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I have a rocky problem…

Clive Maxfield
11/23/2011 03:07 PM EST

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Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   12/16/2011 2:30:42 PM
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The funny thing was when I needed some pics of old computers/connectors for a webinar I was writing -- and I had to go down there to buy the same sort of equipment that I'd given them a couple of years before :-)

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maryl19   12/16/2011 12:31:35 AM
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I was going to make this same suggestion. I have seen the foam used for dioramas that the kids need to make for school and it is (or can be) fairly realistic. BTW, “technology recycling store”? At my house this is called a “garage”. I am surprised that with your various interests you don’t have the same thing. ;-)

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Max The Magnificent   12/5/2011 3:11:22 PM
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I used to love Fraggle Rock -- about a year ago I got the first season on DVD -- great for young kids...

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Max The Magnificent   12/5/2011 2:22:58 PM
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The thing I'm worried about spackle is that when it dries out it may start to crack and bits may fall off -- maybe this won't be a problem once it's painted with acrylic...

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Max The Magnificent   12/5/2011 2:10:37 PM
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I must admit that I've been thinking about starting to play with an Arduino...

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rbelli1   12/4/2011 5:40:04 PM
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Or you could use an Arduino like the rest of the world! Put an anemometer on the roof and it could respond to the wind outside. BoB

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Battar   12/4/2011 10:53:42 AM
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Use the stuff measigned for dry-wall repair - or something called spackle - to create rock. Then paint with acrylics. It's the painting that creates the realistic look, not the material. If you can't find cave-men figures, see if any model shop stocks trade-union leader figures. Same thing, sort of.

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WKetel   12/3/2011 2:51:20 AM
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Research "Fraggle Rock", an older TV show set primarily in caves, for some ideas. Another option could be to use actual stone, depending on the scale and your patience and skill. Or, as a last resort, consider "plastic". At one Disney park it became clear that the entire exhibit, except for the dirt, was made of plastic. This included rocks,trees, logs, a riverbed, some fossil bones, and a portion of an old house. Different textures, partly worn away, and different colors. That was all it took.

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Max The Magnificent   12/2/2011 2:41:51 PM
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Actually that is a really good idea -- I love that program "The Homes Inspection" on The Homes and Garden TV channel featuring building contractor Mike Homes fixing problems with houses -- they always use spray foam and it does have a nice "organic" look to it... ... I will add this it the list of things to experiment with...

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lcovey   12/2/2011 4:46:10 AM
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I've had some pretty good luck with insulation foam to create rock structures. You can carve it into the shapes you need, or, if you are quick and know what you want to do with it, you can mold it before it sets. You might also be able to use chicken wire to establish the basic shape and spray the foam over it in layers.

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