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jaynjay Posted - 08/10/2018 : 11:42:55 AM
I am about to install a 20x14 inch diorama on 2-inch pink foam. I plan on using 0.187 hardboard for the base; but I have never done this before. Anyone know of a good U-Tube video or link that shows someone doing this? Do a chunk out a 2 inch deep hole and remove the foam where it will be; just lay it there and Mickey-Mouse it in with plaster? Any ideas or video help would be appreciated.
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railman28 Posted - 08/20/2018 : 2:56:27 PM
Yes, the structure on a turn turned out well.
Michael Hohn Posted - 08/20/2018 : 2:27:30 PM
That really turned out nice, John.
jaynjay Posted - 08/20/2018 : 11:12:02 AM
Turned out not too bad. Thanks again for the encouragement


quartergauger48 Posted - 08/13/2018 : 2:03:55 PM
Okay John' much appreciated'..
jaynjay Posted - 08/13/2018 : 09:23:45 AM
quote:
Originally posted by quartergauger48

You know John, I don't think you have ever acknowledged any of my help answers. So as Karl say's, you're welcome, but don't mention it....(LOL) Try the OLFA, it's nice, you'll like it...



Ted
I have a bad habit of not thanking those that take the time to reply to my questions. Thanks for replying and the knife suggestion. I used a wavy bladed knife that cut the foam with no problem. I think it's called a styrofoam knife. The cutting was no problem. The mess way from using the ridgid blade scraper to pry the pieces out. Thanks again and thanks to all those who help me out
quartergauger48 Posted - 08/12/2018 : 9:12:20 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Michael Hohn

Iím not sure model railroading can be done without making a mess at some point. However I agree that debris created while cutting foam is particularly annoying.

Good job.

For future reference: Tedís suggestion is a good one.

Mike


Thanks Mike, The OLFA works great for cutting foam and just about everything else. Balsa, thin plastics, card stock, etc. for the heavier bass wood and thicker materials there is a larger OlFA, with a thicker blade and that one works great too. I rarely use Excato knifes any more as the OLFA cuts much more smother and accurate...and faster..
quartergauger48 Posted - 08/12/2018 : 8:52:50 PM
You know John, I don't think you have ever acknowledged any of my help answers. So as Karl say's, you're welcome, but don't mention it....(LOL) Try the OLFA, it's nice, you'll like it...
Michael Hohn Posted - 08/12/2018 : 10:41:10 AM
Iím not sure model railroading can be done without making a mess at some point. However I agree that debris created while cutting foam is particularly annoying.

Good job.

For future reference: Tedís suggestion is a good one.

Mike
jaynjay Posted - 08/12/2018 : 08:55:51 AM
quote:
Originally posted by UKGuy

You're welcome, don't mention it.
Oh,
You didn't.



Thanks Karl
UKGuy Posted - 08/11/2018 : 7:18:52 PM
You're welcome, don't mention it.
Oh,
You didn't.
quartergauger48 Posted - 08/11/2018 : 3:44:12 PM
You need a "Graphic Artist" Knife made by "OLFA",
You will not have any mess whatsoever...
8 bucks on Amazon and better craft stores....a very worthwhile investment...




jaynjay Posted - 08/11/2018 : 2:45:19 PM
I put my big boy pants on and did what I knew I had to do...like a rookie surgeon though, I'm afraid to make the first cut

UKGuy Posted - 08/10/2018 : 9:21:53 PM
Draw around the diorama and cut a hole out of your 2" deep foam to accomadate it.
(serated knife= little mess)
Put cross members from the underside of the hole to support the diorama if needed.
Use shims, scrap foam, whatever to bring the diorama up to the correct height.
Blend the scenery.
Done.

Karl.A

railman28 Posted - 08/10/2018 : 1:30:22 PM
Yes, foam dust is a real mess. How about using a hot wire foam cutter to carve out "basement" for the diorama to sit in? I've never used one, but I don't want to cut foam again ether. I would rather go back to plaster. It's much easier to clean up.
jaynjay Posted - 08/10/2018 : 12:49:26 PM
The pink foam base is 2 inches thick. The Masonite is 3/16 inch thick plus 0.1 inch thick art board. I don't want to dig up anymore foam...I've still got a 1/2 thick pink insulation covering everything since the last time I dug up foam insulation. Maybe lay it on top of my "flat" layout and put some Scultamold on it or something. Just looking for ideas

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