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Discussions on specific A/C building techniques.
making the best of raised panel lines...
New Jersey, United States
Joined: May 28, 2009
KitMaker: 239 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 03:40 AM UTC
And I mean making the best without sanding them off and rescribing them. I have no interest in doing that at this point.

So, short of making your own recessed panel lines do you do anything special to make the model look realistic?
Joined: September 07, 2005
KitMaker: 5,609 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 04:07 AM UTC
Hi Scott

In general, raised panel lines are as realistic as engraved ones. Often panels overlap or form a similar raised effect. I personally prefer engraved lines, but just for the techniques I am using, that work better with this type.

IMO it would be best if you keep the raised lines and try out some other techniques .. e.g. pre/postshading and drybrushing might work. If you have to remove panel lines (sanding and the like) you can restore them with streched sprue glued on with a bit of liquid cement.

others surely will add more hints

all the best

North Carolina, United States
Joined: December 17, 2006
KitMaker: 181 posts
AeroScale: 18 posts
Posted: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 11:44 AM UTC
Archer Fine Transfers has raised panel line replacements in their "Surface Details" line. They are decals and can be cut to the length that you need them.