Heavy/Scratch: How to: Panel line

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  1. Wikkid

    Wikkid Semi-retired customizer

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    ^^Panel lines can really add detail to a scratchbuilt project. They're easy to do so long as you're patient and steady. Here's how I do it.
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    ^^When working around a project such as ringing the entire nose of this plane, it's best to tape it out first.

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    ^^Grab a straight edge and a pick for this project. These little picks come in a package of 4 for around $10 and offers different angles and sizes.

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    ^^Tape doesn't make for a very solid backing so use the straight edge to keep your scribe line from wandering. You need only etch the surface and only do the flat, straight areas.

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    ^^Here it is with the tape removed. Notice the corner aren't done.

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    ^^Now you need a steady hand. Tape each edge individually and connect one line to the other. Carefully etch the connecting lines.

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    ^^Remove the tape and sand the areas. Etching will create a raised edge on each side of the panel line that you need to cut down. Use your pick to clean out the channel for final inspection.

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    ^^Once you get all your obvious panel lines done and are not sure where to go next, it doesn't hurt to sketch out some ideas.
     

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  2. Wikkid

    Wikkid Semi-retired customizer

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    ^^Maybe something like this????.......

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    ^^possibly circles????......

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    ^^Circles it is, but I want them along the lower end of the nose. I start by drawing out a line parallel to the bottom of the nose.

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    ^^Laying down a straight edge, I begin mapping out my ports...........

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    ^^......and space them evenly.

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    ^^Like so.

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    ^^Now grab your drill and a bit in the size you want.

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    ^^You don't want to drill through the surface, just allow it to score the surface.

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    ^^Panel line all your other panels until you're good and happy with em. That's it.
     
  3. Jbarb78

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    Nice, I use the same techniques. I tend to lean toward a pinvise or just holding the drill bit with my fingers, the trigger in my old Dewalt isn't quite as sensitive as it used to be, went right through the part a couple times.
     
  4. big hank

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    This is great, good for you for sharing! May I add a tip or two?

    • Buy a couple cheap hacksaw blades with different teeth per inch (tpi). They make awesome templates for making perfectly spaced rivets! Just start with one groove (in between two teeth) and choose a number, say five grooves. Then every five grooves make your next rivet hole (using the same circle techniques Wikkid shows). Easy as pie perfect rivet etches.
    • Tamiya makes a few panel lining templates with some nice "techy" details, and the kit includes a really nice scribing tool.
    • Those surplus dental tool sets make great scribing tools too, and you tend to get 4-5 per set with differing tip angles and orientations to aid in hard to reach areas.
     
  5. turboedguy

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    Very helpful and descriptive, this is great stuff Wikkid. Another helpful tip, I also use an old exacto blade I dremeled a "L" shaped hook into the end, makes for a great scribe.

    Oh, and I can't wait to see that bad boy finished!
     
  6. xaviercal

    xaviercal Customizer/ Store Owner

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    thank you Wikkid always an inspiration to see your work!
     
  7. bellyboy

    bellyboy working working working

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    another one ? two treats in the same day


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  8. DMcB360

    DMcB360 Radicon G2

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    again, much aprechiated. always need more advanced cosmetic techniques.
     

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