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stretched sprue 03 600x450 Reusing Leftover Plastic Model Sprue, or, The Art of Sprue Stretching

mz sept plastics 150x150 Reusing Leftover Plastic Model Sprue, or, The Art of Sprue StretchingAdmittedly, “art” may be, ah, stretching it a bit, but hot-pulling scrap styrene model sprue over an open flame to make plastic rods of various thicknesses is a classic technique in plastic model-building. The resulting material can be as thin as a human hair, and commonly finds use in scale modelling as antenna aerials, wire, bolt heads, etc.

Flame-stretching is only the first of four creative reuses for leftover sprue from Peter Hall of Scale Model Guide, who also favors them for paint stirrers, internal bracing members, and temporary mounts for small parts during sculpting or painting.

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Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


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