I recently purchased an AT72ED-II refractor and it's the first new scope I've bought in over 30 years!. So, of course I want to protect it. Normally I'd just used a toolbox and pack it with cheap foam, but I love the scope and it deserves a great case for it. I've looked at the Apache 4800 which would fit everything (scope and ALL my accessories), but I don't like the soft "pluck" foam.
I have a hardshell lockable briefcase/laptop case that has the exact same dimensions as an Apache 4800 case. I've ripped out all the old remaining soft foam on the bottom and removed the pocket from the lid. Here's my layout which is going to change, but everything fits! I just need foam.
I have been looking all over online for foam for a scope/accessory case. I really wanted Kaizen foam but for how much I need, most places sell it for almost as much as an Apache 4800 case with pluck foam!
But...I found a source with a great price. Home Depot Kaizen Foam. They sell it in 24' X 48' X 2.25' sheets. That can be cut down to three 16" X 24" X 2.25" sheets. That's enough to completely fill an Apache 4800 case!
I can take one of the 16" X 24" X 2.25" sheets and peel it apart for the lid and base, still having two full size 2.25" thick pieces left for the middle layers. I'm so glad to have stumbled on Home Depot because the next cheapest place sold what I needed for almost $60!!!
Edited by MarkMittlesteadt, 27 September 2022 - 10:53 AM.