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Tip: I was recently building a car model, and I needed to apply some mesh to the front bumper. I got some loose-leaf notebook paper and placed it over the front opening of the bumper. I then used a pencil to gently made short, quick strokes over the paper.

In seconds, I had a perfect template. The open area was light, and the outline of the hole was dark on the paper.

All I had to do was cut the template along the dark line, and place it on some mesh with double-stick tape. Then I just cut around the template.

- Rafal Piersiak
via E-mail

Ken: Rafal, this is another case of taking a technique from a different source and using it for our purposes here in the model-car hobby.

The technique of creating rubbings has been around for a long time, and has been used extensively to reproduce images of headstones in old cemeteries, to name just one application.

To make that type of rubbing, a piece of parchment is held up against the face of the stone and a charcoal stick (or pencil) is rubbed across the surface. The charcoal picks up the edges of the images on the stone and transfers them to the paper, which is exactly what you did with your bumper.

Thanks for letting us in on a technique that can be used in any number of ways in our hobby.


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