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Litho plate substitute?

club orange cans

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Daithi O Buitigh22/08/2012 12:28:50
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I'm just curious if this will work (or if anyone has tried it).

SWMBO handed me a 6 pack of C&C Club Orange (duly accepted and consumed - she won't buy me beer ) Anyway, I noticed after emptying them that the cans seem to be a very light aluminium (unlike most other cans), easily bent and light weight and I just wondered if anyone has tried this on a model yet

bouncebounce crunch22/08/2012 12:39:58
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g'day Daithi I have seen aluminium cans used to add scale details like access hatches, fuel caps,window fairings to name a few but i haven't used them before as I drink my beer from bottles.


Fun Flyer22/08/2012 13:59:36
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I used beer cans successfully years ago for cowlings etc. Club Orange cans and the like end up a bit small when you take off the top and bottom. I scraped, stripped the paint from the outside and ended up with a nice clean piece if thin plate. However I tried it again recently and found that 1) for some reason the plate now creases very easily and 2) its almost impossible to remove the paint.

Garbo22/08/2012 21:28:21
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Whats Club Orange?

Terence Lynock22/08/2012 21:33:50
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Try cellulose thinners to remove the paint, clean it off before you open the can,its much easier.

Fun Flyer23/08/2012 14:35:27
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I've tried cellulose thinners too without success. The cans seen to be printed rather than painted.

Engine Doctor02/09/2012 10:20:12
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Why not just leave the printing and glue that side to the model ? Also try annealing the ali before fitting to model as it will conform to the model shape much better .

Willy Hardy04/09/2012 13:55:54
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Ali.cans can be annealed easily by rubbing hard soap on one side and heating the other side with flame(ie.over the gas hob on the cooker) when the soap turns a dark colour quench the water and you will find that you can work the material easily

robert chamberlain19/07/2019 07:01:28
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OK , just what is LITHO Plate anyway? I imagine thin , easy to form sheet metal? Balsa I figured out years ago and I even know what glue is but,---litho?

Ray Wood 419/07/2019 07:12:55
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Lithographic. Printing process used good size thin aluminium sheets, this style of printing may have been superseded these day, I have a stack of it from the 80's 😀

Regards Ray

Foxfan19/07/2019 09:58:03
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Litho plate is rather crispy as it comes and would need annealing to conform to fancy shapes. I have a roll of malleable aluminium which is wonderfully easy to work.

Failing that, the small ally sheets that come from the K&S Metal Centre rack in almost all model and even toy shops has a very malleable ally grade. I have hammered that into scoops, bulges, vents, brackets, etc, right down to 1/32nd scale slot racing bodies (Morgan 3 wheeler and Bloody Mary hilclimber) I carve a Ureol or pearwood pattern and hammer the ally over with a Lignum Vitae block so as not to mark the surface.


Peter Miller19/07/2019 11:08:42
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You can buy lithoplate on Ebay.

I have used the bottom of drinks cans to make hub covers for model wheels such as Piper Cubs etc.

Jon - Laser Engines19/07/2019 11:12:01
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I have been tempted to try using standard aluminium foil. probably the tough stuff you get for christmas turkeys etc.

I have also used that self adhesive aluminium tape with some success.

Foxfan19/07/2019 11:22:09
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That's fine for covering stuff, Jon, but not up to making self supporting items. Sellotape aluminium tape is wonderful for making a chrome look. I'm foiling a 1.48th scale Lightning, panel by panel with Kit-Kat foil, turkey foil and Sellotape aluminium. Turn the sheets from time to time, they have a grain which shows when burnished. Also boil foil in vinegarry water with a copper coin in to get jet pipe colour.


Martian19/07/2019 11:26:03
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As far as I know all Ali drinks cans have a micro layer of plastic to prevent leaching and corrosion

Wilco Wingco19/07/2019 12:10:27
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I got a couple of sheets from my local print shop. He was glad to get rid of it. Just ask you never know.

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Foxfan19/07/2019 14:38:22
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Haven't heard of that, Percy. Interesting.


Engine Doctor19/07/2019 14:51:57
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If you have trouble finding Litho plate you could try the heavier gauge ali baking trays . Once annealed they can be easily shaped .

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