Re: Turning Foam Popper Bodies
Cliff, I'm not sure the rigid foam that's in those panels would work as well as the flexible foam. While you need a rather dense foam to get a smooth shape, you also need a little felxibility so it will stay put on the device while you're doing the turning. I've tried some of the foam sheets sold strictly for fly tying and found the air cells in it are a little too big and leave a rough surface. Also, it is a little too soft to work with.
The dense foam in the cheap flip-flops that can be bought at Walmart, Dollar Stores, etc seem to be just about right. Foam gets it's density by the size of the air voids in the cells, and these work pretty well. I've also used some foam from kids toys such as pool floats, etc but again they don't seem to have the right density.
Steve, I'll try to get you some samples. If you like to tie flies and make any type lures, you'll find this process is rather addictive.