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Old 05-15-2012, 05:09 PM   #1
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DIY 75g Build: Background, Stand, ect.

Ok so I'm drawing a rough sketch of a 3d background that I want to build. This is all still in the blueprint stages so its easily changable. Here's my drawing so far


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What I've been racking my brain over is what to fill in the areas behind the trees and roots. Any ideas?
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Old 05-16-2012, 02:31 AM   #2
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Updated drawing


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Wow that looks amazing!
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Looks amazing. Can't wait to see how it turns out!
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Old 05-16-2012, 02:38 AM   #5
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That looks awesome!! XD I want to see the outcome when you're all done too.
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I'm planning on taking updated pictures to show progress I have more than enough styrofoam and didn't pay a dime for it. In 1995 the state of Missouri made it a law that dock companies were not allowed to use styrofoam when building docks anymore. Lucky for me my step dad is in the boat business so I contacted him seeking information on the styrofoam. Different kinds of docks use different types of styrofoam, and some blocks have extra chemicals added to help from rotting. But the white blocks are just plain styrofoam, no additives, no chemicals, nothing. Since these are not allowed to be used dock companies don't know what to do with the styrofoam, needless to say that instead of paying $20 a sheet at Lowes I picked up two blocks at the Marina for nothing. I have to cut it down allot to get the nasty stuff off but who can best free right?
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Its really messy looking but that will all sand off with ease

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Thought it was time for an update;


Well got my block cut in half and let it sit in the sun to dry for two days

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I moved the styrofoam party up stairs to my woman cave because of the mess and sanded it down real good

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Started drawing my lines for potential carving,

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And am about halfway done with the first stage of the carving mess

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Ok I am done for the night and headed downstairs for a much needed shower lol. thankfully I am almost done with the carving, tomorrow I'll start sanding my rough edges

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i use these big styro blocks all the time for fiberglass projects. the way i do it is cut out everything 1/8 to 1/4 smaller all the way around every side, rocks and all, each piece seperate. then use plain old elmers glue and glue everything to a 1/2" plywood or cement backer board backing the way you want it. then cover every single bit with at least 5 coats of GLOSS latex paint, do not use oil based paints. let everything dry for at least a day. then fiberglass everything with cloth or matting and get all the air bubbles out. minimum 4 layers. Make sure you make the entire backboard at least 2" bigger than you need., so you can trim to fit.
If you dont want to use the latex paint you can cover everything with grey duct tape and you dont need a release agent. Let everything dry at least 2 days and then remove it all then you can go to town painting it all just like you want it. I have found out that marine grade clears seal real good and they can have a flattener added to keep the gloss down. Make sure you seal the bottom and sides in place with silicone. If you dont like the hollowed out back you can fill it with expandable foam to keep stagnating water out from behind it.
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