Above is my original concept to create a flat, scaled down version of a tall ship for use in a signal flag demonstration. Below are the steps I went through to get to the finished product.
Painted the plywood with white primer and projected the ship artwork onto the board using an opaque projector, the cut all the pieces out and made sure the base pieces were primed as well.
You can see the pencil skecth of the ship on the flat cut out piece. Then I took the ship in, set it up on saw horses and painted it in the kitchen
Here's the ship nearly compled on one side.
Some close up shots of the details.
Painted the base to match the water. This shot also shows how the flat ship slides into the base.
Here's the complete ship, fully rigged with signal halyards and flags!