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warren bruhn Inactive Member07 Dec 2012 6:25 p.m. PST

Getting geared up for my big Great War naval project, I checked my inventory of hand cut and sanded 1/8 inch basswood bases that I was working on about 4 years ago. Figured I needed a few more bases, but didn't want to do more sawing and sanding, so took a look at Litko's website to see how much it would cost me to have their precision lasers do the work for me in 3mm plywood.

Noticed there were a lot more standard sizes available. Pretty affordable too. But I still was playing around with custom base sizes because I'm fitting the bases to individual classes across multiple WW1 navies. Decided to click on other materials from the custom basing function, and was taken aback by the large number of accylic colors available, both solid and transparent, including clear, transparent blue, and transparent light blue.

For a moment, I was stupefied by the option of basing the rest of my ships, including hundreds of destroyers and torpedo boats on transparent light blue, potentially saving many hours of base painting. For a moment, I was paralysed by the available choices.

Then I came back to reality. After all, I had already laboriously hand cut and sanded hundreds of wood bases for this project, had already based a lot of my ships on wood, and have the equivalent of buckets of various shades of blue paint in little craft paint bottles.

Nevertheless, I am awestruck by the basing options now available from Litko.

WeeSparky07 Dec 2012 8:23 p.m. PST

So, you are waiting until next week then, and placing a second order?

Mr Elmo08 Dec 2012 5:03 a.m. PST

Now here's a question: Can you get the blue acrylic bases etched with custom lettering? Like, say a ship name?

warren bruhn Inactive Member08 Dec 2012 10:55 a.m. PST

Actually, it's taking me more than a week to figure out what I'm going to order from Litko for the first time. Have to root around in my mountain of unpainted 1:2400 ships and measure them all first. But at least I'm no longer going to the hobby store to get basswood strips and cutting them up with exacto knife and saw and sanding them with a metal nail file.

Considering the holes and etching that Litko is doing for airplane bases, etching wakes and bow waves, as with the Old Glory bases, is probably not far behind. Don't know about names, but eventually naval bases might include dolphins, sharks, sea gulls, flying fish, and mermaids!

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