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retiredyank
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Posted: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 - 03:12 PM GMT+7
Coffee creamer cups are great for mixing paint or small amounts of glue, no the reverse side. Drill bits for forming etch.
Nat1012
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Posted: Monday, December 25, 2017 - 02:50 PM GMT+7
I borrow A4 paper regularly
timmyp
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Posted: Monday, November 20, 2017 - 08:27 AM GMT+7
It's not stuff from the office, but in the stripper clips that holds the 5.56mm ammo I use, there is a strip of brass in the bottom that I remove, with the thought that maybe, some day, this stuff can come in handy.

From the office, our office manager will offer up old posters, file folders, etc. I find the poster paper is handy for drawing up ideas & notes, as well as a sort of desk blotter. Some of the file folders that have been offered are made of thick stock, so it's good to grab those.

And of course, the foil & cork from wine bottles is good to keep.
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Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 08:22 AM GMT+7
Not strictly office 'supplies' (but this thread seems to have wandered off into all sorts of useful areas) ID/swipe cards as provided by lots of employers make a cheap/free alternative to styrene sheets (once you've built up a reputation for losing them, they can be plentiful as well)
Strike up a relationship with your local motorcycle workshop/DIY mechanic - a veritable Aladin's cave of useful to us, junk to them goodies: from bits of wiring to (my personal favourite) old brake pistons, lined with foil they make excellent mixing tubs (they're nice and heavy, so they stay where you put them) a light-weight alternative are the aluminium tubs tea lights come in.
Also, I never walk past a skip without having a look - you would not believe the stuff people throw away! Recently found a whole bunch of mostly Humbrol enamel paints and some (almost complete) kits.
The grains in domestic water filter cartridges can be used to simulate rivets - drill a shallow hole and pop 'em in with some glue.
If you take a clothes peg and turn the spring around you can use it as a 'soft' (i.e. not enough pressure in the spring to damage anything) clamp to hold parts.
rebelsoldier
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Posted: Monday, November 08, 2010 - 06:27 PM GMT+7
hi gang!

my fav bottle is the one you pee into for labs, its watrproof [ no spills! ]and easy to get. also if you are have stiches removed, ask for the kit s it will be tossed if you don't, has some scissors and clippers in it.

construction sites are great for wiring, drywall and such, its pletiful and scraps are free!

have a good one

reb

retiredyank
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Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 06:35 AM GMT+7
Am I the only one who has to buy all of his supplies? LOL. Being retired is a real drag when it comes to "cheap" supplies. Guess I'll have to start looting my dr's and dentist's offices when I go for a visit.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 05:52 PM GMT+7

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Wasn't resurrectng old threads someone's pet peeve last week?



Yeah but it's this thread, so its alright.

SCOTT
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Posted: Thursday, October 08, 2009 - 11:04 AM GMT+7
This is one to keep going though!!
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Posted: Thursday, October 08, 2009 - 09:17 AM GMT+7
Speaking of coirrecting fluid, there's another great find - correcting ribbon. Use to write Aribic (or Dari) script on those decrepit T-55's and opther vehicles.

Another good one - hole reinforcers. They are the perfect size for masking M109 series road wheels.

And finally, while it's not exactly an office supply, you will find it there - the copy machine. Lay out parts on it and photocopy them. Their slihouettes ca n be cut out and used as templates for things like, oh armor plating on Marine Corps HMMWV's....

Wasn't resurrectng old threads someone's pet peeve last week?
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Posted: Tuesday, October 06, 2009 - 10:39 AM GMT+7
A note of caution about using correcting fluid. Use only the stuff with trichloroethane in it - it's the solvent from old-fashioned polystyrene cement. TCE has been taken out of a lot of correcting fluids because of solvent abuse and the resulting slop won't work on models at all.

Anotyer note of caution: use it thinly and in multiple layers. If you put too much on at once, it takes forever to set and be ready for sanding. Also, beware of bubbles.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 06, 2009 - 08:47 AM GMT+7
Make-up brushes for weathering with pastel chalks works like dream !
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Posted: Monday, October 05, 2009 - 11:02 PM GMT+7
This is the thread that wouldn't die, haha. Next time I'm at the doctor's office I'm bringing a spare bag with me!

If you buy water bottles for drinking (like we do because our city water has elevated levels of radium), the caps are great for mixing small amounts of paint of pigment.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 05:54 PM GMT+7

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I am thinking of using the spiral wire in my old school notebooks to make barbed wire
I have already detached them...

