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retiredyank
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Posted: Thursday, November 03, 2016 - 02:33 AM UTC
I do some light building from scrap. But, I would like a breakdown of recommended tools and consumables. I'm a novice, who would like to do some larger scale stuff. I am pretty set in 35 scale armor/soft skins. Thanks guys!
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Posted: Thursday, November 03, 2016 - 04:10 PM UTC
I keep a variety of sheet styrene as well as shapes, some brass & aluminum rod/tubing, Music wire. Don't discount plastic packaging from almost anything. You can even salvage pens for parts.

A good straight edge and knife or scalpel are the bare minimum.
A machinists protractor is handy for angles:
http://www.generaltools.com/square-head-steel-protractor

Northwest Shoreline Products like the "THE CHOPPER" and "THE DUPLICUTTER II" can help as well.
http://www.nwsl.com/NWSL_Online_Catalog.html

Feel free to message me on FB if you have more questions!
SingaporeModeller
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Posted: Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 04:30 PM UTC
You may also want to consider the aluminium soda cans.

They are excellent materials for scratch building.

Will try to post some pics when I am home later.

Cheers!!
retiredyank
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Posted: Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 05:17 PM UTC

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You may also want to consider the aluminium soda cans.

They are excellent materials for scratch building.

Will try to post some pics when I am home later.

Cheers!!



I have a few disposable baking pans.
RobinNilsson
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Posted: Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 07:30 PM UTC
Soda cans: This can be generalised into 'any packaging/container made of thin sheet metal'.
In the "good old days" toothpaste came in "tubes" of fairly soft metal.

Styrene sheets: These are used in the printing industry and for various other purposes and with some luck you can find someone who sells whole sheets (1 meter by 2 meters) of 0.5 mm and thicker. One sheet lasts more or less for ever ....
/ Robin

http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/item.aspx?itemid=22883
starts at .020 inches thick 40x72 inches, $7.14 per sheet.
Shipping will be expensive unless you can arrange to pick it up.
I think they are in Ohio .... Some Googling might find some vendor closer to your location


retiredyank
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Posted: Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 07:57 PM UTC
I used to work at a print shop, here. Never considered where the plastic plates came from.
RobinNilsson
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Posted: Monday, November 07, 2016 - 12:36 AM UTC

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I used to work at a print shop, here. Never considered where the plastic plates came from.



Maybe you can ask them for some discarded "misprints" or maybe just buy some fresh ones ?

Many years ago I found a misprinted calendar under the layout of the model railroad club ( http://www.smj.org/wp/ ) and asked one of the other members what it was doing there.
The answer was: "Styrene sheet" ;-)

Another source of thicker styrene sheets are broken CD-cases (the little flat boxes around the compact discs). Front and back are nice and flat and the shaped inlay that holds the actual CD usually has a structured surface. Sometimes the corners and other internal shapes are usable as well.

/ Robin
retiredyank
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Posted: Monday, November 07, 2016 - 03:55 AM UTC

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I used to work at a print shop, here. Never considered where the plastic plates came from.



Maybe you can ask them for some discarded "misprints" or maybe just buy some fresh ones ?

/ Robin



They have a ton of brass misprints. The plastic creates less waste. But, as has been said there are a lot of places to scavenge it.
varanusk
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Posted: Monday, November 07, 2016 - 05:06 PM UTC
A quick list form top of my mind.
Materials:
* Evergreen styrene in any shape you need, from plain sheets to tubes, beams, etc. ( http://www.evergreenscalemodels.com/ )
* Aluminium and other metal sheets
* Wire of different gauges

Tools, apart from the ones you already have as a modeller:
*Scribber
*Minisaw
*Punch&Die
*Mini power drill (low revolutions)
*The above mentioned Chopper
retiredyank
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Posted: Monday, November 07, 2016 - 05:47 PM UTC
Are there specific sizes/gauges that you find you use more?
varanusk
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Posted: Wednesday, November 09, 2016 - 04:03 PM UTC
Not really, it all depends on the project you are working in... However I have found very useful the evergreen set 9008, which has three sheets of different thickness