Wulf Fw 44 Stieglitz in Detail
Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-8 in Detail
Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-8 in Detail (Revisited)
Focke-Wulf Fw 190: Modeller's Guide to Radial Engine Versions (Part I)
Focke-Wulf Fw 190: Modeller's Guide to Radial Engine Versions (Part II)
Heinkel He 162 Volksjäger in Detail
Horten IX (Gotha Go 229) in Detail
Messerschmitt Bf 109 E in Detail
Messerschmitt Bf-109G-6 in Detail
Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-10 in Detail
Messerschmitt Bf 110 G in Detail
Messerchmitt Me 262 in Detail
Messerchmitt Me 262B in Detail

Romania

IAR 80/81: Modeller's Guide to Variants
 

Russia and the Soviet Union

Antonov An-2 Colt in Detail
Mikoyan & Gurevich Mig-19 Farmer in Detail
Mikoyan & Gurevich Mig-29 Fulcrum in Detail

Sweden

FFVS J 22 in Detail
JAS 39 Gripen - 10th Anniversary of first flight
JAS 39 Gripen in Detail
SAAB J 21 in Detail
SAAB 37 Viggen in Detail

United Kingdom

Avro Lancaster in Detail
Avro Rota in Detail
BAC 221 in Detail
Boulton Paul Defiant in Detail
de Havilland D.H. 82 Tiger Moth in Detail
de Havilland Mosquito B 35 in Detail
Fairey Battle in Detail
English Electric Lightning in Detail
Gloster Gladiator in Detail
Hawker Hart in Detail
Hawker Hunter in Detail
Hawker Tempest Mk II in Detail
Supermarine Spitfire Mk I in Detail
Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IX in Detail
Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk XIX  in Detail
Supermarine Spitfire F Mk 24 in Detail
Supermarine Walrus in Detail
Vickers Wellington in Detail
Westland Lysander in Detail

United States

Bell X-1: Modeller's Guide to X-1 Experimental Aircraft (Part One)
Bell X-1: Modeller's Guide to X-1 Experimental Aircraft (Part Two)
Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress in Detail
Curtiss P-40E in Detail
Curtiss P-40: Modeller's Guide to Variants
Douglas Skyraider in Detail
Grumman Wildcat in Detail
Lockheed C-130 Hercules in Detail
Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk in Detail
North American B-25 in Detail
North American P-51A Mustang in Detail
North American P-51D Mustang in Detail
North American P-51D Mustang in Detail (Revisited)
North American P-51Mustang: Modeller's Guide to Early Variants
North American P-51 Mustang: Modeller's Guide to Late Variants
North American F-100 Super Sabre in Detail
North American X-15: Modeller's Guide to World Speed Record Experimental Aircraft
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt in Detail
Republic RF-84F Thunderflash in Detail
Republic RF-84F Thunderflash in Detail (Reprise)
Seversky P-35 in Detail


Armor, Ship and other Reference

Reference features on miscellaneous subjects, listed by country in alphabetical order.

Germany

Biber mini-submarine in Detail
SdKfz 173 Jagdpanther in Detail
Strv 121 in Detail
U-Boot Type XXI in Detail
V2 rocket in Detail

United States

Modellers' Guide to Thor-Able Star and Delta Rockets


Camouflage and Markings

Reference material on aircraft camouflage, listed by country.

Argentina

Pulqui - Argentina's Jet Adventure

Belgium

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash in Belgian Service

France

Curtiss Hawk 75 in Armée de l'Air Service
French Fighters in British Service During WW1

Germany

Early Focke-Wulf Fw 190s
Focke-Wulf Fw 190
Fokker Dr. I Aces
Messerschmitt Me 109

Italy

Italian Ace Giorgio Pessi and his Spad VII

Japan

Nakajima Type 1 Hayabusa (Oscar)

The Netherlands

Colours of the Dutch Air Force (Part I)
Colours of the Dutch Air Force (Part II)
Colours of the Dutch Air Force (Part III)

Romania

Fighters of the Romanian Air Force
IAR 80/81 - Romania's Best Fighter

United Kingdom

Boulton Paul Defiant
Bristol Beaufighter - Part 1
Bristol Beaufighter - Part 2
Fairey Battle - Addendum
Gloster Gladiator - Part 1
Gloster Gladiator - Part 2
Hawker Hunter

Camouflage and Markings of No. 74 Sqn RAF (Part 1)
Camouflage and Markings of No. 74 Sqn RAF (Part 2)
Camouflage and Markings of No. 112 Sqn RAF (Part 1)
Camouflage and Markings of No. 112 Sqn RAF (Part 2)
Early Armed Reconnaissance Spitfires
French Fighters in British Service During WW1
Lance Wade - Desert Spitfire Ace
McDonnell Phantom in British Service
Night-fighting Spitfires

United States

Bell P-39 Airacobra in USAAF Service
Curtiss Hawk 75 in Armée de l'Air Service
Ernest Fiebelkorn - The Buster of Walter Nowotny and his P-51D
McDonnell Phantom in British Service
North American P-51 Mustang (Part 1)
North American P-51 Mustang (Part 2)
North American P-51 Mustang (Part 3)
North American P-51 Mustang (Part 4)
Republic RF-84F Thunderflash in Belgian Service 

Interior Colours of US Aircraft, 1941-45 (Part I) 
Interior Colours of US Aircraft, 1941-45 (Part II)
Interior Colours of US Aircraft, 1941-45 (Part III)

Sweden

Bell 206L Long Ranger in Swedish Police Service
Saab JA 37 Viggen "Blå Petter"


Photo Albums

These are our miscellaneous photo collections.

Photo Album: Aircraft and Colours of the Rhodesian Air Force
Photo Album: Aircraft and Colours of the South African Air Force
Photo Album: Below Mach 1
Photo Album: Bismarck
Photo Album: Deck Landing Incidents
Photo Album: Farewell to Viggen
Photo Album: Scharnhorst & Gneisenau
Photo Album: Tigers@IAT
Photo Album: Those Magnificent Wright Brothers and their Flying Machines
Photo Album: US Beach Landing Operations, 1943-45 (Part 1)
Photo Album: US Beach Landing Operations, 1943-45 (Part 2) 
World War II Colors - in Color

 

 


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