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Siccmade
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Posted - 10/06/2005 :  11:38:50 PM  Show Profile
What is the best and cheapest way to make my river and lake water look real?

nalmeida
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Portugal
2039 Posts

Posted - 10/07/2005 :  06:17:12 AM  Show Profile  Visit nalmeida's Homepage
I think the cheapest way might be painting the bottom using some acrylics (browns/greens and blues depending on waht water you want to achieve) and painting several layers of clear varnish on top of it.
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nalmeida
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Portugal
2039 Posts

Posted - 10/07/2005 :  06:17:12 AM  Show Profile  Visit nalmeida's Homepage
I think the cheapest way might be painting the bottom using some acrylics (browns/greens and blues depending on waht water you want to achieve) and painting several layers of clear varnish on top of it.
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hminky
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1200 Posts

Posted - 10/07/2005 :  07:53:27 AM  Show Profile  Visit hminky's Homepage
I have a web article about making a pond from a metallic cardboard party balloon at:

http://www.pacificcoastairlinerr.com/scenery/ballon_pond/







Thank you if you visit
Harold
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hminky
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1200 Posts

Posted - 10/07/2005 :  07:53:27 AM  Show Profile  Visit hminky's Homepage
I have a web article about making a pond from a metallic cardboard party balloon at:

http://www.pacificcoastairlinerr.com/scenery/ballon_pond/







Thank you if you visit
Harold
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lab-dad
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USA
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Posted - 10/07/2005 :  09:34:59 AM  Show Profile  Visit lab-dad's Homepage  Send lab-dad a Yahoo! Message
Use the two part envirotex or gloss medium (over the painted bottom)
Also if you look Mario has a great tutorial on waterfall on his website......somewhere....
Mj
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lab-dad
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USA
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Posted - 10/07/2005 :  09:34:59 AM  Show Profile  Visit lab-dad's Homepage  Send lab-dad a Yahoo! Message
Use the two part envirotex or gloss medium (over the painted bottom)
Also if you look Mario has a great tutorial on waterfall on his website......somewhere....
Mj
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Bbags
Administrator

USA
13309 Posts

Posted - 10/07/2005 :  09:58:18 AM  Show Profile
Here is a thread by Terry Hansley on a waterfront and on the first page of the thread he explains how he did the water with inexpensive materials that you could buy at a hardware store, etc.
I have used the caulk with gloss medium which works well but I will be giving this method a try in the future.


http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=7382




John Bagley
Modeling the Alaska Railroad in HO in Wildwood Georgia.

Edited by - Bbags on 10/08/2005 08:36:11 AM
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Bbags
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USA
13309 Posts

Posted - 10/07/2005 :  09:58:18 AM  Show Profile
Here is a thread by Terry Hansley on a waterfront and on the first page of the thread he explains how he did the water with inexpensive materials that you could buy at a hardware store, etc.
I have used the caulk with gloss medium which works well but I will be giving this method a try in the future.


http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=7382




John Bagley
Modeling the Alaska Railroad in HO in Wildwood Georgia.

Edited by - Bbags on 10/08/2005 08:36:11 AM
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Bosco5
Crew Chief

USA
518 Posts

Posted - 10/08/2005 :  08:25:28 AM  Show Profile  Visit Bosco5's Homepage
I would suggest a quick three step method:

(1) Trowel on and smooth a thin layers of spackling compound to make the area as flat as possible

(2) Use cheap latex paints to "color" the water - make sure to blend in various shading for different depths/currents

(3) Cover the area with gloss medium and use the tip of a small flat brush to "stiple" in some waves or wakes.

I use this method as it's very inexpensive, easy and most importantly, easy to change if you decide to alter your water scene.

Hope that helps
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Bosco5
Crew Chief

USA
518 Posts

Posted - 10/08/2005 :  08:25:28 AM  Show Profile  Visit Bosco5's Homepage
I would suggest a quick three step method:

(1) Trowel on and smooth a thin layers of spackling compound to make the area as flat as possible

(2) Use cheap latex paints to "color" the water - make sure to blend in various shading for different depths/currents

(3) Cover the area with gloss medium and use the tip of a small flat brush to "stiple" in some waves or wakes.

I use this method as it's very inexpensive, easy and most importantly, easy to change if you decide to alter your water scene.

Hope that helps
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