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Unread 11-26-2012, 06:56 AM   #1
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Gun replica (how to?)

Hi guys,

I was planning on using insulation foam but apparently it's not available here in Australia..

I can't cut out wood pieces as I am not skilled in those areas, but I don't mind getting wood "pieces" and sanding + gluing them and such

Would the white (messy) foam work instead? Cover it up with paperclay, etc.?

I'll be replicating a glock 26 & xm8 (airsoft guns aren't allowed in AUS :/)

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Unread 11-26-2012, 12:08 PM   #2
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Expanded polystrene bead foam works alright if you use hot-wire type tools to do your cutting. It can also work if you make precise cuts with very sharp blades. The problem is that you can't sand or rasp it without it getting messy.

Covering up flaws with paperclay can be a pain because it shrinks. sealing the foam with gesso and covering up flaws with polyester autobody filler putty ("Bondo" is the common brand in the US) is more effective.
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Unread 11-27-2012, 02:37 AM   #3
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How about if I use gesso instead of paperclay?
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Unread 11-27-2012, 02:55 AM   #4
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If you're using the hard, white styrofoam it will take A LOT of time, patience and gesso to fill in those holes. I tried it once and decided it would be better to cover it over with clay. I didn't have too many problems with paperclay cracking. I just put it on in a thin, smooth layer and filled in the cracks the next day. They were usually very small, spiderweb cracks.

Here's what the pieces looked like: Gesso and clay

I've used the foam/paperclay method at least two or three times now. It yields a decently sturdy, easily sanded prop.

I second using a hot wire cutter. You can buy a cheap one at michael's or you can rig one up if you have some electrical skill. There's tons of tutorials for it on Instructables.
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Unread 12-02-2012, 07:01 PM   #6
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dbchan - Thanks for that!
zander - Even though I can't do it the way you did, it's nice to have some sort of tutorial 'template' to follow, so thanks also ^^
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