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Mirrored bases, with a slight twist




Submitted By:

Ward Shrake


At model contests I've noted that some folks like to use small craft or household mirrors as bases. This helps to show off any detailing normally hidden underneath a model. A variation of this would be to use mirrored or tinted film sheets (made for home and automobile window use) stuck to the back of thin clear plastic sheets. It may not be a perfect "front surface mirror" effect, but it will be much better than the misaligned double-images you get with any standard "rear surface" mirrors. (Since they have two reflective surfaces, competing in a sense.)

This method also allows more creativity. For instance, you can stencil-cut sections of various film colors, and mix the colors to make TV show logos patterned into the mirrors. Or you can print a design onto the rear side of the clear plastic sheet, then add the window film to it. You will then be looking through the clear plastic, through the ink or toner printed on it, to the mirrored tint film under it.

One possible application for something like this would be to make a polished and reflective black floor, such as those found in the "Death Star" in the Star Wars movies. (Use black mirror tint film, with "panel lines" printed or cut into the clear plastic sheet.) You would end up with a really nice "show" base for a captured Millineum Falcon model, that would also fit the Star Wars theme very well. Or it'd be a great way to display any TIE Fighter model.

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