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A Simple Ocean Effect...

Step 6: Finishing the Display Base
My displays consist of mounting the IMEX display caseís base to an oak board that has been cut to size, routered, stained and protected with a polyurethane finish coat.

I also apply felt to the bottom of the base. I use STICK-IT-FELTís Stiffened Adhesive Backed Felt that I obtain from HOBBY LOBBY. I like this type of felt because it has a ridged, adhesive backing and its cuts easily without stretching or fraying.

Just cut the felt sheets to size, peel away the paper backing and position it on the board and press down on it to adhere it permanently. Most often, you will need to apply more than one piece of felt to cover the entire bottom of the display board. The edges of this ridged felt allow for tight and almost invisible seams between the separate pieces of felt.










With an epoxy glue and clamps, I attach the completed display case base to the prepared oak display board. I have found that the more glue the better, here. In my first attempts, I used thin coats of the epoxy and the display case later detached from the oak base. I havenít had this problem since being more liberal with the epoxy in this step.










After the epoxy has set up, but not necessarily cured completely, I remove the clamps and allow the epoxy to fully cure without them.

With the display case cover in place and the nameplate attached, my model is now ready for its new home in my display cabinet.










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About the Author

About Carl Musselman (CarlOmaha)
FROM: NEBRASKA, UNITED STATES

I just got back into building models in November 2007. Ships, this time. It has been about 8 years since I was actively modeling. Since I was a kid, I have built cars, planes, armor, ships, submarines, and wooden ship models. I am currently building a collection of 1/700 post WWII/Modern USN surf...


Comments

Bjorn, You have a great technique! Very convincing! I like it. Forget my technique if you have mastered your own. Rui, I'll see about taking an overhead view of "BROACH!!" Do both of you use artist's oil paints? Model enamel or acrylic? I have dabbled in landscape painting on canvas in the past. A wet on wet technique with blending of colors. It just takes forever to dry. I'll have to take a day and spend it on practice painting the top surfaces of the scrap pieces of OEP that I have and the Plastruct examples.
OCT 22, 2008 - 04:23 PM
Hi Karl My wet on wet, on my latest models, I have been doing it with acrylics - and so far, I haven't used artists oils... they surely take a long time to dry, but when I use them the effect is rewarding (mainly on decks and shadings) Thanks Rui
OCT 23, 2008 - 12:59 AM
Here are the reqeusted overhead shots. I hope that you can make out the black shadow of the under water hull.
OCT 23, 2008 - 02:21 AM
Hi Carl! Thanks for posting the "Broach" dio! It surely is convincing and a way of making a out of the ordinary dio, using just the sub tower and periscopes / antennas Thank you for indulging me Rui PS: Can we have a MOD on the "Broach"?
OCT 23, 2008 - 04:44 AM
Carl, I've found some material at Lowe's that is used to cover windows. It's about a foot wide and 9 feet long roll of think vinyl. It maybe your alternative to the OEP. Kenny
OCT 23, 2008 - 04:50 AM
Thanks for your comments, guys! This is my first attempt, so I haven't chosen my "standard method" yet (albeit that I'm rather pleased with this attempt)! I've used "easy to work with" Acrylic paints and rather big, round brushes. This evening, I've cooled down the effects a little (it is easy to go overboard!) and added more white to the wake. Now it is time to wet the hole thing down with some glossy coats. Cheers! // PolarBear!
OCT 23, 2008 - 08:16 AM
Don't forget to show us your finishing touches, Bjorn! Kenny, I'll check out the Lowe's stuff. What department will I find it in?
OCT 23, 2008 - 10:52 AM
I now have samples of PLASTRUCT's "Agitated", "Choppy", and "Stormy" water sheets. None of them, I find, have the same convincing effect as the TAMIYA OEP because they're not as thick. The PLASTRUCT sheets still just look like colored textured plastic when painted from underneath. I have even attempt painting just the base and putting the sheets over the top without painting them. Yuck! In my practice for painting atop the OEP and the Plastruct sheets, I'll post some examples. I don't know when that will be. Maybe this weekend.
OCT 23, 2008 - 10:58 AM
I'll keep you posted, Carl. I'm building the Kirov for the Cruisers campaign. I've started adding some gloss to the surface. I couldn't help doing some basic "photoshopping", just to see how it would turn out.. Cheers! // PolarBear
OCT 23, 2008 - 12:07 PM
I think it was with the blinds and window treatments. Kenny
OCT 23, 2008 - 02:42 PM