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Creating Water From Foil

Step 10…
Now it's time to get the offset color. For many of my bases, I use Reaper Deep Ocean water based acrylic. Water down some drops of the paint and apply to the foil in patches.

After this wash of the offset color, dry brush some of the same color (uncut) into areas where the water is higher and not as deep, such as the wake and bow waves.

If the water has a matte appearance that you don't like, put on some gloss varnish at this point.

Step 11…

After the offset color dries, pour out some white glue onto a scrap piece of paper. It should be enough to cover the bottom of the ship's hull with some left over. Add a few drops of the offset color to the glue.

It's okay that the mixture looks light. It's because the white glue's color. However, when the white glue dries clear, the offset color will be true. The reason for using this mixture instead of the usual colored gel idea will be explained in an upcoming step.

Step 12…

Apply the mixture to the bottom of the hull. Place the ship onto the base and press down so that some of the mixture oozes out. Use a toothpick to guide the mixture alongside the hull. Use the leftover mixture to add some more height to the high points of the ship's wake. After the mixture dries, this will all blend in nicely.

Note: If your hull is heavy and you have had to use pins to help secure it to the base, use some epoxy in the pin areas, but the glue mixture everywhere else.
The mixture has dried...

If there are any gaps or bubbles, just make some more mixture and use a toothpick to apply to the trouble spots.

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