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  1. Fetthunter's Avatar
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    Feb 24, 2004, 10:09 PM - Merged: Re: cant find sintra on the www.usplastic.com site #151


    elfextra1 wrote:

    Does having it rolled up warp Styrene?
    Mine is still "wavy", 2 days out of the box. I think some moderate heat to the Styrene with a sheet of plywood on top of it, followed by an elephant standing on the plywood SHOULD return it to its normal state.

    I'll be able to work with the wavy Styrene as long as its straight enough to fit in my frames. *That* was my main concern with it.

    As far as the Sintra goes, that I'm a little more upset about. Often I thermoform Sintra, but sometimes I just need a good, straight piece for "project X", and now that Sintra is all bendy. Again, hopefully some heat and pressing will fix it. Whether it does or not, the point is, I shouldn't HAVE to "fix" new material that is shipped to me. It should be packaged and shipped appropriately so I can use it "out of the box". Having to fix new material due to inproper packaging is irritating to say the least.

    As far as other online vendors go, I used to order from Materiél Graphics in Chicago. They'd send me a 1"x1" piece of Sintra, if I wanted it. GREAT customer service, great prices, and low shipping. Unfortunately, they decided to stop selling to individuals and only sell to companies now.
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    Apr 15, 2004, 7:02 PM - Merged: Re: Cutting sintra #152

    Toxic fumes? Great does anyone know the long term effect this will have on me? I need to invest in a good respirator. I have been warming the sintra with a heat gun and cutting it with a pair of sissors. ahhhhh the smell...No wonder I've been seeing things.
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    Apr 22, 2004, 11:59 PM - Merged: Re: Cutting sintra #153

    I'll definatly try the x-acto knife with my new set. I used the dremel in my dorm and their was white dust EVERYWHERE for three days!
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    May 3, 2004, 4:05 PM - Merged: Sintra: Alternate names???? #154

    Can anyone tell me an alternate name for sintra ( I live in the UK) as no one over hear seems to have heard of it. I know this has come up before but I will be damned if I can find the right thread.
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    May 3, 2004, 4:43 PM - Merged: Re: Sintra: Alternate names???? #155


    SINTRA is a brand-name product of Alcan, and you can find their website here:

    http://www.alusuisse-comp.com

    The generic names for the material vary a little, and here are some common examples:

    - expanded PVC foamboard
    - expanded high-density rigid polyvinyl
    - closed-cell expanded high-density polyvinylchloride

    I don't know of any other brands that are the same exact material as Sintra, but maybe someone else can add that info.

    If you need more info, here are some good threads:

    http://tdh.prop-planet.com/viewtopic...forum=93249783

    http://tdh.prop-planet.com/viewtopic...forum=93249783

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    May 3, 2004, 5:09 PM - Merged: Re: Sintra: Alternate names???? #156

    Thanks mate. I owe you one!
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    May 4, 2004, 3:48 PM - Merged: Re: Sintra: Alternate names???? #157


    No problem, carbonitekid! Glad I could help you out.
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    Jun 11, 2004, 10:48 AM - Merged: Re: Cutting sintra #158

    I used an X-acto knife set. I used an acute tip blade to score the shape (even round edges). I'd score it about 1/4 to 1/3 into the stuff, then use a bigger less acute tip (with the big handle in the set) to 'plow' through the scoring. Saves time, but you have to be extremely careful, because those knives can cut skin easier than sintra!
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    Jun 13, 2004, 2:09 PM - Merged: Re: Sintra: Alternate names???? #159

    also know as kometex at the plastic place in dallas .
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    Jun 13, 2004, 2:56 PM - Merged: Re: Sintra: Alternate names???? #160

    Foamex or Forex are the popular trade names in the UK i've found.
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    Jun 14, 2004, 2:20 PM - Merged: Re: Sintra: Alternate names???? #161

    Whereabouts have you found it and at what cost please? (Also UK).
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    Jun 15, 2004, 5:12 AM - Merged: Re: Sintra: Alternate names???? #162


    shagger999uk wrote:

    Whereabouts have you found it and at what cost please? (Also UK).
    Find a local sign maker, they usually sell it at £2-£3 a square foot.
    Hope this helps.
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    Jun 17, 2004, 11:45 AM - Merged: Re: Cutting sintra #163

    From my experiance... I guess you can cut sintra with just about any blade you can find as long as you take it nice and slow. The first time i tried i was really excited to get started and messed all the peices up because i couldn't control the knife. But now i know better.

    Haven't tried the dremel tool yet but i guess the same thing goes for it as well. Patiance is always the best tool when making your Fett armor!
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    Jun 18, 2004, 4:47 PM - Merged: Re: Sintra: Alternate names???? #164


    BH2372 wrote:

    also know as kometex at the plastic place in dallas .
    Where is this plastic place in Dallas?
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    Jun 18, 2004, 4:59 PM - Merged: Re: cant find sintra on the www.usplastic.com site #165

    what thickness is normally used?
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    Jun 18, 2004, 5:29 PM - Merged: Re: cant find sintra on the www.usplastic.com site #166

    I use .120 witch is about 1/8". I think that is the standard for armor.

    Fetthunter, I just saw this about yours being rolled up. That is weird. I always get mine in a flat box. Maybe someone screwed up. The only problem I have ever had with them is they sent me the wrong thickness once. But they sent me the right stuff and I got to keep the other stuff.


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    Jun 19, 2004, 8:58 AM - Merged: Re: Cutting sintra #167

    For straight cuts, I use a large-size X-Acto knife. For curves I use either a band saw or a scroll saw.

    The dremel is one of the worst tools around. It does a few things really well, and a million things poorly.
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    Jun 19, 2004, 10:58 AM - Merged: Re: Sintra: Alternate names???? #168

    it's at 35 and manana exit off of shady trail . i didn't know you where from tx. where at ?
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    Jul 2, 2004, 8:58 AM - Merged: Re: Sintra: Alternate names???? #169

    When I went to U.S. Plastics, in Bridgeport, CT USA, the guys there said sintra is juat a brand name of a type of PVC plastic. I bought what they were selling, although it wasn't "SINTRA", it worked beautifully.
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    Jul 10, 2004, 5:20 AM - Merged: Re: Sintra: Alternate names???? #170

    No wonder I have'nt been able to find this Sintra stuff !!
    ( I kept getting information about holidays in spain when I did searches )

    So it's foam pvc sheeting then, handy to know

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    Jul 31, 2004, 3:39 AM - Merged: Re: Cutting sintra #171

    right now i subcontract with flooring companies to do base work (look around the floor in a big building) i score it first then break it off......this method i used for the sintra armor. this leaves....ridges which need to be trimmed down.....just make sure you don't trim your fingers too like i did!
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    Aug 28, 2004, 10:38 AM - Merged: sintra wizards please help. #172

    anyone think making a scout armor set from sintra is possible? mainly the chest, not just with one piece, i mean multiple pieces put together.
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    Aug 28, 2004, 10:46 AM - Merged: Re: sintra wizards please help. #173

    It's possible but you'd need to use bondo or epoxy putty or something like that to smooth out the lines. (WARNING: I've had ZERO luck getting bondo to bond with sintra long term) I guess if some of the bondo seperates you could just superglue the hardened bondo to the sintra. Hmmmm......
  24. thunderbolt885
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    Aug 28, 2004, 2:11 PM - Merged: Re: sintra wizards please help. #174

    thanks for the help. any bondo alternatives with sintra then?
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    Aug 28, 2004, 2:19 PM - Merged: Re: sintra wizards please help. #175

    Epoxy paste or putty are the better ones.

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