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#1 Fat Rat

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 08:25 AM

Could anyone tell me how thick of styrene sheets should I use? I plan on using some clear and white, but I'm not to sure about the exact thickness. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 08:46 AM

It depends on what you're using it on.


For instance, for really thin pieces use .010". For thick pieces, try around .050".

And I also see you're from Anderson. Fort Wayne here B)

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 08:57 AM

Whn buying Plastruct or Evergreen stock, they often sell a pack that has several thicknesses in a poly bag. Highly recommended. For large sheets of it, grab a plastic yard sale sign from your local hardware store. You can save some $$ that way too.

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 09:01 AM

It depends on what you're using it on.


For instance, for really thin pieces use .010". For thick pieces, try around .050".

And I also see you're from Anderson. Fort Wayne here B)


Ok. thanks a lot. That's cool. I've never been there though.

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 03:39 AM

I would start with the odds and ends....a lot of different sizes

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 08:45 AM

I usually use .040 for most of my work, of course the thickness will be determined by the need.

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 03:12 PM

As a starter, most plastic kits have a body thickness close to .04" so that's a useful sheet thickness to have around for many uses. In 1/25 scale .04" equates to 1" in 1:1 scale. So, .01" sheet is a quarter inch in 1/25th scale etc.

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 08:29 PM

For structural bits like a truck utility body I tend to use .040" because it is stiff enough to maintain its shape but still easy to work with. .030" will save you some money because you get an extra sheet in a pack (3 .030", vs 2 .040") and works fine for smaller pieces like a truck storage box. .020" is about the thickest you can easily curve if you need a rounded part, although unless it is hollow on the end I prefer to sand a curve into the edge rather than bend plastic.

If the thickness is actually important then get the size you need (.010" = 1/4" in 1/25 scale).

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 04:16 AM

I would start with the odds and ends....a lot of different sizes

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I always buy that, has a large assortment of styrene in it, good for odd stuff not in kits.