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Michael Morris

Looking for advice on seascape dioramas?

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Amongst twenty billion other projects, I'm looking at modelling a series of dioramas of different spacecraft landing/splashing down in 1/72 scale.  This would include splashdown dioramas for Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and eventually the new Dragon spacecraft.    I've never tried to model a seascape before.  What is the best way of modelling a seascape in 1/72 scale?

 

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watch some youtubes and practice first. I think of all modeling, creating water is the most uncomfortable while it's happening, yet 12 hours later when you see it dried and from a bit away, it looks fine.

 

tons of videos out there to gain inspiration.

 

http://www.terranscapes.com/oceanboards

 

 

 

 

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Er... it may seem an odd thing to say, but there ARE seascape dioramas and vignettes on Britmodeller. Some have WIPs if you want to take the time to search for them. I don't have the time, but here are two very nice patches of water....

 

 

 

 

Good luck.

Rearguards,

Badder

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On 07/01/2020 at 13:37, Michael Morris said:

Amongst twenty billion other projects, I'm looking at modelling a series of dioramas of different spacecraft landing/splashing down in 1/72 scale.  This would include splashdown dioramas for Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and eventually the new Dragon spacecraft.    I've never tried to model a seascape before.  What is the best way of modelling a seascape in 1/72 scale?

 

Thanks

Depends. If you want to see under the water at all then resin but it sets flat so there is more work involved to get wave crests etc but for 1/72 that may not be too hard. Otherwise if you want a real rolling sea I'd look at clay then add toilet tissue on top with pva then just paint it the relevant sea colours. I've done both recently and found each entertaining with different finishes. If you want more info feel free to ask. 

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If you want a splash-down, they were in (relativly) calm weather.  You could go with the water resins linked above ... or, do what I did and use acrylic gels & paints + soft-toy stuffing.


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Take a look at some ship modelling sites (that's where I started looking) ...

 

Jim Baumann is a master of sea modelling - several approaches here: http://www.shipmodels.info/mws_forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=155661 - don't be phased 'cause he's working in a smaller scale, his techniques work in 1/72 and 1/48 scales.

 

I made my own variation...

 

Your base should be easy to work with.  Wooden bases are fine.
I prefer expanded polystyrene stiffened with plaster bandage (lighter, and I can use my normal tools).

There is a trick to make the bandage easy.  Lay the dry bandage on the surface and, when you are happy, spray with water ... I use a plant spray ... then, gently use your fingers to spread and smooth the wet plaster.  (Don't move the bandage.) One layer of bandage on top and one on the bottom is enough - wrap up the sides.  Don't forget to leave space for your model to rest in the 'sea'.

 

Main colours I used were phthalo blue* for a duller day + phthalo green and white plus a little yellow iron oxide.   All artists' quality.  (Take a look at the Baumann approach)

My base was undercoated in burnt sienna, but I'd suggest most people start with black.

 

Layers of acrylic gel (for texture) and thin layers of paint** (for colour) helped build up the movement.  I wound up wearing a nitrile glove and using my fingers to spread and stir up the acrylic gel ... gloves reduce the risk of fingerprints, and saved hand washing after.  The top layers were acrylic gel - the transparency helps the watery look.

 

My sea foam comes from the soft-toy stuffing (Baumann recomends medical cotton puffs).

 

 

HTH

 

p.s. my build log is here:

 

 

 

* Ultramarine blue is an option, giving a brighter day.

** I use sprayable artists paint, bought online - difficult for mainstream artists' materials shops to offer.

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