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Old 12-19-2007, 10:32 AM
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Thin Aluminum Stock

After watching Benjamin struggle with his brackets on his StuG, wrestling with what material to use, I thought I'd mention that one of my stand-bys for scratchbuilding is the thin aluminum from drink containers soft-drink cans, beer cans, etc.

The material is very thin, about .005", very easy to work, and the standard can yields up lots of material. I've used it for fenders and straps, tool stowage, and other flat objects.

It cuts with scissors, or you can use a sharp knife with a straightedge. Scribe a fold line and it bends readily. You can drill it easily with a pin vise and standard bits. You can roll it into tubes, and so on. In short, you can do everything you can do with brass (except solder it), much more easily. It is also more durable and less susceptible to damage than .005" brass shim stock.

I'll post some photos later this afternoon.
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Old 12-20-2007, 09:31 AM
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Yes, this is a really useful material,, perhaps hard to glue but useful in a amazing kind of situation
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Old 12-20-2007, 09:48 AM
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I would really like to see a few pics of this to give me some ideas (1000 words and all that .
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Old 07-31-2009, 11:43 AM
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Yes, this is a really useful material,, perhaps hard to glue but useful in a amazing kind of situation
I know this is a long dead thread, but I've been looking up things related to soldering photoetch and found a paste that can be used for soldering aluminum. I haven't tried it, but the idea of using aluminum intrigues me since it's so readily available.

Here is a link for anyone interested.


They also have a paste for potmetal and white metal, which I thought might come in handy for filling in ejector marks on cast parts (assuming there is a need for that kind of thing). A lot of cast parts are used in model ship building.

I was looking up the paste since I was planning to their silver and copper versions with PE. These are available at Lowes (bog box home improvement store like Home Depot). I don't think they have the aluminum version of the stuff, though.
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Old 01-10-2011, 02:17 AM
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got to try this never thought of this idea.
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Old 01-10-2011, 02:28 AM
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useful information.

Very interesting and useful information.
I could possibly use this application in some of my builds.
thank you for the link.


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