SwS Workshop Online

To continue making models in your own smaller scale home setup or the studios we would recommend and using the following materials.

  • Card
  • Paper
  • Foam board – good for making casting moulds
  • Foam
  • Balsa/softwood wood
  • Dowels
  • Copper & Brass rods
  • Polypropylene
  • Polystyrene
  • Plaster
  • Mesh
  • Air Dry Clay
  • Wire
  • String
  • Jesmonite
  • Glue gun
  • PVA
  • Superglue
  • Epoxy adhesive
  • Double Side Tape

For suppliers we recommend:

  • Hobarts – MDF, PLY, Acrylic and other sheet materials
  • Heart Educational – General model making materials & tools (online)
  • Tilgear – General model making materials & tools (online)
  • Flints – EVERYTHING (local & online)
  • 4D Modelshop – General model making materials & tools (local & online)
  • Tiranti – Casting Materials (local)
  • RS Components – Electrical/engineering (local outlet & online)
  • Selec UK – Cheap MDF, Balsa and Ply ( online)

Some interesting reading/resources on model making using ‘soft’ materials and considerations when 3D Printing & CNC Machining:

  • Model Making: Conceive, Create and Convince (book)
  • Architectural Modelmaking, 2nd ed, Nick Dunn (book)
  • https://davidneat.wordpress.com/
  • https://www.instructables.com/
  • https://www.sea.museum/2017/03/29/casting-the-past-how-to-make-cheap-easy-moulds-and-casts
  • https://www.3dhubs.com/guides/3d-printing/

When making models at home or the studios please take the following precautions as well as using common sense:

  • Wear PPE where appropriate (goggles, ear defender and respirators (ear defenders and goggles can be borrowed from the Workshop)
  • Only use solvent free casting materials and glues if working indoors, and ensure the area is well ventilated. Any spray painting should be done outdoors using Acrylic/Water based paint – wearing a P3 Mask.
  • Be cautious when using sharp blades

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