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    Greetings friends!


    With a huge thanks to others who have done this before (Thank you Bligh!), Iíve started creating my own Island coastline for Sails of Glory. Itís very exciting. My kids are impressed already!


    I purchased the foam board this morning at Hobby Lobby:
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    My first task was to outline the Island Coast. Just drew the coast with a Sharpie marker on the foam board, no sweat. Then I used a box cutter to gently and CAREFULLY cut through the foam board, one small cut at a time. It was actually a more difficult and time consuming task than expected.
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    This was right before I broke the Island pieces from the rest of the board. It is cut in this photo, but still needs to be carefully cracked off the rest.....
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    Annnnnnd where Iím at as of this post! Ready to start sanding and sculpting for the coast to appear more ďnatural.Ē
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    I canít thank you all enough for the advice, especially Bligh for the amazing ďHow ToĒ thread! More to come!


    ~Chuck

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    Nice going Chuck.
    Having seen your comments on Sven's photo album. You may be interested in my take on the ship on fire, heavily copied from the one presented to Sven, but taken to the next stage of disaster. Next? maybe an exploding ship! Who knows.

    https://www.sailsofglory.org/content.php?25-How-to-construct-a-sinking-ship-and-a-sinking-ship-on-fire



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    I’m sitting down with the new carving/clay sculpting tools I purchased from Amazon. Going to try and make the coastline less FLAT.

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    I will not only be interested to see your results Chuck, but also any pictures of these tools you have purchased.
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    I purchased a small hobby scroll saw from amazon, the blades are very small and thin, perfect for cutting that foam.

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    Looks like it's coming along nicely Chuck.

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    For cutting this type of foam board (insulation dense cell) your best bet is to get a foam cutting tool. The cheapest is a battery operated one that uses a heated wire to cut the foam with.
    I used to make all kinds of terrain for a good number of different games over the years, so I've got lots of experience with it. If you can afford one, get a plug in wire foam cutter. You can set the temperature to the kind of foam you are cutting, and it stays consistently hot. Unlike the battery operated kind.

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    I may have to take up your advice Daniel, if only to speed up the production.
    For years I have relied on the good old Band saw Abra saw and oscillating sander for most of the roughing out, Then scalpel, keyhole saw, files and glass-paper for defining the detail.
    It looks as if I am going to have to bite the bullet and spend out on a hot wire after all.
    Rob.
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