hdtheater wrote:Thanks Leo. That is on my list. My only concern is that it is a composite material that could come apart like MEDEX. Wondering if there is a solid material that could work. I thought I might have to make a mold out of resin after a good carve.
Medex is a material like HDU, but enhanced a little for moisture control. It is not an exterior material like Extira is. It is wood (paper) fiber bonded with a bonding agent. It is not particularly stable or strong especially with small detail.
HDU - is a plastic foam and is a molded product. Unlike Medex or MDF or Extira - it is a single solid (as solid as foam can be) product. It is not a composite of a few different materials like Medex is.
The HDU will hold better detail than Medex.
Corian is a LOT denser and harder than HDU - but still a plastic material. Corian cuts very nicely and can take some very intricate detail. It IS brittle and can break easily. You can sand it file it and paint it.
Another nice material is PVC. You can buy it in sheets or at the big box stores like Lowes or Home Depot. It is the PVC trim boards. PVC is a little tough to paint after the surface skin has been cut away, but with a good several coats of Primer - it will paint nicely. PVC is a plastic - harder and denser than HDU, but softer and looser than Corian.