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I just bought a hot wire cutter recently...its cool but I find it near impossible to create the intricate shapes I'd like to create for my scenary ( I want a really nice diorama table for my armies in addition to tables built for ease of gameplay while still maintaining good lucks) so i did research online on foam cutting methods and I found some companies that offer automatic foam cutting machines that use your computer ?? Are these the same as hot wire cutters? Is so, is it my understanding that I could draw any shape I wanted with crazy hard angles on my pc and then the machine would cut that out automatically for me? If that's how it works, that would be great. Wouldn't more hobbyists be using these types of machines then to help them make beautiful terrain? I'm just a bit confused as to whether or not these machines are good for war game terrain and what not or if I'm supposed to be sticking to the old traditional hand held cutter device. Any input on these automatic foam cutters I'm reading about would be appreciated.
It's the price of computer aided cutting jigs that stops most people from buying them.
You can get a few different shaped tools to cut foam that add more vesatility to your works. A hot knife and hot etcher are bladed/pointed tools that don't have that loop like a hot wire cutter has. They can be used anywhere on your piece of terrain. Micro Mark has a wide selection or foam cutting tools. Check out their website.
The problem with the GW hot wire cutter is that it isn't very hot, for the same reason that GW knives are dull and the glue sucks, because GW sells stuff to children. Therefore they don't sell tools you can acctually hurt yourself on.
The best hot wire cutter in my opinion, is a large stationary one, like this one:
Very quick and easy to use. Had one in my classroom when I went to decoration classes in school. I miss it. I'd like to have one at home, but they're so expensive! I still go to the same school though, so I'll have to sneak in and borrow it once in a while. :shifty:
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Get a plug in hot wire cutter. They're under US$30 and will save you money in the long run over buying batteries. I got mine from Woodland Scenics. They're a lot hotter than the cheap over-priced one GW sells. You can also vary the thickness of the wire for a hotter (thin wire) or cooler (thicker wire) cut.