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Creating Water From Foil

Step 7…
Mask the parts of your base that you don't want painted with tape. Spray primer on the foil (the following image depicts the base turned around to better catch the light for the photo of the waves).

Step 8…
The primer has revealed some small tears in the foil.

These tears can be fixed easily with some small dabs of putty. Because water is chaotic, the putty doesn't have to be smoothed as it will blend in with the water when done. If the putty isn't the same color as the primer (as Tamiya putty is with Tamiya primer), make sure to spray a small shot of primer onto the putty.

Step 9…
It's now time to put on the base color. This doesn't have to be perfect and usually can be sprayed from a can, as long as the paint dries smooth. This base color is Testors Model Master Blue Angel Blue spray.

About the Author

About Dade W. Bell (Karybdis)

I'm a third generation modeler who builds a little of everything (mostly Japanese)- all while being a 45 year old hermit who lives a happy, simple life, with my fiancée (author Jaclyn Dolamore) and three cats. My father was an MM3 aboard the USS Saratoga (CVA-60), my grandfather was in one of the...


FEB 22, 2009 - 03:13 AM
Looks a heck of a lot easier, safer, and cheaper than resin. I may have to try that with the pibber build I'm doing. Thanks for the heads up Jim!!
FEB 22, 2009 - 05:24 AM
Nice technique and nicely presented. I think I might just ahve to give this a try! (after about a bazallion models on the ways already)
FEB 27, 2009 - 11:59 AM
If anyone knows, does the foil keep its shape better after all the paint, glue, and clearcoats are applied or will you just have to be very gentle with the display from that point onward?
DEC 18, 2011 - 09:34 AM
What a great idea Jim, As Ed said,looks a lot easier than the resin and everything else I've tried. Thanks Tom
DEC 19, 2011 - 11:07 AM