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Hey everyone, I just got a load of styrofoam as part of some furniture recently purchased. I held on to it before it got tossed, but before I start building, is this stuff even workable? It's just the regular white packing styrofoam in lots of shapes and sizes. I'm thinking I may have to reinforce it with cardboard in places, but should I just toss it and grab the pink stuff?
I wouldn't recommend it because styrofoam disentegrates if you put superglue on it.
White styrofoam is a staple building material. ALL my old scenery is made from it. Obviously you don't spraypaint it or use superglue on it (unless you have a specific effect in mind, that is). Pink foam is the same, i'm sure. Certainly the blue foam I use is the same.
Instead of carving it with a knife to make brickwork or simulate large stones, I dab a tiny bit of superglue onto a toothpick and draw on some brick or stone lines. You'll want to test how much it melts under just a teensy bit of glue on a scrap piece before you do it on a main bit.
It's good for making reasonably big shapes like bunkers or industrial complexes as the shapes really lend themselves to this.
If you have thin bits or bits that are going to be receiving a lot of handling, then cardboard or plasticard support is ideal.
Go nuts... and when you're on your way, post us some pics so we can see how you're going.
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As long as you don't spray it, or layer on the paint or glue it, its fine, I think its best for making nid structures, as it tends to collapse in on itself and get kind of gooey and create lots of holes sort of like a sponge, which looks very alien, but for general building I'd say no, I use it only when I'm making a box out of plasticard and I want it straight I use the foam on the inside to hold it all still and correct.
A full blob of glue will melt away for like 5 minutes, it REALLY hates styrofoam, I made the same effort to when my next door neighbor bought a new bed I took home metres of the stuff only to find its not all that useful.
Also, If you intend to melt it, do it outside because the fumes are really bad.
1: Get a hot knife/wire, it's the shizzle for styro. GW used to have a battery powered one.
2: Using solvent glues on this stuff is just dumb. PVA. Also as a sealant when you're finished.
3: It has no real structural strength, so no thin parts without support.
The white foam is evil!!! Thats all I hve to say about that, pink all the way. And this comes from alot of experience.
white foam requires a lot more work to get looking decent. It also tends to break up into little styrfoam balls when you're trying to cut it. To get a good surface (say on a hill) once you've cut your shapes you need to cover it in spackle or some other sort of sealant. It works, but it's a lot more work.
Pink foam has a nice smooth surface, cuts better and doesn't require spackle to look 1/2 way decent. if your plan is to fully texture the object you're making anyway, use either, but if you want to save some time, use pink
Extruded (pink or blue) foam is certainly preferred, but neato mosquito projects can be completed using the normal expanded white foam. I managed to make it work when I could not find large enough pieces of the extruded for my board:
http://www.librarium-online.com/foru...pic-heavy.html (page two)
Just be very patient when cutting it. Take your time and make nice clean cuts, though even then it is going to make a gigantic mess. If you can get your hands on a foam cutter you'll be in even better shape.
I can't recall the brand off the top of my head, but there is a spray paint that wont melt styrofoam....
Back on topic: White foam is tough, I haven't made much scenery yet but I prefer the pink stuff for the smooth surface and it makes less of a mess.