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Old Feb 17, 2013, 02:45 AM
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Dollar Store Foam? How well does it work?

How does the Dollar Store Foam board perform on 3d Extra 300 or whatever?
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 02:59 AM
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I don't know. Why not try searching for dollar tree, foam board, ready board and/or Adams and after reading several thousand posts about it maybe you can tell us. Also look up member name Springer and see what he has done with it.

Sorry to seem snarky but have you done much reading or searching on the matter yet? Probably only about 1/10 of the threads in this section have references to the Dollar Tree foam board and there may only be a few dozen threads about Extras and a few more threads about other similar aerobatic and 3D aircraft.

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Old Feb 17, 2013, 06:29 AM
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And the short answer is that it works very well. Some reinforcement is required on any but the smallest models made from this or most any foam sheet. There are many examples of models, build and reinforcement techniques in the pages of this forum. Almost all aerobatic models are built with the paper removed from the foam and most use some carbon fiber strip or tube reinforcement.

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Old Feb 17, 2013, 08:55 AM
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Aw, shoot, Aeronut got on ahead of me! My answer was gonna be" lousy, nobody uses it around here!" after which I would have gotten serious and told you pretty much what he did, that it works fine as long as you respect it. Not as strong or as thick as fff or MPF or Depron, but with proper doubling and other reinforcing it makes great planes.

Unfortunately your question in this forum is pretty much like the Bill Cosby sketch of a hundred years ago on "why is there air?" But trying hard to resist the temptation to be smart alecks, we'll answer all questions (sometimes we fail, though....to avoide being smart alecks, that is)

If you do a search on Quicksilver, you will find a plane I did several years ago. The fuse is dollar store foam, rolled into a oval tube while the wings are Fanfold (it was before MPF arrived) This plane has flown for maybe 4 years, spent a month and a half in a bean field (lost it), was found, did some minor patching and continues to fly fine. DS foam is good building material.

Also, I notice you have only a few posts. If you're not familar with RCG, then be sure to look at the page header and find the search buttons. There's one for each thread, forum and the whole site, so you can find most anything. I use it a lot!

Enjoy the addiction!
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 11:15 AM
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A fast build out of Dollar foam.

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Old Feb 17, 2013, 11:33 AM
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dollar store foam is great for getting the hang of building and you can make some really nice planes with it but i find Modelplanefoam nicer to work with overall. It has a tougher finish and doesnt get beat up on the bench or in the air as much as dt foam
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