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    Oct 6, 2003, 8:16 PM - Merged: Re: Cutting sintra #126

    Quote:Also, the cutting wheels tend to break up fairly easily, sending shrapnel flying in all directions. You'd best be wearing eye protection! 8)
    Always!!

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    Oct 6, 2003, 10:29 PM - Merged: Re: Cutting sintra #127


    Rammage wrote:

    Believe it or not, I used an X-acto to cut out the shapes. I'd go over the shape lightly at first to create a path (for straight edges, move the X-acto along the edge of a ruler). I'd then go over it again several times, pressing a little harder each time. This way, there's no dust, no fumes, and less shaping with sandpaper is necessary.
    I guess we aren't the only ones then.
    Yeah, we used an exacto knife, and followed pretty much the same steps Rammage followed.
    Also, we don't have a dremel so we just cut it with the x-acto. Didn't turn out too bad. Plus as Rammage said, not much cleanup.

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    Oct 7, 2003, 3:41 AM - Merged: Re: Cutting sintra #128

    I personally would recommend the olfa L1 cutting tool. It is very sharp, has snap off segmented blades, its strong, and will last you a lifetime. The snap off blades a re razor sharp
    and when the cutting tip becomes dull you just snap off the 1/4 blade section and its sharp again.
    http://www.olfa.com/products.asp?C=2
    Cheers,
    ST
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    Oct 9, 2003, 5:53 PM - Merged: Re: the real name of...... #129

    Bondo is only a Brand name, it is also called "auto body filler" or "body filler" or "plastic body filler" if made by another manufacturer or labled under a different name brand....

    Lynn
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    Oct 9, 2003, 6:51 PM - Merged: Re: What are the real names of Sintra & Bondo? #130

    I think that some places call Sintra "expanding PVC signboard" but I'm not sure.
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    Oct 9, 2003, 8:04 PM - Merged: Re: What are the real names of Sintra & Bondo? #131

    hi all........I'm in the U.K.and for all those over this side of the pond ,i think /suspect that SINTRA is the same as FOAMEX ,this is stuff a friend of mine in the graphics and sign industry here uses ,it is the white [any colour you want]back board he applies vinyl cut lettering to........i've mucked around with the stuff and it seems the same as people are talking about here ,can be heat bent easily etc........also BONDO over here is just epoxy [2 part]car body filler ,...in england there are various brands /types P 38 from halfords ...P40 is a resin/fiberglass paste ...there are cheaper makes too ...
    an often overlooked material that is light ,needs no catalyst ,bonds incredibly to styrene is PLASTIC WOOD ,a cellulouse based wood filler that will not crack off when dry ,can be sanded or used as a base for a finishing filler like p38 or other modelling/plumbing putty ....use all of these fillers in ventillated spaces........or 3 years from now you'll wake up one day and find youre living with a battledroid ....like i did
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    Oct 10, 2003, 4:10 PM - Merged: Re: What are the real names of Sintra & Bondo? #132


    Appolo_50 wrote:

    I think that some places call Sintra "expanding PVC signboard" but I'm not sure.
    I work at a sign shop and we use SINTRA all the time.
    When we say SINTRA to a customer they just stare at us
    blankly, so we tell them it is "Expanded PVC Sign Board"
    and they usually understand what it is we are telling them.

    darksidedesign

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    Oct 10, 2003, 11:50 PM - Merged: Adding dents to sintra armor #133

    I purchased a set of armor plates off ebay that are pristine (no battle damage) I've read that dremmeling sintra is bad for it, but to rather heat it like you would be shaping it to add the dents.

    I'm wondering if any of you awesome prop builders have any suggestions as to what is the best thing to use for this. I was thinking about getting various sizes of ball bearings or marbles, I'm also thinking maybe RPG dice. With the dice I'm afraid that the sintra might stick or melt the die. Ball bearings I think might give too perfect of a dent (ie too symetrical).

