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Very Cheap Plastic




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En'til Zog


One day I needed some styrene sheet stock to do a demonstration of scratchbuilding for my modeling club. I went to the local plastics supplier and asked if they had any 'drop stock' or miscellaneous bits of sheet stock left over from cutting someone else's order to size. Since this place also did custom display racks and things, I thought they might have some left over bits laying around. Boy, did they.

They had a dumpster they used for the left overs. A DUMPSTER of plastic sheet bits, from floor sweepings to writing paper sizes, in thicknesses up to 1/8th inch. In styrene, or a lot of other odd stuff. They were happy to get rid of some of it for cash, cheap. That way they got more money than they would from the recycler.

If you ask POLITELY, your local plastics supplier might be able to come up with drop stock for you very cheap. BUT, DO NOT GET TOO PUSHY about what you want or need. Be happy with what they have, cheap. That way you don't 'wear out your welcome' and can come back for more later. Politeness pays.

If you are a member of a modeling club, and have an active kids program (which you bloody well should, kids are the future of this hobby), you might even get better deals. If you tell your plastics supplier about the kids program, and they help you, ALWAYS mention to the club where the plastic came from, and MENTION THEIR HELP in your newsletter, or other PR material. (And don't be tempted to B.S. them about a kid's program. They'll always find out. That could ruin this whole idea for everybody.) If they help you, even just by giving you good deals, you should be willing to help them. It makes the modeling life go much smoother. Happy styrene hunting!

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