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#1 Gschnettler

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Posted 12 April 2021 - 04:59 PM

I already have a plastic case. Where is the best place to get good quality, reasonably priced foam to organize and secure my eyepieces?

Also, is it a good idea to get pick apart foam, or is there a better option?

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Posted 12 April 2021 - 05:26 PM

Pick and Pluck Foam comes in a variety of sizes and thicknesses.  smile.gif



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Posted 12 April 2021 - 05:50 PM

Try mycasebuilder.com (no affiliation).   Custom cut foam, fairly reasonable prices.



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Posted 12 April 2021 - 06:06 PM

The best foam out there is Kaizen foam that's available from many web sources and big box stores like Home Depot. It's relatively cheap, comes in different sheet densities, colors sizes and thicknesses and can be cut to fit even intricate shapes pretty easily. It's more configurable than pic-and-pluck and more robust too. I like to use a few layers I cut individually as it's easiest for me to do and get good fits. A white middle layer makes it easy to see the cutout shapes when replacing items in the dark. I still use the regular closed cell eggcrate foam for case lids. It too is widely available in different densities and thicknesses. Kaizen foam is made to be cut to size and hold tools, etc. as part of industrial systemic quality organization.

 

Before settling on Kaizen foam I've used what came in various cases including Pelican, pic-and-pluck, MyCaseBuilder.com, generic closed cell and other foams. I have a new Pelican vault case that now has the original Pelican foam but as soon as I get the configuration right I'll order Kaizen foam and be done.


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Posted 12 April 2021 - 06:18 PM

I already have a plastic case. Where is the best place to get good quality, reasonably priced foam to organize and secure my eyepieces?

Also, is it a good idea to get pick apart foam, or is there a better option?

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#6 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 13 April 2021 - 04:18 AM

I agree with Dick, the Kaizen foam is the best. I used to use pluck foam but it's inherently weaker and heavier eyepieces like the 31mm Nagler caused it to disintegrate quite rapidly.  Since switching to Kaizen foam 5 or 6 years ago, it's remained like new.

 

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Posted 13 April 2021 - 06:18 AM

Kaizen Foam   , I've used pick-n-pluck until now and it breaks down over use..  kaizen is much more sturdy.

 

https://kaizeninserts.com/


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Posted 13 April 2021 - 10:39 PM

FASTCAP Kaizen Foam 57 mm Black

 

Acoustic Foam 2-1/2" x 24" x 18" UL 94



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Posted 14 April 2021 - 01:32 AM

I use any good firm closed cell foam in bottom to support EPs, and a softer foam in top of case to secure & cushion EPs when case closed

If you choose to insert EPs vertically like i do, then make a couple circular foam cutters- 1.25 drain pipe for 1.25 EPs,  tomato paste can for 2" EPs. Sharpen edges of metal with file, push into foam and twist tool. Makes perfect round holes for snug EP fit !

I use a layer of foam under holed out center foam to cushion bottoms of EPs

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