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Making a Water Base, a l Fulgoney

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"Crew-mate Peter Fulgoney shows us his step-by-step method of how he creates his amazing water bases in this MSW Feature!"

I've always marveled at Mr. Fulgoney's water bases, the look, ambience, and overall general feeling that you get when examining one of his builds...Peter graciously accepted my invitation to show us how he creates these displays, and a big thank you from all of us at MSW for his efforts!

the method...
1. Artist's paper - look closely and you can see the slight ripple on the surface, great for 1:700 water.

2. The famous Ikea glass shelf - this means that I can put the finished build straight into the display cabinet.

3. And so, the outline of the glass is traced off, and the page is cut to fit...

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About peter fulgoney (peterf)


A gentleman's feature, indeed! Thanks for sharing your method, Peter! It's always good to have other perspectives, and yours is another great input! Thank you also to Mark, for gathering the info and making another grand water related feature - it seems that almost every modeler has is own preferred method (more comfortable, more to his own taste) as we already have seen with Dade's foil method (another feature I expect). As a foot note: I have seen Peter results live and they are excellent! Rui
OCT 03, 2008 - 03:38 AM
That's some great stuff there! Thanks to Peter for the process and to Mark for the creation of the feature.
OCT 03, 2008 - 04:19 AM
Yeah baby, you and me H...couldn't wait before, NOW I really can't wait! C-ya in Columbus, Mr. Abbott........
OCT 03, 2008 - 05:44 AM
Truly beautiful work. Some of the best calm water I've seen, particularly for 1:700 scale! --Karl On the ways: 1:350 Nevada & Arizona 1:125 New Orleans Fitting out: 1:350 SMS Kaiser Sea trials: 1:350 SMS Kronprinz
OCT 03, 2008 - 06:32 AM
just gorgeous... and a great tutorial Thanks for sharing, bookmarked!
OCT 06, 2008 - 05:49 AM
Thank you for your kind wishes, gentlemen, and of course Jim Baumann who got me started on this method. The next stage then is to develop all of this and see what other effects you can come up with - keep modelling! Hi, Harry, I've found a good plastic foam box to put the build in, and the nearest DHL. I need to photograph them one more time and then they will come home. Cheers, Peter F
OCT 06, 2008 - 08:04 PM
wow, le la Fulgoney is indeed grande cuisine! Now I will really look very closely at your methods -not only last week did some *modelship* guy found a solution to one of my *figs* problem, which means that whatever the scale, whatever the theme, a good tip is a good tip -especially when it's really very well done, explained and photographed, par monsieur Fulgoney
OCT 07, 2008 - 12:25 AM
Merci bien, monsieur JBA, je suis tres content que le method est bon pour vous! Peter F
OCT 08, 2008 - 08:26 PM
Hello gents, I take it that "PVA" is a clear drying adhesive of some sort. Does anyone know of a US equivalent ? Thanks
FEB 28, 2009 - 07:40 PM
Elmers Glue is the first one that comes to my mind, I'm sure there are other brands and products that also could be called PVA, or contain PVA. As Elmers is a mix of PVA-Polyvinyl alcohol and PVA- polyvinyl acetate. Nice article Peter.
MAR 01, 2009 - 05:58 AM