1/35 Scale PBR 31 Mk II: This kit is produced by Tamiya Models of Japan. The water base is sold by Kirin Models of Hong Kong and is currently out of production. How I made the bullets hitting water was by painting a sewing needle white, and while the paint was still wet, I wrapped a wisp of cotton around the needle. When the paint dried, I pulled the cotton up and presto, just stick it in your water scene. Use various size needles to "walk the bullets in".
This project started out as an experiment to see if I could accurately reproduce the rounded bar armor that surrounds the Mark 48 turret commonly found on ASPBs and Program 5 Riverine Craft. The result was remarkably successful so I decided to mount my turrets on a Program 5 Zippo. This boat was donated to the Mobile Riverine Force Association (MRFA).
One of my first Riverine projects was this water line Monitor experimenting with various methods to construct the hull. This Monitors hull was made by sculpting Styrofoam and covering with heavy stock paper, then adding scale brass model railroad gates for the bar armor. The water effect is brown construction paper covered with cellophane plastic wrap.
"Smallest flat-top in the world" This 1/35th scale model ATC(H) was scratch built using polystyrene.
Program 4, Armored Troop Carrier "Rag-Top" the workhorse of the riverine fleet. This 1/35th scale model was completely scratch built using plastic styrene.
Several years ago I scratch built the famous scene of ASPB 92-7 sinking.