Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter. Handheld hot wire cutters or a knife could be substituted but the fixed wire is really EASY to use for this type of project.
I used pink 1" thick insulation foam for the project. You can buy these as 2 ft x 2 ft panels from either Home Depot or Lowes for $5.50 each. It's a tad bit more expensive to buy the "project panels" (as they are called) rather than the normal 8 ft x 4 ft sheets but they are much easier to work with and store. For this project I cut a 12inch x 12 inch square and several 12 inch long 1x1 inch pieces for the second level.
I mix the tile grout with white glue (roughly 2/3 tile grout, 1/3 white glue) to make it easier to put on and help with durability once dry. Terrain pieces take a lot of abuse and the combination of flexible tile grout with white means you really will not suffer and chipping form use.
After the grout was applied to the ramp I used a popsicle stick dipped in water to make some wagon wheel ruts up and down the ramp.
I also added to defensive works to the redoubt in the form of "pointy sticks" (I'm sure theres a more technical term for them). I think they add to the look of the piece greatly and they also serve a very practical purpose. What is it? You'll just have to wait and see.....
This project took about 4 days to complete, with the vast majority of that time being devoted to either glue or paint drying. In terms of complexity, it's very simple and I'd encourage beginners to give it a go
- 1" Pink Extruded Foam (roughly 12 by 14 inches) from a 2'x2' project panel
- Pre-Mix Flexible Tile Grout - Sandstone colored
- Kabob Skewers - You can buy them or get them "free" with a kabob take out order. I highly recommend the second option as terrain making is hard work and you'l need sustenance to get through the project.
- PVA glue (yellow or white)
Total cost of the materials used was less than $10.00