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Internal Reinforcement: Art frames




Submitted By:

Ken Robbins


Above a certain size, say about 10 by 15 inches, scratchbuilt models need support inside. One solution for boxy models is artist's canvas stretcher frames. They come in lengths of 8 to 16 inches in one-inch increments (8,9,10,11, etc) and above 16 inches come in even inch measurements to about 36 inches long. They have tongue and groove corners so they are very sturdy. Any piece can connect to any other piece (i.e, an 8" can attach to a 20"). You can assemble them at angles up to about 20 degrees off square for tapered models (not quite enough for a Star Wars ISD, though). These are great for those who don't have carpentry equipment or skills. They cost 59 cents for 8" up to $1.79 for 18" so a rectange frame will only set you back a few bucks.

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