Results 1 to 11 of 11

Thread: Alternate material to styrene

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2016
    Posts
    11
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default Alternate material to styrene

    I am just starting into N-Scale modeling, has anyone ever tried using HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene) for scratch built buildings? The reason I am asking is, the dramatically lower price of HIPS, you can buy a sheet 4' x 8' x .030 for about $40.00, where styrene is about 8.00 for 4pcs of 8" x 10" x .030. My plain is to build all my building from scratch if possible and trying to cut costs.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Fort Smith, Arkansas
    Posts
    1,335
    Thanks
    1,165
    Thanked 1,721 Times in 592 Posts
    Mentioned
    21 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    You can also buy garage sale signs for a cheaper source of styrene and I've also seen large sheets of neon pink and green at lowes. As long as you don't mind the color (paint it anyway) it works ok.
    Daniel Dawson

  3. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Mobile One For This Useful Post:


  4. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    NJ, near old Lehigh Valley RR
    Posts
    2,562
    Blog Entries
    6
    Thanks
    7,872
    Thanked 2,670 Times in 1,208 Posts
    Mentioned
    38 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by jsarvis63 View Post
    I am just starting into N-Scale modeling, has anyone ever tried using HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene) for scratch built buildings? The reason I am asking is, the dramatically lower price of HIPS, you can buy a sheet 4' x 8' x .030 for about $40.00, where styrene is about 8.00 for 4pcs of 8" x 10" x .030. My plain is to build all my building from scratch if possible and trying to cut costs.
    If you can find the supplier who sells the HIPS, you might find the regular styrene 4X8 sheets just as affordable. The mark-up on pre-cut styrene is quite high.
    I have no experience with the HIPS. A quick search did not show any reason why you couldn't use it for scratch building.
    Steve - Jugtown Modeler..............Don't know enough about railroading yet, but scale modeling is my life..............Web-Folio

    The introduction of so powerful an agent as steam to a carriage on wheels will make a great change in the situation of man. -- Thomas Jefferson, 1802


  5. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Netherlands
    Posts
    5,450
    Thanks
    11,008
    Thanked 9,166 Times in 2,879 Posts
    Mentioned
    123 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Styrene in large sheets isn't much more expensive.
    As long as I can model in N-scale, I know I'm not old

    My Flickr Pages

    http://www.janbouli.com

  6. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    Chicagoland, IL, USA
    Posts
    1,626
    Thanks
    2,835
    Thanked 2,022 Times in 842 Posts
    Mentioned
    41 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    As far as I know, you are talking about exactly the same material. HIPS is the real name for our usual white styrene Sheets. it's like many other things, often way cheaper in bulk than in "hobby" sizes. What evergreen and plastruct do well for us are the specialty pieces. For plain flat plastic you pay a big convenience fee.
    Creating new towns out of thin air.
    My build thread, the Aylesbury Branch

  7. The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to jimil For This Useful Post:


  8. #6
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    10,353
    Thanks
    1,403
    Thanked 7,567 Times in 4,403 Posts
    Mentioned
    258 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)

    Default

    Lots of big box display signage is styrene. It can be replaced seasonally. Make friends with employees or management. They might save you some. Multiple 1x4 sheets for FREE or donuts and coffee are a price that's hard to beat.

    Another place to check with is a commercial sign printer. Not every sign come out perfect. The rejects get trashed anyway. Why not as for some.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Lots of big box display signage is styrene. It can be replaced seasonally. Make friends with employees or management. They might save you some. Multiple 1x4 sheets for FREE or donuts and coffee are a price that's hard to beat.

    Another place to check with is a commercial sign printer. Not every sign come out perfect. The rejects get trashed anyway. Why not as for some.
    Use what you know about the world to model…
    Learn from modeling what you don't know about the real world.



  9. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    136
    Thanks
    101
    Thanked 182 Times in 57 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    What about ABS sheets? Many modeler's glues can glue it just like stryene.
    It is dirt cheap and stronger in strength.

  10. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    1,756
    Blog Entries
    3
    Thanks
    2,183
    Thanked 1,406 Times in 645 Posts
    Mentioned
    69 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)

    Default

    A quick Google search came up with this San Diego supplier: ePlastics How's their pricing look?

    Southern Pacific | Santa Fe | SPSF | BNSF | Metrolink | CalTrain | Chicago Metra | TGV Lyria

    railways by Kato Unitrack + Unitram | electric light-rail by Tomix | construction by Kato Diotown & Tomytec Co., Ltd. | vehicles by Busch GmbH & Co. KG
    ambient sound design by Fantasonics | digital command control by Dynamis Ultima | layout automation by RailController

  11. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2016
    Posts
    11
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    High Impact Polystyrene Plastic Sheet .030" x 48" x 96" - White
    $23.62 + $6.11 shipping
    In stock. Sold by SIBE AUTOMATION
    Less than $30.00 delivered to your door and enough probably to build a whole city in n-scale.

  12. The Following User Says Thank You to jsarvis63 For This Useful Post:


  13. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    NW Indiana
    Posts
    853
    Thanks
    369
    Thanked 1,880 Times in 468 Posts
    Mentioned
    18 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Some interesting replies here. I always use evergreen, but I see no reason why generic styrene or HIPS can't be used, as long as you can get the desired thickness.
    Charter member of CAMRRA.

  14. #11
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,306
    Thanks
    168
    Thanked 1,407 Times in 488 Posts
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    I've bought a few of these:

    https://www.menards.com/main/outdoor...64004990522049

    Basically its just a big sheet of styrene with letting on one side, works great if you only need one side to show. I like them particularly for building roads since it's bigger than standard Evergreen styrene (fewer seams) and cheaper.
    Third Coast Railway Company
    -

    The Great Lakes Railroad







    "I guess architecture school wasn't a total waste, at least now I can build some sweet N scale buildings."

Similar Threads

  1. Alternate sources for Bulk storage tanks
    By ragnarock4 in forum Scratchbuilding & Kit Bashing
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 21st Jun 2016, 06:36 AM
  2. Replies: 5
    Last Post: 24th Oct 2014, 05:05 AM
  3. Repairing plaster cast, or alternate casting material?
    By pbechard in forum Structures & Scenery
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 4th Feb 2013, 10:22 PM
  4. Programing Ditch Lights to Alternate
    By dave92029 in forum DCC
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 25th May 2011, 12:31 AM
  5. CH&FR Alternate: Yard on a Strip Mine
    By TwinDad in forum Layouts, Design, & Planning.
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 12th Jan 2010, 02:06 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •