[ Post a Response | The SteelNavy.Com Message Board ]
Re: 1/700 waterline models on a "sea" base question...
I always cut a 3/16 hull bottom plate for this purpose. Many years ago I went to a plastics shop and described to the owner my need for some plastic "about a quarter inch thick which I can carve with a knife". He went into the back of the shop and came out with an irregularly shaped piece of dark blue plastic left over from a project which he gave to me! It was used for several scratch built hulls and for many "bottom plates" as you describe. When I start a project the first thing I do is to cut the plate and carve/sand it to fit the kit hull, then fix it to the new base and use it to form the Liquitex gel medium around to make the water (after lightly rubbing it with vaseline). By the time I'm ready to attach it to the hull the gel is dried and the plate comes out easily.
If you are doing a waterline model on a seascape base, do you make a "riser" conforming to the hull shape to get the model high enough to sculpt the sea? Seems to me adding anything other than a layer of paint to the base would make the model look way to low in the water. Comments please?
SteelNavy.Com Home Page