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Good advice from Radleigh, Dave. I use an old kit that wasn't built to a great standard and that is used as my 'paint queen' - in my case it's a Monogram P-40B

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Plastic household waste, bottles etc.

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If you want something that is like kit plastic but costs nothing then white plastic yoghurt pots (muller corners etc.) are very similar material and also have curves etc. to practice round.

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Having said that I am about to embark on something slightly different, trying out some new spray enamels from the Alclad2 Mil-Spec range plus a whole load of Alclad metal finishes I have bought to try out, and I have decided that a couple of kits (cheapish) that were part-built and put away for later completion are going to be test beds for these. The kits I will be using are an old Airfix 48 scale mustang and a Hasegawa Hurricane that had an unfortunate accident.

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Any large city should have a plastic supply store (any small city should, for that matter). You should be able to buy a 4' x 8' sheet of .020" high impact polystyrene (HIPS) for just a few pounds. ABS will also work, though it's slightly different from HIPS.

If you don't have a plastic supply store, try looking for places that make signs. HIPS is commonly used for signage (outdoor ads, buses, etc.). Anything to do with manufacturing would be worth a look, too - architectural model studios, plastic molding shops, etc.

And barring all of that, you can get Evergreen or Plastruct sheets from most hobby shops. You'll pay a lot more per pound, but you'll get a lot more paintable surface than an old kit. You can also get speed shapes from auto body suppliers. Or go the old plastic bottle/container route.

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If it is acrylics packet of 200gr. heavy weight inkjet paper provides 250 chances.

In my spray booth I cut up into half pages a bunch mounted on

a cheap brochure stand held with a spring clip.

Great for an initial spray before the real thing.

Laurie

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