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Big plastic practice material?
Posted by Oxboy on Tuesday, May 01, 2018 12:21 PM

What's a good flat plastic material to practice airbrush/camo techniques on?  Not talking a dinky little plastic spoon.  Anything out there big, flat and cheap that replicates model polystyrene well?  Thanks for any suggestions.

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    August, 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Tuesday, May 01, 2018 12:30 PM

You can get some sheets of Evergreen styrene fairly cheap, and have it for scratching later on. Also can maybe pick up one of the plastic totes/storage boxes on sale, practice piece and stash holder as well..  Not flat but how about an old 5 gal plastic bucket.

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  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, May 01, 2018 2:29 PM

Tip of the hat to Hans von Hammer, who gave me this tip years ago, and I pass it on now to you:

Go to your hardware store and buy signs-"Yard Sale", "For Sale", "No Parking", etc.  Most of them are made of styrene sheet.  I buy them as a cheap alternative to Evergreen and Plastruct, for plain sheet, in any case.

Hope that helps!

Best regards,

Brad

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Tuesday, May 01, 2018 2:54 PM

Dollar store for signs....

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    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, May 01, 2018 3:00 PM

I tried that, but didn't get results I liked. For paint practice, yes. For actual models, no.

I never could get the red printing to entirely disappear. I think the one I tried was possibly printed.

The surface of the sign was pretty pebbly.

Not cheap, a 9 x 12 sign cost $ 6.00 or so.

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    August, 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Tuesday, May 01, 2018 3:16 PM

Plastruct stuff is 6x12, & depending on thickness, up to 3 sheets in a pack, for around $5.  I usually get the varity pac, with .010,.020, and .030.  Then I have various thickness to work with.

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, May 02, 2018 9:36 AM

For the last couple of years my junk mail has included these large cardboard postcard-like flyers, anywere from about 4 x 6 to about 5 x10, that are plastic coated.  I save these as modeling supply. I cut them up and use them for pallets for CA glue and for paint for drybrushing.  Left intact, they can be used for practice painting.  The plastic coating is thick enough that the cards paint just like styrene.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Compressorman on Wednesday, May 02, 2018 9:45 AM

Dont overlook what you already likely have around the house. Things like the jugs that bleach and fabric softener come in are made from large pieces of smooth plastic. Perfect for practicing and the price is sweet.

 

Chris

  • Member since
    September, 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Wednesday, May 02, 2018 2:22 PM

Don Stauffer

For the last couple of years my junk mail has included these large cardboard postcard-like flyers, anywere from about 4 x 6 to about 5 x10, that are plastic coated.  I save these as modeling supply. I cut them up and use them for pallets for CA glue and for paint for drybrushing.  Left intact, they can be used for practice painting.  The plastic coating is thick enough that the cards paint just like styrene.

I do the same thing, but with the dummy credit and membership cards in the junk mail.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

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Posted by Oxboy on Wednesday, May 02, 2018 3:30 PM

Thank you guys for all the ideas.  I think I found something -- the big flat plastic lid (which i don't use) that came with my trashcans.  It has both flat and irregular areas.  It is also a bit big and clunky but should last a long time. Big Smile

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