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Yui
03-25-2011, 11:35 PM
Name of Product: Surebonder ProHeater
Where Purchased: American Science & Surplus (http://sciplus.com) but also seen at Jo-Anns, Walmart, Hobby Lobby
Product Description: This is a crafter's handheld heat tool, advertised for use in drying stamping/embossing work or heat-shrinking - however, I find it invaluable for any thermoformable foam-based prop or armor work.

Pros:
- Lightweight
- Inexpensive = runs around $12-$16
- Durable, holds up = still using the same one after a decade of constant use
- Safe (if used correctly) = outer casing is not hot to the touch after using
- Consistent heat flow = even over surface area
- AWESOME for craft foam, thick foam padding and/or Wonderflex work
Cons:
- It is a bit awkward to hold, I would prefer a handle like a hairdryer shape in some cases for getting around tight corners. (I do have a separate heating tool I use in those cases.)
- Not really hot enough for styrene plastics.
Overall Rating: 0-10 (0 is poor, 10 is excellent) 9

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Eun
03-27-2011, 08:07 PM
Oooh, this sounds really handy. Thank you for the review! I'll be looking into purchasing one for myself in the future. :)

eber
06-29-2011, 01:46 AM
Hi, I'm new to cosplaying. I'm interested in making an body armor but I can't find the materials needed (i.e. eva foam mats) here in Malaysia. Any suggestion?

Yui
08-15-2011, 02:28 PM
eber = Not sure if you are still around (since you only posted once) but I just noticed your question. I myself do not know where a good international online site is (since I buy most of my foam as either surplus or directly custom from the factory) but if it helps your search, the "EVA" stands for Ethylene Vinyl Acetate - which is what Foamie/craft sheets, foam mats, etc. are comprised of.