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Postby Adz131 » Thu Oct 27, 2005 11:29 am

Hi all im just wondering where to locate/purchase blue foam.

You all no the type that you can sand to shape for placing between bulkhead's to create a mould and work from there.

The local hobby shop in aberdeen is useless they never have anything.all they cater for is planes and car's. I remeber onetime i over heared the owner saying that boat's and sub's are for boring people!!!! Surprised there still open!

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Postby JWLaRue » Thu Oct 27, 2005 1:32 pm

Hi Adam,

A lot of us get that sheet foam from the local Home Depot (or equivalent). I've seen it in both a blue and a pink color, it just depends on which manufacturer the store is getting it from. They typically have 'broken' sheets that they will sell for a good discount. A half sheet (or less) will go a long ways!

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Postby Adz131 » Thu Oct 27, 2005 2:38 pm

Thanks jeff.

If your refering to the like's of B&Q

No luck i have already tried them - Blue foam what's that oh we used to sell that but not anymore - why dont you use glasswool thats used in loft's!

Try to explain what it will be used for oh im sorry i dont understand. Im staying away from b&q for awhile.

What about a builder's merchant do you think one of them would stock something like it?

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Postby JWLaRue » Thu Oct 27, 2005 2:49 pm

Hi Adam,

.....well, I cannot speak for suppliers in the U.K., but any builder's supply place is a good place to try.

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Postby Sub culture » Thu Oct 27, 2005 2:55 pm

It's tough to find blue and pink foam in the UK.

Here are some links-

http://www.modelshop.co.uk/pages/home.htm

Ema's sell a white foam that is closed cell and very dense-

No website, but here's the address-

E M A Model Supplies Ltd
Telephone and fax
Tel: (01932) 228228
Fax: (01932) 253766

Address

Unit 2
Shepperton Business Park
Shepperton
Middlesex
TW17 8BA


Also these guys, email them for a local supplier, i found them helpful-

http://www.knaufinsulation.co.uk/output/products/page_270.html

Also, don't forget, you can get away with using the softer white open cell foam, which you can find at builders merchants, just depends how critical you are.

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Postby Adz131 » Thu Oct 27, 2005 6:47 pm

Thanks andy

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Postby SteveUK » Tue Nov 01, 2005 2:06 pm

Hi Adam. I would think you are on the right track with 'Builders merchant'. You can buy sheets that are used in the cavitiy between outer/inner brick courses (come in roughly 4' sheets. Or you can get the really dense stuff that is used as insulation under concrete floors - but this stuff is not cheap! ...!!! I mean it.

Also you should be able to find the blocks that are made to fit in between rafters for loft conversions.

Do you have a "Wicks" store any where near?
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Postby Adz131 » Tue Nov 01, 2005 8:13 pm

Sadly not only have b&q.

wickes closed age's ago.

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Postby SteveUK » Tue Nov 01, 2005 9:02 pm

Well the alternatives I can think of are:-
(1) an aerosol can of expanding (Gap filler) foam - Horribly sticky if you use it. Build up in layers instead of trying all in one go and you can controll it enough. Then shave back to the bulkheads when set using a hacksaw blade - like a knife through butter.

Or..

(2) Use florists foam (also called Oasis) - comes in bricks, not cheap though. Ok to use if your areas to be filled are quite small. eg I used this stuff to fill out My 1/48 scale U-boat hull pattern.

btw what hull type and scale are you building ??
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Postby Adz131 » Tue Nov 01, 2005 9:16 pm

Not actually sure i have plans for a few sub's.

S-class, size was listed above but will have to rework.

T-class, I think it was 1:28 scale if i remember correctly.

French submarine Surcouf.?

Hms Vanguard. 1:96 scale.

Im currently searching for plans for Hms upholder.

And im awaiting contact detail's from rick teskey regarding seaview.

Thank's for the information regarding the foam. Steve
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Postby SteveUK » Tue Nov 01, 2005 9:35 pm

I do like the British WWII subs, but I haven't come across enough detailed pics to do one justice. Upholder is a good example. The problems are getting good views in the conning tower and all those interesting deck details.
If you do get a good set of plans you are doing well. The old "Warship Profile" (number 16) does a study of HMS Upholder, might have plans in it.
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Postby Adz131 » Wed Nov 02, 2005 3:06 pm

As is said im totally unsure of which model to build.

anyone got any suggestion's?

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Postby Himszy » Wed Nov 02, 2005 3:56 pm

I'd go russian nuke, but then I love them......

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Postby Paul von Braun » Wed Nov 02, 2005 7:41 pm

Ah, but surely the classic sub has to be the type VII? A subject for another thread I am sure. I think I shall stick my neck out and say that the modern nuke shape must be easier to fabricate than the older WWII shape hulls.

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Postby Adz131 » Wed Nov 02, 2005 9:10 pm

I was looking at otw's site. From what i have read on here and from what i see even in the photographs the otw's VII is fantastic a real credit to there line up.

It's also there fault im looking for a plan/bulkhead shape etc for Hms upholder.

(Because there Hms Upholder is really nice) And now i want one.

But only if i can scratch build it. :)
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