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Old 30 May 2007, 20:11   #1 (permalink)
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Hey, I got some general questions, if anyone can help

1) Is cardstock the same as plasticard?

2) Where can I buy cheap polystyrene boards?

3) Where can I buy cheap insulation foam?

4) What's the best way to cut the foam and boards?

Thanks!
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Old 30 May 2007, 20:21   #2 (permalink)
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1) No, cardstock is thicker and more rigid (as well as being a different composition).
2) Try a building supply store.* There are blue insulation foam boards available in 2'x4' boards.
3) Try a local appliance store.* I find that packing insulation from TV's, fridges, etc. is very handy.
4) Use a Wonder Cutter.

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Old 30 May 2007, 20:40   #3 (permalink)
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1) No, cardstock is thicker and more rigid (as well as being a different composition).
2) Try a building supply store. There are blue insulation foam boards available in 2'x4' boards.
3) Try a local appliance store. I find that packing insulation from TV's, fridges, etc. is very handy.
4) Use a Wonder Cutter.
Do you have any insight as to how well the wonder cutter works.
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Old 30 May 2007, 20:47   #4 (permalink)
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Do you have any insight as to how well the wonder cutter works.
I used one all the time. In fact, I'll probably do a tutorial sometime soon. Anyway, it works well. The drawbacks are pretty straight forward: a) it eats up batteries - you need to make sure it's "off" when you're done with it b) your cut is limited to the width of the cutter and your angles are too.

Essentially, it takes some work to make your slopes gradual enough to put troops on them.

Otherwise, it's great. It cuts through foam like a hot knife through butter. :P
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Thanks for the info.

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Old 31 May 2007, 13:43   #6 (permalink)
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Finally, a use for all those D-Batteries I've been collecting.

Thanks Emlyn. I spent a little time on ebay trying to find all these things yesterday and really couldn't find anything. I will try some local, REAL stores now.
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Old 31 May 2007, 16:36   #7 (permalink)
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Hey, I got some general questions, if anyone can help

1) Is cardstock the same as plasticard?

A: Cardstock is made of cardboard, plasticard is a sheet of plastic.

2) Where can I buy cheap polystyrene boards?

3) Where can I buy cheap insulation foam?

A: Sheets of polystyrene/insulation foam can be purchased from any DIY store like Home Depot. There are varying thicknesses that can be used for small terrain pieces to entire sculpted tables.

4) What's the best way to cut the foam and boards?

A: Depending on what you're making, what kind of effect you're after or how large the piece is, you can use just about anything. I personally don't use the wonder cutter as I don't like it. I find it good for a few effects, but not for general cutting of the foam.

I use a scroll saw to cut most of my work materials, including hardboard. ( it's a compressed wood product, clipboards are normally made of it )

Once the basic shape is cut, I then use a retractable exacto knife ( the type that you snap off the blades ) and then finish off with first 220 grit then 400 grit sandpaper.


Hope this helps.

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Old 31 May 2007, 18:39   #8 (permalink)
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Um, care to clarify on the exacto knife business?

I though they just tear up the foam. Do you heat yours up or something? Because I too am tired of the wonder cutter.
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Old 31 May 2007, 18:48   #9 (permalink)
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Um, care to clarify on the exacto knife business?

I though they just tear up the foam. Do you heat yours up or something? Because I too am tired of the wonder cutter.
They do. But he said he sands them. I do too if I use a knife. You simply polish it smooth - but it makes a horrible mess. So you should have a shop vac or something handy. Alternatively, there are hot knives for foam and I will sometimes use a soldering gun or wood burning pen to add details.
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When using the pink or blue insulation foam, a nice sharp retractable knife cuts it quite nicely, without the dreaded ripping. The key is to go slowly, removing small chunks at a time. I also find that using a slight sawing motion helps too.

The sanding is to finish off the shape to a nice smooth appearance. ( take a look at my Tau terrain, I used this technique on all of it. )

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