One note Bob..plasticine doesn't dry and remains soft and maliable. Are you relying on the cured paint to keep it at bay and the protective case to retain marauding hands?shipbuilder said:If you look on the right hand side of the home page here on Ships of Scale, all the information on the display case and sea is contained in the letter Digest, Spring 2013!
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Interesting...you melt the foam and manipulate it into the water shape. How do you account for the ship? Is it cut in later?shipbuilder said:The case does protect it of course. And over a number of years it does, in fact, go hard!
I discovered this when someone brought a model that I had built 25 years ago for repair as they had dropped something on it and broken the glass case. I couldn't resist poking the sea and it was quite hard!
I have since abandoned using plasticine as it is not the quality it once was. The Lord Ripon's sea is 1/2 inch thick white polystrene foam (the crumbly type they use for packing). I shape it with a gas blowtorch with the air intake turned off so that the flame is more like a candle flame. I then paint the top with white wood glue and press crepe paper over it. After it dries, I give it a primer coat of grey matt (aerosol can) before it is painted.
Riiiight right right......Slight heat causes the foam to slump and disfigure(crests and troughs)....then you apply the Crepe(Tissue) paper to cover the irregular surface and basically smooth it out. Afte you glue and paint..do you seal with some kind of gloss to give the water depth?shipbuilder said:I don't actually melt it. Sweeping the flame across the surface very quickly cases it to sink in very easily. It is only shaped with the flame, nothing else! After the crepe paper has been stuck on top, a hole can be cut for the ship with a sharp scalpel. I always fit the hull when it is in it's early stages, unpainted and with no deck fittings.
Outstanding! I'm gonna try both methods.shipbuilder said:Correct!
The foam seas look different and I do prefer them, but they are harder to paint apparently. The best sea we ever made was for the Donna Francisca model!
It was made from plasticine!