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 Posted: Thu Jul 31st, 2014 04:49 am
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At the DOLLAR STORES you may be able to locate aluminum cookie sheet pans which have about 5 by 12 inches of useable material and they are sold 2 sheets to a pack. I used to buy these at the grocery store but these days the cookie pans have embossed cookie patterns or some such and are pretty much useless. The dollar pans are the ones that have flat sheets. For O scale corrugated, I bought a sheet of Evergreen or Plastruct corrugated plastic and then embossed the corrugations using an old bamboo bbq squewer. The corrugation tool sounds like a great device, I may have to find one.

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 Posted: Fri Aug 1st, 2014 07:24 pm
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I'm a great fan of the various Dollar Stores for finding cheap shapes and materials to build things! I'll look for the cookie sheets! I also am always on the lookout for odds and ends at the regular grocery store.

Just because the sign out front doesn't say "Hobby Shop" or "Craft Store" doesn't mean there are not "finds" to be had!

I also do science fiction modeling, and with few exceptions, the gang there has no clue about building anything but kits! Check out my sci-fi webpage http//stumpyzone.weebly.com to see what I'm teaching them! Some of them think I'm some kind of genius by doing things the way I do!:bg:

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 Posted: Fri Aug 1st, 2014 07:41 pm
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Mr Stumpy wrote:  Some of them think I'm some kind of genius by doing things the way I do!:bg:

Is this to be understood that you're one of the descendants of those the Nasca Desert signs were intended for?



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 Posted: Sat Aug 2nd, 2014 12:43 am
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My usual approach to modelling supplies is grabbing something, totally disregard label or original intended purpose and see what it may resemble or be usable for in my scale. I also liberally pilfer from smaller scales, because many items are oversized for their advertised one. Jose.



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 Posted: Sat Aug 2nd, 2014 01:34 am
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Helmut...I'm not quite that old! But I could probably model them using common materials the sci-fi modelers never thought of, you know, like sand!

I'm finding that modeling with "available materials" is virtually unknown in certain model building categories! It's like the stuff I learned over the years has been forgotten and they can't build anything they can't buy in a hobby shop or online!

I like to use a modern material called Extruded Styrofoam (not the "bead board" which is used for packaging.) This stuff is easy to carve into almost any shape, and currently I'm carving rock faces and a tunnel for a new micro layout.

I took an uncompleted rock face I was carving to the hobby shop one Saturday and the young guys (under fifty) were amazed. One guy thought it was cast that way! They had never considered carving anything themselves or buying materials from a home supply store.

I feel older just about every time I go into the hobby shop, and one of the counter men calls me "The Dinosaur." For this reason, I think that experienced guys should trade their various "secrets" and teach the young'uns before this knowledge is lost forever.

Keep the ideas coming!

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Was in the local Hobby Lobby today and could not find any tool that would make corrugations. Any additional info would be helpful.

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 Posted: Mon Aug 4th, 2014 08:01 pm
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My corrugating tool came from a Craft Store (Crafts 2000) and it was in the "Scrapbooking" section and is the smaller of three sizes available.

I also saw them at Creative Crafts, again in different sizes. They are probably at whatever craft stores are in your area and online as well.

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 Posted: Mon Aug 4th, 2014 11:12 pm
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Dave, you.. may have to use my "old method" of making corrugated with a piece of plastruct/evergreen corrugated and a bbq squewer. I don't think I would search for suitable devices when all you need is a little bit of corrugated. Besides, it's theraputic to sit & corrugate, or conjugate, or just sit for a while. BTW, I am scrapping an old Lionel quonset hut which I covered with new corrugated if you want that...it's yours.

Beaudreaux-covered a shop building with over 13,000 scale sq feet of corrugated made the "olden way".



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Micro Mark dropped me from their mailing list....I did buy a self healing cutting mat from them once...with the markup they have it should have been enough to get me at least 10 more years of catalogs...ALAS i was wrong...3 years later my new micro mark catalog was a NO SHOW!!! :sad:



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Didn't think that they ever dropped anybody--like the pitbull that wouldn't let go.


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