The Havalon knives with replaceable scalpel blades work just fine for detail work, just lay the foam on the floor or a hard work table and make plunging vertical cuts. Checking SN#'s isnt always a TSA requirement, but should be a personal accountability check when you get your case back in your hands on the other side. If you leave the airport and then find out shit is missing thats more difficult to prove. Its not that hard to open those cases without picking locks.
One personal preference I'd change is that even though it "looks funny" I orient my rifles stock down to the wheels as he did but scope up towards the handle versus down towards the bottom of the case. That way as the case gets set down or chucked around by baggage handlers the weight of the rifle isn't being absorbed by the scope. May never make a difference in real life, but it just makes more sense to me to have the scope up when carrying the case.
Anyone know where to get cheap foam?
I've been giving foam case inserts a lot of thought lately, and may have a suggestion (which I have not yet, but will soon be trying myself).
My understanding is that the foam being used is usually of the open cell variety. My internet searches seems to also reveal that this type of foam attract and retains moisture, and may be leading to corrosion issues. If I am wrong about this, I'd welcome a heads-up.
Well, I recently attended another Comics (etc.) Fan Fest in Phoenix, and locked onto the foam being used in Cosplay costumes. It
is a closed cell foam being describes as EVA foam. It's the stuff you see being used for comfort floor mats, and most of us have walked on it often without even realizing it.
It tends to be stiffer than open cell foam, also works well for cheek rests, etc., and is readily available from craft suppliers, Amazon, and the like, but may be most easily obtained form automotive body shops. It may also be less attractive and retentive regarding moisture.
I think it may have value in shooting applications (including as self-healing targets, and target backers), suggest it be investigated for possible applications in our activities.