Customs: Question about scratchbuilding with styrene

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  1. Sso02V

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    What is the best width to work with? If the part I'm making is thicker, should I just layer the styrene or use a thicker piece?
     
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    I'd try layering it. My logic being that it works for plywood, why wouldn't it work for styrene as well? Also, the thicker the styrene, the harder it would be to cut through it without a lot of effort, I'd think. Also, I don't think they really make styrene sheets too thick anyway.

    Anyway, the thicknesses of styrene I've used are .020 inches and .030 inches, I think. I'm not really sure as it's been a long while since I bought it at www.micromark.com. I use the thicker sheets for parts that would encounter more stress, structurally and the thinner sheets for parts that need smaller parts or finer detail, as it's easier to cut and bend to shape.
     
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    I'd try layering it. My logic being that it works for plywood, why wouldn't it work for styrene as well? Also, the thicker the styrene, the harder it would be to cut through it without a lot of effort, I'd think. Also, I don't think they really make styrene sheets too thick anyway.

    Anyway, the thicknesses of styrene I've used are .020 inches and .030 inches, I think. I'm not really sure as it's been a long while since I bought it at www.micromark.com. I use the thicker sheets for parts that would encounter more stress, structurally and the thinner sheets for parts that need smaller parts or finer detail, as it's easier to cut and bend to shape.
     
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    As a model builder of 20 years thinner sheets glued together as best since you can prebend each layer before joining them together and then doing you final shape cuts and sanding.
     
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    As a model builder of 20 years thinner sheets glued together as best since you can prebend each layer before joining them together and then doing you final shape cuts and sanding.
     
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    Do I just cut it with an x-acto knife or what? I've never really done anything with styrene before.
     
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    Do I just cut it with an x-acto knife or what? I've never really done anything with styrene before.
     
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    Scissors will work for some parts, but yeah you need a good xacto
     
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    Scissors will work for some parts, but yeah you need a good xacto
     
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    Depending on the thickness you can use a good pair of scissors but the thicker the sheet you will need a good x-acto and a metal straight edge.
     
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    Depending on the thickness you can use a good pair of scissors but the thicker the sheet you will need a good x-acto and a metal straight edge.
     

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