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Old Oct 10, 2003, 02:36 PM
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Drawing planel lines...

I have a Flying Styro F-16 that I would like to add a little realism to. The panes lines are all molded into the foam. However, I've seen many people draw their own or highlight exisiting planel lines. What's the best method to do this? I've seen people use black markers but I don't want it too pronounced. It's a bit overdone then.

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Mark
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Old Oct 11, 2003, 01:39 AM
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I have used a silver marker pen over dark surfaces - and light. Doesn't work too well over chrome of course

Heres a picture of a couple of models done this way - they don't show up that well, but thats probably what you want anyway
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Old Oct 11, 2003, 06:25 AM
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Re: Drawing planel lines...

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I have a Flying Styro F-16 that I would like to add a little realism to. The panes lines are all molded into the foam. However, I've seen many people draw their own or highlight exisiting planel lines. What's the best method to do this? I've seen people use black markers but I don't want it too pronounced. It's a bit overdone then.

Thanks,

Mark

The only thing needed for the FS F-16 is high-lighting. This can be accomplished with chalk pastels. This will require a clear coat.
(one that will not melt foam)
The other way is to use a airbrush, spaying very lightly. This takes a little practice, but will not require a clear coat, which will keep the plane lighter. A definet requirement for this plane. I use a piece of card-stock to keep the hard edge of the high-lighting to the front of the plane, or to the left or right.

As in anything in modeling, people can provide you with guidance, but you will be your ultimate teacher, through, just doing it.


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Old Oct 11, 2003, 07:32 AM
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I've used a permanent ultra fine line Sharpie pen for panel lines. See my Rittinger Tony.
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Old Oct 11, 2003, 08:15 AM
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I use a propelling pencil on painted surfaces. The pencil line comes out silvery grey and fairly unobtrusive. On foam it has the added benefit of slightly indenting the foam and if done with a light touch it looks quite effective.

Once saw a Leicester Model Centre Harrier where the panel lines had been put on with a black marker pen and it looked like Spiderman's personal aircraft- very much over the top.

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Old Oct 11, 2003, 08:38 AM
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Mark

Chris Golds-A prolific UK aeromodelor uses black and white markers to give "highlights and lowlights"(my words)-when used subtly it looks great...
I saw it mentioned on another thread here recently-If you're interested try a search on his name (not as a user name).

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Old Oct 11, 2003, 12:03 PM
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Do you own an airbrush? If so, mask everything but the panel line you want to highlight. Spray the panel a dark color. I usually mask only one side and spray the dark color in the direction of the airflow. Tedious, but it does work and it gives the panel line a nice feathered edge.

I prefer this technique than actually drawing the panel line in.
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Old Oct 11, 2003, 08:04 PM
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Thanks for the tips everyone. I do own an airbrush. I will do some experimenting with the highlighting technique. What's a good mix for color? I'm guessing a grayish blackish something.

I also like the idea of the pencil.

-Mark
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Old Oct 12, 2003, 12:17 PM
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Pencil!

Fine Drafting pencil is EXCELLENT, easy to use , realistic,and weathers really nicely by wiping your finger in the direction of the airflow.

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Old Oct 13, 2003, 12:32 AM
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Bruce,

I like that effect you get with the drafting pencil. Good idea.

I'll have to try that out.

-Mark
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