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mikeli125
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Posted: Tuesday, July 08, 2003 - 09:55 PM UTC
how about having a list on the site detailing "free supplies" were you can find them and their uses and people can add to it as they find things as I'm sure loads of people post
what they use but the info gets lost as the posts go futher back
scoccia
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Posted: Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 12:17 AM UTC
Great idea mikeli125. Do you think you've got the time to put it together as a standard text doc and mail it to the editors at the following address:

content@armorama.com

I think lot of the guys around here will be really grateful...
Ciao
slodder
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Posted: Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 12:21 AM UTC
There is a thread that covers this as far as what people have tested from the 'office', I'll search for it and post it in here.

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=PostBoard&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=10970&page=1
AJLaFleche
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Posted: Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 12:23 AM UTC
I keep all the condiment containers from Chinese take out. The tops make great palettes for mixing paint or creating a wash and the bottoms become containers for pastel shavings. They can also be used to hold small parts during a construction project.
slodder
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Posted: Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 12:34 AM UTC
In the US Arbies has great containers too.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 06:39 AM UTC
Hi Mike

Nice idea... perhaps the entries from this and "Free Plastic Card" could be combined into a single "sticky" folder that stays at the top of the Tools and Supplies forum.

I'll ask Staff Jim and see what he thinks.

Cheers

Rowan
mikeli125
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Posted: Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 07:35 AM UTC
yeas it'd be handy to know what the cheap tips were and all in one place

heres another old ice cream tubs are good for placing models in when they are drying
and make good spare parts bins which you can label up whats in them
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Posted: Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 09:10 AM UTC
Hi Mike

I posted a question for Jim in the site section...

Talking of ice cream pots - I use clear containers like the ones sandwich bars sell salad in, and the small pots that dips etc are sold in.

All the best

Rowan
ModlrMike
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Posted: Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 10:48 AM UTC
Tough call. As I tell the folks at work, nearly everything has an application in modeling. I like to use the large dome style cake trays to give my models a dust free place to dry. The smaller salad ones work as forms for diorama bases. Then again, as I work in health care, I usually take the time to examine expired stock before I throw it out.
HastyP
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Posted: Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 12:11 PM UTC
I use the plastic lids of pop or water bottles for mixing washes in.

Regards
Hasty
Pnzr-Cmdr
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Posted: Thursday, August 28, 2003 - 09:10 AM UTC
i get like a 200 pack box of dixie cups for like a buck they would well for mixing and don't run through the bottom due to the waxy interior. but if you leave it for a couple of hours it starts to come through the bottom
keenan
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Posted: Thursday, August 28, 2003 - 02:00 PM UTC
Wendy's, for the little white plastic ketchup containers. Arby's, for the aluminum ashtrays.

Shaun
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Posted: Monday, September 01, 2003 - 04:50 AM UTC
Hi Guys,
Great thread. If I remember correctly, Wal-Mart stores throw out ALL their "In-Store-Signage" once the sales seasons are complete( christmas, easter, valentines day, back-to-school, etc.)
Not sure about other store chains, but most Wal-Mart signage is on styrene sheets in a variety of thicknesses. The only problem I've had is that it's been silk-screen printed and the edges of different layers will sometimes show through paint. An easy problem to correct considering the size of some of these pieces... I've gotten stuff as large as 3x5 feet in .010 before.

HTH and Happy Hunting
Chuck
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Posted: Monday, September 01, 2003 - 08:16 AM UTC
I save the blocks of styrofoam that electronics , ect, come packed in. I use them to hold parts for spray painting, to sit models on for pics, to secure models for transport, and as tool holders on my workbench. I have also seem them used in dioramas.
Major_Goose
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Posted: Thursday, October 02, 2003 - 05:18 PM UTC
ive done a deal with my local fruit market and i am getting all the wooden fruit and vegetable boxes . They re from thin wood easy to cut in stripes or anyother scheme and very good for anything you wanna do in a diorama.check em out. It's not balsa but it's wood for sure
Sealhead
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Posted: Sunday, October 12, 2003 - 05:02 AM UTC
Hi Gang,

I use the plastic bottoms of grocery store cake containers, which are the same as the tops of their salad bar containers as paint pallets. They have several concentric circles of different size pockets that are idea for "messing around" with color. I called the supplier about buying a carton of them and sharing them with my IPMS group at a cost of about $1.00 each, and the supplier sent me a case of 50 for free! So, I gave some of them away and have a lifetime supply left.

Sealhead (recently promoted to Corporal)
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Posted: Tuesday, December 16, 2003 - 02:32 AM UTC
This one doesn't really fall into the category of "free", it's more like something that can be re-used. I play guitar and when I change my strings I save them to use on models. The thinner, higher strings are great for things like antennas for airplanes or vehicles, and can be used for wing rigging. The thicker or wound strings are good for using to simulate cable. They can be bent to whatever shape you want, and cut to length. You could probably even use them for making glass frames for figures.
bison44
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Posted: Tuesday, December 16, 2003 - 05:42 AM UTC
A&W has long thin little stir sticks that make excellent 1/35 lumber. Grab a fist full next time you're there and you'll be making fences, tables and your own ammo boxes in no time.
dbusack
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Posted: Tuesday, December 16, 2003 - 03:15 PM UTC
Best one I found is to make friends with your local sign company. I stopped up to mine and asked if they could save me some scrap plastic they were going to throw away. I ended up with enough to last forever! With a little cutting you can have a great smooth cutting surface. There was also some mirrored plastic that will make a great base.

Don
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Posted: Wednesday, December 31, 2003 - 08:27 AM UTC
Put Steel wool in vinegar and let it rust strain it in a coffee filter, use the liquid to paint-on rust to your models. It will go on clear but will become reel rust in a few hours!javascript:PasteSmiley(':-%5B%20%5D')
SFC_StJohn
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Posted: Saturday, January 03, 2004 - 05:38 AM UTC
I use common every day paperclips a lot! They come in very handy for replacing the tie-downs on armor hull plating. Another thing, for small scale maps I go to various satelite imaging websites and scale down my printer's "print size percentage" settings and print the web pages (providing they're not copyrighted). After I print them I cover them with scotch tape and a little weathering dust, fold them up then unfold them and glue 'em on. They look pretty good.
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Posted: Sunday, January 04, 2004 - 08:15 AM UTC
toothpics: for dabbing paint or superglue (get'm free at some returaunts)
old phone cords strip out the copper wires for superdetailing. They bend easy and work great as wiring for an engine, vehicle, or whatever. Copper Cable Coax is great for "bigger" items.
muca
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Posted: Wednesday, January 28, 2004 - 11:29 PM UTC
Plastic lid from water bottles are great for mixing small amount of paint and washes.
Metal coming from thoothpaste tubes is easy to work, very soft and malleable.
Small candies boxes (plastic or metal) are good containers

ciao
Luca
keenan
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Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 12:23 AM UTC
It seems like I get a lot of credit cards I did not ask for. I cut them into four pieces with scissors and glue my figures to them so I have something to hang on to while I paint them.
Saves me 18.25% interest, too.

Shaun
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Posted: Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 04:37 PM UTC
Pizza boxes. I got a couple of Papa Johns pies last week and took the tops (non-greasy part) off the boxes and now I have a nice lttle throw away pallet for mixing and working with paint.