Scratch building materials

Trans-sane

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#1
Evening all. Planning on doing a little scratch building for a game I'm running, but thought the modelling forum would be a better option.

Anyone have any ideas where is the best place to acquire platicard, plastic box section and I beans and brass, copper or steel wire or tubing?
 
#2
Evening all. Planning on doing a little scratch building for a game I'm running, but thought the modelling forum would be a better option.

Anyone have any ideas where is the best place to acquire platicard, plastic box section and I beans and brass, copper or steel wire or tubing?
B&Q?
 
#3
Evening all. Planning on doing a little scratch building for a game I'm running, but thought the modelling forum would be a better option.

Anyone have any ideas where is the best place to acquire platicard, plastic box section and I beans and brass, copper or steel wire or tubing?
Try the Jewellery section of places like The Range. Thin wire that's flexible, cheap chains. You can also look at electric wire of different thickness.
 
#4
Ebay for Styrene, normally cheaper than the shows, ditto for various metal tubing, it does depend on the size your looking for
 

Trans-sane

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#5
Cheers guys. The wire in question, I'd want quite stiff and possibly quite thick as well rather than flexible. It's going to be space stations and asteroid mines in a tabletop space game where the model scale is 1: *******-huge. Items such as planets and planetoids is easy. Hobbycraft has polystyrene balls and I have lots of poly packaging to break up for asteroids. But building "manufactured" structures will be a new challenge for me (though well within my ability. It's the painting I'm shit at).
 
#6
Cheers guys. The wire in question, I'd want quite stiff and possibly quite thick as well rather than flexible. It's going to be space stations and asteroid mines in a tabletop space game where the model scale is 1: *******-huge. Items such as planets and planetoids is easy. Hobbycraft has polystyrene balls and I have lots of poly packaging to break up for asteroids. But building "manufactured" structures will be a new challenge for me (though well within my ability. It's the painting I'm shit at).
Depending on the diameter, you might be better of with rod rather than wire
 

Fang_Farrier

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#7
Dental materials can be useful in such builds, though not always cheap.

Wiptam wire used to come in 30cm lengths, in varying thickness, 0.5mm, 0,6mm, 0.7cm up to 1.5cm

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It's cobalt chrome, so fairly rigid and stiff. Can be bent into shape easily enough an dwill hold that shape.
 
#8
flower arranging items from wire to balls in all shapes.
Electronic wiring will come in all thicknesses and can be very ridged particularly twin and earth.
 
#9
Give these people a prod and see if they still send out paper catalogues out, you should find everything you want in there.

Squires Model & Craft Tools

They used to send catalogues out two or three times a year up until a few years ago. They might still send one out to a new punter. If not ebay would be the best bet.

To be honest with you I haven't used them for a while as their minimum order was put up significantly so just picking bits up in dribs and drabs was easier on ebay. If buying a lot of stuff at one time they should be a good bet.
 
#10
Try here EMA Model Supplies:

Home page

They should pretty much cover everything you need - I buy a lot of bits and bobs from them for various work requirements. They have a very fast delivery time as well.
 
#12
That looks like jackpot
They seem to have just one friendly lady who answers the phone and takes orders but they do have a fast turnaround time (order before lunchtime and the stuff is usually in the last post on the same day). I've been ordering solvent adhesives, plasticard, styrene bits and other assorted gubbins from them for best part of 15 years. They are not as expensive as some of the more specialist architectural or modelling materials shops but their prices are competitive and we have never had a problem with them (except when we ordered the wrong bits by mistake - even then EMA took the wrongs ones back and swapped them for the right ones without any problem).
 

smeg-head

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#13
Believe it or not, B&Q also do a lot of what you're asking for. I've used EMA and found their stuff excellent.
The Works is another good source for polystyrene balls, balsa wood and all the useful bits and Bob's you'll need.
 
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