1. Candy_Streeter

    Candy_Streeter TrainBoard Member

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    I've been working on a motorcycle shop and it has 4 big picture windows. I used plastic glazing but it just doesn't look right. I've heard that some structure modelers use real glass on their buildings. They say nothing looks better then real glass, so my question is, where do they get glass that is thin enough and also can we cut it without breaking it????
     
  2. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Mostly N Scale Staff Member

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    Microscope slide covers are very thin. I guess you could scribe and snap them.
     
  3. Candy_Streeter

    Candy_Streeter TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks for the link, Russell. That would be good for small windows but they are too small for my picture windows. I need like 40mm square or bigger.
     
  4. RBrodzinsky

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    Candy,

    Have you tried using overhead-transparency film? It isn't stiff, but, to my eye, looks better than most of the clear-window plastic that comes in kits. You just need to ensure it is pulled tight to look like glass
     
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  6. PW&NJ

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    The plastic they use to package the super-bulk-pack of AA batteries you get from Costco is pretty stiff, very clear, and makes great windows. Not sure if there's 40mm square of it, but other similar packaging would be something to look into.
     
  7. Logtrain

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    Anytime I have some type of clear packaing on a product (like MT couplers for example) I cut the plastic into square pieces of various size. I find that these work great for window glazing on models. I secure them to the inside of the model with Microscale Micro-clear to act as a glue for the plastic that dries clear.

    The best part about this method, is it is CHEAP!!!!!! And us modelers like things that are cheap!
     
  8. Candy_Streeter

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    Some good ideas here! Thanks everyone!! I found on Amazon some large microscope slides that were 2" X 3" I guess I can use a regular glass cutter. When I get them I will share my experiences and solicit opinions
     
  9. JNXT 7707

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    I would agree that nothing looks like real glass - my only reservation would be the thickness. I'm not familiar with microscope slides, how thick are they?
     
  10. Candy_Streeter

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    As I remember, in science class, they were quite thin. I have bad memories of science class. I caught my long hair on fire with the bunsen burner. The other girls reacted fast, thank god!
     
  11. Candy_Streeter

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    I looked it up. 1mm thick
     
  12. Paul Liddiard

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    Last year for Christmas I got a couple of shirt and tie sets in plastic boxes. These were clear and make good windows...
     
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  14. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Mostly N Scale Staff Member

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    That glass looks great and it is in larger pieces than microscope slide covers.
     
  15. RailMix

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    The microscope slide glass at .1 mm (about.004" and the glass from Ngineering at .005" are very close to scale thickness if not just a bit thin for a large window. I would guess scale thickness to be around .0085"?
     
  16. Candy_Streeter

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  17. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Mostly N Scale Staff Member

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    It is shown leaning up against an N scale truck. You can barely see it so it is easy to skim by.
     
  18. Candy_Streeter

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    Jeff, I found it....stupid Candy
     
  19. Doorgunnerjgs

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    Resurrected thread. Candy, did you ever find any glass big enough for this project?
     
  20. BoxcabE50

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    My problem with using anything plastic is attaching it. If I use CA as the adhesive, it wants to frost that glazing.
     

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