Scratch Builds: Panel Lining

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  1. Wikkid

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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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    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:

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