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Offline igor57

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Scratchbuilding supplies
« on: Wed May, 06, 2009, 05:28:AM »
Pens from $2 stores.   Brilliant.  They invariably pull apart, give up some cool scratchbuilding parts and the manufacturers seem to bring out a whole new range (shapes etc) every other month.   Well worth looking for.
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Re: Scratchbuilding supplies
« Reply #1 on: Wed May, 06, 2009, 05:05:PM »
Oh yes. Great resource for scratchbuilding things. I used parts of a biro (ball pen) for my EGGZtravaganze entry. It made a very great "cannon".
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http://www.andersdenkend.com/zwischenraum/Modellbau/Modellbau_SMA_EGGstravaganza_Contest_03.jpg

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Re: Scratchbuilding supplies
« Reply #2 on: Wed May, 06, 2009, 05:30:PM »
Me too, for an ion cannon a while back. I used the tip of a dollar store marker and some pen parts. They were the write part for the job.
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Re: Scratchbuilding supplies
« Reply #3 on: Wed May, 06, 2009, 05:43:PM »
Oh cool! Haven't seen that yet. Very cool. Do you have photographs of some of your older scale modeling work online?

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Re: Scratchbuilding supplies
« Reply #4 on: Wed May, 06, 2009, 08:50:PM »
I do and I'll post some later on...kinda tied up at the moment - puppy needs to burn off energy.

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Re: Scratchbuilding supplies
« Reply #5 on: Thu May, 07, 2009, 08:00:AM »
Nice work Guys!     I am most definitely right at home here.    Will get the others along as well.

Anyone pulled apart those cheapo lighters?    Stunning little brass barrels to be had from them as well.   
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Re: Scratchbuilding supplies
« Reply #6 on: Thu May, 07, 2009, 09:18:AM »
In addition:

Torches, fishing tackle, blown light bulbs, dud radios, clocks and watches (but make sure they are broken before obliterating them!)

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Re: Scratchbuilding supplies
« Reply #7 on: Thu May, 07, 2009, 11:42:AM »
Oh and btw. I really love cable strips (straps?) for scratchbuilding rail thingies. They are available in different sizes as well.


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Re: Scratchbuilding supplies
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Re: Scratchbuilding supplies
« Reply #9 on: Fri May, 08, 2009, 08:37:AM »
I always found it hard to get a hold of certain SM supplies such as Brass sheets and styrene but I recently found a great online store with a lot of useful stuff:

http://www.alwayshobbies.com/Store/Craft-Materials

It's based in Britain so this might only be interesting for those of us in Europe.

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Re: Scratchbuilding supplies
« Reply #10 on: Fri May, 15, 2009, 08:42:PM »
If you go to plastruct's site, they have a very nice list of shops in europe that sell their stuff.
Most of these shops sell other supplies like K&S, styrene profiles and sheet, balsa etc. as well.

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Re: Scratchbuilding supplies
« Reply #11 on: Sat May, 16, 2009, 07:25:AM »
And always check the 1 EUR or 99 ct shops around you, since they may just have, what you are looking for. They often have things, where you didn't know that you are looking for them, as well. :D

I've seen a japanese guy using a plastic coat hanger from such a cheapo store, to make round curves for his pipes with it. Generally a great Idea.


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Re: Scratchbuilding supplies
« Reply #12 on: Sat May, 16, 2009, 07:35:AM »
That's a great idea.  So... watcha buildin?

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Re: Scratchbuilding supplies
« Reply #13 on: Sat May, 16, 2009, 02:43:PM »
The pics are not from me, mind you!  :-X

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Re: Scratchbuilding supplies
« Reply #14 on: Sun May, 17, 2009, 10:40:PM »
Just back from The New Zealand Boatshow.    Scored a dozen styrene key ring floats.   Perfect for fuel tanks, bases for AG units etc.   And they are give-aways!    Even better.   

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