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Re: [OT] modelling Q

From: Tony Christney <tchristney@h...>
Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2001 10:43:02 -0800
Subject: Re: [OT] modelling Q

The zinc washers are most certainly zinc plated washers. These are
also known as galvanized. Heavier and more expensive than steel
washers, since they are steel washers with a zinc coating to
prevent rusting. Cheaper than stainless steel though, although
not worth the extra cost for use with miniatures, as they should
never rust.

IMO, the only advantage of steel washers is that they have iron
in them and are therefore magnetic. This is nice for transporting.
Other than that, pennies are cheaper (rather ironic, eh?).

Another nice way to make bases for trees is to use Sculpey. It
is a cheap cookable modelling clay (like Fimo, but way cheaper.)
The big advantage is that it can be shaped into form, ground,
sanded, etc. It is rather light, but you can always glue small
stones to it (or work them into the Sculpey) to add weight and
effect. I got a 1 lb block for CAN$14. It is also good for
making other things like craters (my friend Martin made loads
one night to indicate artillery beaten zones - very cool)

>On Tue, 30 Jan 2001 21:41:10 -0800, "Laserlight"
>>Or they're *zinc* discs, etc.  Price and weight difference.
>The ones I have are "plated steel".
>I use 3/4" diameter washers for 15mm SG2 figures. They are definitely
>as they stick to magnets. I use 1" diameter washers for 25mm figures.
>Are the zinc washers cheaper or more expensive? Are they heavier? (I'd
>they are probably lighter, but not positive...).
>Allan Goodall
>Goodall's Grotto:
>"Now, see, if you combine different colours of light,
>  you get white! Try that with Play-Doh and you get
>  brown! How come?" - Alan Moore & Kevin Nolan,
>    "Jack B. Quick, Boy Inventor"


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