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Sladog
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Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2003 - 02:31 PM GMT+7
Is there anything from an office that can used for modeling? Anything you guys use paperclips or the such for?
Grasshopp12
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New Hampshire, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2003 - 02:35 PM GMT+7
All kinds of things. Paperclips can be used to apply super glue. I use an index card in a recipe slip for a paint palette as well as for putting superglue on.
scoccia
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Milano, Italy
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Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2003 - 02:43 PM GMT+7
My office is a gold mine for modelling:
- ALPS/OKI printer for creating my own decals
- Acetate sheets for realistic thickness windshielsd
- Floppy disks (the metal bit punched with a punch & die) as base for realistic headlight lenses
- Pencils for realistic metal finishes
- Paperclips or elastic bands to hold parts together (after gluing or just for dry fitting)
- Scrap paper to mix epoxy glue or putty, masking, making papermaché
- Staples (the ones from the stapler) to kee p in place vinyl tracks
and much, much more...
brandydoguk
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England - North, United Kingdom
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Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2003 - 03:25 PM GMT+7
Best thing I ever "borrowed" from the office where I worked was a bottle of Tipex (the white liquid for whiting out mistakes when typing or writing). It is the best filler for small gaps I've ever used, and sands to a super smooth finish on larger areas.
slodder
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Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2003 - 03:46 PM GMT+7
The keyboard tray holders that act as a monitor holder they are great as a tool drawer.
The paper organizer of printers double as paint drawers
The pencil holder thingies are great tool holders.
Drawer organizers are great of storing bits and pieces.
scoccia
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Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2003 - 03:54 PM GMT+7
Hey,
we forgot to mention the "dead mice tails" didn't we!!!
GunTruck
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Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2003 - 05:23 PM GMT+7

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Best thing I ever "borrowed" from the office where I worked was a bottle of Tipex (the white liquid for whiting out mistakes when typing or writing). It is the best filler for small gaps I've ever used, and sands to a super smooth finish on larger areas.



Yeah - I picked this tip up last year from some of the veteran members of the Site. I was skeptical at first, but tried it - and it worked.

Gunnie
shermanfreak
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Alberta, Canada
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Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2003 - 10:13 PM GMT+7
Staples... I find that they make great handles.
PLMP110
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Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2003 - 10:29 PM GMT+7
I have learned that using an index card as a palette for your oils allows them to dry a little faster by wicking away some of the oils in the mix.

Patrick
blaster76
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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2003 - 01:45 AM GMT+7
white out can also be used as white paint for small areas, I like the staple idea for handles already bent index cards can be cut out and shaped for things as well as mixing paint or keeping notes on (ha ha) sharpie marking pens with permanent ink it's amazing what you can come up with
FAUST
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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2003 - 04:58 AM GMT+7
No office supplies from my job but my father works in the hospital wich results in the fact that I have an abundant supply of all the knifes I need (all variants too) and my foam to make my own buildings and other structures comes from there too. The hospital is really a great resource for modeling stuff

Halfyank
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Colorado, United States
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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2003 - 04:35 PM GMT+7
Geeze, I'm not in the same league as you guys as far as "borrowing" things from the office. The only thing I use is the network connection to get all my information from armorama.

Marty
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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2003 - 09:28 PM GMT+7

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Best thing I ever "borrowed" from the office where I worked was a bottle of Tipex (the white liquid for whiting out mistakes when typing or writing). It is the best filler for small gaps I've ever used, and sands to a super smooth finish on larger areas.


Interesting...I have got to try it...
brandydoguk
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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2003 - 10:28 PM GMT+7
It isn't just in the office where I look for things that could be useful for modelling. I am constantly looking for anything that could be useful. After Guy Faulkes night last year there were hundreds of spent fireworks littering the streets. The used rockets were very useful as they have a length of soft wood attached to steady them in flight. I broke off the piece of wood and collected loads of pieces and built a decent looking wooden "dock" for a British MTB diorama and a wooden bridge for a figure diorama. I tend to be a bit of a magpie when it comes to modelling freebies.
Triple_M
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Posted: Sunday, September 26, 2004 - 08:25 AM GMT+7
I am thinking of using the spiral wire in my old school notebooks to make barbed wire
I have already detached them...

Greetings
blaster76
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Posted: Sunday, September 26, 2004 - 08:35 AM GMT+7
I think somebody makes concertina wire which shows far more detail than spiral wire off a notebook pad. Wow this is an old post, from April of last year...saw a bunch of old names I hadn't seen in a long time on it
rbeebe99
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Posted: Sunday, September 26, 2004 - 08:47 AM GMT+7
hmm let's see medicine cups, syringes, plaster for cast's, you name it I probably have tried it. I have to admit the medicine cups are by far my most favorite item, I use them for mixing paint, holding advesives and loose parts, my second favorite is index cards, perfect for dry brushing oils. I figure my scrounging is better than the small gift certificate we sometimes recieve as a Christmas bonus :-). If you are wondering the syringes are used for drawing up paint and the actual needle is filed down for different sizes of tubing, and other things.
Best Regards,
Robert
Delbert
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Posted: Sunday, September 26, 2004 - 08:57 AM GMT+7
Ever wonder what to do while waiting in that little room a the doctors waiting to be seen... here are some idea's

Tounge Depressors.. - for holding items to be airbrushed.

Medical Gauze - for camo netting and other uses.

Long stick Q-tips - for cleaning airbrushs and parts.. after use break off the stick and if you have a block of wood with holes the right size drilled in it.. you have a handy parts holder... hold and spray and put into wood block to dry (my favorite homemade / found? item)

Laytex gloves.. (if your doctor has the same size hands u do..) hint.. wife's purse is a great stocking stuffer...


Denist office.. lead foil from x-ray film..

fast food restrauts

Plastic condiment cups.. just right for resin casting mixing.

from a diabetic friend or relitive.. their empty test strip canisters.. come with handy lids and can store all types of stuff.



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Posted: Sunday, September 26, 2004 - 06:27 PM GMT+7
P I L L A G E :::::: Blimy mates........
I've wandered into a den of bloody freebooters!!!!!!!

got a fresh bottle of white out tonight......... :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

druid
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Finland
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Posted: Monday, September 27, 2004 - 08:21 AM GMT+7
I can testify for the white out too. I had to improvise when I was building my first model and the fuselage halves didn't quite match. My girl is a teacher so she had just the right stuff.

Before seeing this thread I noticed some good material at work today. It's the sort of plastic foam frame that's used to protect monitors and other computer hardware in place while they are in the boxes. Very lightweight and should be easier (cleaner) to work with than the traditional white styrofoam. I only took one side of the frame and that should already be enough for several dioramas. And being a software company I don't think we'll ever run out of those. Recycling at its best.
DRAGONSLAIN
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Posted: Monday, September 27, 2004 - 05:46 PM GMT+7

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Staples... I find that they make great handles.


yes I use staple too, one of the bends is already made, you just measure up and make another bend, then you trim down the legs and done

flitzer
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Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2004 - 12:59 AM GMT+7
Bulldog clips for clamping bits together after gluing.
Also on some fireworks have plastic cones...handy for pointy things such as warheads, aircraft noses etc.

Cheers
Peter
:-)
Hut
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Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2004 - 03:32 AM GMT+7
Just remembered this link:
http://www.ww2modelmaker.com/articlepub/ISstationary.htm
LittleNick
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Posted: Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 09:41 PM GMT+7
WOW!! thats alot of things the office can help you with your model
thankz all

nick