Seaorama - well I created this word for convenience :) I mean water dioramas for ships.
This is the Heller Nina kit, that I build in 1980. Then I gave it to my great-grandmother as a present.
Eventually I got it back when she died ... when You do modelling for such a long time, many personal stories
come along with Your models.
Looks great? It is utterly simple!
- take old cardboard or thin wood plate, whatever You like. It can be waste material, they are
the ground for waves made of gipsum
- make a ship form hole in the ground to fit the model in. Set the model into the hole, but cover it with plastic foil,
to cover it from the coming gypsum
- model Your own waves in gypsum; then remove the model from the ground, now comes fine modelling and painting.
- try to add some small white floam flakes, to model spindrift on the highest waves.
- paint the modelled surface with sea-like deep blue oil color (but not the "spindrift")
- paint the surface once more with nyances of brighter blue, green and white (for the "spindrift").
- Cover it all with glossy Water Effect: make a rough coat, literally touch it with Your fingers to make small wave structures when You lift the fingers
And that is all about it :)
It is actually so simple that I build a second one for my Heller Gorch Fock
Well, the model is yet to be repaired ...