How do you cut sheet styrene ?

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    Hi guys I have to remake seats for my Do-17 and I'm having a hard time cutting out the shapes I'm drawing on the styrene. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

    Harrison
     
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    #2 kgambit, Aug 1, 2010
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    A pair of good scissors or an exacto should work if it's thin enough, or a razor saw if it's slightly thicker. You can always try cutting a bit larger than the desired shape and sand it down to the proper size.
     
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    Cheers Dwight. The parts are so tiny I need to make!! Grrrrr
     
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    Yep, that's the way. If it's a rounded shape, then do a series of smaller, short cuts. It's often better to just continue scoring the plastic, then breaking it free. This avoids a cut 'spreading', and gives a clean break. The true shape can then be sanded afterwards.
     
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    Thanks guys will try this when I get back from vacation..
     
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    I use a metal ruler to help with the straight lines as well.
     
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    A matal ruler and a scalpel.Also an Exacto knife with different blades.
     
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    Thanks guys! Got it. Used the scissors Dwight suggested then sanding.
     
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    Looks like your on it Harrison....:thumbright:
     
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    If curved, drill small holes around the edges and saw between them with a small saw.....
     
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    Thanks very much Jan!
     
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