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K & S drops thin/narrow brass strips.

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  • Member since
    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
K & S drops thin/narrow brass strips.
Posted by missileman2000 on Thursday, April 7, 2022 8:31 AM

I was looking for some 30 mil by 80/90 mil brass strips and couldnt find them anywhere.  Then found out they have dropped anything narrower than quarter inch.  Ouch!  I use a lot of thin brass strips.  I guess I will have to learn to use styrene strips instead.

 

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 8:17 AM

Hi;

     No You Don't! You can get sheets the thickness you need. Then Clamp them to a piece of glass( Tempered) and using a non skid ruler( Stainless) Set the strip width and draw a Polycarbonate cutter gently down the length of the sheet. That sets the line. Gently draw a Scratch Awl down that line till it separates. Do not try to break or bend it off. Just go slow and steady.

    I have had to do this for some time now as the pieces in the length I needed got scarce and I found myself with the same problem. I buy my sheet from a Heating and Air supply house. They think it's funny that a Model Builder has to come to them. But we have a good laugh and they certainly take my money willingly!

    One final thought. When you get a strip separated, draw it through or over a length of 320 grit to remove the sharp edge or clamp in a vice and section by section gently file it smooth!

  • Member since
    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Thursday, April 14, 2022 9:18 AM

Tanker-Builder

Hi;

     No You Don't! You can get sheets the thickness you need. Then Clamp them to a piece of glass( Tempered) and using a non skid ruler( Stainless) Set the strip width and draw a Polycarbonate cutter gently down the length of the sheet. That sets the line. Gently draw a Scratch Awl down that line till it separates. Do not try to break or bend it off. Just go slow and steady.

    I have had to do this for some time now as the pieces in the length I needed got scarce and I found myself with the same problem. I buy my sheet from a Heating and Air supply house. They think it's funny that a Model Builder has to come to them. But we have a good laugh and they certainly take my money willingly!

    One final thought. When you get a strip separated, draw it through or over a length of 320 grit to remove the sharp edge or clamp in a vice and section by section gently file it smooth!

 

I have never heard of a polycarbonate cutter.  Where do you find them?  How thick of brass will it cut?

  • Member since
    January 2020
Posted by Space Ranger on Friday, April 15, 2022 1:12 PM

Try the jewelry making supplies at Hobby Lobby or Michael's. Also search for "brass strips" at Etsy. You'll be amazed at what you can find.

  • Member since
    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Saturday, April 16, 2022 9:33 AM

I checked Michaels and HL.  They were both out of narrow strips, as was my local hobby shop.  I suspect none of them will restock since K & S is out of production on them.

 

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, April 16, 2022 2:25 PM

Hi; 

      The cutter I mentioned can be had from Micro-Mark, It may be described many ways the most common - Sheet Plastic cutter!

  • Member since
    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Sunday, April 17, 2022 1:17 PM

Tanker-Builder

Hi; 

      The cutter I mentioned can be had from Micro-Mark, It may be described many ways the most common - Sheet Plastic cutter!

 

Ah!  Thanks, TB

 

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