JFcustom's FOAM files

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  1. Kurtis876

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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks : added Dancin_Fool's Iron Man MkII/III

    When I'm doing it what I do is turn on alignment marks in pep designer. This puts crosshairs in the 4 corners. Then after printing you can just connect the crosshairs with a ruler and pen and you'll know perfectly where the piece ends, then you just have to tape them together.
     
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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks : added Dancin_Fool's Iron Man MkII/III

    Wanted to thank JF for the files. I went out and bought some 1/4" camping foam ($10 for a 70" x 39" roll) but I find it to soft. Has only one else use this type of foam before or should I try something else?
     
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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks : added Dancin_Fool's Iron Man MkII/III

    Well, once you start doing the painting process, it'll get "stiffer". Don't worry about the softness now.
     
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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks : added Dancin_Fool's Iron Man MkII/III

    I just find with this foam I'm unable to get any angle cuts even with a new blade. I get one angle cut for the mountain and when I go to do the other the foam just bunches up making one horrible cut line
     
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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks : added Dancin_Fool's Iron Man MkII/III

    Thanks for the suggestions. I've looked into "wandy foam" on ebay but it says they don't ship to Canada. I'll try out Joann.com. Thanks again
     
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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks : added Dancin_Fool's Iron Man MkII/III

    Thought I'd give it another shot with this foam. Had enough to just do the right shin. Still need some work on size and angles. But other then that, didn't come out to bad for my first try

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  13. vargatom

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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks : added Dancin_Fool's Iron Man MkII/III

    Foam can be shaped well with a heat gun. Try to make less cuts in curved areas and bend the foam instead, it'll look better. Takes a little practice to find out how to modify the pep files and how to use the heat gun... also consider buying a pair of gloves at your hardware store!
     
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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks : added Dancin_Fool's Iron Man MkII/III

    These tips and tricks are invaluable mate, many thanks for making foam building a hell of a lot easier......oh and i borrowed your idea for making the arc reactor, it works really well so thanks very much (y)thumbsup
     
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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks : added Dancin_Fool's Iron Man MkII/III

    Excellent job !
    What did you use to dig the dark lines on, for exemple, the brown leg ? it looks realy workmanlike.
     
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    Re: FOAM speed-building files'n'tricks : added Dancin_Fool's Iron Man MkII/III

    I have to agree with JF, those seam lines are so straight and clean they almost look machined....but it is foam right??
    Eager to hear how you accomplish those!
    Maybe the secret is a well stocked bar??? hmmm maybe onto something here spideyman.:lol
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