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Uses for sprue

Postby RestonW » Tue Sep 17, 2013 1:24 am

During my Warhammer stint, sprue was an all too common waste material, but you could usually find a use for it. Now I'm thinking, getting back into larger models and Star Trek, you could make a drydock out of it.

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I'm not sure how you'd scale it, but it seems a natural use for all those straight chunks of plastic lying around.

Been done? No point? Other ideas?
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Re: Uses for sprue

Postby curt » Tue Sep 17, 2013 2:31 am

Greebles/pipeing on a borg cube. I have seen the use as a dry dock but that was a long time ago.

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Re: Uses for sprue

Postby harristotle » Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:58 pm

I love this idea!
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Re: Uses for sprue

Postby Cullenszoo » Thu Apr 03, 2014 2:43 pm

I don't know if you are aware, but you can "stretch" the sprue to make thin round strips. I use that along with my tnnex liquid glue to fill odd seams. You can also create different sizes for different trim pieces like radio masts, ladders, etc.
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Re: Uses for sprue

Postby Moongrim » Thu Apr 03, 2014 3:19 pm

Internal piping for any battle damage that rips the hull apart.
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Re: Uses for sprue

Postby Ratach » Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:23 pm

Probably not what you meant, but I made a rack for setting parts on in my airbrush booth.

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Re: Uses for sprue

Postby Del » Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:43 pm

Ratach wrote:Probably not what you meant, but I made a rack for setting parts on in my airbrush booth.

Another good idea I haven't heard of before.
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Re: Uses for sprue

Postby Hossfly72 » Sun Aug 10, 2014 3:37 am

Melt sprue in a bottle of Tenax to the consistency of paste and you'll be able to use it as a plastic putty. And if the sprue you melted came from the kit you're building, PERFECT match in under-lying color and hardness when sanding. I used to do it on all my 1/48 WWII planes.
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Re: Uses for sprue

Postby slawton » Mon Aug 11, 2014 12:59 am

Hossfly72 wrote:Melt sprue in a bottle of Tenax to the consistency of paste and you'll be able to use it as a plastic putty. And if the sprue you melted came from the kit you're building, PERFECT match in under-lying color and hardness when sanding. I used to do it on all my 1/48 WWII planes.


I've never heard of Tenax. Where do you get it from? When you melt it, how long doe it take to harden? Will it stay soft/putty-like if sealed in the bottle?
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Re: Uses for sprue

Postby Hossfly72 » Mon Aug 11, 2014 1:39 am

I think it's Tenax 7r or something like that. Haven't seen it in a while but we've just got one Hobbytown here in Mobile. Very strong stuff. I left it in there for several days. I'd usually let it dry and harden overnight. I know I had it for at least a year before I went a little crazy and got out of the hobby for a while. Experiment with it. It's been a good ten years since I tried it. I read about it in Fine Scale Modeler.
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