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Okay, so time for a new project.

Last year my wife and I bought some Keelber brand Waffle cones at the grocery store. When I opened the packaging I discovered some sort on fancy foam carton-thingy designed to keep the cones from rattling around and breaking during shipment. My observant wife immediately pointed out, “They look like boats.”

Insert light bulb going off over my head.

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She was exactly right. One half of the packaging looked very much like molds for ship hulls.

It didn’t take me much time to round up some plaster and pour the ‘molds’. Because the two hulls were joined at the hip so to speak along one edge I decided to make a larger catamaran style ship that first time out.

This was the end result after several weeks of fiddling with it.

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Probably my favorite ship I’ve sculpted to date (and the center piece to the Port of Chaos™).

But I’ve always wanted to go back and refuse those ‘molds’ and do a couple of single hull ships. So that’s my new project. I will post step by step working progress pics here for anyone interested in following along. If you’re interested is seeing the building stages of the ship above, let me know. I can post them at some point as well.

Step 1: Pouring the Hulls.

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Nothing special about pouring the hulls. Just mix up some plaster (or in this case hydrostone) and let it set.

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Twenty minutes later I ended up with two of these. Looks like an inverted ship hull, eh? Now the one thing I didn’t like was that providence just under the prow. On the cataraman up above I used sculpey to build that area up and bring a smooth hull in up all the way to prow.

That worked great but resulted in a much fatter prow. For these boats I’m looking for sleeker lines — possibly elvish ships (not sure yet). So I decided to remove material rather than add it. That was easily accomplished with a Dremel and a drum stander bit.

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Here’s the result. The hull in the background has been filed down – the one in front hasn’t (yet).

 

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Here’s a shot of the new hull with a mini on it for scale and sitting next to one of my larger voyager canoes. Not too shabby for a quick and dirty hull form.

And that’s exactly what this is intended as — a form for me to apply Sculpy to and transform it into a ship.

Next step I’ll show you how I go about that.

 

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