Great videos: precise, harsh, and academic, with good advice and humor (especially the introduction video.). I use the same technique, except I use a flexible ruler. And like you, I almost always use tape.
I would really enjoy seeing videos of your builds, too.
Last edited by Barryjoe; Jul 17, 2012 at 9:18 PM. Reason: clarity.
Good tutorial! I use a hobby knife to scribe as well. I tried the dental tools and pretty much ended up with the same results that you did.
If I could add something to the conversation it would be for people to be careful of how deep they go when scribing a line. When I first started scribing I thought that the deeper the line went, the better it would look in the end because the line would surely stand out. I found out that this was not the case, and depending on the scale of the model, it could look cartoonish and ruin the model altogether. My advice would be to look at models that are at, or near, the same scale that the model you are building, and use them as reference for the depth of the lines. Looking at the depth of panels on "Real world" things such as planes, rockets, etc. are also good reference.
ive seen some people use tape and a but load of primer to make panel lines
this is the right way
Thanks Michael cause I suck at panel lines...
Always learning from you man.
This just bumps it up a notch.
I liked that, thanks Mike!
You Suck because you dont Practice. classic, goes for alot of things. that should be your sig line. LOL
Excellent tutorial. Like you already mentioned, light pressure to set the line in the plastic, this forms sort of a self made track that the blade will now stay in. Then as you increase pressure, the blade won't jump and go outside the straight line. If you put too much pressure on the first passes, you can jump all over the place and your line will be curvy. Excellent points!!!!
That's entertaining! Nice job. Thanks for sharing this.
I play it safe, I scribe with a butter knife .
This is the great tutorial for me Michael3D !!
Thanks for sharing your technique!!
Nice tutorial, plain and to the point.
Mike, do another one for scribing on 2 inch domes, I couldn't do the Tie Bomber cockpit dome to save my life....I sucked!
You forgot the pencil Technique Lol.
Guy. Do a few vac pulls over the dome. Chop it up and use the pieces as guides to scribe with.
Thank you for the tutorial, I'm sure we can all use more lessons and tips like this.
Its totally down to the right kind of practice. I think the Exacto works as well as it does because you hold it in your hand like a pencil, so your movement and handling is instinctive. Oh, and remember to keep your blade fresh, change it out often, or the chisel action is lost and you'll risk wandering off your lines.