As some of you may have read somewhere, I am slowly (as is my way) working on some hover vehicles with skirts.
I have a printed skirt here:
Ink wash to show the lines:
It does have striations on it (print lines), normally I would clean these up before making a mould.
But I am wondering, when making a hoverskirt, would they be best left on to show some texture?
Or do you expect hoverskirts to be smooth?
Re the print lines, I don’t know whether it is the way the light is falling, but the flanks look more like a rubberised texture, but the front is showing very regular lines, which do not look natural and might be confused with mould lines.
I would say that it is function of the vehicle design. If they are a metallic, ceramic or other rigid surface, I then I would expect them to be smooth, or segmented maybe. If they are fabric, rubberized, or some flexible material, then there is a greater likelihood that they would have some sort of texture. How do you see them?