The Quest for a Better Building Block

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The Quest for a Better Building Block

Postby BostonNazgul » Wed Jul 06, 2011 2:20 pm

I have a search for the better terrain construction material. This project involves lots of little bits that can build up price by using conventional materials, such as 1/4in thick plasticard.

Hoping to avoid breaking the bank on plasticard, headaches from cutting perfect lines on foam, and not using wood because the pieces would be too small and time consuming;

I was wondering if anyone knew of a godly building material that fits these requirements.

1. Can easily be cut with a knife
2. cost effective, (<$40 total)
3. homogeneous material throughout, (no cardboard as internal gaps would have to be filled)

final shape is 6x1x1/4 inches, with a curve like a butter knife's shape from the top to bottom.

I am learning towards some sort of rubber.... once glued it would keep its shape and paint would keep it mostly rigid to the touch

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Postby RichN » Wed Jul 06, 2011 3:58 pm

Balsa foam - its a hard, carve-able foam. I have not worked with it, but I know of several online terrain stores which have created masters from the product.

Task board - this is another product that appears to be wonderful, although I have not had a chance to use it.

Depron foam. This product I have used and I like it a lot. Cuts easily, bends and takes detail from a ball point pen.
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Postby Brian » Wed Jul 06, 2011 10:22 pm

You can get a shit-ton of plasticard from McMaster-Carr for cheap relative to what they sell it for at hobby shops. 60 bucks for a 6'x3.25' sheet of 5/32" thickness (they have up to 1/4" thick sheets.)

They'll even let you pick it up if you have a car and don't mind driving to their will-call depot in the suburbs.

A couple years ago I bought a sheet and I'm still using it to make super heavy vehicle bases, vehicle scratch parts, objective markers, armor plates, and whatever else needs plastic thrown on it.
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Postby BostonNazgul » Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:31 am

thanks for all the info, yeah, retail prices get expensive when building in bulk.
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