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..