1⁄35Scribing Made Eezee?
By “scribing” I mean cutting a line into the surface of the plastic, usually to simulate panel lines and hatches/inspection covers on plastic models. I think that this technique is used mainly on aircraft models. Most, if not all, modern plastic model aircraft have engraved panel lines, but the techniques that I will describe are useful for re-instating lost panel lines, after sanding.
However because of the way I finish and particularly, weather my models, I much prefer the scribed panel detailing. A lot of the models that I would consider scribing are the only ones available in 1/48 scale, so the choice is either live with the raised detail or scribe. I choose to scribe but I still find it a chore, or did until part way through scribing the Revell re-issue of the excellent Monogram B-26B/G Marauder, for this article, more later.
ToolsThere are many scribing tools on the market, but for the method I will describe the Olfa-P cutter seems to be the best. You will also require a tool with a simple point, this could simply be a sharpened needle, I have a “pointy” scriber, which I think is a Verlinden tool? I have quite a few others, most of which are home made but since discovering my EEZEE scribing method, I think they are all but redundant.
These tools can be seen in the second picture, the Olfa-P cutter has the yellow handle and the pointy tool has the rubber finger grip. There is a very useful, homemade tool which isn’t redundant and is used for scribing rivets and dezus fasteners. I will describe how to make it at the end of the article. Other tools that are necessary are straight edges and scribing templates. My EEZEE method has made most of my straight edges redundant as well. You will see the scribing templates used, mine are by Verlinden. There are plenty of others on the market.
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