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Smokey Roan Inactive Member20 Apr 2017 6:02 p.m. PST

Walk out on the dock, catch a nice big ass redfish on the first cast (using a D.O.A rubber scrimp). Dinner! Didnt measure it, but could have been under 28 inches (any bigger and you have to release them).

Then I see a large chunk of pink foam floating by. I wade out and grab it. 10 inches by 3 feet, and six inches thick!

Best of all, not dry rotted, or waterlogged, or damaged, save for a very thin laminate of wood on one side (very thin, peeled right off). Like pristine THICK pink foam!

Get back to the House with it, and "Boom!" My arm starts itching, is red like a rash from a nettle or other plant.

It was either flotation from a hull, or insulation from a bait well, and one side was infested with fiberglass slivers!

Damn it man! Worst stuff ever! Basically thinner than hair strands of glass, that make you miserable!

The gods want to challenge me, eh? I'll show them! I'm gonna carve up some awesome terrain, right after I remove the side of fiberglass with dish soap and a rubber sheet!

(Pink Foam is about impossible to get anymore. Home Depot and Lowes no longer sell it, and builders now use cheap ass beaded foam with a layer of foil on each side for construction) My last supply was from a Dollar Tree they built nearby, and it was 1/2 inch thick :( Did the old dress up in khaki pants, a short sleeved blue button down, a blue seal of the "President of the United States" ball cap like the POTUS wears, and a clipboard, and walked around taking "notes" about 5 pm. The few workers left avoided me like the plague! Also made a scene with my cell phone, making sure everyone heard me say "Andele!" and "Mas Rapido!" Just a helpful hint on how to get construction site surplus without questions. Look like a Gubmint employee. ;)

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2017 6:07 p.m. PST

Post pics of whatever you turn it into.

Baconfat20 Apr 2017 6:09 p.m. PST

You must live in some crazy place like California.

New Mexico is blue and we can still get blue foam.

Mako1120 Apr 2017 6:12 p.m. PST

They make it pink to match the flamingoes……….

Chris Wimbrow20 Apr 2017 6:26 p.m. PST

Ooh! I do like the act like you're supposed to be there ruse.

I do have a hard hat. But I don't know how far the railroad logo will get me.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2017 6:43 p.m. PST

They uses the blue stuff here in Co. I wait for a good wind storm and pick up the damaged peices near construction sites.

Smokey Roan Inactive Member20 Apr 2017 8:19 p.m. PST

Carving! That is the beauty of blue/pink foam!

Made a bunch of 6 and 10mm adobe buildings, carved from it, before. No WAY you can scratch build said using foamboard or any other medium, save for making a mold and casting.

Takes ten minutes a building, with museum quality results.

Gonna try some basic 15mm buildings. Ones that dont require a removeable roof and interior.

My cave system that can be laid on top of my gaming table was carved from 1" blue foam, back when I could get it.

Cosmic Reset Inactive Member21 Apr 2017 4:51 a.m. PST

Lowes now carries their own branded extruded polystyrene foam. If your local store doesn't carry it, you still should be able to order it through the store. Same dimensions as the blue and pink stuff, just grey-green in color.

wrgmr121 Apr 2017 8:43 a.m. PST

We have pink foam here in Canada. Used it for my Vimy Ridge trenches.
Please post pictures.

Maxim C Gatling Inactive Member21 Apr 2017 2:58 p.m. PST

I'm in California. No pink foam here. It must hurt the environment or something.

BigNickR21 Apr 2017 5:31 p.m. PST


Home Depot on I4 and Americana (Mall of Millennia) has pink foam in 4x8 sections about an inch thick for about $14 USD-$15


CeruLucifus22 Apr 2017 11:57 a.m. PST

I'm in Los Angeles, California.

Home Depot now carries pink foam (FOAMULAR insulation). Below is link for the pre-cut project panels 2x2' by 1" thick, which are ideal size for most terrain projects. On their website they also have 4x8' sheets in 1", 2", and half inch, which cost less per square foot if you need a lot.

Home Depot FOAMULAR project panels: link

Mako1122 Apr 2017 3:20 p.m. PST

You can special order it, theoretically, from both Lowe's and Home Despot, in 4' x 8' sheets of various thicknesses.

Mine came dinged up a bit, which was very disappointing, but they gave me a discount to make up for that. Had to ask for it though.

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