shaping foam for sidearm shipping

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    shaping foam for sidearm shipping

    OK I am sure this is a simple solution I am not thinking of but here is my delima. I am making some budget scratchbuilt fett sidearms. The have the square grip dome back and a similar barrell. because that's all you cal see in the fuzzy pics. they are light and in expensive but I want to ship them.
    and some custom armor as well

    I have some this 2 inch flexible foam and I would like to cut or form it to shape around the gun to fit in the boxes. I know x-acto knife is one method. does anyone know of another?

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    Re: shaping foam for sidearm shipping

    X-acto is probably your best bet?
    Got any pics of your sidearms?

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    Re: shaping foam for sidearm shipping

    They are scratchbuilt budget ones. no where near the quality of the ones you make.. but sure I will post one up later.

    I was just wondering if there was a heat or chemical was to do it that was faster and more accurate to mold around the gun.

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    Re: shaping foam for sidearm shipping

    I would have thought that a chemicla that can eat thro the foam will not be the best course of action a you would not able to control the areas that you need to keep?
    I have heard somewhere of using a heated wire that cuts through the foam?

    I'd just be keen to see what you have bruv?

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    Re: shaping foam for sidearm shipping

    Mojo-Fett said: View Post
    I have heard somewhere of using a heated wire that cuts through the foam?
    Heated wire will work to shave/cut a lot of foams. You might look into that, but honestly, if you are going for a budget pistol, adding a custom cut foam insert is going to take time and money when bubble wrap would probably serve your purposes just as well and be a lot cheaper.

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    Re: shaping foam for sidearm shipping

    but doesn't bubble wrap leave marks on the paint? or is that just rub and buff?

    here's a couple of pics of a Jodo Kast one ( black and without the done nut) I did for my son in a 99 cent taco holster. It has a flaws of the handle being a bit short for my big hands,but If your not going to draw it from the holster it does the job. Has a nice feel to the balance but really lite.

    I would so go with the bubble wrap Idea except I have aLOT of the packing foam I get for free. I use it for padding my helmets, and guantlets and still have a lot left over
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    Re: shaping foam for sidearm shipping

    Bubble wrap can leave marks but I thought that generally only happens when paint is not allowed to be fully cured. Maybe others could chime in on that. If you have foam to spare, I would just cut it with a large set of scissors if possible.

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    Re: shaping foam for sidearm shipping

    ART ANDREWS said: View Post
    Bubble wrap can leave marks but I thought that generally only happens when paint is not allowed to be fully cured.
    True.. I have only found this when the paint has not cured properly.

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    Re: shaping foam for sidearm shipping

    all good to know thanks Art and Mojo

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    Re: shaping foam for sidearm shipping

    Let the paint dry then bubble wrap, like Art said you'll save yourself time and money in the long run, its always a bit nerve wracking packing up something you've made and shipping it off but as long as you take care making sure its well protected you'll be ok

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