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tizdaz

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Re: Waterline marking?
« Reply #25 on: July 12, 2022, 01:29:49 am »

It might be worth looking at Cornwall Model Boats site. They advertise two markers at between 10-11. I bought an Amati marker which works fine.


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this is the one i went with, seems very solid & long enough to do my 2 waterlines, not used it yet as not got around to painting the hull...but will be shortly!! :)
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Re: Waterline marking?
« Reply #26 on: July 12, 2022, 07:45:44 am »

Hi One and All
I think I must have used most of the ways to put a water line onto our models,
1  Mark 1 eyeball
2  Talcum powder on the water
3  Pencil on a block/manufactured pencil marker
4  Chalk line
5  Laser
The only ones that has not be confined to the back of the workshop is the mark one eyeball - talcum powder & time, using all three I now get a water line that I am happy with.


The moral of my story is If it works for you it may not work for others, so just do what you think is right for you.

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Re: Waterline marking?
« Reply #27 on: August 21, 2022, 02:34:35 pm »

I use a laser level on a camera stand.


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Amazon.com : laser level


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Re: Waterline marking?
« Reply #28 on: August 21, 2022, 09:06:46 pm »

Another tip I've found very helpful (from Brian King I think) - when you mask the waterline, first mask to the wrong side of the line. Then play with the tape line (remove, reapply etc) until you're happy it's spot on. Finally apply your masking tape on the correct side, using the existing tape as a guide, and then remove the 'guide' tape.


The advantage of this is that it's much easier to lay tape accurately against the tape edge than a pencil line, and also you're using a fresh piece of tape to get a sharper edge.
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Re: Waterline marking?
« Reply #29 on: August 21, 2022, 10:49:23 pm »




  Sometimes it may be that the water line mark does not remain at water level. On the Chimaera the line rises towards the bow , probably purely for aesthetic reasons so pencils on blocks of wood and lasers won't work. I find it best to mark 3 or 4 datum points where the line lays on the hull and then lay a flexible batten through the points and draw with a pencil.


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Re: Waterline marking?
« Reply #30 on: August 22, 2022, 06:41:15 am »

Agreed - this is often the case on RN ships in WW2, the waterline (boot topping) rises slightly at the bow. Sometimes if you have the line dead straight it looks like it is bending downwards at the bow, I guess this is an optical illusion due to the hull contour.
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Re: Waterline marking?
« Reply #31 on: August 22, 2022, 06:19:47 pm »

Hi Tizdaz


Bought this one from Hobbies  https://www.hobbies.co.uk/hobbyzone-waterline-marker  Just 7.95 + P & P




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Re: Marking a Waterline
« Reply #32 on: December 29, 2023, 03:36:19 am »


Saw this on Facebook ....

 



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