The time has come to prepare the base while the model is still fairly robust and before any delicate details are added. The waterline was marked on the model as a first move. Normally I would cut out the waterline shape out from a piece of water colour paper at this stage for the already water-lined hull to sit in. However as this model is full hull, and a catamaran, I decided to leave the hulls complete and provide a deeper location to get the “sit” of the model right. The plan is to show her leaving harbour in a flat calm on the Black Sea with the propeller brackets at the stern raised out of the water.
The hull shape was cut out of a piece of MDF, and then watercolour paper was used for the calm water. The hole in the base was filled with Milliput and the hull (wrapped in cling film) was pressed into it down to the marked waterline while the Milliput was still soft.