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Materials for Models

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Materials for Models
Posted by cparnet on Monday, July 11, 2016 9:39 AM

Hey guys! I'm just getting into modeling so i thought i would ask a few questions to get more information. When you guys make models do you just buy the model sets that are in boxes that you put together, or do you make models from scratch? If its the latter, what are some materials that you use for modeling? Why do you use that material?
Also what are the pros and cons of different models?
Thanks in Advance!

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Posted by cparnet on Monday, July 11, 2016 12:05 PM

Just noticed i said pros and cons of different models. I meant Pros and Cons of the different materials!


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Posted by Raulduke on Monday, July 11, 2016 5:05 PM
These are very broad questions. I think if you can be a bit more specific,the folks on this forum will be happy to help you Mike
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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 8:59 AM

I do both- and more.  Sometimes I built (almost) entirely the kit as bought, known as OOB (out of box).  However, since few kits include seat belts and plug wiring, I usually add at least the belts, and on stuff with exposed engines I will often add the plug wiring.

I also heavily modify kits, converting from one version to another, with basic materials.  The exact material will depend on the kit and what I am changing it to.  I use a lot of basswood and styrene (in form of sheets, tubing, or strips).

I occasionally scratchbuild the entire model from basic materials. I have scratchbuilt planes, cars, and ships.  I get most styrene from hobby shops, but other materials from hardware/building supply stores, or craft stores.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by cparnet on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 9:32 AM

Sorry for the confusion. To clarify, what materials do you use to scratchbuild models? What are the advantages and disadvantages of the different materials you use. Just trying to get a better understanding of what is out there! Thanks in advance!

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, December 15, 2016 1:29 PM


    I know this may be late , but here goes . I usually , if the ship is 1/48 , 1/35 , 1/32 , or other scales of the larger sizes I use Evergreen and  Plas-Struct sheet , rod and other shaped styrene . This can mean having a good set of steel rulers and Sandpaper , and some good squares , " T " Square too .

       Now along with this you have Basswood . A great wood for carving and shaping .I used it for the basic hulls and decks on a line of model antique speedboats I sold as a group in Ship Chandelries years ago .

     The Basswood vessels ran the gamut from a ski boat to a Barrelback classic runabout overlaid with hand skived mahogany and teak planks .

   To tell the truth .You Must choose what you are most comfortable with . Believe it or not , heavy smooth paper works good too . Plus with the paper you don't need the smelly glues . Just a fresh bottle of Aleen's Tacky Glue ( like a heavier Elmers ).

    Good craft scissors and a metal straight-edge along with a good supply of X-Acto number 11 blades ! A good light and the ability to clean up if you don't have a dedicated area to work in .     T.B.


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