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This is an interesting concept...
 
http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/06/sheets-of-glass-cut-into-layered-ocean-waves-by-ben-young/
 
Figure Painting Magazine shared the link on Facebook. Thanks for the idea, Shane.

 

Excerpt from article:
 

Self-taught artist Ben Young is a man of many exceptional talents from surfing and skateboarding to repairing furniture and working full-time as a qualified boat builder. He’s also spent the last decade exploring the art of sculpting with glass, an endeavor that’s become increasingly rewarding as galleries and collectors have started to take notice.

 

My takeaway on this concept ... using sheets of plastic in a similar manner to make a water topped plinth.  Tape the sheets together exposing the watery side and using a dremel or similar tool create a water-like rough edge, then using the opposite end attach them to a block or something.  Pour resin around the bottom of the assembled sheets.  Or just drill holes for bolts to make it steampunkish.
 
With some colored plastic sheets mixed in you can add colors or dimensional shapes like a flat fish or some currents and swells.

 
Example from site:
 
Beacon_1.jpg

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There are a variety of techniques out there to do this. Check out forums where the naval military modelers hangout.

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There are a variety of techniques out there to do this. Check out forums where the naval military modelers hangout.

 

I am sure you are correct and I love looking for alternate techniques to achieve any type of effect.  The article about Ben's technique came across my Facebook and I was intrigued and inspired by his process.

 

I've actually just recently checked out a few naval modeler sites ... my grandfather's ship, the USS Drexler (DD-741), launched 70 years ago in 1944, so I was checking for kits and such ... and those modelers are more nuts for details than I will ever be and I am pretty bad.

 

If you can point me at some sites where you've seen similar techniques that would be cool.  And if that site might also have ships for sale at "reasonable" prices I'd appreciate it.  Was going to find a model of the class of the ship for my mother.  With the 70th anniversary of the ship being launched this year and my grandfather's 95th birthday would have been next month so I was looking for something special.  However, specific ships are way to pricey.

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I can't dive into it from work. Shepp Payne has an example of one technique in his diorama book from kalmbach though.

Naval models are not my strongpoint. I know that there are some kits of of the Sumner class destroyer in both 1/700 scale and 1/350 scale. If she was built in 1944 she would have the late model bridge.

The Drexler is an Allen M Sumner class destroyer named after a medal of honor recepient. I know that there are some folks that do custom builds but I doubt they would fall into a reasonable price point, worth a shot though.

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I can't dive into it from work. Shepp Payne has an example of one technique in his diorama book from kalmbach though.

Naval models are not my strongpoint. I know that there are some kits of of the Sumner class destroyer in both 1/700 scale and 1/350 scale. If she was built in 1944 she would have the late model bridge.

The Drexler is an Allen M Sumner class destroyer named after a medal of honor recepient. I know that there are some folks that do customn builds but I doubt they would fall into a reasonable price point, worth a shot though.

 

Thanks.  I'll look up Shepp Payne later when I get a moment.

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I would love some links Heisler when you have the time... and I will have to revisit Payne's book because I don't remember this kind of technique there!

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I suspect that was done on the bottom edges. Have a look at the slope of some of the underwater terrain.

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Example from site:

 

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Does the underwater terrain physically line up with the above water rocks? Is refraction causing the underwater terrain to appear this far removed from the rock above the waves?

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My guess would be yes since the shear number of glass to glass transitions causing the distortion.

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I am pretty sure that is the case. Difraction through that many layers... ninja'ed by Bonwirm!  :ph34r:  :blush:

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Amazing. I wonder if you could hone/taper the edge of some plexi for a softer wave look?

Should be pretty easy to do with a dremel and a fine sanding/grinding bit.

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If the layers are parallel (as here), there wouldn't be a discernable difference in diffraction between one thick piece of glass and many thin pieces of glass, especially since most of those boundaries aren't glass/air, but are glass/glass.

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