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Making a Water Base, Step-by-Step

Bow and stern wakes. . .

While your splash waves are drying, squeeze out some latex caulk on a piece of cardboard and grab an old paint brush. Wet the paint brush with water and start to apply latex caulk along the hull to make your wakes. (Photo 23 & 24) If you get some caulking on the ship where you don’t want it, clean your brush, dip it in some water and brush away the excess caulk. Trust me, it works.
After all your waves and wakes are dry and you have blended them into the rest of the water, apply a good coat of Future (Kleer) floor polish. Continue to apply Future until you are satisfied with the gloss coat.

Hopefully this is a simple technique that you can use to proudly display your next waterline ship model!

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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