Creating Water From Foil
Step 4…Make sure your base has a little bit of texture for the glue to have something to grab. Most wood bases will be fine, even if they're varnished. However, something like plastic may have to be "roughed up" a little with sand paper at first. When your base is prepared, spread white glue over the surface.
Step 5…Lay the foil down on the base and while the glue is still soft and malleable underneath, place your hull where you want it to go. Press down very hard on the hull so that it leaves an imprint in the foil. This is why you didn't want to have the model done before this as there's the risk of breaking something. The reason for pressing the hull into the foil for the imprint is because ships don't ride above the water at their waterline point. If there's any chop in the water, it will raise slightly above the waterline-- so you want your hull to be slightly lower than the surrounding foil waves (more if your water is very ferocious).
Step 6…With the indentation from the hull as a guide, use the back of your fingernail (or any small burnishing tool), to press down the area of the foil that the hull covers. You don't want it to be perfectly smooth, as the foil texture gives something for the glue to grab to, but enough for the hull to "sink" into. Also, use this opportunity to study your research as to what kind of wake pattern your ship causes. Then, use the back of your fingernail to "sketch" this pattern into your water. Depending on your water conditions, the water ahead of the ship may be rougher or calmer than what the ship leaves behind.
At this point, you can still modify your overall chop a little, by pressing down on various areas of the foil to "calm" the waters... Also be sure the corners of your foil are glued down nice and solid-- if not, you can put some white glue on a toothpick and slide it under the edges of the foil to help make them secure.
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