Tools & Supplies
Discussions on the latest and greatest tools, glues, and gadgets.
Hosted by Matt Leese
scribing tools
Visit this Community
Ohio, United States
Member Since: October 07, 2006
entire network: 112 Posts
KitMaker Network: 19 Posts
Posted: Saturday, September 13, 2008 - 12:51 PM UTC
For panel line scribing...which is better... the back of a dull xacto blade or a scribing tool? I need to re-scribe some lost engraved lines and read both are good tools to use. Any feedback would be appreciated.
Visit this Community
Armed Forces Pacific, United States
Member Since: June 10, 2006
entire network: 149 Posts
KitMaker Network: 20 Posts
Posted: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 03:26 AM UTC
I read about someone using a sewing machine needle. So I went and got some 15mm(1/3 in) PVC tubing. I then used the hot-glue gun to fill in around the sewing machine needle and then another one with a straight pin in it. I just made sure that they were centered until the glue ws hardened and now have some simple and cheap scribing tools. They work really good for template work. Just takes a few scores to get a deeper line cut, but its cheap and simple to use.
I hope it helps.

Visit this Community
Auckland, New Zealand
Member Since: October 25, 2005
entire network: 949 Posts
KitMaker Network: 129 Posts
Posted: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 08:06 AM UTC
Hi there
I agree with Dan
I use a cut down sewing needle held in a Pin vice
for straight lines ie panel lines etc I use Dymo tape as a guide

Visit this Community
Indiana, United States
Member Since: May 09, 2008
entire network: 1,019 Posts
KitMaker Network: 332 Posts
Posted: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 09:45 AM UTC
Mission Models sell an outstanding scribing tool with various blades. They aren't cheap, but they work very well. The cutting point curves back toward your hand so the scribing action is a very light pull. They are VERY sharp so a little effort does a lot. The blades come in different sizes and are extremely thin so the panel lines are not overdone. It is possible to easily cut all the way through a panel to remove it or open it for display. The same handle also works with their micro chisel set which is also a very fine tool and a recommended buy.
Visit this Community
Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Member Since: November 23, 2007
entire network: 569 Posts
KitMaker Network: 32 Posts
Posted: Monday, November 03, 2008 - 12:01 AM UTC
I bought a Tamiya scribler last Friday and it works like a charm.

Visit this Community
England - South East, United Kingdom
Member Since: June 03, 2006
entire network: 397 Posts
KitMaker Network: 12 Posts
Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 11:59 PM UTC
Found a scriber, from Trumpeter, in TAHS, the other day; at 2.99 it's a bargain, and does a beautifully fine grooved cut.