Tracing Panel Lines With a Pencil

Tracing panel lines with a pencil

I developed this technique a few years ago when I was trying to find an easy way to delineate panel lines on my plastic model airplanes. The results of using a pencil are quite good. It works best with a flat/dull surface. You need to use a well-sharpened #2 pencil (or a different grade, depending on your taste). Carefully and slowly trace the panel lines of your model, blowing air with your mouth as you trace the lines to help remove the excess graphite from the surface of the model.

When you are finished delineating your model, apply a coat of dull or glossy clear lacquer to help seal the graphite to the surface of the model plane. The results are fantastic. See an example below.

Applying a coat of dull or glossy clear lacquer