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scribing panel lines on aircraft
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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 - 04:41 PM UTC
Hi all

I have only ever built one aircraft in my time and that ended up in a diorama.

I have been asked to build a model aircraft for a friend, having looked at the kit the panel lines are all raised, now i am sure that should not be the case.

Can anybody tell me the best way to re scribe the panel lines and keep them straight and how best to achieve the various circle and ovals that are on the body of the model or should i jsut leave them raised.

thanks for looking

keith forsyth
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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 - 05:43 PM UTC
Keith

I saw an article/forum post on this the other day - i'm sure it was by Phil (almonkey). He suggested scribing with a sharp blade next to the raised lines, and then sanding th raised ones off leaving nicely scribed lines.

If it wasn't phil - apologies to the writer. I'm sure it was to do with a commercial plane, and probably on BB site.

HTH

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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 - 05:46 PM UTC
A quick search later and voila ici!!

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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 - 10:03 PM UTC
Hi Keith,
You could try my method Scribing made EEZEE but which ever way you do it it is a pain. I have used the same method as Phil and it works quit well.
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Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2007 - 12:06 AM UTC
guilty as charged!
i'd like to add that to scribe around the top of the fusalage, i got a piece of electricians insulating tape, stuck another piece on top, then used a metal ruler to cut a a thin, straight edged, double thickness piece that you can stick around most curved parts of an aircraft, and it will act as a guide for re scribing
*edit* just looking at my linked post, you can see the tape on the piece of glass and the strip i used in the corner of the second pic.
HTH, phil
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Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2007 - 12:35 AM UTC
ok thanks guys

do you scribe before you assemble or after, it looks a real pain but the end result should be better than raised, as raised panel lines just dont look right

Mal

had a look through you article, perfect but will this work on a 1/48 Hercules


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Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2007 - 01:55 AM UTC

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had a look through you article, perfect but will this work on a 1/48 Hercules


Yep, the only thing that you really have to watch, if using something like Tamiya tape as a guide, is to make the first few passes very light. A metal scribing tool will quickly destroy tape but use it just as a guide. After the first light cuts you will have a shallow engraved line to follow and all you need to do is make it the required depth. You still need to go carefully but I promise you my method is quicker and easier than the traditional "Dyno tape method". Using the existing panel lines as the guid does work but I found that the engraving tool was forever digging into the line, lifting the tool up and over it. Once this happens you can't use that section as a guide. I found done this way MY lines were wonky. I am using my method on a 1/48 B-24 at the moment so you C-130 should be a breeze
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Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2007 - 11:31 PM UTC

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your C-130 should be a breeze
Mal



yes but your a season vet at this and im an armour modeller with a sharp knife and doesn't use masking tape a whole lot :-) .

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Posted: Friday, January 19, 2007 - 01:52 AM UTC
Excuses, excuses It's really great theropy, it won't send you mad at all Would your client mind if you left the panel lines as they are? It would save allot of work
Mal
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Posted: Friday, January 19, 2007 - 02:22 AM UTC
he might, but i wouldn't be happy as it wouldn't be up to my usual standard of work :-)

I dont think i would get a good finish with the raised panel lines when i weather it any way.

It doesnt help that the kits a bit of a pig to begin with and add to that the pur size of the thing

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Posted: Friday, January 19, 2007 - 03:05 PM UTC

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he might, but i wouldn't be happy as it wouldn't be up to my usual standard of work

I dont think i would get a good finish with the raised panel lines when i weather it any way.


This is exactly why I re-scribe panel lines, even though I dislike the process. It's not difficult, just very time consuming and I always have the feeling of "why am I doing this". Having said that I have a Tamiya 1/48 Dambusters Lancaster which I will be building for a mate at work. I would have normally re-scribed it but I debated whether it was necessary. My mate wasn't bothered so I dicided that I would re-scribe it to see what it would be like. It might be a cop out, but if he wants it any time this millenium re-scribing it is not an option
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Posted: Saturday, January 20, 2007 - 01:01 AM UTC
just to add, the lines i re-scribed have all but disappeared now its had a coat of paint!
although it is in 1/144 scale so it should'nt be too much of a problem, and i can always fake lines up with a 3mm pencil