Customs: Cutting 3mm PVC?

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  1. dsn1014

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    I've been working on my repaint of Armada Demolisher into Metroplex and to be honest I made a dogs dinner of it, so I'm going to try another route and experiment with some scratch building of my own. All I can get my hands on as regard materials is a big sheet of 3mm PVC I pilfered from work when they rewalled the bar, but I have no idea what to use to cut it, as I guess a scissors just won't do.

    I've been to the local hardware shop and the only thing that looks up to the job is a wire snips, but still I don't want to throw money away if it's not up to scratch.

    I've also made use of a small hacksaw, but this is far too messy and I find it hard to cut the shape I want.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    they make a pvc cutting knife, but I would suggest using an x-acto blade, scoring it, then cutting it, then sanding the edges. 3 mil isn;t too thick, you should be ok, but cutting smaller shapes is going to be tough...I would just hunt for some styrene for those
     
  3. dsn1014

    dsn1014 41:75:74:6f:62:6f:74

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    I've had a good look around my area in the stores and sadly there doesn't seem to be any styrene to be got, though I suppose ebay is an option of course. Thanks for the tip though, much appreciated.
     
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    ebay is better than the stores. cheaper and you won't need to spend $4.00 a gallon in gas to get your items ;) 

    there are a few styrene sellers online also. try googling "styrene sale" or something like that
     
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    anovasinn THE PAINTS MUST FLOW!!!

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    styrene can be floppy or stiff as a board it just depends on the thickness you buy i keep at least 3 diff mil on hand thick medium and paper thin. i love the paper thin stuff for covering scratched areas or for creating detail.
     

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