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Making a Calm Sea Water-base

time for water...

Tape off the frame and the cut-out for the model's hull and apply regular, transparent Silicone from the hardware store. In the following you need to proceed quickly, because after some 10 minutes the Silicone starts setting up, impeding your efforts. The silicone is spread out to create a layer 2 to a maximum of 3mm thick.

As you work the silicone, you will feel that it begins sticking to everything and being easily pulled up into long strands as you smooth it out... That certainly doesnít do! To create an even surface, you will need to apply diluted acetic acid. (Wear eye protection and do not overly try to inhale it, itís not really healthy!).

Where ever the acid touches the silicone it will not stick any longer....you can use your fingertips to smooth over the surface and remove the pulled up strands. Since this process has to be done quickly I didnít have time to work and take photos simultaneously..30 minutes later you can remove the tapes and make a dry fit test.

About the Author

About Guido Hopp (Tailor)

Too old to be young. Too young to be old. Happily married, one son. Living just North of the German Ruhr area . Trying to concentrate on ship models, but having way too many soft spots for other fields of interest. Please remember: Vee Jermans hef no sense of humor (at least Dave of WEM says so) ...


very good to see how someone else might tackle this subject, and very well explained, and executed by Guido. Thank you. Peter F
APR 08, 2010 - 01:36 AM
Very well done and illustrated, this is an instant bookmark! Thanks for taking the time to put this together; will add it to my list of water-bases to try! cheers
APR 12, 2010 - 02:04 AM
Nice walk trough - thanks, lots of inspiration. Cheers/Jan
APR 12, 2010 - 03:27 AM