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musicman
5th Feb 2011, 01:11 PM
I have been asked a couple of times about a tool I frequently use when using paper and card stock products to scratch build everything from structures to sidewalks and concrete pads.

The pictures below show an embossing tool and can be found at art supply stores and many hobby shops. It is primarily used to emboss lines into the paper product to resemble expansion joints or panel details. It also works just as well with soft woods like balsa or pine.

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This one is made by Excel, the same company that made my "Exacto-type" hobby knife. It came with four interchangable points. The smallest is perfect for n scale work and is about the size of a medium ball point pen tip. Similar embossing tools are made by other manufacturers.

Here are a couple of examples of where I use this tool ... expansion joint details on a "pre-cast concrete" building; and expansion joints in sidewalks and level crossing components.

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The building walls are 1/32" cardboard, the sidewalks are 1/16" picture matte, and the level crossing components are 1/16" balsa.

musicman
5th Feb 2011, 02:26 PM
I should add that I have used, and you could use, a pen for this. The trouble is that ink will bleed through many of the paints we use. I even saved an old pen that I swore was out of ink but there was just enough ink left in it to make a mess of my work by bleeding through. For about 7 bucks, this tool was well worth the investment.

fordi
5th Feb 2011, 03:04 PM
Call me stupid. But where did you find such a tool.....

musicman
5th Feb 2011, 03:28 PM
I got mine at an arts supply store ... the kind of place where you would buy artist's brushes, canvasses, picture matte and that sort of thing but I have seen them at Michaels and I would guess you should be able to get them at most hobby stores ... wherever you would buy an "Exacto-type" hobby knife.

epumph
5th Feb 2011, 04:56 PM
It'll try AC Moore or Michaels.

MooseID
6th Feb 2011, 12:11 PM
Another gadget that works well is a bone tool:

http://www.overstock.com/Crafts-Sewing/Martha-Stewart-Bone-Folder-Scrapbooking-Tool/5520479/product.html?cid=123620&fp=F&mr:trackingCode=029646E2-0AF8-DF11-B690-001517384909&mr:referralID=NA

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=boning+tool&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=&rlz=1I7GWYE_en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=699013211491781260&ei=AtVOTbXmE4T4sAO8u4HICg&sa=X&oi=product_catalog_result&ct=image&resnum=3&ved=0CCYQ8gIwAg#