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Anyone know Poly Styrene?
Posted by seasick on Thursday, May 04, 2017 12:05 AM

Poly Styrene?

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, May 04, 2017 12:15 AM

X-Ray Spex. I would have no way of knowing her but I really respect her music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKaxfc03Fqk

 Damn, that goes way back. 

 

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Posted by falconmod on Thursday, May 04, 2017 7:25 AM

She is a evil mistriss that's through her mental powers makes us buy expensive boxes with polystyrene in them.  She is also a carrier of the dredded afliction called "Polystyrosis"

Lol

 

John

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, May 04, 2017 8:33 AM

Falconmod;

 I guess that's what I contracted back when I was seven . It never goes away , you know . T.B.

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Posted by falconmod on Thursday, May 04, 2017 8:37 AM

Ya I know,   and it seems to flair up when i go into a hobby store or come to think of it if I even think about a project made of plastic!

John

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, May 04, 2017 9:16 AM

okay, I guess it brings up the question- what is the difference between styrene and poly-styrene.  When I first started buying plastic models, they were made with what was called polystyrene.  Now, all I hear is styrene. Are they the same thing?  Was polystyrene a trade name?

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by EdGrune on Thursday, May 04, 2017 10:24 AM

Don Stauffer

okay, I guess it brings up the question- what is the difference between styrene and poly-styrene.  When I first started buying plastic models, they were made with what was called polystyrene.  Now, all I hear is styrene. Are they the same thing?  Was polystyrene a trade name?

from Wiki

The monomer Styrene, also known as ethenylbenzenevinylbenzene, and phenylethene, is an organic compound with the chemical formula C6H5CH=CH2. This derivative of benzene is a colorless oily liquid that evaporates easily and has a sweet smell, although high concentrations have a less pleasant odor. Styrene is the precursor to polystyrene and several copolymers. Approximately 25 million tonnes (55 billion pounds) of styrene were produced in 2010.

The presence of the vinyl group allows styrene to polymerize. Commercially significant products include polystyreneABSstyrene-butadiene (SBR) rubber, styrene-butadiene latex, SIS (styrene-isoprene-styrene), S-EB-S (styrene-ethylene/butylene-styrene), styrene-divinylbenzene (S-DVB), styrene-acrylonitrile resin (SAN), and unsaturated polyesters used in resins and thermosetting compounds

 

Polystyrene (PS)  is a synthetic aromatic polymer made from the monomer styrene. Polystyrene can be solid or foamed. General-purpose polystyrene is clear, hard, and rather brittle. It is an inexpensive resin per unit weight. It is a rather poor barrier to oxygen and water vapor and has a relatively low melting point.[4] Polystyrene is one of the most widely used plastics, the scale of its production being several million tonnes per year.[5] Polystyrene can be naturally transparent, but can be colored with colorants. Uses include protective packaging (such as packing peanuts and CD and DVD cases), containers (such as "clamshells"), lids, bottles, trays, tumblers, and disposable cutlery.

As a thermoplastic polymer, polystyrene is in a solid (glassy) state at room temperature but flows if heated above about 100 °C, its glass transition temperature. It becomes rigid again when cooled. This temperature behavior is exploited for extrusion (as in Styrofoam) and also for molding and vacuum forming, since it can be cast into molds with fine detail.

Polystyrene is very slow to biodegrade and is therefore a focus of controversy among environmentalists. It is increasingly abundant as a form of litter in the outdoor environment, particularly along shores and waterways, especially in its foam form, and also in increasing quantities in the Pacific Ocean.

 

So the answer is, people who refer to polystyrene plastic kits are being lazy or are using an incorrect abreviation

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Thursday, May 04, 2017 10:59 AM

Amazingly, no one never thought to use google......

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Posted by the Baron on Thursday, May 04, 2017 11:51 AM

GMorrison

X-Ray Spex. I would have no way of knowing her but I really respect her music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKaxfc03Fqk

 Damn, that goes way back.

You beat me to it.  I first saw them on PBS, of all places, on a show featuring punk and New Wave artists, back around 1980.  Back in the days before we all agreed to start paying for something we got free before.

She died of some cancer, a couple of years ago, as I recall.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

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Posted by the Baron on Thursday, May 04, 2017 11:53 AM

BlackSheepTwoOneFour

Amazingly, no one never thought to use google......

 
Or DuckDuckGo Wink

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

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