Foamular used in model making

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4 April 2011
Foamular used in model making

Foamular is more commonly known for its superior ability to insulate commercial, industrial and residential properties. Lately Foamular has become more and more popular in the model making industry. Its lightweight nature, compressive strength and capacity to be carved and sculpted make the extruded polystyrene a perfect option. Foamular has already been used extensively in this industry and the trend is likely to continue, including model railways, model boats, surf boards, architectural modelling sculptures and table top games.

John Montgomery, has been working with Foamular for around 15 years, a loyal Foamular customer, he says he couldn’t be happier with the product. With around 40 years experience in the industry, he has become a specialist in choosing the right material. John specialises in model railways and started out by using wood as the basis for his layouts. He quickly converted to Foamular, which proved to be much more efficient during the construction of the display. Largely due to its lightweight characteristics. He says he ‘started with Foamular in the mid 1990’s and hasn’t looked back since’. Impressed with its compressive strength ‘braced right, and you can stand on it’.

John teamed up with friend Geoff Nott for their latest piece titled the ‘Charging Moose Model Railway’. The layout was constructed from start to finish in 9 months. Another layout assembled by the pair, compiled with Foamular, called ‘Muskrat Ramble’ is due to be sent over to the U.S and put on display in North Carolina, in front of model making enthusiasts at a four day long convention. The display can be seen from July 12-15 at the Baulkham Hills Council showground.

Extruded Polystyrene sheets are 25-100 mm thick, which can be cut and shaped into almost any shape or dimension. Boards can also be easily glued together with a Polystyrene compatible adhesive to make thicknesses greater than 100mm.

Boards can be acclimatised into a variety of shapes using standard woodworking tools, creating realistic mountains, buildings, valleys and scenery. Extruded Polystyrene is a closed cell board with high rigidity, so even when carved it maintains its structural integrity.

Model Making is just one of the many applications of Foamular. To learn more about the product or to make an enquiry to our experienced technical team, please visit the Foamular website. Foamular is exclusively available throughout Australia by Austech.

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