What is styrene and where do I find it?
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What is styrene and where do I find it?

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I've seen many customizers use something called styrene. My question is what is it exactly, how flexible is it, and where do I find it? I heard that it is basically a plastic sheet, but all the info I find on styrene says it's basically foam. Which can't be right, because that doesn't seem very useful for hard surfaces.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by Mint Condition Customs
on Monday, September 27, 2010
User Comments
Mint Condition Customs -
Sunday, October 17, 2010
That's pretty smart. Thanks, I'll have to remember that.
Sabretooth -
Sunday, October 17, 2010
best and cheapest way to get a hold of sheet styrene is plastic for sale signs. dollar store and hope depot like places have them. it's styrene in a sheet form.
somebody1 -
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Either they don't have it or they have it and don't know it. If anythign it would be with model kits or model railroading I'm betting.
Mint Condition Customs -
Saturday, October 16, 2010
I dunno. They have no idea what I'm talking about, and then there's some people that think I'm talking about styrofoam, which obviously I am NOT.

Then they just say "yeah we don't have it."

Quite annoying.
somebody1 -
Saturday, October 16, 2010
How can they not know what it is? People use it for doll houses, railroad modeling, that would be one of the first things you think they'd know. Sounds like shoppnig at homedepot around here for common items and they look at you like you're an alien. Sadly the craft shop here doesn't have any since its mostly sewing and such.
Mint Condition Customs -
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Well I wish the people at Hobby Lobby knew what it was...
somebody1 -
Monday, October 4, 2010
Its the plastic used in most model kits and it goes from super thin to pretty thick. it is mostly in sheets, round bar or square bar or tubing. hobby shops should have it or look here:
http://www.evergreenscalemodels.com/
Mint Condition Customs -
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Where do you buy it? I thought Hobby Lobby but they have no idea what it is. a hardware store? also what does it look like? some forms of hard foam are called polystyrene, but that's not the stuff I see customizers using. from what I can tell it's supposed to be just plastic. is that right?
pock63 -
Sunday, October 3, 2010
It's pretty flexible but it doesn't rip easaly. It can be painted and markered on. It's good if you want to make a kilt or a fin on a figure. It's not very good fore capes because it's flat while capes shoold have wrinkles in them in order to loock like cloth. The only thing I don't like about this stulf is that if you buy the thiner pieces of it they can get scratched up easaly.
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