See Part 1 for this kit's introduction, and aftermarket parts
Part 2 highlights works on the engine section
Scribing? What's that?
|Range of scribers are easily available in the market.|
For the professional modellers .................. ignore the above. You probably already know this or have better ways around this.
Now lets go back to the Mark I Colonial Viper. The original parts have raised panel lines. This means that instead of a groove, there is instead another super thin layer of plastic representing panel lines. It may look like a good idea if you're going to paint your entire kit with a brush, but the fact is there is no such thing as a raised panel line on any vehicles, even on actual aircrafts, tanks, ships and cars. That's why most professional modellers sand off these line, and "redraw" them again with scribers. It gives a better sense of realism to the finished look.
But why is it there? Again its an issue with cost. It cost the kit company money to create new molds for these plastic kits, and its cheaper and faster just creating those lines on existing molds instead of designing a new one. Unfortunately that means more work for us modellers.
|Raised panel lines on the wings|
|Raised panel lines for the engine covers|
|Raised panel lines on the fuselages|
Here's what other scale modellers did with their kits. Some would just scribe over the raised lines. I tried that and I got some sections that was well scribed, while I missed other areas of the raised panel lines completely. That's why its a good idea to lightly sand off the scribed area to achieve a smoother surface around the panel lines.
|Here's how the kit would look after scribing and sanding|
|Use primer to see uneven areas or gaps.|
Some modellers are able to scribe straight lines using free hand. Others require help (hence the dymo tape). Whichever method you choose, use one you're most comfortable with. Its always a good idea to plan out where you want your lines to be. Reference to the actual studio model will come in handy here. When you are engraving the lines, I would recommend moving the scriber towards you. I find this method the best when I want straight lines. Remember, patience is the key word here. Don't rush your work and don't worry about making mistakes. Its normal, and there's always the modeller's putty to fix those mistakes
When panel lines are scribed correctly on a kit, the outlook for the kit changes tremendously. See what Trastoman did and look at how much better the end results are. The lines are now more pronounced and defines the various panels for the Viper.
The Viper's Cockpit
Here's something you want to think about carefully before you commit to working on the cockpit. The way this Viper was designed, once you've put in the pilot, there's not much you can see of the control panels in the cockpit. But you can still see enough to determine if the layout is stock from the box, or if you did any modifications. Usually when lighted up, a well developed cockpit stands out very well. If you're planning to do your with a raised canopy, then you need to spruce up your cockpit.
|Viper Cockpit under construction|
But exactly how does the Mark I Viper cockpit's instrument panels look like? Thanks to one particular fan, Joel Owens who watched the classic show over and over again, and mapped out the layout of the control panels based on what was seen on TV. Its probably about the most accurate you're going to get to the Mark I console panels.
- Sand the entire area to clean up the engraved areas
Of course there are more than one way to spruce up your Mark I cockpit. How you want to do it is really up to you. Some modellers go the extra mile by creating panels using styrene sheets.
And then there are those that uses lighting to highlight the cockpit but maintain the original mold design. A great idea to sway attention and have viewers focus on something else