> In a moment of insanity during the KayBee inventory clearance, I slipped and
> bought my first aircraft kit in 25 years - and what a *gem* I picked, the
> Monogram P-38 w/rivets galore and raised panel lines...
> I understand that the ideal outcome is to remove the rivets, and replace the
> raised panel lines with scribed panel lines - BUT HOW???....
> - what is the recommended approach for eliminating the offending detail?
Recommended approach #1 - Replace the kit with either a Hasegawa or
Minicraft P-38. But I guess you don't want to hear that ;-)
shouldn't show up in 1/48th scale.
> - how would one (a) assure that the replacement scribe lines were in the
> right place, and esp. on a curved surface (b) make sure they're straight?
> for (b), a flexible metal ruler, maybe?????
> any recommendations on a scribing tool *other* than the back edge of an
> xacto blade?
panel lines should leave dark marks behind. Of course you'd want to check
your references to make sure that THEY were correct.
A good way to guide your scribe is to use labelmaker tape (The Dyno brand
is the most popular). This is self adhesive and you can cut it to a
narrower width to make it conform to compound curves.
For a scribe I'd suggest getting a regular metal scribe at a hardware
store, which is just a steel point in a handle. General makes one. Get a
fish hook sharpener to sharpen it. This is a little triangular sharpening
stone with groves in two of the three sides.
Another problem with this kit, if you care, is the complete lack of gear
well detail. Koster sells insides for the gear bays in vacuform.
Really, I don't think that it's worth going to all this trouble on this
kit, unless you really want to. If you're building for your own enjoyment
and that's what you enjoy go for it. If you're building for a contest,
you'll save yourself a lot of grief by starting with one of the newer P-38
Still trying to come up with a really cool Signature