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Styrene chassis
Posted by Weldman_03 on Sunday, March 13, 2016 7:51 PM

Im gettin back into model cars 1/24&1/25 scale and i want to make my own chassis and back half what size square tubing styrene should i use i only want to know the size thats on the package of styrene ive asked a ton of people and they give me all these numbers and math problems i just wanna know what size is on the package and what size for roll cages and what thickness sheets for the door jambs i just dont wanna buy the wrong sizes.

thanks

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  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 5:51 AM
The reason you're getting all those varied answers is that the only short answer is "it depends." Different kits will have different sizes parts, roll cages may be different diameter tubing based on age, racing class, etc...there unfortunately is no "one size fits all" answer. What you may have to do is bring your chassis to the hobby store with you and compare it to the stock until you find one that "looks right."
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  • From: Cape Coral Florida
Posted by BigTallDad on Friday, March 18, 2016 1:14 PM

Weldman_03

... ive asked a ton of people and they give me all these numbers and math problems...

thanks

 

 
That's what happens when you build scale models. I've found the absolute best way for me is measuring the real part and swap the units from inches to mm. For example, a roll bar of 4" (real) would become a roll bar of 4mm in 1/25 scale.
 
How familiar are you with 1:1 (real) vehicles? If you're going to make a model, you need to know the size of the source material, the general shape/length/width etc.
 
On door jambs, one side of it is hidden; thickness is not important, but workability is. 

"In order to teach a dog, you must first be smarter than the dog" P.R. Ferguson

rit
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Posted by rit on Friday, March 18, 2016 1:53 PM

If you agoing to build a street rod frame 1/1 size is about 2"x 3" in 1/25 you would use Evergreen styrene strip #166. If doing a heavyer frame 1/1 mite be 3"x 6" in scale Evergreen # 189 would do. It all depends on the car you are doing as said before one size don't fit all.You need to know how to convert 1/1 to the scale you are doing and then use Evergreens conversion chart on some of thier packageing or on thier web site.

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Posted by Arthur Anderson on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 12:24 PM

Weldman_03

Im gettin back into model cars 1/24&1/25 scale and i want to make my own chassis and back half what size square tubing styrene should i use i only want to know the size thats on the package of styrene ive asked a ton of people and they give me all these numbers and math problems i just wanna know what size is on the package and what size for roll cages and what thickness sheets for the door jambs i just dont wanna buy the wrong sizes.

thanks

 

Without addressing what "size"material in styrene to use--you might start by thinking (and measuring) in 1/25 scale which is amazingly easy!  In 1/25 scale, a scale inch is EXACTLY .040",  or you can use millimeters, as 1mm is so close to .040" as to make the tiny difference pretty much invisible to the naked eye.  Once you have decided on the height and width of your frame rails and crossmembers (in real life), an inexpensive digital caliper unit will help you to decide which pkg(s) of Evergreen Strip Styrene to buy,

Art Anderson

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