Variety of Foam Modeling Projects
The lines for the wood slats and shingles are engraved with the Engraving Tool, or carefully with the tip of the Hot Knife.
The doors and windows are cut out with the Hot Knife or on the Scroll Table.
The door and window trim are cut out separately and glued in place.
See the HWFF Instructional DVD for tips on cutting holes (for windows) and angles (for roof and wall joints).Tunnel Portal
The pattern came from a photograph that was enlarged to scale on a copy machine, then traced onto a piece of foam. This was cut out on the Scroll Table. The top stones were cut out separately and glued on top for added dimension. The details were made with the Engraving Tool. This piece still needs to be painted and weathered before it is glued in place on a model railroad diorama.
Find a pattern of an abutment you like from a photo or magazine. Enlarge it to the desired scale on a copy machine. Trace pattern onto an appropriate size piece of foam (for O Scale). Then cut out on Scroll Table, or if you have a steady hand, with the Sculpting Tool. Use the Engraving Tool, or very carefully with the tip of the Hot Knife, to engrave a random rock pattern on all surfaces that will show. Paint and weather as desired.Rustic Cabin
Now it’s easy to make the most true-to-life missions or other historical buildings for your school, business, or hobby. If you have pictures of the building you want to make you can enlarge them on a copier and trace them onto the foam.
The outline shape was cut out on the Scroll Table, and the windows and hole for the clock were cut out with the Hot Knife. The tiles on the roof were made in just a few minutes with the Engraving Tool. Chris used extruded Blueboard insulation foam, so he was able to press it in to form the indentation on the front of the building. This effect can also be achieved by cutting out the outline shape of the wall, then slicing off the edges, then slicing the middle section thinner, and finally gluing the wider protruding edges back onto the now thinner middle section. He used an inexpensive watch for the tower clock.