Customs: What other building material?

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  1. BlitzFire

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    Soooo...I can't seem to find styrene in my area :(  anything else that is recommended for scratchbuilds?

    i really need something to do while im at work...and well working is not an option lol
     
  2. thyvipera

    thyvipera ThyVipera

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    like someone mentioned the other day, for sale type signs and beware of dog type signs will work. walmart sells them and i was in ace hardware yesterday and they sell them.

    other than that i really dont know. i bought my styrene from ebay. 16 sheets for $14.00 shipped. They got here in 3 days. from what i read, it's cheaper than the hobby stores.

    and someone also mentioned getting it from your local cosmetic store. i'm going to check into that myself. hope this helps.
     
  3. frenzyrumble

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    you're at work? grab a screw gun and take apart your cubicle and use that ;P

    no seriously, maybe you can use pvc plastic sheets, pretty sure home depot sells them
     
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    I've been known to use CD cases. They are a little brittle and not easy to work with but they've worked for me in a pinch. I just wouldn't recommend it for high stress parts, they'd shatter pretty quickly.
     
  5. BlitzFire

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    thanks for the tips peeps.

    i dont think im going to be making a transformer yet...just going to start with a figure of sorts to get to know the material.

    heres another questions...trying to make round things...like wheels or gun barel....is there a putty or a filler that i use for that? cuz making round things out of square things will leave it sorta squared off no?

    i cant wait to start cutting shit up to make toys woot woot

    is PVC paintable? how about those for sale signs mentioned earlier? should I buy the thick one...like the corrugated one or the flat flimsy one? or maybe a mix of both?
     
  6. timshinn73

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    Ebay:
    Why not just order styrene from an online hobby store?

    There are tons of stores that sell Plastruct and Evergreen sheet styrene online.
     
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    pvc is very paintable, sands well too. though it's hard to work with in small sizes, while styrene is perfect for scratchbuilding
     
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    just looked on ebay, searched "styrene sheets" and there are good "buy it now" deals on there. i'd stay away from the auction sales.
     

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