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  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, February 10, 2024 7:41 AM

Toilet Paper:

         I have used the cheapest available(with no embossed "Softness" quilting on it).For-Tarps, Canopies(Ship Bridges and such).It's actually not hard to work with.The nain thing is this. Make some up but , on a piece of Glass, that way when dry, you can take a straight edge razor and peel it of the glass with no damage.

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    July 2023
Posted by Lightning Pilot on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 1:08 PM

Cotton swabs and pipe cleaners for airbrush cleaning, lint-less paper towels because all cloth rags get repurposed until they start to disintegrate, wet/dry sandpaper, sanding sticks, toothpicks to apply CA. For mixing resins and epoxies, I use wooden coffee stirers up to tongue depressors. Aluminum foil to line mixing containers for the same materials. Microbrushes for various tasks, the sticks often repurposed as mixing sticks.

For small mixing or containing tasks, I use sewing thimbles. Epoxy a large washer to the tip to keep them from tipping. Easy to clean with cotton swabs.

Ages ago I made a permanent steel stiring stick by flattening one end of a welding rod, filing and sanding the surface smooth. It also serves as a transfer tool. I also made one out of an old brush's nylon handle that I use to mix paint in the airbrush cup. It won't scratch the cup or damage the needle, and it's easy to wipe clean.

I save the plastic and rubber end caps from anything that comes with them to use as mixing containers. Often easy to clean, sometimes even of hardened epoxy or resin.

I don't so much recycle, as repurpose. When it can't be repurposed, it gets recycled if possible.

  • Member since
    May 2023
  • From: Elk Grove, CA
Posted by Seven on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 9:03 AM

I seem to go through a lot of pipettes and plastic shot glasses along with the previously mentioned stuff.

Jim

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    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 8:26 AM

I think cost was more the issue,rather then green.

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    February 2021
Posted by MJY65 on Thursday, January 11, 2024 7:38 PM

Hmmmm....we use toxic chemicals to assemble and finish plastics.   I'm not sure scale model building is exactly enviro-friendly Whether using disposable or reusable mixing tools.

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Thursday, January 11, 2024 7:05 PM

Cotton swabs, toothpicks and my left-over business cards used to mix 5 minute epoxy on. Use 1 section of a card and cut it off and dispose of it. Had a box and a half (150) left over when I retired in '98 and still have about 30 to 40 left.

Stay safe.

Jim Captain

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  • Member since
    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Thursday, January 11, 2024 9:12 AM

Tanker-Builder

Hi, Missileman2!

       I use many of the things you have mentioned, Plus! The packages of Rags you can get at Harbor Freight. I use them for model scrubbing and Brush cleaning rags. Unlike many folks, I use a three step process for cleaning brushes, being as how I use Regular Enamels not Acylic enamels.  There are some friends that keep me supplied with McDonalds coffee stirrers and such things.

 

Toothpicks and wood coffee stirring sticks I don't worry about- very biodegradable.  Same with the cotton.  I am assuming the shafts of q-tips are rolled paper-is that true?

I just stopped using some allmust unusable toilet paper- way to thin.  There were three remaining rolls.  Found on utube lots of videos on uses of toilet paper for crafts, including making water for dioramas.

  • Member since
    November 2023
Posted by Fisherman Dave on Thursday, January 11, 2024 5:37 AM

Little plastic communion cups for mixing small batches of paint.

Interdental brushes for cleaning the airbrushes.

Artist wax for holding small parts for painting, good stuff.

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, January 10, 2024 3:59 PM

Maybe you can make some suggestions

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    December 2023
Posted by Maker666 on Wednesday, January 10, 2024 3:37 PM

Disposable options are at the same time more polluting. You should think about using reusable modeling tools and other reusable accessories, this way together, little by little, we will help not to destroy our planet.

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, March 4, 2023 7:43 AM

Hi, Missileman2!

       I use many of the things you have mentioned, Plus! The packages of Rags you can get at Harbor Freight. I use them for model scrubbing and Brush cleaning rags. Unlike many folks, I use a three step process for cleaning brushes, being as how I use Regular Enamels not Acylic enamels.  There are some friends that keep me supplied with McDonalds coffee stirrers and such things.

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Sunday, February 12, 2023 7:53 PM

Q-tips,toothpicks,post-it notes,small wooden BBQ skewers,pipe cleaners,dental brushes

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    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Sunday, February 12, 2023 9:19 AM

For a glue palette I use those fake advertising credit cards- the plastic ones.  They do not absorb even the thinest CA glue.

Also, even many 0f the advertising half-page cards now are plastic coated, so they work pretty well.  I use that stuff for drybushing.

 

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    April 2009
  • From: Longmont, Colorado
Posted by Cadet Chuck on Friday, February 10, 2023 7:00 PM

Paper towels, and Kleenex.  Tons of it.

Gimme a pigfoot, and a bottle of beer...

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    April 2020
Posted by Eaglecash867 on Friday, February 10, 2023 4:40 PM

Post-It Notes.  I use those for setting my airbrush pattern, mixing epoxy, and little drops of super glue.  They're great for all of those things and leftover epoxy and super glue can be removed from the work area and disposed of before I have a chance to get my fingers or hands into them on accident.

"You can have my illegal fireworks when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers...which are...over there somewhere."

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Friday, February 10, 2023 3:00 PM

Sanding sticks. They tend to lose their specific grit within several months of use.

 

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  • Member since
    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Disposable supplies
Posted by missileman2000 on Friday, February 10, 2023 8:24 AM

Just wondering what kind od disposable suppies you folks go through the most.  For me, it is toothpicks.  I got through lots per week. Fortunately they are cheap, and even a small box has hundreds of them, so they don't take much storage space.  I keep a dispensor on my benchtop.

Next is Q-tips.  I use them a lot, and they take up a lot more space.  I don't liike the dispensers they come in.

Next is stirring sticks.  My son often gives me prepared fruit packages that have the fruit on the ends of plastic rods stuck into a styrform block. Those rods make great stirring sticks

These days I am going through them faster than my supply.  I am going to have to pick up coffee stirring rods again.

I go through those small drills at a more moderate rate, but they are not inexpensive.  I have come to accept them as disposabe supplys,  replacable after not many uses.

 

 

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