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Mike Wood

posted on 25/4/20 at 10:10 AM Reply With Quote
Ali sheet - spec, amount & suppliers?

Hi

Any suggestions or recommendations please for suppliers of aluminium sheet in Central/West/SW Scotland or can deliver here (either now or under more normal situations)? Metals4U keeps popping up on the internet, anyone else? Aalco?

Old days I would be thinking of British Alcan or one of the Ayrshire stockholders.

I am looking to panel my Locost book chassis (already has a steel floor) in the standard manner.

Also am I correct I will need:
aluminium sheet commercial grade, modern equivalent to NS4 'half hard' grade (5251) and 18SWG thickness - 1050 H14 grade and 1.219mm thick?
And three 8" x 4" sheets of this (2,500mm x 1,250mm)?

Anyone got a sketch please of a cutting plan to maximise efficiency of material use? (any grain issues with cutting?)

Cheers
Mike

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wonderfulweasel

posted on 25/4/20 at 12:13 PM Reply With Quote
I recently used metals 4u and was happy with their service.

I previously used Mallard Metals and was delighted with them, but not sure if they're still trading at the moment.

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cliftyhanger

posted on 25/4/20 at 12:58 PM Reply With Quote
https://www.themetalstore.co.uk/products/aluminium

Been a very happy customer, used a few times for work stuff (handrail systems mainly) and always add a few extras for the garage. Great service, they cut to size etc too, usually free (dead handy when I needed 25 x750mm 12mm steel pins, would have been a pain to do with a grinder!)

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christim

posted on 25/4/20 at 08:26 PM Reply With Quote
+1 for themetalstore
I'm only a few miles away from them so often collect but they do delivery too





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tweek

posted on 27/4/20 at 09:12 AM Reply With Quote
Another vote for Metals4u from me.

Don't know how competitive they are on price but they have a good range and the service has always been good.





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Mike Wood

posted on 23/5/20 at 09:21 AM Reply With Quote
Thanks all for the help.

My question on what is the modern spec of the aluminium sheet was a bit mangled. Can I please confirm that the correct specification of 1.2mm thick aluminium sheet for Locost chassis panelling is commercial grade aluminium sheet to 5251 H22 specification? And this is the modern equivalent of NS4 H3?

Cheers
Mike

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SJ

posted on 23/5/20 at 08:58 PM Reply With Quote
Another recommendation for metals 4u here. Great service.
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