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#1 CrazyGirl

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 08:53 AM

i am sitting here with not much to do but wait for parts and pluck on guitar , but my mind is always thinking and i know styrene is cheap and all but i look at the parts trees and think what a waste of plastic and thought hey if i took a bunch of the long rounds from the tree and chuck it up in a drill and run a piece of sandpaper you would have nice round stock to use , so i tried it and sure enough , nice round free stock but i am sure you guys have done this already 007-6_zps2f5f8d8a.jpg


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Posted 19 March 2013 - 09:03 AM

I always save the long straight sections of sprue and any decent clear sections.   

 

 Good for scratch building and making stretched sprue.

 

 Also save the plastic center section from Q-tips. Just cut the cotton ends off.  You can stretch this also like you can sprue and make hollow tubing of various thickness.



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Posted 19 March 2013 - 09:16 AM

i do save the good ones..but never thought of that trick..thanks for the tip.. :D :D



#4 Gothic Kustomz

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 09:23 AM

Wonder if I could do the same with a dremel, I have more then a big box of sprues, great idea, I'm on it...


Edited by Gothic Kustomz, 19 March 2013 - 09:24 AM.


#5 CrazyGirl

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 09:36 AM

thats me , always thinking :lol:



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Posted 19 March 2013 - 09:40 AM

What woman ISN'T?!?



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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:05 AM

Good tip...I have used them for years to make things like a rail dune buggy or other items. :) 



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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:43 AM

What woman ISN'T?!?


The ones that I was married to ! Lmao !

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:45 AM

I cut pieces of sprue off with a hook at one end and put an alligator clip on the other. To hang those other pieces of painted plastic.



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Posted 19 March 2013 - 11:24 AM

How do you stretch styrene and such?



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Posted 19 March 2013 - 11:24 AM

I use pieces of sprue to stir paint but beyond that, nothing. Like the title says, styrene is cheap and I like using Evergreen.



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Posted 19 March 2013 - 11:55 AM

go green , use old styrene !!!!! save the oil for your cars :)



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Posted 19 March 2013 - 02:08 PM

http://www.dogpile.c...tching sprue=



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Posted 19 March 2013 - 03:18 PM

http://www.dogpile.c...tching sprue=

 

Thanks Joe...



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Posted 19 March 2013 - 05:46 PM

And I always just throw all those sprues away...  I had once thought the same, in that "look how much wasted plastic there is."  I wondered if there were any feasible method of returning the sprues to the manufacturers for them to re-use all that plastic to make more kits...  might help to keep kit costs down a little.  However the logistics of getting all that plastic back to the mfgrs. from all the varied kit buyers would probably be nearly impossible to do.  Good idea though...



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Posted 19 March 2013 - 06:52 PM

tryed it with the dremel, works great, like i said killer tip, thanx....



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Posted 19 March 2013 - 07:34 PM

Cant take credit for the idea.Found it somewhere on the net years ago.

I used some sprue tree's to make an engine stand,which I use to hold the engine when assembling and adding plug wires etc.

 

 

 

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 01:46 PM

Cant take credit for the idea.Found it somewhere on the net years ago.
I used some sprue tree's to make an engine stand,which I use to hold the engine when assembling and adding plug wires etc.
 
 
 
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Luke that's a great idea.

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 08:12 PM

The sprue's I will never throw away are the one's that head and tail lights come on. They get stored in a separate tote. That transparent (colored) plastic can come in real handy when you loose that one tail light lens to the carpet monster or scratch building some tail lights.

Chuck it up and spin out a new lens. After you get it to shape, touch it with some 00 steel wool while spinning to bring it to a glass finish.



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Posted 28 April 2013 - 04:58 AM

Nice motor stand!