Quest for L-200
I'm From Mexico and i'm planning to fabricate a Ogre suit for a shortfilm. I want to make the body with L-200 foam but i can't find a supplier anywhere. Do you think EVA foam could work? Or do you have any substitute in mind?
If you are not able to find L-200, you may have some luck with furniture/upholstery foam, depending on your application. Upholstery foam is good for bulking up soft forms, but not as good as a final surface for skinning. If your goal is to bulk up your form to add Ogre like muscles, upholstery foam should work fine, but that also depends on how you want to skin it.
Most sources for EVA foam offer a rather dense foam, which could be good or bad depending on what you are trying to build, but EVA will work great in many applications. For example, it's great for armor pieces, and widely used in the cosplay/costuming community for that purpose.
You can also look for XLPE (aka, Cross-Linked Polyethylene), which is another name for the type of foam in L-200. The thing to watch for there is the density of the foam you are able to find. The 200 in L-200 is a density measurement. L-200 has a 2lb density, L-300 has a 3lb density, etc. The denser the foam the stiffer and more durable it will be.
I was planning to make the body hollow for comfort to my performer but maybe the Upholstery could work. I'm trying to make it as light as posible because the head's going to be filled with animatronics.
Also, the way the foam's density is measured here is Kg./m3, they don't have any other name.
I'll keep looking!
If you have any other advice i would be happy to hear it.