Report on dice4hire's Japanese black foam blocks

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Re: Report on dice4hire's Japanese black foam blocks

Post by astolat » Thu May 17, 2018 10:49 pm

Any sense of how water-resistant these blocks would be? For instance if used with a Fog Monster type fog machine? Would a bit of damp or droplets beading up destroy them?

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Re: Report on dice4hire's Japanese black foam blocks

Post by dice4hire » Thu May 17, 2018 9:29 pm

Thanks for the kind words. I have sent blocks to three people on the forums already and two more people are waiting as the shop is out of stock right now. I am checking the store daily to see when I can send more out.

I am not trying to make money on these and the 125 might go down if the dollar keeps getting stronger. It has gone from 106 yen to the dollar to almost 111 just in the time I have been doing this.

Glad you got them all safely. Just as a note I do not even open the box, just tear off the shipping label and reship.
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Re: Report on dice4hire's Japanese black foam blocks

Post by William » Thu May 17, 2018 9:06 pm

I'll just say they got the packaging tighter on yours than mine. ;)
Also the price per brick is slightly better now, too.
Maybe Dice's getting a bulk price from them after a few of these. :lol:

EDIT - Oops... Nice breakdown Bio. I love them too.
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Report on dice4hire's Japanese black foam blocks

Post by biowizard » Thu May 17, 2018 8:43 pm

In this thread (viewtopic.php?f=13&t=9086&hilit=block), dice4hire graciously offered to buy black foam blocks from a Japanese company that would not otherwise make international shipments and reship them to fellow DF enthusiasts at cost + 10% to cover his expense. I think he might be willing to do so again if you contact him by personal messages on this board and ask nicely. The present thread is to report on the fantastic transaction I just completed with him.

I bought 50 blocks for a total of $125 US, including shipping from Japan to Canada, PayPal fees, yen to USD conversion rate and dice4hire's 10%. This means that each block costs $2,50 each when you buy that many.

The blocks' dimensions are precisely 50 mm high * 100 mm wide * 200 mm long (as measured by my ruler, not 1 mm more, not 1 mm less) which is super close to 2" * 4" * 8". The particles of foam compressed together to form blocks are black all throughout. This is not painted foam. i.e. an eventual chip will not show as blue or white. They are quite sturdy. Using my bare hands, I feel that I could make some depressions in the foam but it would require a LOT of strength. The edges of the blocks are not rounded and they really look like bricks.

Now pictures!
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The same block upside down to show the injection traces on one surface:
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The width and height fits 2 standard Game Tiles:
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The length and height fits 4 standard Game Tiles:
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50 blocks come in a box whose dimension are perfect for storage without lost space:
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Thank you very much dice4hire!!!

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