Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Substitute for Pla-plate

i'm sure most of us know that other than Tamiya pla-plate.. we can add other type of plastic material to our gunpla for customization or building diorama.. but finding a suitable type might be a bit hard.. i saw some modeler use some kind of card to scratch out katana.. and.. it look great.. So.. why we need substitute for Tamiya pla-plate?.  the reason is simple.. price.. it cost about RM 30 for five piece of 364mm x 254 mm Tamiya pla-plate no matter in 0.2mm thickness or 0.5 thickness.. so.. it cost about RM 6 per-piece.. the good thing is.. it came in different type of thickness and all this thickness were show in its package.. you will know which type of pla-plate you want.. it create the standard that we can easily follow and create what we want.. why not use pla-plate?.

the answer is here.. i think of this substitute after i purchased the Tamiya 0.2mm clear version pla-plate.. i found that the quality of 0.2mm tamiya pla-plate is quite similar to my college assignment cover (the cover is more softer actually).. so i went to the stationery shop and found something in the picture..  size is about 290mm x 210mm.. thickness unknown  (should be around 0.2mm).. semi-gloss surface.. and guess how much it cost?.. RM per piece.. six time cheaper than the Tamiya pla-plate.. even though it slightly smaller but imaging the cost of paying Tamiya pla-plate compare to this.. SIX TIMES!!!..
when i try to cut it out.. it seems easier since semi-gloss surface.. and react quite good to the Mr.Cement glue.. but there is one problem with this "book cover" as the replacement for Tamiya pla-plate.. it is more fragile.. inelastic.. not suitable for cutter..

I'm going to build something from this material soon.. check the next post..

6 comments:

ZoiDieCT ArchAeA said...

well, actually, Tamiya isnt only the one who supplies pla plate. you can get pla plates at price of RM1.50 per piece, nonetheless the thickness. just browse the pla plate section at mgs2u :D

or, try searching for evergreen pla plates. it is cheaper than tamiya's too

seven6398 said...

ZD: have to put a "-" in between the pla plate only able to search the low cost pla plate in that site.. haha..really cheap but not sure it come in how many pieces..

Tom said...

You can also use those "FOR RENT" or "GARAGE SALE." My HEB always has them. Their .5 mm and they're cheap.

seven6398 said...

Tom: thx man.. btw.. what is HEB?

Tom said...

Oh yea, HEB's in my area. It's like a grocery store, a very big grocery store with some stuff for home appliances. If you have a walmart in your area or some other store that sales food and home products, then that's what HEB in my area is.

Einsils Valier said...

pla plate.... i can never get such a thing in my place......

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