    Any thoughts on this?
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    Oct 11, 2003, 9:30 AM - Merged: Re: Adding dents to sintra armor #134

    All we did was we took a heatgun, heated the back of the piece of armor (be sure it's the back because it gives it a weird texture to the sintra). We just went around and found various sized metal objects and pressed them lightly in the armor and pushed until we got the desired affect.
    Hope this helps.

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    Oct 16, 2003, 5:33 AM - Merged: Re: Adding dents to sintra armor #135

    I dremmelled my old sintra armour and it seemed OK. Creates a load of dust, though, so you'll need a mask and goggles.

    And old clothes.

    And a shower when you've finished!

    What I did notice was that the revealed area seems more porous than the finished area, and soaked up quite a bit of primer before it looked even.

    Try a little spot on the back somewhere and see how you get on.

    Si

  11. mandaloriancostuming
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    Nov 15, 2003, 1:59 PM - Merged: Re: Adding dents to sintra armor #136

    yeah the dremel with a round ball bit works good for the dents, and you can use a bit with a flat edge for any sratches.
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    Nov 16, 2003, 11:04 AM - Merged: Re: Adding dents to sintra armor #137

    When I needed to create any round dents I took a lighter and heated the sintra until it started to droop a little. Then I took a marble and pushed it to the desired depth. Make sure you let it cool for a second (run it under cold water) otherwise if you pull it out to quick it will fold over itself because it will still be too warm.
    And WA-LAH, perfect blaster bolted dents.
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    Nov 29, 2003, 8:04 AM - Merged: Re: cant find sintra on the www.usplastic.com site #138

    Try searching for PVC FOAMBOARD. That is how I found it here in Iceland. No one knew what sintra was.
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    Dec 8, 2003, 2:27 PM - Merged: Re: Adding dents to sintra armor #139

    I did the lighter with a ball peen hammer, then run it under cold water to set it. Super easy!
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    Jan 1, 2004, 2:11 AM - Merged: Re: cant find sintra on the www.usplastic.com site #140


    Appolo_50 wrote:

    http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/pro...+PVC+Cut+Sheet

    I do believe that is where ya get it.... Although my links never work.
    The blurb on that page...

    "Its characteristics include: foamed PVC sheet material that is approx half the weight of solid PVC; durable and hard wearing under many adverse conditions and resists most chemicals and water, with its porous interior and hard smooth surface"


    Makes it sound like "Gatorboard" (Sintra/foam/Sintra sandwiched together) instead of "solid" Sintra (which is Sintra all the way through the board).

    Has anyone ordered Sintra using this link, and if so, what type did you receive?

    I'm in need of more Sintra, but my local supplier will no longer supply me with the small (and odd-sized) quantities my prop building requires, so I have to find a new place.
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    Jan 1, 2004, 10:34 PM - Merged: Re: cant find sintra on the www.usplastic.com site #141

    This is what I used for all of my armor although I know Seeker has used it and a different sintra and likes the other better than the sintra from US plastics.
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    Jan 2, 2004, 9:11 AM - Merged: Re: cant find sintra on the www.usplastic.com site #142

    My link above still works and that is how i found places near me that sold it.
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    Jan 2, 2004, 10:15 PM - Merged: Re: cant find sintra on the www.usplastic.com site #143

    I got the White Expanded PVC 24" x 48" .120" Thick for my armor. It worked out great.

    here are my results
    <img src=http://200.72.163.179/cdref/tdh/Armor/thighs.jpg>
    <img src=http://200.72.163.179/cdref/tdh/Armor/legs.jpg>
    <img src=http://200.72.163.179/cdref/tdh/Armor/sintraarmor.jpg>
    <img src=http://200.72.163.179/cdref/tdh/Armor/sintraarmor1.jpg>
    <img src=http://200.72.163.179/cdref/tdh/Armor/sintraarmor2.jpg>
    <img src=http://200.72.163.179/cdref/tdh/Armor/sintraknees1.jpg>
    <img src=http://200.72.163.179/cdref/tdh/Armor/sintraknees2.jpg>
    <img src=http://200.72.163.179/cdref/tdh/Armor/sintraknees3.jpg>


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    Feb 23, 2004, 8:38 PM - Merged: Re: cant find sintra on the www.usplastic.com site #144

    I ordered some plastic from USP's website a week ago - to be specific, I ordered 2, 40"x70" sheets of .060" Styrene (for vacuforming) and 1, 24"x48" sheet of 2mm Sintra for thermoforming and miscellaneous prop and armor building.

