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thanatza 04-07-2006 01:42 AM

i am living in grrece i am an armor modeller for 3 years and this is my first post .i am looking for metal sheets in order to replace the flat plastic parts of armor kits like photo etch armor plates.specificly i read a tamiya model magazine recently and i saw the loco br 52 article in which the author replace the plastik roof with etch or metal something like that.what exacktly is the name of this metal sheet and where i can find it?

RC_Hill 04-07-2006 01:24 PM

I don't about in Greece, but here in the US, one could go either to their local hobby shop, or craft store to get sheet metal, like brass or nickle or whatever it is that one would prefer to get...there are various gagues, at least from what I've seen around here...I don't know of an exact brand in Europe...sorry :(

Also, perhaps you can check online, like an online model store over in Europe....That might be your best option...


David Diaz 12-28-2006 06:36 PM

Hello junior,
The best metal to use for that kind of work is usually brass. It is strong enough that it wont crumble when handled and is soft enough that you can cut it with a sharp knife. I usually use sheets from .005 to .01 inches (approx 0.1 mm) of thickness. They come in sheets and are not very expensive. I donít know in Europe, but I usually order my brass online at:
They also have a good selection of tools for modeling. I am sure there must be some similar store in Europe.

Another option for small details like brackets and thin parts you can use Aluminum from common soda drink cans. This works real good, and of course its easy to find.

For handles normal mild steel wire can work. A 0.5mm or 1.0 mm diameter wire is good for handles. A good place to find wires for this is at a flower shop. The use thin wires for holding flower arrangements and they sell them in packs.

For thinner details like wire, copper wire is best. A cheap way to find copper wire is an old radio, or some discarded electrical equipment that has some copper coils.

Just look around. Everyday we run across many materials that are useful for modeling. It's all a matter of paying a little attention.

Model On!


tamigawa 12-28-2006 08:29 PM

K&S brass has a huge selection:

David Diaz 12-28-2006 09:11 PM

They do have a great selection!

Thanks for the link Fletcher :thumb:


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