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 Posted: Sat Nov 11th, 2017 10:14 am
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Hi Nigel. Thank you. I totally agree with you. I do have some tungsten darts, also needle files. Apart from that I don’t like A& E departments.  I have had my fill of them. I will be perusing my search for 4mm V groove planking , while my “Naked Track Cleaner struts it’s stuff”. After all the bodywork is only for the sake of blending in with a Freight or engineering train  Best wishes  Kevin



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Doesn't have to be a scalpel. In fact I use a craft knife usually, but as it's a small one I tend to call either item a scalpel.If you can't turn it over and use the back of it to scribe, having just cut out the  styrene with it, maybe you should go play golf.
This hobby requires you learn certain skills, most of which are simple and require the basics of common sense, not an armoury of H&E clobber. I wish I could draw on the PC, I'd present you with a cartoon of a modelmaker in hard hat, noisy yellow jacket, goggles, mask, armoured gloves, etc, sitting down to the most simple task at the bench.
I use a knife to score, because I mainly use Foamex and that needs to be cut to give a sharp, distinct edge. When I'm impressing shiplap etc.  On Styrene I would probably use a scriber, lightly to prevent tearing, then a 3 square file, but it depends on what else I was doing.
I have always found those extending knives to be so unreliable as to be more dangerous, since the blades can suddenly disappear or even drag themselves out, whereupon they can break far more readily than a scalpel.  And you will never (if you have any sense) press so hard on a scalpel when scoring as to snap it.
I still believe that even if you don't do much modelmaking you should approach it as if you were a seasoned campaigner, along with all the sensible precautions anyone would normally take, without going overboard with special clothing!  I honestly can't remember the last time I cut myself with a scalpel/craft knife (big/craft knife(small) or Stanley knife.  An extending knife NEARLY cut me when I was carpet laying for my son a short time ago by suddenly letting go. I asked him for his big craft knife and all was well after that and we went on to lay carpet in 2 rooms.
I would warn about plywood, in case you're using it to make a baseboard or similar.  DO NOT sand it along the grain. The sandpaper can catch the wood and send a long splinter straight through your hand. Ask me how I know!
Always sand across the grain with paper folded round a block.

I would have thought a simple scriber should be in anyone's tool kit anyway and one end of that can be used best to do the scoring of planks in styrene. Keep a small slipstone handy to keep it sharp in the shape you prefer.  Not everyone plays darts.  But put a cork on each end and keep it in the gun cabinet when not in use.
But if you want to make sharp impressions in Foamex, you have to cut it first and that WILL require a craft knife at least.  Get used to it. Learn to use all tools with care and please.....drink responsibly <G>

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Hi All.   Just a quick update on my “make do and mend wagon project” . I was going to build a model signal cabin? which didn’t get started, so I used the planking on the wagon. So far I have cut the hole to fit the track cleaner and removed the swarf , the same with the sides and ends, it even fits onto the chassis. Next job fit the “ strapping “ and then  Prime it , I understand that my local Automotive shop( Halfords) sell rattle cans of grey primer, next step I have to consider “ Departmental Livery “, the question is Grey and Yellow (Dutch  livery) or Dull Green? or even “Yellow and Dull Red? that is where I need advice but I do have a Queen Mary Brakevan  in Sat Link livery, so that could be the best livery to go for???    Best wishes. Kevin 



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                                                       Tape on back of straight edges.
Just seen this brilliant tip and applied it to my 2 cutting straight edges while I am making up some Scalescene kits,
Wish I had thought of/seen it years ago... :roll:
Great stuff... Martin,
Regards, Martin Jackson - retired in Central Portugal...

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