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Old Apr 23, 2010, 07:29 AM
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What are your methods for making/painting panel lines?

Hi Guys,

I've been seeing alot of really nicely finished scale EP models aound,I've done alot of painting over the years so I hope I'll be able to make some nice looking models now that I'm starting to scratchbuild and kit build. The one things I can't quite figure out is how to make really nice looking panel lines on the body work, how do you guys do them? Any tips and tricks ?

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Old Apr 23, 2010, 07:55 AM
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If using foam, you can compress the lines with an old biro, or you can draw them on with a fine line permanent marker. Chalk can be used to give some weathering effects as well.
Old Apr 23, 2010, 08:36 AM
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You will also need some flexible straight edges. I use the cheap flex rulers found in office supply stores (some have cork backing on them) and/or add some double stick tape to one side. Throw a bit of balsa dust on the tape to remove some of the stickiness. In some cases I have used the blue painters tape to hold a flex edge in place while I draw the lines or add rivets.

Tower Hobbies sells the panel marking pens.
Old Apr 25, 2010, 02:35 PM
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I use 1/64" chartpak tape. Lay down the tape then spray 2 coats of primer over the top of the tape. Sand with 600 grit paper until the top of the tape is clear of primer. Peel the tape off, bam, you have panel lines.
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Old Apr 25, 2010, 03:12 PM
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Before you start, examine some photos of the full-size, to see what shows-up, and what does not.

Many good models have been spoiled by overdone black lines.
Old Apr 29, 2010, 01:04 AM
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I use a flexible ruler and a soft lead pencil. For lines that would denote a hinged or moving surface, such as a door or a trim tab, I use Ultra Fine Sharpie.

Old May 02, 2010, 06:24 PM
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Originally Posted by astroboy View Post
I use a flexible ruler and a soft lead pencil. For lines that would denote a hinged or moving surface, such as a door or a trim tab, I use Ultra Fine Sharpie.

Same here.

Old May 02, 2010, 08:33 PM
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I need some suggestions on panel lines for a Hangar 9 P-47 150. I plan on spraying flat clear over the plastic film to take the shine off. A method that will utilize the clear coat would be cool.
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Old May 02, 2010, 08:55 PM
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A bunch more is available on Stuka Stunt Works about panel lines as well as a lot more topics.....
Old May 03, 2010, 07:31 PM
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The amount of detail, whether it be 3-d or 2-d, depends really on the size of the airframe. It is very easy to "over-do" and make a more comical depiction, vs realistic.

For the small stuff, it is very light weight and easy, to just under coat the plane with alum paint, then add the colors, decals, and use a soft pencil. Then a sharpened nail to scribe intermitent panel wear. This of course for metal surfaces.

Fabric surfaces, I use light polyester dress lining or silk. Aliphatic glue dots for PK screws and sliced vellum for covers. All doped w/lacquer. Here's a few shots of a fabric B-24 and my A-4 Skyhawk.


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