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 Posted: Thu Jun 26th, 2014 12:18 am
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Well, you can cut it by scoring with a hobby knife using the back (unsharpened) side, 
and then snapping the piece off by carefully bending the scored area.

The other thing is that if you are going to laminate 2 or more flat pieces together go easy with the solvent when bonding them. 
If you get too much solvent trapped in the middle of the joint, it will not be able to evaporate,
and some time later will work its way through the sheet and cause ripples and buckles on the what should be flat surface.

Don't use solvent based paint if you are going to brush the paint on.

Just like any other material, it has advantages and disadvantages.

I prefer smooth surface artists board, file folders, and starting to use foam board.

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 Posted: Thu Jun 26th, 2014 12:22 am
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Hey,

Oh that's cool. 

I got another source for Poly now. 

Thanks much.


Yeah Poly seems to be the best all rounder out there for almost all kinds of building. 

It's like Brass but not so tough.



Thanks for the link there Rod,

Joey



Well I got the hobby knife. 

So thats doable. 

For the bonding I think Testors plastic adhesive will work. 

Dad says it will.



Wait oh dear I'm going to guess that the Enamel Testors are a bad idea for hand painting it then. 

Unless I spray it you say?

I'll have to look into those soon. 

Thanks Herb.



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There is an old book by Alan Armitage that would be very helpful. 

All pertinent techniques are explained. 

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By chance is it the one on this page:


Catalog list


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Yep. 

Best $6 you will ever spend. 

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Very well then gonna buy that sucker on the first. 

Thanks for the recommended book there my friend.

Hmm think I got my shopping list ready for the first. :2t:

Joey



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I've done a lot of work with styrene, really like it. 
Mostly in 1/24th scale but construction techniques are basically the same. 
I use a lot of Evergreen styrene, especially for strips, angles, rods, etc.
The dimensions of these items is more precise than Plastruct's.

However, Plastruct has a few items you can't get from Evergreen, such has hex rod which is handy for making nuts/bolts. 
Also very large tube sizes which are good for tanks, etc.

I recommend a solvent type cement such as Plastruct's "Plastic Weld".
Nowadays I use a solvent called MEK from Home Depot, which I pour into the Plastic Weld bottle. 
I don't know if MEK is still available though - I've heard it's been replaced by some other solvent.

I have a lot of info on my website, mainly step-by-step builds of various structures, which you might find helpful:

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

Recently I've switched to using Sintra brand PVC foam board for large structural surfaces (walls, floors, etc), 
and saving the styrene for details such as windows, doors, trim, etc.




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Evergreen looks to be a good seller. 
I'll definitely try them out when I need more Poly. 
But for my initial sheets I'll buy from Plastistruct. 
Cheeper for me to try all thicknesses you see.

Hmm do they by chance also sell tubes you could use as a boiler? 
I want to see what kind of pipes I can find out there. 
Currently looking in to PVC pipes for that. 
But my Loco project isn't for a while. 
Gotta build up my skills with Rolling stock and buildings first.


I'm going to try Testors plastic cements. 
Going to get the fine applicator type and some liquid on the 2nd.  
I'll see if I can find others and test them when I can.

I will indeed check that out. 
With two guides I'll find all I need.

Hmm may be the way to go. 
I'll look into that as well. 
Funny thing the thing I plan to build with Poly are Locos and rolling stock.

I plan to build the buildings and such from Stone, Wood,  and ceramic. 

Thanks for the advice Ray.

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Here's a step-by-step on the Model T railbus I built which is mostly styrene:

http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/IRR_Railcar_1.html


And here's a heavily kitbashed RS3, also making extensive use of styrene:

http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/IRR_RS3_Conversion.html


BTW if you're going to be doing buildings for an outdoor layout, I highly recommend the Sintra PVC foam board. 
It's made for outdoor use and is very durable, also easy to work with and can be textured to look like stone, brick, etc.




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Joey

Ray is a master in the use of plastics outdoors--so listen to what he says---

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