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alan L Supporting Member of TMP17 Jun 2017 1:02 a.m. PST

Looking for suggestions for best material for clear bases which can be easily cut to size for my 1/600 ACW river vessels which, of course, are various lengths and widths.

I am thinking of having clear bases on which I will then build up wave/wake effects around the model itself but with a bit of the clear base to allow safe handling of the model itself.

wargamer617 Jun 2017 3:19 a.m. PST

1mm Clear plasticard with clear silicon filler for the wake

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Jun 2017 4:00 a.m. PST


Try Litko's Base Maker service via this link:

Though being in the UK means higher postage, I have twice now ordered 100 custom made hexagonal 3/4" clear acrylic bases 1.5mm thick for just under $17.00 USD USD. At less than 17 cents each, this is a excellent price to pay for the advantages of such basing (in my case for 28mm RPG figures).

Following the link, you need only specify length, width, thickness of the desired medium, for however many or few you may wish, and the price will be quoted to you immediately.

As a totally satisfied customer, I cannot rate this service more highly!


Personal logo Unlucky General Supporting Member of TMP17 Jun 2017 12:52 p.m. PST


Have you considered glass? I learnt how to cut glass to size and it's simpler than I thought – you may already do this. I Supaglue my Langton ships to it and it works very well. Glass has a bit of weight and won't scratch or discolour like perspex does. I paint the foam effects around the waterline and then they look fine on any surface.

You can buy plenty of different microscope slides which is another option.

I have a few shots on my Unlucky General blog if you are interested.

Yellow Admiral17 Jun 2017 4:07 p.m. PST

I had no idea about the Litko Basemaker site. That's AWESOME!!!! Thanks TVAG!

- Ix

138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP19 Jun 2017 7:51 a.m. PST

Ix, Litko is an awesome company.

Yellow Admiral19 Jun 2017 10:41 a.m. PST

I agree. I have an embarassing amount of their stuff.

- Ix

JARROVIAN Supporting Member of TMP20 Jun 2017 12:51 a.m. PST

Alan, Try Hurlbat too, excellent bases and rotor blades, in the UK, and very amenable to one off custom sizes. Just talk to them, they're good

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