    After seeing an earlier picture of someone's (phantom viper?) package from USP that had been damaged by UPS in transit, I was a little nervous. At least I was confident that the sheets would be shipped FLAT and in "sheet" form.

    Imagine my horror upon arriving home this afternoon to find this! (I opened the end to take the pic - it WAS taped shut, at least).

    (the Sintra is on the inside, the Styrene is on the outside)


    I *think* with some TLC and some moderate heat, I can make the sheets FLAT again. I find USP's packaging methods TOTALLY unacceptable. I need these sheets FLAT so that I can cut them and insert them into my vacuforming frames. If they are "warped", the frames will bow. NOT good.

    Buyer beware!
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    Feb 23, 2004, 11:05 PM - Merged: Re: cant find sintra on the www.usplastic.com site #145

    That sucks! All mine was sent to me flat.
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    Feb 23, 2004, 11:22 PM - Merged: Re: cant find sintra on the www.usplastic.com site #146

    That does suck... My three sheets were sent flat as well.. The lady I dealt with from USP was great. Very helpfull, and everything came through fine. I am planning on getting some more from them soon, as I forgot to pack a sheet in my move to florida.

    Cheers.

    Erik
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    Feb 23, 2004, 11:23 PM - Merged: Re: cant find sintra on the www.usplastic.com site #147

    Looks like someone else got their shipment in a "flat box" (was that phantom viper?) as well in the past (though it arrived with a big hole in it). Maybe USP just doesn't like me?

    *MY* box was approximately 10"x10"x48" and had 3 sheets of plastic rolled up inside it! I shudder to think what they would have done had the Sintra been 3mm or 4mm, or had the Styrene been any thicker.

    I guess they do this is to lower shipping costs. I know UPS charges not only by weight, but by size as well. The more space it takes up on their truck, the more they charge because your package is taking up room that they could be using to haul someone else's package. Still, I'd rather pay MORE to get merchandise unharmed and in the form I expected it to be delivered in.

    Oh well, enough of my ranting. Just be careful in the future if anyone orders from them... I'm going to see if Materiél Graphics is back to dealing with non-companies like they used to do.
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    Feb 24, 2004, 1:34 PM - Merged: Re: cant find sintra on the www.usplastic.com site #148

    Does having it rolled up warp Styrene? I know it's alittle different, but I need to know. My dad gets styrene sheets for me from his work(maintinance dept. hospital), but they've all been rolled up for storage.
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    Feb 24, 2004, 2:47 PM - Merged: Re: cant find sintra on the www.usplastic.com site #149

    Sure does... which sucks, 'cause i was justa bout to order a sheet from them.

    Anybody know any other sources?
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    Feb 24, 2004, 5:07 PM - Merged: Re: cant find sintra on the www.usplastic.com site #150

    I would suggest that if you are wanting to order some sintra from them, that you just shoot them an e-mail and ask how they will ship it.. Like I said, they were great with me.. I had originally ordered the 48" X 48" size sheets, they got back with me and suggested that I would be better off going 24" X 48" as they would have had to ship the 48" X 48" by freight. That would have put about an extra &#36;75 on to the tab.. Overall, great service.

    But if you are wary you may want to try one of the following.. You may need to see if they can modify the sheet size to cut down on shipping..

    http://tri-dee.com/sintra_plastic_pvc.htm

    http://www.dipmetals.com/plastic2.htm#sintra

    Hope this helps..

    Erik


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