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Unread 07-09-2011, 05:18 PM   #1
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Is foam board the same thing or as good as craft foam?

I haven't been able to find anywhere that sells craft foam nearby, but the website that I get most of my drawing stuff from sells this; http://www.artdiscount.co.uk/product/white_foam_board_/

Would I be able to build a prop handgun sized weapon from it?
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Unread 07-09-2011, 05:25 PM   #2
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Craft foam is thin sheets of flexible foam sheets. Foamboard is thick and stiffer with a paper poster board like backing on both sides. I would prefer to use the foamboard to make a prop gun rather than craft foam because it's stiffer, but really, in the end, you could just use cardboard as easily.
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Unread 07-09-2011, 06:32 PM   #3
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Well I'd rather use foam (I think it'll be lighter than cardboard), but if it's inflexible I'll have to use cardboard in places for curved parts.

Will PVA glue and acrylic paint suffice when it comes to putting it together or do I need something better?
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Unread 07-09-2011, 06:58 PM   #4
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yeah any glue is fine but I'd cover it in something when you're done to make sure it's smooth and to make sure it stays together. Do you happen to have a ref shot of what you wanted to make?
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Well the only reference I have are sprites (I'm working on sketching it out, but there doesn't seem to be any official artwork); http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/196/spritesl.png/
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Unread 07-09-2011, 07:11 PM   #6
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yeah until you have a better sketch I think you'll be fine for now. good luck!
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Unread 07-10-2011, 12:01 AM   #7
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If you want to use craft foam you can order it online from either Joann's or Foam Mart, if you want it in larger quantities (ask for L600). I agree about using the foam board it'll be stronger if nothing else. Also if you want to you can make curves with foam board it's just a little time consuming and definitely finish it off with something, even paper-mache will do.
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