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I mentioned this project in: CAV Non-commissioned job in the Show Off section.  I had prints made of these map boards:
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I am using this Hot Wire Foam Factory cutting unit to cut up the foam insulation sheets.
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I have cut up the first of many prints, but next time I will do it in a progression rather than all at once.
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I found it would be much easier to cut out the largest level first as a pattern to mark the foam. Then the next level, mark the foam and so on.
Here the Level2 water is on the table directly, the Level1 water is on 1" of foam (2 sheets of 1/2").  The transition from 2 to 1 is a full level.  Now you will see not all of the Level1 pieces are glued down.  These will be the gradual transition levels from ground to Level1, so they will be 1/2" above actual Level1 water.  So you can see there is a slope at some points to entering the water to Level1 but a drop off  to Level2.post-9266-0-82306000-1423694127_thumb.jpg
 
So in this picture you can better see all the green areas will be covered with the next layer of foam and the loose Level1 water will be glued to that.post-9266-0-02374700-1423694219_thumb.jpg
 
As well as here.  It is obvious this is my first attempt at free hand cutting with the Hot Wire cutter.  It will take some practice to gauge the cuts to avoid running into the back stop.  Also you need to stop before the point you want to reach at an intersection or a turn as there is a small amount of flex to the cutting wire so it catches up when you stop.post-9266-0-36948600-1423694377_thumb.jpg
 
At this point there will be a bridge constructed to support CAVs crossing the bridge. Also the bridge is on an upper level so all CAVs will be able to pass under the bridge with no problem.post-9266-0-58573600-1423694527_thumb.jpg
 
So much more to follow.  Anyone with suggestions or pointers speak out as this is my first attempt at terrain features instead of a flat battlefield.
 

 

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I have also decided that I will have to put base material under each one, probably Luan sheets, even though I may end up with a storage problem.  In the long run it will probably be less of a problem than storing parts of boards.

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Have you thought about Tree's and what not? YOu could punch a pencil size hole and put in the trees at game time and take them out for storage(?)

 

Edit: or whatever size hole you needed, I realize a pencil size is probably pretty big hole on that map.

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Have you thought about Tree's and what not? YOu could punch a pencil size hole and put in the trees at game time and take them out for storage(?)

 

Edit: or whatever size hole you needed, I realize a pencil size is probably pretty big hole on that map.

That is a possibility as we do have a train store near by that carries N-Scale.

 

Update on this, the local hobby shop went out of business, so it is mail order or travel 80 miles to the nearest hobby shop. So on to the Luan and also the next board.

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So at this point I am at the transition level between ground level and Water level 1.

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These are ground level sections waiting for the other level to dry before being glued down.

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This will be one of the most varied boards with two water levels and four land levels.  To be continued.

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Once all the levels are assembled I plan to paint the vertical faces to match the corresponding terrain.  Also by necessity of the materials available I am using 1" = 10' instead of the more accurate 0.75" = 10"

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This is very cool and reminds me of the old Heroscape sets.  Looking forward to seeing this progress further.

Okay,  done on all levels.  Now the Luan sheet, paint the level faces, and find a bridge, or MSU.

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Such an brilliant idea! This is looking really good! It reminds me of a game called FRONT MISSION

 

Did you provide any support on the bridge? I can imagine printer paper would just not be the best?

 

SO i'm coming to your house to play, right? :)

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