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Old Jun 13, 2014, 11:58 AM
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How to add scale panel lines?

Not sure where to post this but i guess ill do it here.

I am new (more like extremely new) to the rc airplane detailing world. I am wondering how i would glass an airplane and then add scale panel lines?

I was thinking that I could just pencil the lines in after i put the paint on and then put a clear coat on top but not sure that the way to do it

Any help would be great as i am a total noob to this

Thanks,
Rob
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Old Jun 13, 2014, 12:33 PM
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One can apply 1/64th tape then apply primer coats. Subsequently removing the tape prior to final colour coats results in nice lines. Not for those concerned with weight build up though. Pencil is a good alternate as it's a decently thin and faint line. Not over the top prominent.
Be sparing in application of panel lines IMO Less is more :-)
Many really overdo it... and as small factoid; Luftwaffe planes featured taped and puttied seams.
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Old Jun 13, 2014, 03:11 PM
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There's makeup, then there's Hollywood makeup.
Most models have panel that are much too large. Full scale MIGHT have 1/16" gap..so on a model, most of the time pencil lines are fine. All too often models get Hollywood makeup, with panels that would have 2" gaps in full scale.
Less is indeed more. I good bit of shading w airbrush is more convincing..
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Old Jun 13, 2014, 03:58 PM
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I use an extra fine point sharpie and a 6" straight edge sometimes and I like that just fine. Granted, it may not be a perfect scale finish but it ads some detail fairly easy and thats it. Although, like has been mentioned, less is always more with these small planes.
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Old Jun 13, 2014, 04:16 PM
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My father used the Micron Archival Ink Pens for his Mustang. They worked quite well, but ya don't dare slip when using them, hard to clean up mistakes

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Old Jun 13, 2014, 04:29 PM
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Remember that panel lines at the scales we are building planes are almost invisible. I sometimes use a light grey pencil with a coat of krylon matt or dope. Most folks way over do the panels. My advice is forget it.
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Old Jun 13, 2014, 04:33 PM
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Thanks for the feedback.

I think that i am just going to use the pencil method (since its the easiest) and see how it turns out
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Old Jun 13, 2014, 08:00 PM
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This is what I did on the MAN Zero...
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...ht=a6m3&page=7
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Old Jun 13, 2014, 09:14 PM
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I am not sure what plane you are modeling but I recommend a grey versus black and keep it light, not overdone. In these photos you can hardly see the panel lines. Only a few show up. The photo of the SNJ in the air was taken be a camera at the wing tip and most panels are invisible at that short distance.
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Old Jun 14, 2014, 02:22 AM
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As Mark and Pat both said, the simple addition of a thin pencil line to the surface is a very good and quick means of adding panel lines, which should be quite understated for the smallish models that are so popular. I once saw a semi-scale Harrier that would have been quite a nice model, but had been completely spoiled by the addition of heavy black overdone panel lines, added with a felt-tip pen
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Old Jun 15, 2014, 09:52 AM
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Yup, lite and thin. I use pencil for weathering or for shadows from exhaust or other small protrusions . Can be very effective for smaller scale planes.

All panel lines, exhaust, and other bits including the shadows on the simulated fabric covered control surfaces are done in pencil.
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Old Jun 16, 2014, 11:42 AM
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nice work on the dive bomber! Is it a kit of from plans?
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Old Jun 17, 2014, 09:09 AM
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and as small factoid; Luftwaffe planes featured taped and puttied seams.
The panel lines are clearly visable on this Stuka and Focke Wulf.

I hadn't read that panel lines were taped and puttied on Luftwaffe aircraft.
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Old Jun 17, 2014, 11:50 AM
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Thanks for all the info...going to give it a shot pretty soon!
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Old Jun 18, 2014, 06:55 PM
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nice work on the dive bomber! Is it a kit of from plans?
It's stand off in the next county scale. Built only from crappy 3 views . I want to change the canopy , as it appears to tall. And need to redo the battery hatch on the bottom. But Thanks. The wing was from an old Midwest profile P-40, and the cowl is a bowl stolen from the wifes cupboard .
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