|Panel lined legs of Strike Freedom HG 1/144|
|Ordinary permanent marker|
|Left arm of the HG 00 Qan[T]|
|Drawing a straight line|
|Instant panel line|
We've finished panel lining the part in an instant. Very simple, right? But don't think that panel lining is always easy. There are some parts that are difficult to panel line such as circular panels and narrow areas. Smudges and excess markings are likely to happen during this times. But don't worry because I included some tips on how to erase this hard to avoid excess markings in the later part of my tutorial. Please continue reading and lets proceed to the next step which is panel lining thin areas.
There are some thins panels that the marker couldn't reach. Just like the hand of the HG 00 Qan[T] on the picture above. The panels are too thin that the marker won't go through. In this case we'll need to use a pointed object to reach those thin lines.
|Needle and Toothpicks|
The easiest way to panel line those thin areas is to use a needle or toothpick. This is commonly used on the head part because the panels are too thin for the marker. Just dip the needle or toothpick on a paint or on a smudge from the marker and apply it on the thin panels. Remember to be careful not to puncture yourself. Afterwards don't forget to dispose of the used toothpicks and put the needle in a pin cushion.
|Thin area panel lined|
Don't panic if you accidentally missed a panel and caused unwanted markings. Attempting to erase it right away might cause the smudge to scatter even more. Instead, wait for it to dry before erasing it. Now I will be showing you some ways on how to erase this unwanted markings.
Who would have thought that an eraser would be usable in gunpla. Its affordable and easy to use. All you have to do is rub it against the excess markings until it disappear. But this could also depend on the quality of the eraser. Another problem is that the eraser can't reach small areas. In this case we'll need to use another method which I will show you on the next step.
|Cutter / Design Knife|
You could try scratching off the excess markings using your nails. But this is not very effective. Instead, lets use a design knife or cutter to scratch away those unwanted markings. This is more effective and easy to do. It can also reach those small areas that the eraser can't. Just be careful not to cause any damage or hurt yourself.
|Panel lining finished|
Now its clean and free from any excess marks. We're finished with the tutorial and you have everything you need to know about panel lining. As you can see panel lining is fun and easy to do. Its a part of the gunpla hobby and it makes your gundam model complete. So get your gundam model and try it out yourself.
Its also advisable to search on the internet for a panel lined example of your gundam model so that you will have a guide on which parts should be panel line. Thats all about it. Thank you for reading my tutorial and look forward to my future posts.