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Old 04-03-2018, 12:58 PM   #1
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Hi, I am planning a 0n30 shelf layout & want 2 tracks at different levels. So, to raze the rear track, the simplest way would be to build what looks like an embankment to a flat top about 3-4 higher, this would be the one nearest the wall. To keep the weight down I was thinking about foam for also the ease of modelling. Any suggestions on the best polystyrene/foam/Styrofoam? to use, & the best way to fix the track to this. Thanks.
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Old 04-03-2018, 01:18 PM   #2
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An easy way is to use foam core board. This is expanded polystyrene sandwiched between two sheets of cardboard. You can glue it readily with copydex or hot glue gun. Cut it with a Stanley knife. An embankment can be created with vertical supports which is strong and light. The surface, being of cardboard, is better to work on than a bare foam insulation surface.
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Old 04-03-2018, 04:19 PM   #3
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An easy way is to use foam core board. This is expanded polystyrene sandwiched between two sheets of cardboard. You can glue it readily with copydex or hot glue gun. Cut it with a Stanley knife. An embankment can be created with vertical supports which is strong and light. The surface, being of cardboard, is better to work on than a bare foam insulation surface.
I'd agree with this. It is light and versatile yet has quite good stability, though works best if well supported.
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Thanks guys, the pink foam is hard to find now days & couldn't find foam core board, or is that the one that's paper covered?. i will look into your suggestions, i have also found some angled packing protectors "like angle iron" that are 80x80x1500x6mm thick at quite a good price of around 2.17 each delivered if ordering 25+.

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Thanks guys, the pink foam is hard to find now days & couldn't find foam core board, or is that the one that's paper covered?. i will look into your suggestions, i have also found some angled packing protectors "like angle iron" that are 80x80x1500x6mm thick at quite a good price of around 2.17 each delivered if ordering 25+.
You can order foam core board off Amazon. Just search for ' foam core board' !
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You could try hobbycraft they sell similar boards 4 sheets of A1 size 5mm thick for about 10.00
Other craft shops are available.
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Wickes have polystyrene tongue and groove insulation board on their web site 50 mm thick comes out at 11.09 sq meter. looks like the blue board I can buy here, if so its quite dense so not much swarf when cut
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Wickes have polystyrene tongue and groove insulation board on their web site 50 mm thick comes out at 11.09 sq meter. looks like the blue board I can buy here, if so its quite dense so not much swarf when cut
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I will pop in tomorrow as i am passing. Thanks.
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You could try hobbycraft they sell similar boards 4 sheets of A1 size 5mm thick for about 10.00
Other craft shops are available.
Haven't used these boards before, so i have ordered a few to see what they are like.
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