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ianprice

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Here is my first ship, first 1/700 and first sea diorama.  HMS Illustrious by Dragon (Revell) in 1/700.  

The base is made from chipboard, the cheapest decorators filler I could find from B&Q (in the UK) and cheap acrylic paint which was varnished.  I also used a decal set from WEM for the pennant numbers and the big "L" at the stern was made from a "D" off an old 1/72 decal sheet from an aircraft kit.

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Really nice Ian, the ship looks fantastic and you have really got a beautiful sense of movement on the water, how big is the model in 1/700 ?

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The ship itself is approx 30cm long and the whole thing in 50cm in length.  Here is a photo with a match on the flight deck to give you the idea of scale.

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I hope this helps Pete.

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Wow ! Those aircraft are tiny, the match just makes the whole thing even more impressive, I'm amazed at how you managed to paint everything so neatly at that scale

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How did you keep the water from leaking out of the base.....wait a minute..... is that water real or not?   Truly amazing sea diorama.  The water and is absolutely incredible.
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Looks amazing!![eek] Love the water effects. I would have thought you've done sea dios before by the looks of it. Would love to know your process
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Thanks guys for the kind comments and Neil this is how I did it.

I assembled the hull and then cut to the waterline using a razor saw.  The hull is approx 30cm long so I cut a length of chipboard (from B&Q don't use MDF) to 50cm and edged the chipboard (which was 15mm thick) with pine trim 18mm wide allowing a bit of a lip for the filler.  I put some Frog masking tape around the hull to protect it and placed the hull on the base roughly in the middle.  Then I started adding filler (made by Diall from B&Q a UK DIY store) to the base using a pallet knife to build the waves.

 

Once you have a rough wave(s) shape I then used a cheap large artists brush with white stiff bristles (the type we used in junior school for painting all them years ago) and I damped the bush with a little water & brushed the filler in the direction I wanted the waves to go also to take out any knife marks and round off the waves.  As the filler starts to dry it gets easier the form the wave curls.  When I was happy I lifted the hull out of the filler before it dries and tidied up the edges where the hull had been.  I then removed the tape from the hull.

 

I gave the filler a good few days to dry allowing me time to build the kit.  Once the filler has dried it shrinks a bit and I found that the hole for the hull has enlarged a bit but don't worry.  Using cheap acrylic paint from tubes (bought from The Works a discount book chain and Sainsburys a UK department store) I mixed until I got the colour blue I wanted and then using the same brush as before applied it to the filler thinning as required with water.  The filler takes the paint quite well but in some areas you might have to work it in.

 

Once all the base is painted including the hole for the hull and before it is completely dried I started painting using white paint for the wave crests in a dry brushing kind of way if you know what I mean.  Once I had the required effect I left it to dry for a day or two then varnished it using Humbrol Clear.  When that was dry and my model was finished I added a little filler in the hole for the hull and the pushed the finished model in the hole.  The filler then fills the gap around the hull and sticks the model to the base.  Before the filler dried  I was able to shape the excess filler around the hull for the hull wave.  I left over night for the filler to dry and the following day I filled any cracks or air holes around the hull.  When dry I started to paint the hull wave the same dark blue as the base but I did not go right up to the hull I left about a 2mm gap all around.  After that I lightened the base blue with white I painted the hull wave a bit closer to the hull.  Then using white neat I painted the crests of the hull waves but I didn't paint right up to the hull.  I was left with I thin irregular line of unpainted white filler to act as the white foam you get around the hull of a ship and gives I think the effect of movement if you know what I mean.

 

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I then sprayed the base with varnish again.  The reason why I said don't use MDF is because I tried it and found it draws up too much moisture from the filler and bends.  The cost of the base was approx £3 to £4, the reason I kept the cost down was because this was a first attempt at a sea diorama.  It proves you don't have to break the bank and it also if was great fun!


I hope this helps.

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Awesome job[thumb][thumb][thumb][thumb]
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Nice Ian Thanks for the info. I've never done a water Dio before when I do I hope it turns out as well as yours!!. Next time you do one can you do a step by step for us?
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Ian,
your FIRST ship model and water diorama and you knocked it out of the park! what a great build/finish. the size of the kit parts vs that decal on the helos is incredible. more please! and a special thanks for detailing how you built the base.did I mention that your pictures are top notch? YEP!

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Thanks guys for the kind comments which are most appreciated as always.  

The sea I found was quite easy to do and I am no artist, but as I have say before it is cheap to do.  I wish I could say the same about the ship.  The hull had a bad twist on one half of the hull, the flight deck lines were all raised and had to be sanded down then I resubscribed them so I would find it easier to find to mask and spray.  The radar grill is photo etch and has 7 parts which are tiny, there was a fair bit of masking around the deck and you have to be extra careful how you pick the model up.  All in all what I am saying is my hat goes off to all ship modellers.

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Hello Ian,

Just seen this.

WOW great work,especially impressive once the scale of the model is highlighted with the match and the base is great too.

Very,very nice.

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Great work Ian...I have a sub to do at some point and so thanks for the how too on the water diorama.

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Thanks again for the comments guys.  The next time I do a sea diorama I will take photos of the build.


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