Plastic Sheets, Which Plastic to use

Discussion in 'General Modeling' started by archtk, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. archtk

    archtk New Member

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    Hello guys,

    I would like to make some plastic models, basically a pulse rifle 1:1 Scale and a studio scale millenium falcon.

    My question is which plastic sheet is best for model making. I found a plastic manufacturer that sells ABS or HIPS, Styrene and Sintra or Fomex (Foam PVC)
    Ives used ABS and Styrene before but which one do you guys recommend.

    I think it should be strong easy to work, glue and paint but most of all one that wont warp or come unstuck at the seams.

    Ive done architectural models before but I dont remember the plastic but over time the models warp terribly.

    Advise guys appreciated.
  2. 3d-builder

    3d-builder Sr Member

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    I use the HIPS High Impact Poly Styrene never had that
    warp on me.:thumbsup
  3. Flixen

    Flixen Active Member

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    I would go with plexiglas (PMMA) LINK
    That dosent warp.
  4. archtk

    archtk New Member

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    Hmmmm thanks guys..

    I thry with hips
  5. TazMan2000

    TazMan2000 Sr Member

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    HIPS. Easy to get, comes in various thicknesses, easy to cut, easy to sand easy to glue. However other plastics can also be used in order to strengthen the model or to provide the inner framework or supports. Metal piping, or structures will also need to be used if building something very large in order to resist sagging over time.

  6. yaris

    yaris Sr Member

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    HIPS for sure;)
  7. MonsieurTox

    MonsieurTox Master Member

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    This is a 4 years old thread bumped by a guy doing an advertisement (link) of his website/company...

    MOD EDIT: Spammer post deleted... also found another spammer in the thread from 2012, thanks for the heads up.
  8. yaris

    yaris Sr Member

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    well...that's disappointing.....I didn't even look at the dates....:facepalm......the info is still valid I think....HIPS is a good choice for modelling;)

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