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To create the illusion of interior and exterior walls, flats are used. There are two main types of flats: the soft flat and the hard flat. Regardless of the type, they serve essentially the same purpose.

Soft flats are constructed out of lumber and fabric. A wood frame supports a piece of stretched cloth that is painted to look like whatever type of wall is necessary. Soft flats have the advantage of being extremely light and easy to transport, but they are not especially durable, requiring quite a bit of care to avoid damage.

Hard flats are constructed mainly of lumber. A typical hard flat is constructed from a sheet of 1/4 inch plywood and a frame of one by three inch lumber. This gives hard flats a distinct advantage over soft flats in that hard flats can take much more abuse without being destroyed. It is also quite a bit easier to build doors and windows into hard flats. Hard flats are used exclusively at WPI because of these advantages. Figure 3.3 shows the construction of a hard flat.

Figure 3.3: Construction of a typical hard flat. 1 inch lumber is used for frame and 1/4 inch plywood is used to cover it.

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Steve Richardson 2000-07-06

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