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#1 Skip


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 09:47 AM

I know everyone is already aware that you can find some commonly used model supplies in the craft stores; haven''t seen this source mentioned.  The other day I was on evilbay did a search on flocking.  Came up with quite a few hits from both model supplies and craft supplies catagories. Looked at the model flocking first hoping that there would be some cheaper than hobby shop prices, they were almost all the same.  On to the craft stuff, there were a whole lot of the Martha Stewart at higher prices than the model stuff, then there were the bulk baggies of flocking at $2 for 1 ounce.


Long story short.  I ordered four of the baggies of the craft flocking and was pleasently surprised to find that this is the exact same type of flocking a lot of us use to represent carpeting in our model interiors.  The other plus is that there are a wider variety of colors than the usual gray, black...  that you see in the hobby shop.  Not to mention that you are getting like 4 or 5 times the material at half the price. 


If you do go this route and buy multiple bags make sure you ask the seller for combined shipping the seller that I bought from combined 4 bags for the price of 1 shipping, further savings.


(The only drawback was that my wife is now dissapointed.  She was going to get th flocking for scrapbooking if it wasn't the same stuff as used for modeling.    Hmmm maybe not, maybe I can convince her to buy some and borrow it!!)


Note: I didn't supply cool pictures because nearly everyone knows what flocking and baggies look like.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:16 AM

wire. for anything. get it anywhere except packaged for model builders.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:08 PM

Thanks Skip! I remember someone posting that they have stopped buying the colored flocking and now buy it in white as they usually end up painting the interior and it gives it a better color match. I think one of the model mags even had a story on it.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 06:37 PM

I have found the little packages of flocking on clearance at some of the craft stores before. They usually come in combination packs with some different sizes of glitter, which I give to my daughter.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:24 PM

This is where I get mine, probably the same place as Skip, but theres only Teal available right now. Believe me, an ounce will go a looooong way!



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Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:37 PM

I'd strongly consider using an alternative source for flocking.  I have purchased every color available through Scale Dreams along with empty bottles for any custom mixes I might do.  It'll take me a long time to go through all the Ken's Fuzzi Fur I have.  Thank you for the research.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:34 PM

I use a lot of Zap-a-gap as my regular model glue.  It is expensive in hobby shops.  I found out that Michaels stocks it, and it's a few dollars cheaper.  Then I used the 50% off coupon and it was about $3.  




and for fuel filters, I bought a pack of Radio Shack diodes about 20 years ago... still have some.  About $5 for a life time supply!

Edited by Tom Geiger, 28 February 2013 - 03:36 PM.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 04:02 PM

Yeah Tom, I also bought a batch of diodes at Radio Shack quite some time ago.  Now they sell them in pkgs. of 2...!!!