>What is the best straight edge to use? I have heard to use Dymo Label
>or a flat vacuum cleaned belt. I have tried label tape with limited
>success, sometimes the scriber cuts into the tape - not good for making
Eraser shields from the art supply store are dandy. Some Japanese
made a dandy photoetched access-panel scribing guide from brass, but it
has disappeared on my workbench somewhere. Highly recommended.
>What is the best technique for scribing around curves?
Dymo tape is the best stuff I have found... if you're gouging it up, keep
>Is it best to scribe accross seam lins before or after the fuselage or
>wing halfs have been assembled?
Up to you, but it's easier to get the lines to line up if you scribe after
assembly... if you do it first, and then assemble, if they don't line up,
you're screwed, as they say in the vernacular.
>How do you keep from getting panel lines that look like they were made
>with a Ditch Witch?
You are using too much pressure. It's better to make the line in several
light passes instead of dragging the scriber across and getting it in
there with one heavy pull. That's probably why you're gouging your label
>What is the best method of fixing a screwup? Filler putty or CA? Or some
>other method? I have tried putty, but all that happens is that I end up
>chipping out the putty.
If you have to use putty, a catalyzed polester putty like tamiya's or the
Evercoat Euro-soft is the best, because it wont chip the way Testors,
Squadron Red/White or Bondo spot putty do. Acclerated CA with a baking
soda filler is my personal favorite, though!
>Is there a better scriber to use? Some people that I have talked to like
>the Tamiya scriber. I'm sure that this is one of those personal
>questions but I'd still like to hear your opinions.
For years, a sewing needle tied in a split 1/4" dowel with thread was my
"scriber". I have used the Squadron scriber with great success. Sounds
more like technique is the problem here, not tools.
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