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Lord of the Rings Inactive Member06 Jan 2013 9:50 p.m. PST

I found some figures suitable for the old "The Awful Green Things from Outer Space" boardgame, and I'd like to uild the Znutar in scale. I'd like some futuristic vacuform decking and walls. Precision Products has some wall-types and doors, but does anyone make decks? I'd like to use vacuform to keep the weight down.


bsrlee06 Jan 2013 11:52 p.m. PST

A work around would be to use Hirst Arts/Castle Molds plaster molds which have a variety of SF deck & machinery molds to make up master floor and corridor sections from several parts, then make you own production molds off the masters (permitted by the maker if not for sale) & cast thin resin copies which you can then sand down to make them even thinner.

Vac formed floors are unlikely to have fine details & you could spend a fortune on engraved styrene sheets.

Rubber Suit Theatre Inactive Member06 Jan 2013 11:59 p.m. PST

Someone on here was talking about using 14-square (14 squares per inch) granny grating (plastic mesh for needlepoint) for starship decks. It'd be pretty darned light and could be employed with some minor cutting and drybrushing.

Mr Pumblechook Inactive Member07 Jan 2013 1:02 a.m. PST

One thing I've tried is using plastic card, with large (approx 40mm square) pieces cut out of disposable paper plates which had a useful texture pattern moulded into them.

Lord of the Rings Inactive Member07 Jan 2013 4:51 a.m. PST

A friend of mine used Hirst Arts stuff to make a dungeon crwl board, and significant amounts of plaster are heavy. The paper plate idea sounds interesting, do you happen to know what brand?

Mr Pumblechook Inactive Member07 Jan 2013 5:04 a.m. PST

Just generic ones I think (I'm in Australia) that had something like a checker-plate pattern.

dwight shrute07 Jan 2013 7:54 a.m. PST

Gamecraft make some lightweight MDF sci fi bits and pieces


Zephyr107 Jan 2013 3:43 p.m. PST

Look around on the 'net for plastic mesh. You should be able to find some with a high # of squares per inch. Then just glue it to some card to make a floor. If you didn't want as many holes in it (or wanted to make patterns), you could fill them in with glue or plaster. Then paint to hide any mistakes…. ;-)

Raptoruk369 Supporting Member of TMP09 Jan 2013 3:58 p.m. PST

Work with me on this one lol ,
Bonsai Tree suppliers who sell accessories
sell a black plastic mesh ideal for sci-fi floors in roughly
a4 sheets inexpensively.They use this to hold together the
root ball of the tree during growth, works fine for me in 28mm…checkout Ebay for suppliers

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