Mystery Cardstock

Have any questions or tips and advice on how to build those bits that don't come ready made.
User avatar
Bufferstop
Posts: 13484
Joined: Thu Mar 11, 2010 12:06 pm
Location: Bottom end of N. Warks line

Mystery Cardstock

Postby Bufferstop » Sun Oct 10, 2021 6:26 pm

Searching for some card for a job I was doing, amongst my hoard of "this might be usefuls" I found 3 x A5 sheets of "good quality white card" except that it was laminated to an equally good quality brown card, making a rigid sheet slightly stiffer than postcard. The brown(khaki) side is ideal as un painted wood if cut into planks. Of course I can't remember where it came from, it was doubtless part of the packaging of something we have received in the last few months
So should anyone come across any of this card please tell me what it was in. Even better if the stuff is available in stationery or craft shops tell me where.
Growing old, can't avoid it. Growing up, forget it!
My Layout, My Workbench Blog and My Opinions

Daniel
Posts: 1544
Joined: Fri Oct 30, 2020 8:48 am
Location: Here

Re: Mystery Cardstock

Postby Daniel » Tue Dec 14, 2021 9:55 am

Except for the colour it sounds as Bristol card.
It is being very successfully used for laser cutting and has been for many decades used as building material by mnany modellers.
But all I have seen are white, often -not always- with a grey or black core.

Daniel
My new Flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/158027525@N08/

My old Flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/daniel_1_32_scale/page223

Being right is one thing, but being true is quite another.

User avatar
Bufferstop
Posts: 13484
Joined: Thu Mar 11, 2010 12:06 pm
Location: Bottom end of N. Warks line

Re: Mystery Cardstock

Postby Bufferstop » Tue Dec 14, 2021 11:36 am

Thanks Daniel, I've put crafts shops on my list of places of interest. The rise of the "Hobbycraft" chain of stores is a mixed blessing as it means you can always find the things that they sell, but the smaller independent places, which have a more varied stock, are harder to find.
Growing old, can't avoid it. Growing up, forget it!
My Layout, My Workbench Blog and My Opinions

User avatar
Stainsacre
Posts: 227
Joined: Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:55 am

Re: Mystery Cardstock

Postby Stainsacre » Tue Dec 14, 2021 4:50 pm

Going slightly off track…

An old boy that I knew a few years ago used nothing but breakfast cereal packets, he used to laminate them together with PVA, mostly double thickness but occasionally three. He used a few books as a press to keep it all flat whilst it dried out. He produced some of the best scratch built buildings that I have seen.

User avatar
Bufferstop
Posts: 13484
Joined: Thu Mar 11, 2010 12:06 pm
Location: Bottom end of N. Warks line

Re: Mystery Cardstock

Postby Bufferstop » Tue Dec 14, 2021 8:21 pm

Up to about twenty years ago, you could rely on a steady source of packaging materials, plenty of flat card of consistent quality, didn't have to be particularly good, just consistent. Nowadays the manufacturers are forever changing what they use, if not to shave microscopic savings of the cost, then it will be to make it different, in the hope of attracting a few extra sales.
Some jobs are worth sourcing a consistent supply, even in extreme cases paying for it, rather than risk the supply drying up because someone's changed the design, or supplier.
Growing old, can't avoid it. Growing up, forget it!
My Layout, My Workbench Blog and My Opinions


Return to “Scratch and Kit building”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests