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    Believe it or not, you might be able to sell that stuff on Ebay or Craiglist.

    It has a use in ornamental concrete especially water features.

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    Dont do it Gary,
    I did a prank simular to that and the wife was NOT happy. Yes i learned to use the vac that day. LOL

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    lol

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    Chuck, I'll have to look into that. By the time I'm done, I'll have a pill of it.

    Gene, not to worry, I don't want to get stuck running the vac. lol

    Sneak preview of the camel model. First layers off the CNC. I'm happy with the way it is coming along so far. One disappointing thing was I forgot to tip the fringe on the bottom of the blanket, so it hugs the camel body instead of hanging straight down like it should. I'll correct that when I do the right side. This is the side that will face away from the road so it won't been seen close up anyway. More pics to follow.....
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...elroughcut.jpg[/img]

    BTW: One thing I tried with this model that seems to be working, I did a .125'' inset cut on the profile cuts. I found on the other parts I made, especially the upper layers, the edges get to be pretty thin. Then when I glue them together those thin edges like to flake off. With the .125" inside profile cut there's a little more meat around the edges and I have a sharp "V" groove in the joint that will hold filler better. I'll know soon if that theory works.

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    Gary,

    Do you never sleep? You're putting stuff up faster than I can reply to your posts! These are great! I hope my church doesn't see this - I am booked until Christmas!!!

    Mike

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    Gary,
    Are you going to insert an armature into your creation?
    My next question is...do you have a hot wire cutter?

    I'm with Michael!

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    Yes, I'm going to build an armature through the back legs as they will be fragile. The front legs should be O.K. since there is the blanket & treasure chest beefing them up. I'll do something minimal up front just for mounting purposes.

    No, I don't have a hot wire cutter. That is something I may pick up. I just planned to cut a V grove in the foam with a pull saw, insert the armature & glue it together with great stuff. Where is a good source for a cutter?

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    "Where is a good source for a cutter" - Heres a good website for the foam cutter. Most good hobby shops carry this stuff as lots of model railroaders use foam for scenery these days.

    http://hotwirefoamfactory.com/home.php

    P.S. I'm really impressed in your 'large' undertakings! Good job!
    Russ

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    Thanks Russ, I'll check that out when I get some time.
    As of 12-04-09
    Got a pretty fair amount of sculpting done on the left side today.

    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...sof12-4-09.jpg[/img]

    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...de12-04-09.jpg[/img]

    Got the right side glued together today. I have a couple more pieces of the bottom side to cut out yet. The router has been running 24/7. I ground a bull nose end on a 1/2" drill bit so I can cut the 2" foam in a single pass. Some of the larger layers take up to 9 hours to cut. I try to line those up to run at night so I can catch a few hours sleep. It takes 16 layers of 2" foam to make the top half & 9 layers to make the bottom half. Got them all cut out of 12 - 4'x8' sheets. Some of the smaller parts I cut out of the center of the bigger parts, so it's not solid all the way through.

    I have a deadline on a large number of banners, so I can't devote all my time to the camel. I feel like the guy that used to spin the plates on the Ed Sullivan show, trying to keep everything going. (yes, I know, I'm old) lol.
    More to come later. Time is a wastin'.

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    Saturday I built the armature so ol' Mr. camel can stand on his own 4 feet.

    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...28/Armture.jpg[/img]

    Fit the armature in the model, filled the voids with great stuff & assembled the whole deal. The foam looks a little odd because it's a piece from last years set.

    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...ureembeded.jpg[/img]

    Filling in the seams between all the layers & removing all the stuff that doesn't look like a camel.

    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...sculpting2.jpg[/img]

    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...Sculpting1.jpg[/img]

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