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I forgot to mention what I consider the greatest work about styrene modeling - Al Armitage's Modeling with Styrene. 
Available from Precision Scale or perhaps some shop like Caboose Hobbies or Coronado Scale Models would have this in stock. 
Mr. Armitage wrote this back in the 1950's and it is still the best (my opinion) available.

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Thanks Guys, 

I'm going to need this information if I plan to create models unique to the conventional mass produced ones. 

I'm hoping I can get my hands on the styrene soon.




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So I am new to building train models and other items and was wondering about styrene. 

I see it mentioned in a lot of the train modeling magazines but was not sure even what to get or what thickness.  

I know all of that would depend on the project, but I was wondering if some kind soul could explain the basic idea, 
or post a link to how this material is used, how you cut, joint it together, and adding color to the model etc. 

So to keep it simple, if I were to build a little Deli shop, what type of styrene thickness would I start the main frame with? 

What is used to cut window holes? etc.  

So I need these basic questions answered because I did not want to waste money on items I purchase out of ignorance to the craft. 

Thanks a bunch for anything you can add.




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You may want to take a look at the information that Evergreen has on their Web Site. 

They have some of the chapters of their book on line.  

They have styrene aimed at different scales. 

They also have a Conversion Table that may help.

http://www.evergreenscalemodels.com/index.htm

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I love working with styrene and use it quite a bit. 

You can do some amazing things with it. 

Here's a 1/24th scale miner's cabin I built, almost entirely styrene except for the metal roofing and the metal awnings:







Size, thickness, etc will depend on what scale you're working in, and what you're trying to model.

I mostly use Evergreen styrene, but I also get some items from Plastruct, if I need something specific that Evergreen doesn't have. 


Solvent type cement is best for most styrene construction, such as Plastruct's Plastic-Weld. 

Most of the time I just use MEK from the local hardware store, and pour it into an empty Plastic Weld bottle for convenience.



I have step-by-step photos of the construction for most of my buildings:

http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/IRR_Structures.html




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Here's another way of building with styrene:

http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=2801&forum_id=6

There are many ways to get to the same end, the idea is to just get going and do some work! Have fun.

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Hello again everyone,

I'm working to set up my work station/studio for my model making and hope to have my first model video up not too long after the first. 

But before I start I'm in need of your advice once more.

A project I recently saw introduced me to the material of Polystyrene and I'm wanting to buy some for parts of my builds. 

From what I see it be a great way to learn my way around cutting the parts out and would be a nice step towards building with brass. 

But heres where I'm stumped. 

I'm not sure what grades would be the best for each section.

.010, .020, .030, ECT.  Any advice?

I plan to get it from the supplier called 'Plastruct'. 


As always guys thank you for your advice.

Take care,

Joey

P.S. This is the project I was refering to as the insparation for the use of Poly:

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Joey

.010, .020, .030  Are the thickness in inches.

.010= ten thousandths of an inch, .020= twenty, and so on.

Might be helpful to tell you that 1/64" equals about 15 thousandths, 1/32" about 30 thou. and 1/16 about 60 thou.

1 millimeter, equals about 40 thousanths.

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Ah I see. 

I think my best bet would be to buy a sheet of each and see what would be best for what. 

I know not the best way to go on it but It is the cheapest for me.

Any more advice on the subject Herb?

Joey



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I would check out Evergreen styrene. 

They have all sorts of sheets. 

Plain, clapboard the list goes on and on. 

Best for scratch building all manner of buildings and can even be used for locos etc.


Rod.


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