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Making a Water Base, Step-by-Step

Attaching the water splashes and ship. . .

Using a drill bit the same size as the armature, drill a hole through the caulk and the wood base. Insert the splash through the whole, cut the armature flush with the base bottom and super glue into place. (Photo 19) After your splashes are glued in, attach the ship to the base using super glue. (Photo 18) If the caulk gets displaced, don’t worry. Carefully work it back in to place with a q-tip.

Working with the water splashes. . .

Take your silicone caulk and squeeze out a small amount around the splash. (Photo 20) Using your scrap piece of wood, work the silicone away from the splash in a circle, mimicking a wave. (Photo 21 and 22)
  • "Photo 18"
  • "Photo 21"
    "Photo 21"
  • "Photo 22"
    "Photo 22"

About the Author

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