Plastic Metal (i.e., I-Beams) found a company

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Jeffs_Railroad, Jan 23, 2007.

  1. Hi all,
    Earlier today Tom (MTA) and a few other people asked about plastic Metal parts (i.e., I-beams, etc.). and I mentioned I had a box given to me by a friend. The parts came from Plastruct Inc., 1020 S. Wallace Place, City of Industry, CA 91748. Please note I have no idea if the company still exists, but hope that helps those of you that where looking.

  2. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    They still exist. They are across the street from the company that I retired from last May. They are one of the leading suppliers for supplies for archetectural model building. The problem with plastic I beams is that the thickness is too much for scale models because of the relative strenght (weakness) of pastic. If you are building a model where you want the I beams to show and be very close to scale thickness, get brass. I can't remember the name of the company that produces brass structural shapes right now. My local hobby shop generally has a nice stock of their product in most of the time. I don't know if they make "I" beams, but I think they make a thin "U" section that could be soldered back to back to make a nice "I" beam.
  3. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Russ, I think that K&S is the supplier of brass structural shapes. Evergreen also has a pretty good selection of structural styrene, and Plastruct offers both styrene and ABS versions. The styrene is generally of thinner cross-section than the ABS. Northeastern also has (or had) a large selection of structural shapes in basswood, although I always had a lot of trouble working with that stuff. :curse:
    In this photo, all of the structural shapes for the crane runway are from Evergreen, while all of the shapes and most of the angle-iron handrails on the overhead crane, built many years ago, are basswood.

  4. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    Thanks Wayne. It seems as I get older, I start to post something, and suddenly have a "senior moment" when I can't remember the name of the most familier company!
  5. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    Gee Russ, I thought I was the only one with that problem.
  6. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    What were we talking about? :confused: :confused: :confused:


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