Planes, trains & automobiles: Custom cut foam for hobbyists

If you’re a hobbyist, then you will probably have a storage or transportation system that works for you. It’s fragile work, whether you build scenes or paint miniature figures, so you need to take care of all the small and moveable parts.

Maybe you knew already, but custom cut foam and custom made foam inserts can do a lot for your storage needs. It’s firm, flexible and long-lasting. With this article, we’re going to show just how cut to size foam can revolutionise your hobby and bring a little extra organisation to your pastime.

Paint equipment storage

If you find that you are always misplacing your paint containers (hobby paints always come in really small bottles!) then you should try custom foam inserts. You’ll be able to cut out the exact shapes for your paint bottles, no matter their shape or how small they are. It will keep them all in one place and give you peace of mind if you’re out and about. You can kit out a carry case with foam to not only protect your equipment, but make it look really impressive too.

Working with delicate figurines?

Figurine painting is very delicate work, as you may well know. For example, you could be working with clay figurines or fragile plastics., Whatever the material, you need something secure to hold them safe. Custom cut foam works perfectly, by keeping your figurines secure with a snug fit. Not too tight or restrictive, yet flexible enough to pull items out with ease. You’ll find foam inserts really useful because you have full control over the shapes you need to cut out. Maybe you have a figurine with some very awkward corners – with foam inserts you can cut out the exact shape that you need. Easy!

Working on large-scale projects

Scene building could have you building a small and modest scene, or taking up a whole room with a vast, model town. Whichever it is, you need organisation. Having a case for this kind of equipment is really important because there are so many moving parts to the work. If you’re working on a particularly large piece, then you need order. Carry cases and various storage solutions are vital in this line of work, as they allow you to confidently transport equipment when you’re on the go.

Step-by-step guide to cutting out inserts

Now that you’re aware of the many wonders of custom cut foam, we’re going to show you how to cut out the shapes you need. Here are a few quick tips:

  1. What size do you need? The first step to cutting out your own inserts is to identify which size you need. You can use a stencil tool to get the outline right, and then you can get the right size ‘silhouette’ for the item in mind.
  2. Choose your case. Take a look at the cases available on our site, and choose one that matches your interior/exterior dimensions. You’ll need to measure the collective height and width of your intended contents so that your specifications are spot on.
  3. It’s time to cut. We recommend an electric carving knife, however if you don’t have one, then a hacksaw works just as well.

Visit our blog ‘How to make custom foam inserts’ for a more detailed set of instructions. You’ll find everything you need to know about the process.

Let’s talk through your options

Our team are happy to chat about your foam storage needs, and they’ll be able to answer whatever questions you may have. Give us a call on 0800 8400 166 or get in touch here.

When it comes to custom foam, its uses and applications are vast. Keep an eye on our blog to learn more about the kinds of things you can use custom cut foam for.

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