I love using foamboard, cheap of course but it’s main attraction for me is the speed at which I can work – I am an impatient person, at times.
One of the laser-cut plywood construction models I make is a helicopter and as a flat pack it fits on a 30cm square. But this is too big for letter boxes and the rest of my model/toys fit on three or four A5 sheets. So a bit of remodeling is called for.
I started with a new blade in the Stanley knife but the tip was quickly blunted on the cutting board. I was using 5mm foamboard but the actual model is 3mm ply so some of the dimensions are a little off. Luckily foamboard is very forgiving and can be trimmed easily or just squeezed into the space. The small pieces are not really needed to prove the changes but it is nice to see the thing as it will look. Now to get to work in Inkscape, a free vector drawing app, and make the changes to the .svg file. Once that is done I will print out the revised file on thick card, cut out the pieces and check for fit, then, if all seems good send the file to Cut & Burn in Exmouth and get the prototype in a day or two, hopefully without any mistakes on my part.