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Variety of Foam Modeling Projects

Scroll down to see a variety of modeling projects created with foam. Information about the models is below each photo.Model_RR_hwff_01Train Station

This HO scale train station was made from 1/2″ thick foam. The walls and roof can be cut out using the Scroll Table or Hot Knife.

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).Model_RR_hwff_02Tunnel 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.

Tip: Use this technique to make stone, brick and cobblestone walls and roads.Model_RR_hwff_03Bridge Abutment
By Chris Darling

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.Model_RR_hwff_04Rustic Cabin

Same basic construction as the train station, though this could also be cut out of a block of foam. The chimney was made separately and glued on.Model_RR_hwff_05 Model_RR_hwff_06Mission Clock Tower
By Chris Darling

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.