Model Train Layouts – What it Takes to Create a Water Feature
Model Train Layouts
Creating a Model lake on your Train layout creates a stunning feature for all to admire, but getting to that finished state takes a little thought and planning. Here’s how to go about it.
First of all what sort of water feature do you want? Are we talking of an ocean, river, lake, stream or pond? The water is either flowing as in a river or it is just an accumulation as in a lake. These two concepts require different modelling layouts and different amounts of time in their creation.
Can you see that creating the visual effect of a flowing river, crashing against rocks involves some difficult modelling techniques? Putting the water in to the Model to show what it does is the easy part. Modelling gradients and angles, with steep banks is important if this type of feature is to succeed.
It is best to get some ideas from pictures or photographs, so you know exactly what you are trying to reproduce.
This type of modelling can be very challenging the more sophisticated the desired effect, but is achievable.
It goes without saying the base needs to be waterproof. Then it should be painted black or brown in my opinion. Fill it with fish or your own particular preferences.
You can use real water. The problem is it evaporates, and doesn’t mix too well with electricity. You could use acrylic water as an alternative. Make sure you reproduce the colour changes that occur in different depths of water. The deeper water will be darker the colour required.
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