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Old June 30th, 2010, 03:41 PM   #1
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Foam For Hardcase

Home Depot has a nice aluminum case for $25. I bought one over a year ago for my Flycam arm and vest and it fits perfectly. Now I would like to buy two or three more and fill it with a piece of dense foam with cutouts for whatever I want to put in there (one case for a couple of LED camera lights, one for my two video microphones- a Rode NTG2 & Rode Videomic).

My questions regarding the foam I need for this case;

-What type of foam do I need (I would prefer it be grey or black in color and very dense to protect the items)

_How do I make cutouts in the foam for the items I want to place in the case and protect?
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Old June 30th, 2010, 05:23 PM   #2
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Probably your best bet is to go to B&H and search on Pelican Case Replacement Foam.

They have the pick and pluck variety which works fantastic in this situation.

Make sure and measure your case interior dimensions.
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Old June 30th, 2010, 08:12 PM   #3
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My local foam shop actually has a product called "briefcase foam" !! It's a closed cell grey foam and very dense (they also use it for sound proofing booths!!)

It cuts really easily and neatly with a box cutter too!! For the lid of my cases I got the same foam with the sound-proofing cones on it..the cones make sure all your gear is held intact!!

If you tell the shop what you are doing they will sell you the correct foam.. don't try using the usual cushion or mattress foam. It's too soft, cut's really badly and degenerates too!!

Pelican inserts are great but rather pricey!!!

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Old June 30th, 2010, 09:53 PM   #4
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Check out these guys too - CaseCAD Custom Foam Inserts for Hard-sided Carrying Cases

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Old June 30th, 2010, 10:54 PM   #5
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Thanks for all of the great suggestions everybody. I will check them all out.

Chris, How did you locate your "local foam shop"? Is it a manufacturer locally?
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Old July 1st, 2010, 02:23 AM   #6
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That rigid, slightly rubbery dense foam used for inserts is called ethafoam. Google it, and you can find blocks of that stuff for sale.
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Old July 1st, 2010, 02:47 AM   #7
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We have tons of shops that specialise in supplying foam for couch cushions, foam matresses and the like and they always seem to also have other types of foam.

My guy down the road will even cut it to size for free!! I just gave him the sizes I needed and picked it up later. They do a better job than me!!
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After thinking about it, you maywant to check your local craft store (hobby lobby etc) or even wal-mart.

I recall seeing various types of foam in the back of the stores which could be trimmed to fit.
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Old July 1st, 2010, 09:55 PM   #9
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Home Depot has a nice aluminum case for $25.
Do you happen to have the SKU number for it or a web URL?

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Old July 1st, 2010, 11:28 PM   #10
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Jim,

I am sorry I don't have any SKU info. I have not looked for it online. At the two local area stores it is on the wall display as you exit the store past the check out stands. It is displayed with tool boxes. Saw it again just today. Best $24.95 I ever spent!
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