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What is your best method for restoring panel lines?

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Hello all,

I restore panel lines by scribing ( in which I hate ), drawing with pencil or dry brushing against masking tape. What is your best method or just a combination of all ? Dai  

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I rescribe straight lines using either a Bare Metal Panel Scriber or JLC saw. For curves, I'll use a sharpened pin in a pin vise against a template.

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Scribing is your best bet. I hated it, too, but with practice I've come to mostly enjoy it. The process can be very...zen.  😑

 

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I agree with @thegoodsgt.  Day-to-day it doesn't feel like it's getting easier, but just keep doing it.  After I scribed an entire Revell-Monogram F/A-18C I dreaded the thought of replacing a whole set of lines.  But having gotten a lot better at it on smaller jobs (restoring lost lines, some scratchbuilding) I'm about ready to tackle a whole airframe again.   

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Grab yourself some templates, too

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I scribe using DYMO label tape as a guide for non- severely curved areas.  Works great on flat(ter) surfaces and good insurance vs slipping with the scriber.  My go to scriber is the UMM Scriber UM-1          For curved areas I go very slow free-handing it, go light on first pass.  More depth can be added once the path is good.   

 

Now if you find yourself needing to restore missing raised detail (rivets, etc) I highly recommend the raised detail sets from ARCHER - they apply just like decals and blend in with care.  Good luck

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