Greetings




Hi, How did that turnout?
Removed by original poster on 02/24/09 - 15:53:27 (GMT).
SSGToms
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Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 11:53 PM GMT+7
Wow, is this thread really 5 years old? Amazing!
Some of my favorites:
Empty film cans for mixing airbrush ratios.
Blu-tac poster putty for masking hard edge camo.
Medicine cups for paint - and upside down for small amounts of paint and CA.
Clothespins.
Telephone wire.
Foil from the top of a coffee can.
Rapidograph ink pens.
Tissue from gift boxes.
And the universal tool - toothpicks!
ww2modler
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Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 03:25 PM GMT+7

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It isn't just in the office where I look for things that could be useful for modelling. I am constantly looking for anything that could be useful. After Guy Faulkes night last year there were hundreds of spent fireworks littering the streets. The used rockets were very useful as they have a length of soft wood attached to steady them in flight. I broke off the piece of wood and collected loads of pieces and built a decent looking wooden "dock" for a British MTB diorama and a wooden bridge for a figure diorama. I tend to be a bit of a magpie when it comes to modelling freebies.



Sometimes just looking around the house is great. you can make old glass bottles with dry pen ink wells, or drywall for rubble in buildings and roots for trees.
ww2modler
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Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2008 - 03:04 PM GMT+7
a great camo netting i heard is gauze bandage when excess layers are taken off. it sounds great so im gonna try it
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Posted: Monday, December 25, 2006 - 10:33 PM GMT+7

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this topic has gone for over three years and stil going strong.


Its good to see that folks take the time to go back and search through the old posts. Theres a goldmine of information hiding there in cyberspace, and is as useful today, as it was 3 years ago!
Monte
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Posted: Monday, December 25, 2006 - 07:12 PM GMT+7
Next time you visit your dentist ask him if he has any old tools that he is going to throw out. They may be too dull for teeth but they still work as great scribers on plastic.
matt
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Posted: Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 11:26 PM GMT+7
Don't forget Pencil lead (Graphite) for highlighting those MG's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
USMarine
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Posted: Monday, June 12, 2006 - 02:26 PM GMT+7
this topic has gone for over three years and stil going strong.


what could you get from a building site.


matt
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Posted: Friday, May 12, 2006 - 02:01 PM GMT+7
I'm looking around the desk and can't believe all the stuff I use from the computer desk on the other side of the room. I have a bunch of wire frammed storage desk equipment accessories that come in handy for that odball PE round diameter I need for ship model rails Also you can NOT beat sharpies, especially hard to work with colors like red. I just colored a tiny piece of rod stock today with red sharpie, cut tiny lengths, and colored the edges and viola! 30 1/350 fire extinguishers that were dry in 30 seconds... The silver sharpie is a godsend too for things like metal leading edges on tiny 1/350 aircraft as well. Fine point drafting pens for things like ship windows are 100 times better then the brush, man there's a bunch of stuff....
propboy44256
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Posted: Wednesday, November 24, 2004 - 12:38 PM GMT+7
Rubberbands..rubberbands..rubberbands...Big ones, small ones..post it notes....
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Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2004 - 07:41 AM GMT+7
One more I found - not exactally in the Office.
At home for those of us who wear contact lenses. The saline bottles are great sources for plastic stock and containers for mixing or storage. Just cut the top off where you want and you have a custom made depth.
NebLWeffah
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Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2004 - 01:15 AM GMT+7
Small paper clips make good cyano glue applicators. You can add a drop at a time and bend them up to get into tight places. The soft metal can be ground or filed to a point very easily for pinpoint application. The 'white out' fluid works great as a filler (someone mentioned that already) 'cause it smoothes out by itself and you can sand it almost immediately. Old business cards are good paint mixing palettes and sources of card stock for scratchbuilding. Post-it notes make a good self adhesive masking material for panel lines and airbrush shading and are re-usable a few times. Old 1.44 floppies are good sources of scrap plastic and the disk material from inside is some of the thinnest plastic film you can find. It can be a bit 'floppy' (excuse the pun), but it's a good source for seat belts, rifle slings etc. and an alternative to wine bottle foil. The big metal butterfly clips for holding pages together that are to thick for ordinary paperclips can be good clamps for holding parts together while the glue dries. You must be careful though because they're pretty strong and hold with lots of pressure and can mar the surface or distort thinner plastic. Buttons from old keyborards make great miniature paint mixing cups. Just pop-em off, turn 'em upside down and mix small batches 'till your heart's content. Old computers are also good sources for wiring on those engine piping and plumbing projects.