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Making a Water Base, Step-by-Step

When itís dry, take a piece of cardboard and trace the outline of the hull and cut out the shape. (Photo 13) Use the cardboard as a template to cut the caulk where you want to place your ship. I use an X-acto knife for this. After you cut the caulk, remove it from the base (photo 14). This can get messy, so be prepared. Also, donít worry if the caulk hasnít cured underneath the top layer. This will help you close up any gaps when you install the ship. (Photo 15)
Now, letís paint. I find going online and doing a Google image search as the best way to find out just what color to paint the water. I use acrylic craft paint to paint my water. (Photo 16) It will take two coats of the base color to make the water opaque. While the second coat is still damp, I will mix in a darker shade to give the water color some variation and depth. (Photo 17) Once you have your colors on, set the base aside to dry.
  • "Photo 14"
    "Photo 14"
  • "Photo 15"
    "Photo 15"
  • "Photo 16"
    "Photo 16"
  • "Photo 17"
    "Photo 17"

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About Kenny Loup (gator)

I was the kid that his dad would say "Hey, there's a war movie on." and come running. As a kid, I dived head first into military history. We would always have to stop at the USS Alabama on our way to Florida. I also got to visit the Seawolf Park and the Alamo on vacation, too. All things I want ...


Umm... not seeing anything here Mark... easy on the rum there matey
JUN 17, 2007 - 05:35 AM
Umm... not seeing anything here Mark... easy on the rum there matey[/quote] Darn html tag... Thanks for the heads up, brother Tarok!
JUN 17, 2007 - 08:26 AM
Nice technique, "yo ho ho, and a bottle of rum"
JUN 17, 2007 - 10:57 AM
Disclaimer: No bodily injuries were inflicted during the making of the wood base. Just for you Jake.
JUN 17, 2007 - 01:24 PM
Hey Kenny, excellent technique and article, I book marked as I'm hoping to do this over the summer. One question, in the last stage, making the wakes. What and how are the blended into the water. Did you smooth them in and how does the brightness of the white blend in. Thanks.. Joe
JUN 17, 2007 - 03:51 PM
Hey Joe, I got back with my paints an blend them in to the surrounding colors. When making the wakes, I wet the brush with water to blend it into the base. Hope this helps.
JUN 18, 2007 - 12:16 AM
Thanks for the info Ken. I especially like the "splash" effects. As we say in Florida, Go Gator!
JUL 09, 2007 - 01:11 PM
Thank you guys.
JUL 09, 2007 - 02:15 PM