Accenting scribed panel lines

Accenting scribed panel lines

Post by Tony Fotinak » Tue, 29 Sep 1998 04:00:00



What's the ideal method for accenting
scribed panel lines?   I see quite a few
built models having this and they look  quite good, but others are left
alone
(plain looking).   Is it India ink or something like that?

Tony.....

 
 
 

Accenting scribed panel lines

Post by Dan Salamon » Tue, 29 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Tony,
    It can be done using India ink, artists' oils, (for that matter, a
"wash" of oils, ink or acrylics...), as well as different painting
techniques as well as artists' chalks.
    I would recommend buying a good book from the likes of Shep Paine,
or a Kalmbach book and it can describe in detail about these methods as
well as show you photos of the process. Hope this helps,
                                                              Dan

 
 
 

Accenting scribed panel lines

Post by Larry Trou » Tue, 29 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Tony,
I had good luck using thinned down water-based flat black, dark grey,etc.
Polly-S was what I had used, after running it down the scribed line &
letting it dry, you can then wipe off the excess with a damp cloth. Works
best on a gloss finish & overcoat w/clear flat.

What's the ideal method for accenting
scribed panel lines?   I see quite a few
built models having this and they look  quite good, but others are left
alone
(plain looking).   Is it India ink or something like that?

Tony.....

 
 
 

Accenting scribed panel lines

Post by Mike » Tue, 29 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> What's the ideal method for accenting
> scribed panel lines?   I see quite a few
> built models having this and they look  quite good, but others are left
> alone
> (plain looking).   Is it India ink or something like that?

> Tony.....

I'm assuming you mean recessed panel lines? There is no ideal way of
doing almost anything in modeling, what works best for one may not work
at all for another. Anyway, there are many ways to accent panels lines.
You can:

1. Apply a wash then wipe off excess leaving the recessed detail
highlighted . I use browns and grays for the wash. There are many
materiels that can be used; paint(enamels on acrylics and vice versa),
inks, oil paints, etc.

2. Use a technical pen or sharp (mechanical)pencil to highlight the
panel lines. I don't really like the look of this technique, it's too
apparent.

3. Spray a dark colour(black, dark gray) along panel lines before
applying the final coat. I personally have had mixed results with this.

4. Paint entire model with X colour and then fill panels with a
lightened colour X(add white or light gray).

These are the four techniques I've used but there may be others I don't
know of or have forgotten at the moment. Personally I don't think
accented panel lines look realistic in most cases but I do think that it
makes the model 'look' better.

Mike Dougherty

 
 
 

Accenting scribed panel lines

Post by didiumu » Tue, 29 Sep 1998 04:00:00


India ink can work well, as can thinned oils and watercolors. try some
washes, you will really like the results. just be careful that the wash is
compatible with your base paint/clear coats.

Scott Gentry


What's the ideal method for accenting
scribed panel lines?   I see quite a few
built models having this and they look  quite good, but others are left
alone
(plain looking).   Is it India ink or something like that?

Tony.....

 
 
 

Accenting scribed panel lines

Post by JG2in » Wed, 30 Sep 1998 04:00:00


I havwe seen all of the others ways used,but as far as I concerned,if you
darken the base color and paint it into the panel lines that is by far the most
realistic and best looking way to do this
Mike

 
 
 

Accenting scribed panel lines

Post by SVanak » Wed, 30 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Just an observation on panel lines.  A real airplane's panel lines can rarely
be seen from standard viewing distances other than door or control surface
lines. Look at the hundreds of thousands of aircraft photos in magazines and
you'll see what I mean.

Accentuating these lines is an affectation which is peculiar to model aircraft.
 A car builder wouldn't dream of doing such a thing!

Next time someone screams for the accuracy police, ask him or her about the
accented panel lines on thier aircraft!!

Frankly, I can take them or leave them, depending on how I feel at the time.
This is one more area where the builder uses artistic lisence. After all,
modeling is really as much an art form as anything and is subject to
interpretation by both the builder and the viewer.

Getting back to the question, I have used pencil and a Rapidograph pen with
some success.
Cheers,

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Accenting scribed panel lines

Post by LeadSled » Wed, 30 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

>India ink can work well, as can thinned oils and watercolors. try some
>washes, you will really like the results. just be careful that the wash is
>compatible with your base paint/clear coats.

FWIW, I use future for my gloss coat and almost exclusively use enamels.  Once
the decals are dry I use a wash of black or other contrasting color over the
future which is great as it does not attack the paint.  I even dab black paint
directly into the more stubborn lines.  Then, when that has dried say an hour
or two, I take a thinner soaked rag and wipe off the excess.  With a light
touch, you can just go over the recesses and take of the extra leaving a nice
contrast in the line.

Respectfully,

Tom

 
 
 

Accenting scribed panel lines

Post by Somanyki » Wed, 30 Sep 1998 04:00:00


      2. Use a technical pen or sharp (mechanical)pencil to highlight the panel
lines. I don't really like the look of this technique, it's too apparent.

  Try putting a flat coat over them after using the pencil ...... have many
first place models with them ......

   Dave

 
 
 

Accenting scribed panel lines

Post by Hollywoo » Thu, 01 Oct 1998 04:00:00



Quote:

>What's the ideal method for accenting
>scribed panel lines?   I see quite a few
>built models having this and they look  quite good, but others are left
>alone
>(plain looking).   Is it India ink or something like that?

>Tony.....

As luck would have it, one of my favorite ideas was published in FSM.
I didn't send it in, but it is what I do.
I take the base color and add a couple of drops of black to it, then
using a fine brush (about a 25/0), pick out the lines with this
slightly darker mixture.  The effect isn't as striking as black and
tends to make it seem more realistic.

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Accenting scribed panel lines

Post by Max Shelhor » Sun, 04 Oct 1998 04:00:00


I use Berol colored pencils from the art supply store to do panel
lines. They come in two hardnesses, the harder type (Berol Verithin)
work best in most instances. The advantage of these over a #2 writing
pencil is that they come in different shades and intensities of gray,
for instance Cool Gray 90% or Warm Gray 50%.  On the light blue
underside of a German fighter you might use Cool Gray 50% to
discreetly accent the panel lines.
Regards,
Max Shelhorse
Atlanta, Georgia
Quote:

>      2. Use a technical pen or sharp (mechanical)pencil to highlight the panel
>lines. I don't really like the look of this technique, it's too apparent.
>  Try putting a flat coat over them after using the pencil ...... have many
>first place models with them ......
>   Dave