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Architectural Modelmaking by Nick Dunn

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Styrofoam and plastics

There is such a variety of different plastic products available that it is difficult to generalize about their properties and aesthetics. However, the majority of plastics are malleable, synthetic materials made of macromolecules. They share some key characteristics, as all plastics can be processed easily and with a high degree of accuracy. Their rigidity combined with lightweight properties makes them highly useful in models for which other materials would not be suitable.

One of the most common plastics used in modelling is polystyrene, as it is mass-produced and inexpensive. This makes it ideal for a range of uses. Some architects and modelmakers only work with polystyrene, particularly when developing ideas, as the ...

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