Most used Styrene?

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by FUBARed, Jul 22, 2015.

  1. FUBARed

    FUBARed New Member

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    Hey guys,

    I'm educating myself on materials and have a quick Q about HIPS / High Impact PolyStyrene. I haven't worked with it, and I'm trying to get a basic rule of thumb. So without getting specific, whats the most commonly used thickness in props & cosplay? Just a broad overview.

    I've seen a bunch of the different ways that it's used, but never a breakdown of what's best for what.

    EX: Does 020 have a place at all, is it a waste of time to get involved with anything below 060, etc.

    Thanks very much.

    Side note- I wanted to post this in General Modeling but the site wouldn't let me so I thought this was the next best place.
  2. Sluis Van Shipyards

    Sluis Van Shipyards Master Member

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    There might be a rule if you're vacuuforming armor or something. Otherwise I use whatever thickness I need for something. It just depends on your dimensions, how strong it needs to be, etc.
  3. FUBARed

    FUBARed New Member

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    Right, yeah I understand that. I would just like to know which size is most popular so I can better acquaint myself with it. no specific project or use, just what's most commonly used, overall.

    Last edited: Jul 22, 2015
  4. renaissance_man

    renaissance_man Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    As Sluis said, you use the thickness that is needed for the job and looks accurate.
    You wouldn't use 3mm thick styrene for a prop that was originally made from 2mm thick styrene.
  5. TazMan2000

    TazMan2000 Sr Member

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    It all depends on what you're building. Start off with 080 and get a few thinner sheets. You can always glue and sandwich sheets together to get a proper thickness and increase strength.

  6. RogueTrooper

    RogueTrooper Well-Known Member

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    I built R2 from 1mm and 3mm....there are no rules...but you break them at your peril:lol

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  7. GaryArm

    GaryArm Member

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    I agree with the comments above.
    When I started to work with Styrene, I went out and got a number of sheets at different thickness to have enough plastic in my shop, but I tend to use 3mm the most.
    But that is a personal preference and depends on the project you are attempting

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